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  1. SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Says We Need 1 Million People on Mars for Humanity’s Sake, and He’s Got a Plan

    "F*** Earth!" -Elon Musk. No, really.

    Real-life-Tony-Stark Elon Musk thinks the only way to save humanity over the long-term is to get 1 million people to Mars. That may sound like a far-fetched goal, but he's already got a plan in the works to make it happen.

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  2. The ISS Astronaut Expedition 42 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Poster Is the Meaning of Life

    Deep Thought was right!

    Maybe we should have paid closer attention when the most intelligent beings on the planet (astronauts) started heading off to outer space.

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  3. Hubble Program Admits Double Standard, Journalists Concerned About Female Cosmonaut’s Hair

    One small step for man, two giant leaps back. One small step, two leaps back.

    In space, no one can hear your bias, but on Earth you better check your privilege.

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  4. Your Space Battle Physics Are All Wrong, and It’s All George Lucas’s Fault

    Surprising no one.

    Need another thing to be mad at George Lucas about? It's Okay to Be Smart has an video deconstruction of what's wrong with the science behind fictional space battles and why it's all his fault. Or you could accept that some scientific concessions made by space battles in movies are there as audio/visual cues for the audience's benefit for filmmaking reasons, and others could be explained by science so advanced it seems impossible to our current, mostly non-spacefaring civilization. Your choice.

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  5. Despite What You May Have Heard, Black Holes Haven’t Exactly Been Disproven

    Rumors of black holes' deaths have been greatly exaggerated.

    New mathematical calculations by Laura Mersini-Houghton, a physics professor and theoretical physicist at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, show that black holes may not actually exist! Amazing, right? Well, yes, it is amazing, but that doesn't make it a fact.

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  6. NASA Telescopes Discover Water on Distant Planet, the Search for Alien Life Continues!

    Now they just need to look for earth, fire, wind, and heart.

    Researchers using several NASA telescopes have detected water in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. It's the smallest exoplanet which has had atmospheric elements identified, which is an important step in the search for worlds outside our solar system that may support life.

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  7. The ISS Is Getting Its First Ever Female Cosmonaut Crew Member Tomorrow

    Soyuz better be excited!

    See that person on the right of this picture Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted out this morning? That's Russian Cosmonaut Elena Olegovna Serova, and tomorrow afternoon, she's joining Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore (both also pictured) as they make their way into space for the 41st Expedition to the International Space Station. There, she'll become the first female Russian cosmonaut to ever board the ISS.

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  8. India Just Became the First Country to Put a Spacecraft in Mars Orbit on the First Try

    And for less money than it cost to put humans in pretend space in Gravity.

    Only a handful of nations have ever had a spacecraft successfully orbit Mars—the United States, Russia, and the European Space Agency if you count slingshotting spacecraft through Mars' gravity for other goals—and India is now one of them. Today, their Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan, made the Indian Space Research Organisation the first space program to ever successfully put a spacecraft in Mars orbit on the first try.

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  9. NASA Offers Up $20,000 If You Can Think of a Use for 660 Pounds of Dead Weight on Mars Lander

    It's a major award!

    The ballast on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory entry-descent-landing (MEDLI) system is very important for science in that, without it, the spacecraft wouldn't be able to put robots and other heavy objects safely on the surface of another planet. However, it's not actually very useful to science in that it's a bunch of extra weight on a spacecraft that could be better used for scientific equipment. That's where you and your brilliant idea come in.

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  10. Popular Vote Says Pluto Is Still a Planet Despite the Fact That It’s Not

    Because opinions are so important in science.

    The argument over Pluto's planethood continues to rage despite the fact that its outcome is mostly meaningless. Last week, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics held a debate on the dwarf planet's designation, and an unofficial vote showed that people who grew up being taught Pluto was a planet overwhelmingly still want to call it a planet.

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