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Scientists Want To Build a 'Space Elevator' To the Moon

In the past few decades, technology has allowed us to live a reality that seemed like magic not so long ago. Talking to people on the other side of the planet? Easy. Flying in the air? Done. Man on the moon? Pfft. We did that in the sixties. Since science is getting more confident, and maybe a little egotistical, scientists have thought up a new scheme that sounds quite fantastical to us (although I guess that's what people thought before the internet existed). Scientists want to build an elevator that goes to the moon. Who knows, at the rate of technological advancement today, maybe it isn't so crazy. Lets wait a few years and see what happens. 

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And Now For Something Completely Different: An Eclipse of Jupiter

Jupiter is a striking feature of our Solar System. The largest planet by far, and home to incredible storms larger and more powerful than anything on Earth, Jupiter has recently been thrown into focus with some incredible new images. Recent looks have shown us developments that have thrown what we know about the planet into disarray. Slowly, using information gathered by the Juno space mission, scientists are discerning exactly what is going on with the planet, and the changes it's undergoing that we have never seen before.

But one of the most striking features of Jupiter is it's moon Io. And scientists were very fortunate that Juno happened to be passing by as an incredible eclipse occurred.

Astronomers captured an incredible rendering of an eclipse of Jupiter's Moon Io as it passed in front of the planet
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Astronomers Mix Cement In Space For First Time, Plan For Future Colonies

Colonization of the moon isn't too far off: plans for permanent lunar bases are already in motion, and the equipment for cheaply transporting people to the moon is in it's first stages of conception. But once we get there, humans will have to live inside buildings (or whatever the moon-equivalent will be called). So, in consideration of this, astronomers on the ISS mixed cement to see what zero-gravity cement would turn out like. 

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Fifteen Incredible Photos Of The Moon

It's easy to forget that the universe isn't a smattering of tiny white lights in the sky, but actually a crazy place full of exploding stars, black holes and probably, aliens. As technology brings us closer to the predictions in science fiction classics, exploration (and eventually colonization) of the moon is becoming a reality. The moon has been getting some coverage in the media recently, and we're here to remind you that it's actually more than a sliver in the sky; the moon is the closest astronomical body to Earth and it's really beautiful. Here are fifteen photos and bits of information to remind you how cool the moon is. 

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Owners Take Selfies Of Their Pets Through Toilet Paper Rolls To Make Them Look Like The Moon

little while ago, Redditor JokeInks posted a photo on the Sh*ttyLifeProTips sub of a very cool tip: "Take a selfie through a toilet roll tube and pretend you're the moon". Pet owners decided to join the craze too and started posting on #MoonSelfie on instagram.   

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Moon of the Day: Check Out These SuperMoon Pics — ICYMI

Look! In the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the another Supermoon?

In what feels like a monthly occurrence at this point, people tilted their head backs to get better look at the night sky and snap a photo of the supermoon. Bigger than the regular moon, a supermoon happens when a full moon occurs while the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, and people love getting a shot of that sucker.

It’s hard to blame them. As cynical as we want to be about the supermoon because it feels like we have one every five minutes, it does make for a pretty cool picture. Twitter’s got a bunch of them, as supermoon fever hit the internet while you were sleeping.

Hey, don’t feel bad if you missed it, there’s always five minutes from now or simply check out some pictures of the supermoon in all its glory.

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theia science moon Scientists Say the Moon Was Formed in a Head-On Collision Between Earth and a Forming Planet Called Theia
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An earlier theory used to be that the moon hit the Earth on the side (as in the video below) but this stunning image is a reconstruction by scientists who say that it was a head-on collision that caused the impact. 

Edward Young, lead scientist of this study told UCLA Newsroom that they drew this conclusion from the fact that the Earth and the Moon are overwhelmingly made of the same materials. 

“Theia was thoroughly mixed into both the Earth and the moon, and evenly dispersed between them,” Young said. “This explains why we don’t see a different signature of Theia in the moon versus the Earth.”
via ULCA Newsroom


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This beautiful high definition animation of the moon's rotation was captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Declassified documents from the Cold War era show that the U.S. Air Force once had a plan to detonate a nuclear warhead on the surface of the Moon. According to CNN's interview with Leonard Reiffel, the leader of the little known top-secret plan Project A-119, the plan was hatched in 1958 shortly after the launch of the world's first satellite Sputnik 1, which brought pressure on the American government to catch up with the Soviet Union's lead in space exploration. Had the plan been set in motion, the bomb would've been launched from an undisclosed location to travel 240,000 miles to the moon and blow up on impact, though Reiffel believes its effect on the Moon would've been more or less negligible.

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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

Considered a hero to many the world over, Armstrong was granted honors from 17 countries, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served as a naval pilot at 19 -- the beginning of a long, impressive aerospace career that changed history as we know it. Upon his moon landing, he stated, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

A statement from Armstrong's family suggests his death was caused by complications of recent heart surgery. The family also left the world with this advice:

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

[breakingnews / cbs]