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Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Complex will get to walk on the surface of Mars thanks to some slick virtual reality features that take advantage of Microsoft HoloLens tech. The new experience is called Destination: Mars and it allows users to walk on Mars using real images from the Curiosity Rover. Destination: Mars is a Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex exclusive, will be located in a pop-up theater, and will be available for viewing through January 1, 2017.

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Ancient comet disintegrates in deep blue Hubble space photo

Ancient comet disintegrates in deep blue Hubble space photo

Most of NASA’s photos are visually stunning but similar in nature: bright stars and planets are mixed with large splashes of saturated colors, dust clouds and debris usually mixed in amidst it all. A new photo the space agency shared this week is very different but no less great — it shows a very deep blue background with bright blue particles mixed in, the entire image covered with what could easily be mistaken for film grain. The photo is calm, relaxing, and a small glimpse at the death of an ancient comet.

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Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

Annual Arctic sea ice minimum in 2016 ties second lowest amount on record

NASA has been using satellites to record the minimum and maximum levels for sea ice in the Arctic Sea since 1978. The sea ice minimum and maximums are a gauge to see how global warming is affecting the Arctic. NASA has announced that the annual lowest extent of sea ice happened on September 10 and that sea ice extended for 1.60 million square miles on that date.

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NASA: Charon’s red spot comes from ‘graffiti artist’ Pluto

NASA: Charon’s red spot comes from ‘graffiti artist’ Pluto

Pluto’s moon Charon has a red spot, which NASA recently showcased in a high-resolution photo captured by New Horizons. That red spot, it turns out, is a bit of graffiti ‘gifted’ from Pluto itself; the stain is composed of an organic material dubbed tholins that originate from Pluto’s methane gas. When the methane gas escapes Pluto’s atmosphere, the space agency says, it ends up trapped by Charon’s gravity and eventually freezes in place, finally converting into heavy hydrocarbons via exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

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Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

Watch as Obama designates Atlantic’s first Marine National Monument

The first ever Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean has been established today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. This new monument joins two already-established Marine National Monuments. One of these monuments is the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off the coast of the Samoan Islands, established by President Bush in 2009. The other is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, also proclaimed by President Bush in 2006.

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HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

HMS Terror ship found in Arctic joining 2014’s HMS Erebus discovery

In 2014, officials discovered the HMS Erebus, one of two ships that sank in the Arctic while on a mission to travel across the Northwest Passage. The location of the second ship, HMS Terror, was still being sought, though, a mission that itself has reached its conclusion thanks to the Arctic Research Foundation and a single tip. The HMS Terror was discovered in King William Island’s Terror Bay on September 3; according to researchers, it is very well preserved and all signs point to it having “sank gently” to the sea floor.

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Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

Grolier Codex, an extremely rare ancient Maya book, is genuine

In the 1960s, what is said to be one of the rarest books in the world was discovered: an ancient Maya book called the Grolier Codex. While the physical book itself — meaning the actual pages — were quickly dated back to the 13th century, researchers have long speculated that the drawings contained in the book were forgeries, something sellers would have made to try and get more money for the product. That’s not true, it turns out. Researchers with Brown University have announced that the Grolier Codex is genuine in every way, making it the oldest known manuscript found in America.

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Sorry, bacteria is faster than the five-second food rule

Sorry, bacteria is faster than the five-second food rule

If you've always followed the so-called 'five second rule' for dropped food, you may want to rethink your dietary habits. According to newly published research from Rutgers University, it doesn't really matter how fast you pick up food because it'll already have germs on it by the time you retrieve it.

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This is the stunning star-spawning “Stellar Nursery” NASA just spotted

This is the stunning star-spawning “Stellar Nursery” NASA just spotted

NASA has released a processed photograph taken of what it calls a "stellar nursery" found in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The nursery is dubbed N159, and it is home to many colorful young stars outputting ultraviolet light that, as a result, causes the surrounding hydrogen gas to glow. Joining the hot stars and their ethereal glow are "torrential stellar winds," says NASA, which are themselves etching arcs, ridges, and filaments from the various space materials found within the satellite galaxy. The photo, released by the space agency over this past weekend, was captured using the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Blue Origin announces New Glenn rocket, plans to see it fly by 2020

Blue Origin announces New Glenn rocket, plans to see it fly by 2020

Blue Origin announced today that's it been hard at work at developing the successor to its New Shepard rocket, which saw its third and fourth launches earlier this year. Named after John Glenn, the first American to enter orbit around the Earth, Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket will come in two different variants and may be space bound by the end of the decade.

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Dolphins recorded having a conversation claim researchers from Russia

Dolphins recorded having a conversation claim researchers from Russia

Researchers from Karadag Nature Reserve Feodosia, Russia claim to have recorded a conversation between a pair of Black Sea bottlenose dolphins called Yasha and Yana. The two dolphins were talking to each other in the pool where they live and the scientists calm that an underwater microphone was able to distinguish the animals' different voices.

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MIT researchers develop camera that can read books without opening them

MIT researchers develop camera that can read books without opening them

You've almost surely heard the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover," but what if you could read a book through its cover? Because that's basically what researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech are able to do with a new imaging system that can read individual pages without opening the cover. In a new study published on Friday, the researchers detail their system that can read the text on a stack of up to nine pages without the need to flip through them.

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