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Milky Way Rising

Photo credit: Dustin Dilworth via Peta Pixel

Photographer Dustin Dilworth of D3 Imagery spent an evening at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan, and for good reason, as he managed to capture an incredible time-lapse video of the Milky Way Galaxy rising over the landscape. "Pay close attention and you'll notice meteors from the Lyrid meteor shower in the zoomed shots. Beyond the waterfall's plunge pool, the river's surface is still frozen, well into spring. In the forest of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, distant cities' glare can't dull this spectacle," said Dilworth. Continue reading for another incredible Milky Way time-lapse compilation video.

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Falcon 9 Launch

Photo credit: Bill Ingalls via Peta Pixel

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up a remote DSLR camera pointed at the launch pad of the Falcon 9 rocket yesterday during the launch, and when he went to retrieve it, he found the melted mess you see above. Unfortunately, both the $3,500 Canon 5DS DSLR and L were both destroyed. "Well, one remote cam outside the pad perimeter was found to be a bit toast(y). Sigh. And yes, it made pix until its demise," said Ingalls. Continue reading to see the final shots the DSLR camera took.

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Viewing Earth from ISS

Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut, or more specifically a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station between April 4, 2010 and September 25, 2010. To date, she has completed three spacewalks, logging more than 22 hrs of EVA including work to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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NASA Astronaut SD Card

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Most astronauts would expect a GoPro camera to have an SD card already installed when going out for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, of which this particular one was livestreamed on Twitch. However, that's exactly what happened to astronaut Andrew Feustel, who tried starting up the camera, only to find out that a key component was missing. Continue reading for two more amazing spacewalk videos shot with action cameras, and more information.

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NASA Mars Helicopter

NASA announced Friday that it plans to send the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, or to be more specific, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet. It's officially known as "The Mars Helicopter," weighs less than four pounds, and its main body is about the size of a softball. The helicopter will be attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover, which is basically a wheeled robot that will determine the habitability of the Martian environment, while searching for signs of ancient life. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Porsche Mars Rover

Created by automotive designer Mason Watson, the Mission-X is fully electric and measures 4,415 mm (173.8 in) in length, 1,995 mm (78.5 in) in width and stands just 1,517 mm (59.7 in) tall. The exterior panels are completely removable, enabling it to better adapt itself to its surroundings as well as for repairs. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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NASA Lockheed Martin X-Plane

We've heard quite a bit about NASA's X-Plane over the years, but now it's official, the agency has commissioned the $247.5 million project to Lockheed Martin's top secret Skunk Works division. Just to recap, it will be able to travel at supersonic speeds, without the boom, thanks to its uniquely-shaped hull, which sends the shockwaves away from the jet and prevents them from colliding. The proposed aircraft measures 94-feet long and has a wingspan of 29.5 feet. The first delivery is set for 2021. Continue reading for another video from the press conference and more information.

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Surface of Comet

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft captured the first-ever photos of a comet's surface back in 2014, and now Twitter user @landru79 has transformed them into a video, albeit an extremely short one. That's right, this person used the 12.5-second-exposure photos captured on June 1st, 2016. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Moon Mars Rock

It's not everyday that you get to see rock samples from the lunar surface (gray) or Mars (dark), but Sarah Horst, an Assistant Prof of Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, managed to hold both in her hand. Apparently, the latter made its way to Earth after something collided with Mars, and sent rocks flying through space, before entering Earth. Continue reading for an up-close image and a bonus video.

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Aurora Station Space Hotel

California-based startup Orion Span announced their plans to launch the world's first dedicated "luxury space hotel," called "The Aurora Station". It's set to blast off into space in 2021, and the company hopes it will be able to accommodate space-tourists by 2022, if all goes smoothly. A total of four people at a time will be able to stay on board the spacecraft, accompanied by two former astronauts (crew members). Have $9.5-million? If so, that'll be good for a 12-day stay, and you'll need to put down an $80,000 deposit to get yourself on the waiting list. The spacecraft measures 43 feet long by 14 feet wide, and will orbit the Earth at an altitude of around 200 miles, meaning it will complete an orbit every 90 minutes, meaning passengers will be able to watch 16 sunrises and sunsets every day. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a jet sky that you can actually fly, but does not require a pilot's license.

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