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Neil Armstrong Camera

Neil Armstrong, he first man to walk on the moon, kept a bag of Apollo 11 mementos stashed away in his Ohio house for more than 40 years between the mission and his death. Inside the bag, there was a 16mm movie camera and 10mm lens that first shot Apollo 11's descent to the moon's surface through a window on the lunar module. Other items included tools, helmet straps and cables taken aboard the Lunar Module Eagle for the landing. These were all supposed to have remained on the lunar surface to keep the weight down. Continue reading for the full 3-hour Apollo 11 NASA footage.

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Tilt-Shift Galaxy

Photo credit: St. Tesla via Gizmodo

When you see the images, paintings might come to mind, but they're actually tilt-shifted (selective focus to simulate miniature scenes) photos of real galaxies in space, created by Italian artist St. Tesla. Tesla says: "Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes thecosmos. I was doing some researches and I found experiment with miniatures of space with tilt shift so I decided to try my own. The result has been nebulae, galaxies and supernovae transformed into microorganism." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an Amish buggy doing donuts.

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View From Other Side

NASA has just released a video titled "A View From the Other Side", showing the moon's far side as it passes through its phases and libration. The views were created with imaging data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and complements NASA's annual Moon Phase and Libration visualization that shows the Moon as seen from Earth after theyreceived a number of comments requesting a view from the dark side. Continue reading to watch.

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Traveling at Speed of Light

Have 45-minutes to spare? This incredible video will take you from the surface of the sun to Jupiter in real-time, at the speed of light. Animator Alphonse Swinehart says: "In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system." Continue reading to watch.

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Other Planets Sky

The Russian Federal Space Agency has just released a mind-boggling animation that shows how the planet's horizons will appear if other celestial bodies replaced the sun. The first star you'll see is Alpha Centauri, the nearest visible sun to our own, and one of the brightest in the southern night sky. Located 4.3 light-years away, nearly 300,000 times the distance from the Earth to the sun, a double-star system would appear in our skies if it replaced the sun. It orbits a common center of gravity every 80 years with its companion, Alpha Centauri B. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Time Machine Simulator

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have built a time machine simulator. In other words, this system can mimic how a quantum particle would behave if it passed through a closed time-like curve and interacted with a younger version of its self. They fired pairs of entangled light particles through a circuit, in which entangled particles are created from the same parent particle, so they are identical to each other and any force that acts on one immediately affects the other. Think of this as meeting the younger version of yourself right at the entrance to a time travel loop. Continue reading for a video and to hear what happened.

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iPhone 6 Space

Urban Armor Gear wanted to prove that their military-grade iPhone 6 case could protect the handset from just about anything. So, they attached the phone, two GoPro cameras and a GPS locator onto a weather balloon to the edge of space, 100,000-feet up. Despite the handset shutting down due to extreme temperatures during the flight, it was fully functional after the test, even without a screen protector. Steve Armstrong, the co-founder of Urban Armor Gear, said: "Our cases already meet military drop-test standards, but now we can officially say that they are space tested as well." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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NASA ISS UFO

NASA has been known to cut off its live feed from the International Space Station whenever an unidentified flying object appears. There were two separate occasions this month where UFO hunters claim to have spotted mysterious objects floating on screen before going the camera goes offline. Toby Lundh recently spotted the one you see above right outside the space station, moments before the stream was disconnected. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Astronaut Workstation ISS

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Ever wonder where some of the astronauts aboard the ISS browse the internet? It just might be inside the Cupola module, which as special windows that provide a panoramic view of Earth, allowing them to take images using 8 cameras. Cupola also houses one of the space station's two robotic work stations used by astronauts to manipulate the large robotic arm seen through the right window. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of the day.

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Space Thoughts Random

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Once the first child is officially born on Mars, interplanetary passports will need to have a "Planet of Birth" section on them, or so we'd like to think. The shower is a great place to come up with interesting, yet plausible, thoughts like these. I mean, humans are probably less than a decade away from building the first Mars (or Moon) colony, complete with living quarters, research labs, etc. Continue reading for more thoughts about the universe that actually make sense.

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