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Outer Space Vodka has been filtered through meteorites

Outer Space Vodka has been filtered through meteorites

Forget whiskey made in space. A new adult beverage called "Outer Space Vodka" is vodka that has been filtered through actual meteorites (five times) and then bottled in a glass alien head. The vodka itself hails from Iowa, and is made from good ol’ Iowan corn, according to its maker. It’s not the vodka’s source that is the notable point, though, it’s the meteorites through which it has been filtered.

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Comet 67P’s oxygen challenges our views of the solar system

Comet 67P’s oxygen challenges our views of the solar system

Trying to learn about the history of our solar system is like detective work on a literally cosmic scale. Considering how that history spans billions of years, all we can do is guess based on the clues left behind by other space objects. Comets have long been considered to be the archivists of our solar system, formed and gathering materials as the time of the solar system's birth. So when scientists find the unexpected surprise of oxygen on Comet 67P, their hearts all go aflutter.

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Study details germs on International Space Station

Study details germs on International Space Station

The International Space Station has a peculiar aroma, according to people who have been there. Fresh air isn’t possible up there, and while a series of filters run constantly, it’s not exactly germ-free. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently conducted a study to find out what kind of germs are on the ISS, and they found a variety of nasty microscopic hitchhikers, not the least of which is Staphylococcus.

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Old lunar rover sold for scrap was saved from junkyard grave

Old lunar rover sold for scrap was saved from junkyard grave

Yesterday, a report surfaced about a prototype lunar rover that had been sold for scrap, having first gone from a NASA auction to someone’s barn, where it sat until the owner passed away and someone in charge of the estate took the rover to a junkyard. It was a sad story about a piece of history being lost forever, but one with an unexpected plot twist. The rover, it turns out, is doing just fine.

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You still have time to see the super Hunter’s Moon tonight

You still have time to see the super Hunter’s Moon tonight

Halloween is nearly upon us, and coming just ahead of it will be a bright full moon dubbed the “Hunter’s Moon.” Why? Because winter’s coming, and if you were having to hunt for sustenance, tonight’s extra brightness would be a good time to do so. While you probably won't be heading out to the woods on a midnight hunt tonight, you do still have time to prepare for a chilly session under the stars, enjoying the view.

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World View completes major flight test for manned flight

World View completes major flight test for manned flight

World View is a company that plans to carry passengers to the edge of space and it plans to start manned flights by 2017. The company has announced that it has completed a major flight test that clears the way for it to move onto the next stage of testing. The flight test carried a scaled down replica of the spacecraft to an altitude of 100,475 feet.

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Mystery space junk will reach Earth next Friday the 13th

Mystery space junk will reach Earth next Friday the 13th

A small payload of mysterious space junk is hurtling toward Earth, and it’ll be arriving on the most apropos of days: Friday the 13th (of November). What is the junk composed of? That’s not entirely known, but it does have a name: WT1190F, which, of course, looks like everyone's favorite text exclamation. That's purely coincidental, according to the researchers, as is its arrival date.

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Comet Lovejoy passes the alcohol around in space

Comet Lovejoy passes the alcohol around in space

It seems that giving comet C/2014 Q2 the nickname "Lovejoy" was almost prophetic. Nicolas Biver from the Paris Observatory in France and his team have discovered that the comet was giving out 21 different kinds of organic molecules during the peak of its activity as it got closer to the sun. Among these molecules were a simple sugar glycolaldehyde as well as ethyl alcohol, the very same type found in alcoholic drinks. While that in itself is a pioneering discovery, the overall observation gives a lot more weight to the theory that comets may have had a more substantial role in creating life on Earth.

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Hubble Spots The Final Frontier

Hubble Spots The Final Frontier

This week scientists have published images of the faintest and earliest known galaxies in the Universe. These are the frontiers of the Big Bang, the edges of our Universe - beyond which, we have no knowledge. Some of the galaxies spotted in these galaxy clusters were formed just 600 million years after the Big Bang. To put that in perspective, our own Solar System is thought to have been formed between 8.5 to 9 BILLION years after the Big Bang - the galaxy clusters NASA and the ESA have spotted here are far, far older than we are.

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Dying space body is first object ever seen transiting a white dwarf star

Dying space body is first object ever seen transiting a white dwarf star

The real-deal Death Star has been discovered - a white dwarf star with evidence of solar-system-destroying features. This may not be the only such white dwarf in the universe - in fact, chances are it isn't alone. What's unique about this situation is that it's the first evidence of a theory that said white dwarf stars become "polluted" by elements from space bodies it pulls in with its massive gravity. Bodies found around this white dwarf are far closer to it than any planet is to our own Sun.

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