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Moon Base Alpha

SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced today that his company's plans now include living on not just Mars, but also the moon. The next-generation BFR rocket will make it possible to establish a moon base, and has unveiled the first concept image of the future rocket landing on the rocky surface to drop off supplies. Continue reading for a picture of the Mars City and more information.

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SpaceX BFR

Elon Musk's SpaceX has unveiled BFR (Big F*cking Rocket) may eventually colonize the Moon and Mars, but in the near future, the company plans to offer Earth to Earth Service. Simply put, the rockets can take people between cities with anywhere on Earth in under 1-hour. Passengers will first board a Hyperloop that takes you to a loading platform, enter the rocket, and get sent into low-Earth orbit. The main passenger section breaks away from the thruster and heads off towards its destination, while the other part heads back to its origin. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Mars Habitat

Dubai has partnered with Bjarke Ingels to build the world's largest space simulation city in the UAE desert, which will mimic the conditions of life on mars. Spanning 1.9 million square feet, the "Mars Science City Project" will consist of massive domed structures that host laboratories for food, energy, water, agricultural testing, studies about food security, and a museum displaying humanity's greatest space achievements. Plus, the museum's walls will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Alien Space Photos

Another day, another supposed UFO / alien sighting, but this time things get a little weird. Simply put, an extraterrestrial being called Myziam ran out of fuel while passing Earth, a planet in which he named "0422". This intelligent alien posted pictures of what 4Chan users requested of him, including particular coordinates someone, and that same person supposedly got a photo of the UFO itself while it happened. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Two Asteroids Orbiting

Astronomers have observed an object in space unlike anything they've seen before: 288P, a binary asteroid - or two asteroids orbiting one other. Just like a comet, it boasts a long tail and bright coma, or cloud of dust and gas surrounding a comet's nucleus. It's officially the first binary asteroid they have ever observed that can also be classified as a comet. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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1,150HP Toyota 86

Formula Drift World Champion Fredric Aasbo partnered with Toyota to create a crazy stunt that can be viewed from space, using his Icom Toyota Express Service 86-X. Unlike the standard GT86, this competition version is powered by a turbocharged 3.4L straight-six engine that sends 1,150 horsepower to the wheels. They plotted the time at which a satellite would pass overhead and performed donuts to create tire marks shaped like the number '86, large enough to be seen from orbit. Continue reading for a behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information.

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SpaceX Space Suit

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the full spacesuit astronauts will wear flying to and from the International Space Station (ISS), among other destinations. The company aims to launch paying customers on a trip around the moon in the near future, as they already make resupply runs to the orbiting lab for NASA, using the robotic, cargo version of Dragon. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Solar Eclipse 4K



Video credit: Peta Pixel

Photographer JunHo managed to capture the Great American Eclipse up-close, and in 4K quality, using a 2160mm f/12 telescope, Panasonic GX85, and a RST-150H robotic mount by RainbowAstro to trace the edge of totality. "RST-150H weighs only 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) but carries up to 15kg (33 lbs) of optical equipment without any counter weight. RST-150H mount is specially programmed to trace Sun's peripheral during total eclipse period to match C2 and C3 contact moments. This allows us to catch breath stopping moments of Sun set and rise over the Moon's horizon," said JunHo. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Space X Spacesuit

Elon Musk revealed today the first image of a person sitting in what looks like a spacecraft cabin, wearing a bright SpaceX spacesuit. These suits have already been tested in "double vacuum pressure," despite being "incredibly hard" to balance aesthetics and function, according to Musk. Manned test flights are scheduled for 2018, with flights to the station scheduled to take place in 2019. Continue reading for another video about SpaceX's plans for Mars and more information.

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Kid NASA Job

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Jack Davis, a 9-year-old New Jersey describes himself as a "Guardian of the Galaxy", and is hoping to land a job at NASA as a "Planetary Protection Officer". In a letter the agency posted online , Jack said that he has seen all the space and alien movies possible, and is great at video games. "We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us. At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers," said NASA Planetary Science Director James Green. Continue reading to see both the original letter to NASA and their response.

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