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Juno Probe Jupiter

NASA's Juno space probe, built by Lockheed Martin and operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is currently orbiting the planet Jupiter. The camera and the mission are not designed to study the moons of Jupiter. Only the poles and atmosphere of Jupiter will be imaged with high resolution. JunoCam has a field of view that is too wide to resolve any detail in the Jovian moons beyond 232 kilometers per pixel. "JunoCam's four-color images include the best spatial resolution ever acquired of Jupiter's cloud tops. [It] will look for convective clouds and lightning in thunderstorms and derive the heights of the clouds. [It] will support Juno's radiometer experiment by identifying any unusual atmospheric conditions such as hotspots," according to a research paper from Southwest Research Institute. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the past, present and future of airliners.

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Age Reversing Pill


A group of scientists have developed an age-reversing pill after discovering a key signaling process in DNA repair and cell aging. After human trials are conducted over the next 6-months, NASA wants to give them to astronauts on Mars to protect them from solar radiation. "The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment. This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-ageing drug that's perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if the trials go well," said lead author Professor David Sinclair. 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 white hot 3000°C tungsten cube versus a watermelon and steak.

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Asteroid Skyscraper

Why bother with space elevators, when you could be staying in a skyscraper that is suspended from an orbiting asteroid? Clouds Architecture Office's latest project, called "Analemma," is a skyscraper powered by space-based solar panels, and is capable of capturing water in a semi-closed loop system that draws from the moisture in clouds and rainwater. How does it work? Well, a large orbiting asteroid is first set on a figure-eight geosynchronous path that moves between the north / south hemispheres on a predictable daily loop. The skyscraper would then suspended from the asteroid using a high-strength cable, enabling residents to parachute down to work when the orbit slows, and gets closest to midtown Manhattan. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mars HiRISE

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is basically a 143-pound camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It consists of a 0.5 m (19.7 in) aperture reflecting telescope, the largest so far of any deep space mission, which allows it to take pictures of Mars with resolutions of 0.3 m/pixel (about 1 foot), resolving objects below a meter across. This false-color subimage shows the north polar layered deposits at top and darker materials at bottom exposed in a scarp at the head of Chasma Boreale, a large canyon eroded into the layered deposits. Jan Frojdman wanted to see animated versions of these images, so he created a 3D conversion to make it a reality. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Voyager Spacecraft Message

The Voyager 1 probe is currently the farthest human made object from Earth. Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space, the region between stars where the galactic plasma is present. Like their predecessors Pioneer 10 and 11, which featured a simple plaque, both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched by NASA with a message aboard - a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate to extraterrestrials a story of the world of humans on Earth. "This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours," signed President Jimmy Carter. Continue reading for more interesting historical images.

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Black Hole Event Horizon

A team of scientists are working on the "Event Horizon Telescope," which is comprised of 9 radio telescopes spanning world that will be pointed at Sagittarius A*, a black hole located 25,000-light-years away in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. "There are quite a few challenges that need to be overcome to take a picture of a black hole - it's something that's extremely small in the sky. But what we're hoping for is a full array observation in early 2017," said EHT scientist Feryal Ozel. This black hole has an event horizon with a 14.9-million-mile diameter, and it may look something like the scene above from Interstellar. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an unexpected rainbow during a NASA engine test.

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3D-Printed Solar System

London-based artist George Ioannidis grew up watching shows like Carl Sagan's Cosmos, so it's only fitting that he found a company called "Little Planet Factory". Thanks to 3D printers costing less than many smartphones, this technology was used to manufacture a host of miniature planets, moons, and suns that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Planets range from 2.5-inches in size, and can be printed in sizes up to 7.8-inches in diameter for added detail. You can even order the entire solar system in a tiny bottle. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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SpaceX Moon

Elon Musk told reporters at a press conference today that SpaceX will be sending two paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed persons reportedly paid a 'significant deposit' for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft. "This is a really thing that's happened. We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket," said Musk. When all is said and done, the trip will last approximately 1-week, as it will take mostly the same course as you're familiar with from Apollo 13: out to the Moon, slingshot around, and return. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that takes you inside WETA's Ghost in the Shell studio.

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NASA Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.

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Blue Lightning Space

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen was floating 250-miles above the surface of Earth when he captured a mysterious blue light, or what looks like upside-down lightning. They're officially called "blue jets," and its color is believed to be due to a set of blue and near-ultraviolet emission lines from neutral and ionized molecular nitrogen. In addition, whereas red sprites tend to be associated with significant lightning strikes, blue jets do not appear to be directly triggered by lightning (they do, however, appear to relate to strong hail activity in thunderstorms). Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how not to crack an 80-foot whip.

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