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SpaceX Shoots for the Moon, Aims to Send Two Private Citizens Around the Moon in 2018

SpaceX announced plans to send up a pair of private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018.

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Moon Express Becomes First Private Company to Receive Permission to Go to the Moon

Bang. Zoom.

Space law is not just a real thing that you can pursue as a career but also a fairly complicated thing due to the fact that private spaceflight is becoming a reality, which means we finally have to deal with the implications of, say, ownership of the Moon. That hasn't stopped the U.S. government from giving out permission to go there, though, and Moon Express has become the first company to gain that right.

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European Space Agency’s Plans to Build a “Moon Village” Will Help Us Get to Mars and Beyond

While everyone is so focused on getting our asses to Mars (especially SpaceX with their announcement today), the European Space Agency still has its eye on a slightly closer destination: the Moon. Sure, astronauts have been there a few times—no matter what anyone tells you—but a permanent outpost on the Moon would be a huge step for science and human survival in space, not to mention a big help in setting up human habitats in deep space location.

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No, There Is No “Previously Classified Moon Music”

That's no Moon (music).

Remember yesterday, when everyone was excited about some "recently declassified music" that Apollo 11 astronauts heard on the far side of the Moon back in 1969? Well, allow me to rain on your parade. (Despite the Moon having no atmosphere! Conspiracy!) There's essentially no such thing.

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Things We Saw Today: Perhaps Your Valentine Would Like a Star Wars Plushie Bouquet?

If you've got a loved one who doesn't care for flower bouquets, perhaps this Star Wars plushie bouquet would work as an alternative?

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Yes, This Is a Real, Gorgeous Image of the Earth Over the Moon’s Horizon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been observing the Moon close-up for over five years, but all science aside, this picture is one heck of an achievement on its own. Looking just about as fake and alien as any other picture taken on the giant space rock that flies around our heads and stabilizes our planet, this is the Earth over the Moon's horizon.

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Ryan Gosling to Yell At Walk on the Moon in New Neil Armstrong Biopic

"Hey girl. It's one giant leap for humanity."

That's right, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin yell at the moon. It is their right, as astronauts. They once walked on its face.

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Here Are the Amazing Images of Last Night’s Supermoon Eclipse in Case You Missed It

Pics or it didn't happen.

Last night, the Moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit coincided with a total lunar eclipse—which won't happen again for 18 years—for an impressive show in the sky, and we've got the pics to prove it.

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Here’s How to Watch This Weekend’s “Supermoon” Total Lunar Eclipse

Go outside. Look up.

"Supermoons" aren't all that special in themselves—the Moon simply appears slightly larger than normal—but when one coincides with a lunar eclipse this weekend, North American skywatchers are still in for a treat. Best of all, it won't come at some crazy early-morning hour that you'll "forget" to set your alarm for like some other astronomical events.

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Buzz Aldrin Shows Off His Employer Compensation Form for Moon Travel Expenses

"Thirty-three dollars! I want my $33!" -Say Anything on the Moon.

To us, going to the Moon might sound like a pretty special event, but at one point, it was just Buzz Aldrin's job five days a week. Yes, he is a rocket man and, as such, expects to be reimbursed by his employer for all the money he wasted on the Moon—which is apparently Earth's largest tourist trap.

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Things We Saw Today: Samurai Jack Fan Tribute Shows Us What We Could Have Had

We miss you, Samurai Jack.

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Astronaut Knicknacks: Armstrong’s Secret Souvenirs from Apollo 11

One small step for history. One giant leap for awesome.

So Neil Armstrong left a bag in the back of his closet containing a bunch of stuff he'd once taken to the Moon. Now we get to see what was inside. Hint: it's pretty cool.

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You Can Finally See the “Dark Side” of the Moon Thanks to a NASA Video

Pink Floyd has been waiting.

We only see one side of the Moon from the Earth because the Moon is impossible and obviously make-believe over time, it has come to rotate at the same speed that it revolves around our planet. Since actually changing that to give everyone a look at the other side would be difficult and possibly apocalyptic due to the Moon's importance in everything, NASA made this neat video se we could all see what we're missing.

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Evangelion Fans In Japan Launch Crowdfunding Campaign To Send a Spear of Longinus To The Moon

Bang, zoom!

2015 isn't just the year that we're all supposed to get hoverboards and power laces—it also marks the beginning of the classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which a group of teenagers must save the world from the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Thankfully our teenagers today don't actually have that problem, but that hasn't stopped fans from trying to recreate an iconic part of the show—AKA, that part where the spear of Longinus gets stuck into the Moon.

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The FAA Is Encouraging U.S. Businesses to Set Up Shop on the Moon

But what happens when they mine all of the cheese?

We might not know what the Moon is (we actually do), but that won't stop our businesses from buying it up. A letter from the FAA suggests that they want to help companies in the United States set up shop on the moon. The Mooninites will be thrilled to have their own malls to rob.

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QVC Hosts Argue Over Whether the Moon Is a Star or Planet; We Weep for Science Education.

That's no moon. I don't know what it is, but it's definitely no moon.

If you want to feel better about the state of science education in today's world, pretend Shawn Killinger and Isaac Mizrahi are doing a scene from a Star Wars draft before the Death Star existed, where Obi Wan is just like, "That's no moon. It's a star!" Then Han is all, "NO. It's a planet," and then Obi Wan says, "Shut up, fool. You use parsecs to measure time."

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The European Space Agency’s Not-So-Crazy Plan to 3D Print a Base on the Moon

Do you want to build a moon base?

Architectural firm Foster + Partners produced this video along with the European Space Agency showing how a lunar base could be constructed by 3D printing robots and an inflatable dome. 3D printing the base out of lunar dust would cut down the cost significantly by removing the need to launch a heavy housing structure from Earth and put a Moon base within reach.

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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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Be Sure to Check Out Summer’s Last SuperMoon Tonight

Instructions: Go outside. Look up.

Tonight brings the last of this summer's string of "SuperMoons." If you were trying to pick the perfect night to take a look at the sky and think, "Doesn't that look pretty," your search is over. The moon will appear bigger, brighter, and approximately 50% more beautiful* than normal. *Actual results may vary.

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ISEE-3 Reboot Project Takes Place At “McMoons,” AKA a Defunct McDonalds

That's no moon!

When you're trying to make contact with a decommissioned NASA satellite that was first launched into space about thirty-six years ago, location is key. You need somewhere that can hold a lot of people and low-tech equipment, and also maybe a ton of french fries for all those hungry citizen scientists. Hey, you know what would be great? An abandoned McDonalds restaurant.

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