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Falling Into a Black Hole

If you were to fall into a small black hole, roughly the size of Earth, tidal forces are magnified off the scale, thus the top of your head would feel much more gravitational pull than the tips of your toes, stretching you longer and longer. British astrophysicis] Sir Martin Rees called this phenomenon "spaghettification," are one would eventually become a stream of subatomic particles that swirl into the black hole. Since your brain would break down into its constituent atoms near instantly, you'd have little chance to see what's going on inside. Continue reading for a full video documentary on black holes and more information.

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Audi Moon Rover

Audi has partnered with PT Scientists, a Google Lunar X Prize team, to develop a vehicle specifically to examine the Apollo 17 moon rover left on the surface. What does the winning team get? How does $20-million sound? The team hopes to launch two rovers by late 2017, sending live HD pictures to Earth as they travel to within 656-feet of the Apollo rover, left on the lunar surface in 1972, and inspect it remotely. The launch is set to take place on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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SolarStratos

SolarStratos, set for an official launch in 2018, is essentially a solar-powered airplane that will take humans to the edge of space and back, achieving an altitude of more than 75,000 feet. This 5-hour mission will subject both the plane and passengers to frigid temperatures and extremely low pressures. At 8.5 meters long, it's powered by a 32-kW electric engine and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, charged by 22-square-meters of solar cells, which cover the wings. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the vision of Nintendo at Universal theme parks.

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NASA EmDrive Impossible Engine

NASA's EmDrive prototype leaked in a report by the US space agency. Utilizing a resonant cavity thruster, the EmDrive can move through space without expelling matter to push against, as it's powered by particles of light and microwaves that ricochet inside a sealed cone-shaped chamber. This movement of the particles, along with the waves produced, generate thrust, driving the engine forward. The technology could move an object through space at far greater speeds than laser or solar powered crafts currently under development, all the while confusing physicists since it's seemingly able to propel itself forward without using any fuel. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a mind-blowing animated "Majora's Mask" fan film.

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UFOs Leaving Moon

Mister Enigma on YouTube recently shared a video by Gerril Vigil that purportedly shows a swarm of UFOs leaving the moon. "The clip is truly remarkable as you can see the objects coming from the bottom left. It looks as though there could be hundreds of them, but the jury is still out on whether this is some kind of optical illusion," said Enigma. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone swishing a basketball from the top of a dam.

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Pyramid Antarctica

Extraterrestrials are commonly mentioned with the pyramids in Egypt, but one researcher claims they also helped build a bizarre structure discovered in Antarctica. To be more specific, "ThirdPhaseoftheMoon" claims that US Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited Antarctica last week to visit an 'alien base' within an ancient pyramid. Continue reading for the full video explaining what this person found.

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Far Side Moon Sounds

NASA's Apollo 10 astronauts orbited the moon in 1969 as a test-run for the Apollo 11 moon landing two months later. While they flew around the far side of the moon, consequently putting them out of radio contact with Earth for roughly an hour, they heard some bizarre sounds that puzzled them. The entire conversation was initially kept under wraps by NASA and only released from their archives in 2008, but the actual recording of the sounds were classified, until now. Continue reading for part 2 of the video series. Click here for bonus images from the Apollo moon missions.

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Meteor Volcano

Photo credit: Tomas van der Weijden via Peta Pixel

Photographer Tomas van der Weijden captured a once-in-a-lifetime photo of the erupting Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano in Kamchatka and a streaking meteor, both being reflected in a lake. "We had set up camp nearby and hiked out to the small lake to get a good view of the volcano. We were extremely lucky with the circumstances (not just the meteor, but clear skies and the active volcano!), as it had been a couple of years since lava streams had erupted from this particular volcano," the photographer told PetaPixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why the ocean is much deeper than you may think.

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Earth from Apollo 12

Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon (an H type mission), launched November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. They carried the first color television camera to the lunar surface on an Apollo flight, but transmission was lost after Bean accidentally destroyed the camera by pointing it at the Sun. On one of two moonwalks, they visited the Surveyor and removed some parts for return to Earth. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO, unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico today, which combines the most powerful rocket ever built with a spaceship designed to carry at least 100-people to Mars per flight. The reusable ITS design aims to help humanity establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet within the next 50-100 years. "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible - make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for new images of Mars captured by NASA spacecraft.

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