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Surface of Venus

Venus is a terrestrial planet and is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of their similar size, mass, proximity to the Sun, and bulk composition. The atmospheric pressure at the planet's surface is 92 times that of Earth, or roughly the pressure found 3,000-feet underwater on Earth. Venus is by far the hottest planet in the Solar System, with a mean surface temperature of 863° F even though Mercury is closer to the Sun. It's shrouded by an opaque layer of highly reflective clouds of sulfuric acid, preventing its surface from being seen from space in visible light. In 1975 the Soviet Venera 9 and 10 landers transmitted the first images from the surface of Venus, which were in black and white. In 1982 the first colour images of the surface were obtained with the Soviet Venera 13 and 14 landers. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

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Desert Dome Camp

This may not be an actual human colony on Mars, but it's probably as close as most will get to one. Freedomes partnered with SunCity Camp to create a dome tent camp experience in Wadi Rum, Jordan, or where "The Martian" was filmed. The camp consists of approximately twenty geodesic domes and will cost between $159 to $318 a night, depending on how many luxuries you need. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Enceladus Alien Life

NASA researchers announced today during a live broadcast the existence of key ingredients for life as we know it on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. That's right, hydrogen has been detected in the jets of water on its liquid water surface, which suggests the strong possibility that Enceladus's oceans could support microbial life. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a skier who traveled through North Korea.

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GJ 1132B Earth-Like Exoplanet


Researchers have just announced that they have discovered a new Earth-like exoplanet, called GJ 1132B, with an atmosphere, and a small, rocky composition like our own. This planet closely orbits a dim red dwarf star, which means that its atmosphere is probably more similar to Venus than Earth, with the average temperature hitting 700° degrees Fahrenheit. They suspect it's also tidally locked, or that gravity causes one side to constantly face its star, while the other is in a state of permanent night. 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 exploring the myth that a drop of water on an anvil will make it explode.

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Blue Origin Space

Set to take tourists to outer space in 2018, the Blue Origin - Jeff Bezos' space exploration company - capsule features plenty of large windows that provide mind-blowing views of Earth. It's capable of transporting humans to just above the Karman line, or the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space. "Every seat's a window seat, the largest windows ever in space," said Bezos. You'll also find reclining black seats featuring the Blue Origin feather logo inside the cabin. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 90,000 matches being set alight.

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Lunar Table Moon

Designed by Cape-Town artist Jesse Ede, the "Lunar Table" is designed to either look like a cross-section of the moon, or a scene from the lunar surface, depending on the viewing angle. It's made entirely from molten aluminum and a large slate shard pulled from a quarry. First, they used a diamond saw to cut the base down before fitting it with a wooden collar. Next, the team melted the aluminum, and poured it directly onto the wooden surface surrounding the rock. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images from the Apollo moon missions.

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Apollo 11 Speech

For those who weren't yet around to witness this grand event, Apollo 11 was basically the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent just under a day on the lunar surface before rendezvousing with Columbia in lunar orbit. Now if this mission had failed, the speech you see above would have been presented to the public. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery.

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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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