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ISS Across Moon

Photo credit: Dylan O'Donnell

Australia-based amateur photographer Dylan O'Donnell managed to capture this stuning photograph of the International Space Station flying across the face of the moon - the ISS silhouette can be seen in the upper right hand corner. You may think a high-powered telescope is all you need, but capturing this photograph takes lots of patience to say the least, as the ISS zooms by in a blink of an eye, 0.33-seconds to be exact. Continue reading for a video of when it happened back in December, along with an up-close version of this image.

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NASA Live Feed Cut

Mysterious lights in the sky are quite a common sight, especially in space, but when unidentified flying objects are spotted leaving Earth right before NASA cuts its live feed, it's a dream scenario for conspiracy theorists. Fortunately, "Mister Enigma" on YouTube recorded the stream, and even includes a zoomed-in portion that shows what seem to be two rotating dots rising from the atmosphere. Continue reading for the clip.

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Solar System Watch

With space exploration being a hot topic right now, there's no better time to revisit the Midnight Planetarium watch than now, which feature 396 moving parts. It displays an accurate representation of six planets and their rotations around the sun. You read that right, you'll see Mercury's 88-day trip, Earth's 365 day orbit and even Saturn's, which takes 29.5-years to complete on revolution around the sun. Interested parties can either opt for the standard version for $245,000, or a top of the line model that will set you back a cool $550,000. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Great Pyramid Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered areplica of one of Egypt's Great Pyramids on Mars. What you can see above ground is 'car-sized', but researchers say that it may be just the tip of a much larger structure buried beneath. One of them says: "It appears that the Nasa operators of Curiosity deliberately chose not to take another photo or zoom in on the pyramid. 'If they however did so, none of these subsequent photos were released to the general public. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Ceres Pyramid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft made its approach on dwarf planet Ceres earlier this year, and it spotted large, bright and mysterious reflective spots in a crater on the big rock. It's now orbiting at a near altitude of just 2,700 miles, but those spots still remain a mystery. However, a new oddity has appeared, a 3-mile-tall pyramid-shaped peak the size of Mount Blanc. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Black Knight Satellite 2015

While many have dismissed the mysterious Black Knight Satellite as just a thermal blanket, others believe it's still an other-worldly satellite that was sent to Earth to monitor life on this planet. Nikola Tesla claimed to have picked up "intelligently controlled signals" that originated "from another world" in 1899, long before Sputnik and NASA. Those signals were later decoded by Duncan Lunan, a scientist from Scotland. He plotted a vertical axis of the transmitted pulse sequence with a horizontal axis of echo delay time. This resulted in an image of the constellation Bootis as seen from Earth 13,000 years ago. Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh was hired by the U.S. Department of Defense to look for it, and sure enough, a famous article about the Black Knight was published in both the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner on May 14th 1954. At that time, there were no known man-made objects in Earth orbit. Adding to the mystery, NASA captured many images of this anomaly, like this one from Apollo 10, but they have all been removed. Continue reading for a video, more pictures (including newspaper clippings) and additional information.

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Apollo 13 Moon

With the flight being commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. Unfortunately, the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. The image above shows just how close the crew got to the lunar surface. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970. Continue reading for more interesting historical photographs.

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Ferrari Spaceship

Sure, commercial spaceships where normal humans can ride in are probably about 30-years away, but that doesn't mean Ferrari designers can't get their feet wet by coming up with out of the world concepts. Flavio Manzoni - the man who designed the FXX K and LaFerrari - looked to Blade Runner for inspiration, and came up with this shiny spaceship. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mars Martian Sunset

Once the first humans set foot on Mars (if they haven't already), they'll be regularly treated to glorious blue sunsets. That's exactly what NASA's Curiosity rover saw recently, after it captured stunning views of the sun disappearing from Mars' horizon. The image above was taken on April 15th, on sol 956, after a 3-year wait by the team working on the Rover's MastCam. While most of the surface of Mars is a deep red color, it's this thick dust that also turns the sunset blue. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a funny bear who might have been a human in their past life.

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Polished Meteorite

Photo credit: Damnthatsinteresting / Reddit

Most meteorites appear jagged with a rough texture, but when you polish one of these space rocks, something amazing happens. Reddit user Isai76 shared this other-worldly image of a polished pallasitic meteorite, in which the green-yellow transparent minerals are called olivine, the material that composes most of the upper mantle of the Earth. The metallic parts you see are an iron-nickel alloy. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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