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NASA Mars 2020 Rover Names

NASA’s next mission to the Red Planet will be a special one, and not just for the space agency, as they announced today that boarding passes will display names submitted by internet users etched onto microchips and carried aboard the Mars 2020 rover. It’s scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. This 1,000-kg rover is designed to search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate as well as geology, collect samples, and pave the way for human exploration. Read more for another video and additional information.

ISS Kitchen Cooking

Ever wonder what the kitchen and / or cooking is like aboard the ISS? Well, according to retired NASA astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, the International Space Station doesn’t have a traditional “kitchen” as many of on Earth might relate to, but rather an area called the “galley” which serves the purpose of allowing for food preparation and consumption. It basically consists of a table for three, a water system used to hydrate food packages with warm or hot water, and lastly, a food warmer. Read more for another video and additional information.

Honey in Space
Opening a jar of honey is nothing new or special, especially here on Earth where a small tilt would mean a big cleanup, but in space, it’s an entirely different story. Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques decided to conduct a honey experiment on the International Space Station, and as you’re about to see, honey clings from the jar to the lid and tries to curl back on itself in micro-gravity. Read more to watch the video and for additional information.

NASA Moon 2024

The Trump administration has requested an additional $1.6 billion for NASA’s $21 billion 2020 budget request to kick start plans to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024, four years earlier than previously planned. The space agency is developing plans for the lunar “Gateway” space station that will be assembled in orbit around the moon to serve as a staging base for eventual piloted flights down to the surface using commercially landers and ascent vehicles. “Our charge is to go quickly and to stay, to press our collective efforts forward with a fervor that will see us return to the Moon in a manner that is wholly different than 50 years ago. We turn towards the Moon now not as a conclusion but as preparation, as a check point toward all that lies beyond,” he adds. “Our greatest adventures remain ahead of us. We are going,” said William Shatner in the newly released video. Read more for a selection of fascinating images from around the web.

Cable Pets USB Adapter
Let’s face it, most USB adapters put function over form, that is unless…you’re talking about Cable Pets by designer Suki Lee. Put simply, each appendage on the cartoon-like device functions as a cable. You’ll find USB, micro USB, USB Type-C, and Lightning cables, all of which can be used simultaneously when plugged into a battery pack or compatible power source. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Adidas x Pokemon
Photo credit: Solebyjc
Adidas is releasing several sneakers based on the Pokemon series, just in time for the Detective Pikachu movie release. The one you see above features a large embroidered Pikachu character, and of course a hidden Pokeball inside the tongue. So far, there’s no official confirmation on what characters other than Pikachu and Squirtle will be released, but we’re assuming that if the demand is there, they’ll be releasing dozens of characters possibly. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Casetify Pokemon Phone Cases
CASETiFY teamed up with The Pokémon Company to release a limited edition collection of tech accessories and custom merchandise celebrating iconic Pokémon characters ahead of the Detective Pikachu movie release. The limited edition Pokémon Day and Night collection offers customizable tech accessories, with options to add names, locations and more for customers to personalize their items. “Launching the first CASETiFY co-lab project in collaboration with Pokémon was a natural fit. With Pokémon being a globally popular entertainment franchise, we’re proud to bring this celebrated icon to our line of trusted accessories that will excite a worldwide fanbase,” said Wes Ng, CEO and co-founder of CASETiFY. Read more for additional pictures and information.

World Video Game Hall of Fame

“Mortal Kombat,” “Colossal Cave Adventure,” “Super Mario Kart,” and the ubiquitous “Solitaire” game built into Microsoft Windows were all inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame Tuesday at a special ceremony. For those unfamiliar with the second inductee, “Colossal Cave Adventure”, released in 1976, was recognized for providing the foundation for a genre of fantasy and adventure games, despite having no graphics and relying on players typing simple computer commands like “get lamp.” Read more to watch the entire ceremony and for additional information.

Intellivision Earthworm Jim

Ten of the original “Earthworm Jim” programmers, artists, audio team members, and level designers are returning to develop a new title for the upcoming Intellivision Amico video game console. “We have been talking about this moment for many years, it’s a dream come true to finally get the entire team back together. We’re looking forward to sharing a small part of our reunion and initial design meeting with fans from around the world. Intellivision Amico is designed to bring friends and families together and we are excited for fans and those just being introduced to the series to get a first look as we kick-off the design of the game,” said Tommy Tallarico, Intellivision Entertainment CEO/President and original “Earthworm Jim 1 & 2” composer and sound designer. Read more for a video with more details and additional information.

Dark Matter Universe

Astrophysicists estimate that dark matter makes up 85% – 90% of all the matter in the known universe, but have not been unable to detect the mystery material because its weak interactions with the electromagnetic force are intangible to say the least. They’ve only been able to infer its existence from the gravitational effects it appears to have on normal matter. However, astronomers believe dark matter exists within each observable galaxy and could be one of the triggers which aid the creation of galaxies, or in other words, it’s the glue that holds the visible matter within these galaxies together. Read more for two videos and additional information.