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Stephen Hawking and Breakthrough Starshot Want to Send Tiny Spaceships Into Deep Space

Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous physicists in the world, has teamed up with a huge $100 million research and development program called Breakthrough Starshot. The goal is to get to Alpha-Centauri within 20 years, using tiny postage-stamp-sized nanocraft, powered by lasers and solar winds.

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Apparently Astronaut Ice Cream is a Big Fat Ugly Lie [Video]

Last October, one of us got some "Astronaut Ice Cream", and we decided to try it, to experience the whole astronaut lifestyle, and food choices. Can't really say any of us liked it (except Janna), and it was super messy. But this is what the astronauts eat, right?

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Watch Today’s SpaceX Launch and Landing Attempt Live Online at 8:29pm!

SpaceX has been making news, even though they really haven't been making any trips into space. They've had some successful, and not-so-successful launch attempts, landing attempts, etc. But they're still trying. And tonight, they try again, and live stream it!

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GRD Staffers Try Astronaut Ice Cream for the First Time [Video]

A couple weeks ago, Digital Queen Wendy was in Chicago with some friends, and they stopped into the Museum of Science and Industry. While there, Wendy learned about Astronaut Ice Cream. Freeze-dried ice cream they eat in space. She'd never had any, so she bought some to bring back, that we could all try together!

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SpaceX Reveals Their New Manned Spacecraft ‘Crew Dragon’ Interior [Video]

SpaceX has been to space, and is the first commercial company to have a spacecraft dock with the International Space Station, which is pretty cool. But they have their sights set higher, and want to send people to Mars. The next step toward that from their unmanned Dragon ship, is the seven-person Crew Dragon, which is scheduled for launch in 2017.

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German Astronaut Alexander Gerst Aboard The International Space Station
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UrtheCast Releases the First Full Color HD Video of Earth From Space [Video]

There have been a ton of photos released from space before, with amazing detail, even thought their taken from many, many miles away. Heck, the International Space Station is like, 270 miles away from earth, and they can read the newspaper you're sitting with on the park bench!

But, HD video hasn't been a thing. Until now.

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One of My Favorite Games is Coming Back Better Than Ever! [Video]

Okay, I'm not the gamer that Ned is, but then again, who is, right? But there are some games I loved, and played the hell out of. For quite a while, I was obsessed with Descent, and played it relentlessly until someone stole my joystick. (Not a euphemism.)

I even remember the intro video where the stereotype Hispanic pilot asked, "Cood sahmbuddy 'splain to me"...I laughed at it every time.

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Final 100 Candidates to Colonize Mars Have Been Chosen to Never Come Back

Wait, what? About two years ago, the Mars One project began soliciting candidates to go on a one-way trip to Mars to help prepare the planet for colonization by Earth. There will be 24 selected to head to Mars and begin the process of making the red planet ready for the rest of us to move house.

And die, I guess, since there's no return trip even in the planning for this.

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SpaceX Rocket Booster Crashes On to Floating Barge [Video]

Explosions are cool. That is particularly true when they’re scientific explosions that don’t injure anyone.

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Fashion Designer, QVC Host Debate If Moon Is Planet Or Star [Video]

If you watch QVC, you know fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is on the cable network shopping channel all the time.

Recently, he and his co-host, Jane Treacy, were talking about a women's shirt, and she said the green pattern reminded her of what the Earth looks like from the moon.

That was a dumb comment because it didn't really look like the Earth at all. But then things got WAY dumber.

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Amazing Time-Lapse Video of Earth from International Space Station

The astronauts on board the ISS know that we love pictures and video of ourselves so much, they spend a lot of time taking pictures of us from up there.

Alexander Gerst was up there for six months, and set up his camera while he was working, to take over 12,000 pictures of the earth.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Model Rocketry Club Converts Porta-Potty Into Rocket [Video]

Sometimes it's just cool to blow things up. And it's even cooler to launch things into space.

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