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Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades

Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades
This story proves that sometimes even really smart people get things horribly wrong. For the last 30 years, astronomers have believed that a massive object known as Don Quixote was a near-Earth asteroid. In fact, the object was classified as the third largest near-Earth asteroid.

NASA Records Great Balls of Fire on Video

NASA Records Great Balls of Fire on Video
In the predawn hours of August 28, a NASA video network consisting of five cameras located in the southeast United States recorded a massive fireball. The fireball was a meteor that entered the atmosphere of Earth over the Georgia/Tennessee border at 3:27 AM, moving at a speed of 56,000 mph.
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Test Flight Hits Mach 1.43

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Test Flight Hits Mach 1.43
We’ve been suckers for space travel around here for a long time. My secret goal is to one day make enough money to afford a ticket aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two. Unfortunately, tickets for suborbital flights are insanely expensive, but it would be so cool to take one of those flights.

Sisters Build Their Own Mars Rover

Sisters Build Their Own Mars Rover
Two North California sisters, inspired by a documentary, decided to make a Mars Rover by themselves with help from their dad Robert Beatty. Now, 13-year-old Camille Beatty’s and 11-year-old Genevieve’s remote-controlled replica of the Mars Spirit rover is being exhibited at the New York Hall of Science.

Lunar Landing Cake: That’s One Small Step for Chocolate, One Giant Leap for Buttercream

Lunar Landing Cake: That’s One Small Step for Chocolate, One Giant Leap for Buttercream
We’ve already seen an intricate cake that replicates Jupiter, but here’s a space-inspired cake that lands a little closer to home. This lunar landing cake needs to fly off of its orbit around Earth and crash land on my dinner table.

NASA Experiments with Oculus Rift & Virtuix Omni: One Small Step for VR

NASA Experiments with Oculus Rift & Virtuix Omni: One Small Step for VR
Gamers and game developers alike are excited about the potential of the Oculus Rift headset and the Virtuix Omni walking surface. But these virtual reality devices have applications beyond gaming. The Human Interfaces Group of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used both devices to make simulations of space environments.

Jupiter Cake is out of this World

Jupiter Cake is out of this World
This is the planet Jupiter and it’s also an awesome work of art. It looks like one of those Styrofoam models that kids make for their Science class projects, except it’s loads better. That’s because this Jupiter isn’t made from Styro; it’s actually a cake!

Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space

Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space
Kirobo is a 13-inch talking robot that will keep Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata company on the International Space Station. He is now on his way to the ISS after being launched on an H-2B rocket from Japan.

3D Spaceship Cookie Cutters: Houston, We Have a Pastry

3D Spaceship Cookie Cutters: Houston, We Have a Pastry
After the dinosaurs came the astronauts and their spaceships. At least that’s the sequence of events I recall from my history lessons in grade school. And thus the same sequence of events is playing itself out in the world of 3-dimensional cookie cutting.

SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Knows How to Park in Reverse

SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Knows How to Park in Reverse
We’ve already invented a (partially) reusable spacecraft. But the rockets that were used to boost NASA’s space shuttles – and other spacecraft in general – were all designed for one-time use only. That makes space travel wasteful and expensive.

The TARDIS Is Going to Space… For Real.

The TARDIS Is Going to Space… For Real.
Doctor Who has become sort of like an icon among his many fans, with the show inspiring a whole range of products and mods, like the Doctor Who wall clock, Dalek planter, and TARDIS bunk bed.

Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station

Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station
Robotic sports were bound to involve balls in space at some point. Students from the U.S. and Europe can now sign up for what is described as “the ultimate robot game” in which they will navigate floating spheres through the International Space Station for the Zero Robotics programming competition.

Vianney Halter’s Deep Space Tourbillon: Analog Time from Deep Space Nine!

Vianney Halter’s Deep Space Tourbillon: Analog Time from Deep Space Nine!
I’m for any watch inspired by science-fiction, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that this awesome tourbillon watch, which costs probably as much as your house got its inspiration from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Hasselblad Lunar Camera: Amazing Looks, Astronomical Price

Hasselblad Lunar Camera: Amazing Looks, Astronomical Price
There are plenty of cameras out there, but Hasselblad undoubtedly makes some of the most amazing ones out there, including one that was used over 50 years ago in space by NASA astronaut Walter M. Schirra.

Amazing Space Scene Spray Painted on Floor: I Feel the Galaxy Move Under My Feet

Amazing Space Scene Spray Painted on Floor: I Feel the Galaxy Move Under My Feet
Do you love space? I mean, really love space? Then live in it and paint a space scene on your floor like this guy did. This just might be the coolest graffiti art installation I have seen in a long time.

Mars Curiosity Rover Wood Model: Curious Why I Don’t Have This on My Desk Yet

Mars Curiosity Rover Wood Model: Curious Why I Don’t Have This on My Desk Yet
While most of us will never get to visit the red and dusty surface of Mars, we have been afforded the ability to get a first-hand view of the planet, courtesy of NASA’s Curiosity Rover. And while we’ll never get a chance to see the Curiosity itself up close and personal, you can now have your own mini-Rover on your desktop.
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