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  1. Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Debunked by… NVIDIA Graphics Cards?

    That's no moon... Oh, wait. Yeah, it is.

    NVIDIA has decided to prove how great their new GPUs are by using them to simulate lighting conditions for the Apollo 11 Moon landing and debunk conspiracy theories about photographs and video from the Moon. Or, depending on how strongly you believe the Moon landing conspiracy theories, NVIDIA just proved that their new GPUs are terrible and light things all wrong. Your call, I guess.

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  2. What Would the Earth Be Like Without the Moon? Completely Bananas, Basically

    Where would we get our wizards?

    Everyone knows that the Moon is mostly responsible for our oceans' tides (everyone does know that, right?), but just what would happen to the Earth if we didn't have the Moon? The answer is probably a lot crazier than you'd realize, because our Moon is the largest in the solar system relative to its host planet, and it's made a lot of things we take for granted possible in the first place.

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  3. The Earth And Moon Have Totally Been Lying About Their Age, Are Actually 60 Million Years Older Than We Thought

    Even older if you're a Young Earth creationist.

    So you know that planet that crashed into Earth billions of years ago and formed the Moon? Geochemists who've been studying this phenomenon think that the impact occurred much earlier than we thought -- which means that the Earth and Moon are also older than we'd calculated.

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  4. We’re Sending A Bunch Of Super-Important Cultural Artifacts To The Moon, You Know, Just In Case

    So that means they're including Pacific Rim, right?

    If you've ever watched any film set in the (not-so) distant future, you'll know that Earth is headed for a swift downfall, usually involving darkness, rain, and killer robots. To safeguard the best of our planet against our eventual slide into dystopia, we've decided to send a bunch of our important cultural artifacts to the moon. Just in case.

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  5. Scientists Think They’ve Found Evidence Of Theia, The Planet That Collided With Us And Made Our Moon

    I think I read a Sailor Moon fanfiction about this once.

    Most astronomy nerds know the story behind the Giant Impact Hypothesis: billions of years ago, a Mars-sized planet supposedly collided with Earth, and the fragments from the crash coalesced to form the Moon. Now new research on lunar samples from the Apollo missions bolster that hypothesis. Hooray for science maybe being right!

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  6. The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than You Thanks to NASA

    It's only a matter of time before Seamless delivers there.

    It's tough to find a good Internet speed without paying your cable provider through the nose to get it. You know who puts out a really solid wireless connection, though? NASA—provided you live on the Moon, of course.

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  7. A Japanese Energy Drink Is the First Company to Advertise on the Moon

    But does it pair well with cheese?

    You know what the moon needs? More energy drinks and accompanying advertisements. At least, that's what Japanese powdered drink company Pocari Sweat believes. Pocari hopes to send a capsule full of "Sweat" to the moon in 2015, and I might be more on board with that plan if their product had a less gross name.

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  8. A Moon With Two Suns May Be More Likely To Support Life

    It's also more likely to look like Tatooine.

    Apparently two are better than one. New research shows that binary stars keep each other in check and increase a moon's chances of hosting life.

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  9. You Can Watch Time-Lapse of Last Night’s Lunar Eclipse If Clouds Ruined It for You

    The atmosphere is such an attention hog sometimes.

    If you live on the east coast of the United States, odds are that last night's total lunar eclipse was spoiled for you by some clouds, but the Internet has your back. Here's a time-lapse video of the Moon passing into the Earth's shadow last night and taking on a reddish-orange hue.

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  10. Here’s How to Watch Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse That Starts off a Tetrad, Which Is Still Not a Sign of the Apocalypse

    Apocalypse Nope.

    If you see someone standing outside staring at the sky in the wee hours of the night tonight, don't worry—they're not drunk (as far as I know). They're just watching the first lunar eclipse visible to most of North America since 2010. If you can't get out there to join them, it's the first in a Tetrad of four eclipses over the next year and a half.

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  11. The Moon And Jupiter Are Going To Be Sky-Bros Tonight, You Should Probably Check It Out

    Usagi + Makoto forever.

    If you head outside once it gets dark tonight, you'll be able to see some serious cosmic beauty. The moon and Jupiter are going to look incredibly close together tonight, giving you a great view of both celestial bodies, and even a change to spot some of Jupiter's moons.

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  12. NASA Teamed With Kerbal Space Program for Playable Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Let's give the Moon a moon!

    NASA has a plan to redirect an asteroid and park it in lunar orbit. They want to give the Moon a moon! It sounds a little far-fetched, but we're completely on board, and so are the folks at Kerbal Space Program. They've teamed up with NASA to add the mission to the game, and you can play it right now.

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  13. April Fools! We May Have Overestimated the Amount of Water on the Moon

    Good thing we didn't send anybody up there first, right?

    Hey, you know how we thought there might be water somewhere on the Moon? Funny story: according to new computer model-aided research published in the March 20th issue of Science journal, the data we were using as evidence lunar water content might not have been so accurate after all.

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  14. Don’t Miss the Crescent Moon Crossing in Front of the Hyades Star Cluster This Thursday

    Picture Sailor Moon's crescent.

    Thursday evening on April 3rd into the morning of April 4th, Americans will be able to get a front row seat and witness the waxing crescent shaped moon illuminate the night sky like the special gem it is. The crescent will be a lot brighter than usual so don't forget to look out your windows; it will be a pretty sight.

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  15. Someone Paid Almost $1 Million for a Possibly Fake Apollo 15 Moon Camera

    Smile and say, "The Moon is made of cheese!"

    Over the weekend, a Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera that went to the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 15 mission was auctioned off and sold for almost $1 million. The only problem is that the camera may not have actually been on the Moon, or near it, or even to space.

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  16. Here’s What Space Would Be Like If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel Wide

    You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space!

    As Douglas Adams once famously noted, space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. Graphic artist Josh Worth didn't think you all were quite getting it, so he decided to shrink the solar system down to "tediously accurate scale" for you.

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  17. Astronomers Caught a Big Meteorite Impact on the Moon on Video

    In case you forgot that the universe is trying to kill us.

    As a handy reminder that flying space debris is everywhere and rams into things all the time, an approximately 882 pound meteorite rammed into the moon recently, and astronomers caught it on video. It was the brightest known lunar impact with a glow that rivaled the North Star, and now everyone can see it.

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  18. Patrick Stewart Plays Sad Dying Moon Rover In Career High on The Daily Show

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    A couple days ago we brought you the story of China's Jade Rabbit, the little moon rover that couldn't, so Chinese authorities delivered a heartbreaking farewell address for it. Patrick Stewart and The Daily Show have combined forces to give the that brave little toaster a proper send off. With cardboard costumes.

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  19. China’s Moon Robot Tweets Sadly About its Imminent Demise; It is an Interesting Future We Live In

    Today in Depressing

    To be fair, China's Yutu rover, or Jade Rabbit, isn't dead yet. It's just unlikely to survive the lunar night due to a malfunction. Since discovering the problem last week, Chinese scientists have remained bleak about the rover's chances. An update on Thursday reaffirmed that we won't know for sure whether the little (okay maybe not that little) robot will make it for a few weeks.

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  20. Chinese Lunar Rover Stalling, Might Die Alone on the Moon

    Noooo, rabbit! You have science to do up there!

    Bad news for people who like space robots: China's first lunar rover, Yutu or "Jade Rabbit," experienced some kind of malfunction on Saturday and hasn't yet recovered. In fact, it's very likely that it will freeze over sometime in the next two weeks, thus ending its three month mission tragically early. We're very sad, guys.

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