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  1. 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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  2. So It Turns Out Going To Space Can Have a Pretty Profound Impact On You [VIDEO]

    These former astronauts really put it into perspective.

    Though you can probably imagine that a trip to space is life-changing, it's hard for us regular folk to understand the impact such a trip could have on your psyche. In this video, former astronauts attempt to articulate the ways in which their lives changed upon returning to Earth after orbiting it. It's incredibly profound. Bring a tissue.

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  3. Iranian President Wants To Be Shot Into Space, John McCain Takes Opening For Monkey Joke

    Iran's Mehr News agency is reporting that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has volunteered to be the first Iranian citizen launched into space. Say what you will about Ahmadinejad, who is a world-class jag by pretty much any metric you might care to use, but that's a pretty brave move, considering there are significant questions about whether Iran is even capable of launching a monkey into space and retrieving it safely. Representatives of the U.S. government have already responded to Ahmadinejad's orbital aspirations through the accepted diplomatic channels, which in this case is apparently "monkey joke on Twitter."

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  4. Iran Put A Monkey In Space, And Apparently Got It Back Safely, Too

    Reuters is reporting that the aerospace arm of Iran's defense ministry has successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive, thereby pushing Iran's young space program leaps and bounds forward, all the way into the 1950s. We would say welcome to the party, Iran, but frankly, the idea of you having rockets really just makes everyone uncomfortable, so... come in if you have to, I guess?

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  5. AirBorne Cannot Help You Here: Space Travel Can Change How the Immune System Develops

    Any sort of travel can stress out your immune system, expose you to unfamiliar bugs, and generally make you more likely to get sick. Take it from a guy on what is now officially on week two of a plane flight induced common cold. A study published in The FASEB Journal suggests that space travel could wreak even more havoc on the immune system, even changing the way the immune system develops in embryonic animals.

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