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NASA admits theory of infinite space may be the result of leaving lens cap on | NewsBiscuit

NASA admits theory of infinite space may be the result of leaving lens cap on | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
‘It appears we may have got it all wrong’ a NASA spokesman admitted today during a hastily arranged press conference at The Kennedy Space Centre, Houston. ‘It has come to our attention that set procedures were not followed during the taking of the original pictures of space but hey, we've all made that mistake. That sunset summer holiday snap in Crete, the graduation hand shake, a child's first steps, those never to be repeated moments captured instead with a deep, infinite blackness, it's easily done’. This will cause further embarrassment for NASA as it comes just weeks after the disclosure that the recently captured supernova in Ursa Minor was actually the photographer’s thumb creeping into the frame. NASA has been working hard to develop its technology to cope with the demands of the space age. ‘It can be tricky taking photos in space’ said astronaut Eugene A. Cernan. ‘Those big gloves make pressing the button really difficult. You try setting the timer and running back into position wearing those cumbersome space suits; it's harder than you might think.’
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I love a good laugh. How about you?

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The Best Space Photos Of The Month

The Best Space Photos Of The Month | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As we tediously while away our days down here on Earth, satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system and outer space. Here are the highlights from September.
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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. The spacecraft has been incredibly successful to date, finding nearly 1,000 confirmed planets — more than half of all known alien worlds — along with about 3,200 other "candidates," the vast majority of which should
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Meanwhile, the key question, does this planet have a red sun? Have we found Krypton? Will there be a superman from the super earth?

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Every meteorite since 861 AD: watch them fall

Every meteorite since 861 AD: watch them fall | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Only 3% of all recorded meteorites that have struck the earth were seen falling. Now you can watch every one of those 1,045 fall in this amazing animation.
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As a kid I loved to watch "shooting stars" in the dark skies of Maine. This isn't the same thing, but it is fun. If you click on the year, you also get a bit of history.

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The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider," one astronomer told the Atlantic, "but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build."
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I love this story. Genius extraterrestrials harnessing their sun. What else might they have learned about natural science? Must visit. Will we find El Dorado or the uninhabitable wasteland?

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Here’s When to See the Perseid Meteor Shower

Here’s When to See the Perseid Meteor Shower | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
One of the best meteor showers of the year is coming in just a few days
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Remember no cell phones, telescopes, or binoculars. Just take your eyes outside for a treat. Aug 12 and 13. Far from the city lights as you can get and look up. Make a wish on a falling star it is is as likely to come true as when you drop a coin down a well. So wish on each one you see. Remember, one wish has to be for somebody to buy a copy of "Broody New Englander." Heck do you think I share this information on the social media for nothing? I have millions of little electrons to feed, so while you're at it, you can buy a copy of "Broody", too.

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European Space Agency confirms comet landing site

European Space Agency confirms comet landing site | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet.
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There it is: The "Heaven's Gate" cult should have waited for a better ride. Got to love science.

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Has the Missing 80% of the Universe’s Mass Been Found? | TIME.com

Has the Missing 80% of the Universe’s Mass Been Found? | TIME.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The search for dark matter—the glue that holds the cosmos together—takes a big step forward
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The search for dark matter is one of those wonderful science geek stories I love to find, especially when they come with cool pictures like this one of our cosmos.

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