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Opportunity’s Amazing Donut Moment and the Other Incredible Mysteries of Mars…

Making headlines all over the solar system this week were the strange events unfolding on Mars. The Martian rover Opportunity this week received the freight of its life when a rock sneak up on it and sat quietly.

The events were noticed by earthbound scientists studying Opportunities surroundings during its winter hiatus. Stationary since September for the Martian winter scientists studying pictures taken 12 days apart noticed the appearance of a strange donut rock.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the most amazing out of this world images captured by humanities emissaries to other worlds, footage that will make you wonder. Sit back, relax and keep that tin foil hat handy, it could be getting busy on Mars.

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Paranoid Android Blipverts, Highlights from the Astounding Web…

Paranoid Android are proud to present for you reading pleasure the latest UFO and Alien related articles from around the worlds wobbly web. After searching high and low for the latest unusual happenings and strange going on’s, we quickly realized that it has been a week of highly strange activity.

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NASA SDO, Three Years Staring at the Sun…

After three years staring at the Sun SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) has taken a second to blink and in that blink of an eye NASA created ‘Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes.’ In three short minutes three years of the Suns life are condensed into this astounding video, the living breathing sun in action.

Produced by Scott Weissinger with music by violinist Martin Lass performing “A Lady’s Errand of Love”.

Sit back, relax and hit that play button, prepare to be taken on a journey to the center of our solar system.

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The Hubble Pyramid on the Moon image…

The shadow stretches far to the left giving an incredible sense of dimension and shape to the Pyramid.  A stunning simple image that seems to portray an anomalous structure on the moon, a structure that logically just shouldn’t be there.

The image itself clearly portrays an unnaturally perfect pyramid casting a long shadow onto the Moons grey surface. The angles and lines of the pyramid are absolutely perfect, far too perfect to be an accident of nature.

Included for your viewing pleasure is the original video that started the ball rolling, copied and pasted to thousands of blogs and websites around the world. Hit the play button, watch the video and you decide, the real deal or internet hoax?

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NASA’s Laser 3D Printer, NASA hits Control P for Parts…

3D Printers, a technology on the rise, which has now been adopted by NASA. The famous rocketmen have joined the 3D craze, embracing the time and cost benefits of the new manufacturing technology.

NASA has a long tradition of adapting leading edge technology, often out of necessity, and then taking that technology to the extreme. NASA’s use of 3D printing is no different, not happy to simply print funny robot toys the parts produced by NASA’s laser 3D printers will be used in the next generation of rocket and rovers destined for the stars, Mars mainly though.

There are so many potential uses for 3D printing in the aerospace industry that we can expect this to be just the beginning. Once the printers make the journey into space even more possibilities open up; replacement parts, new robots for unexpected situations or building entire rovers at the destination.

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The RBSP Satellites recording the sound of Earth’s Chorus and Hunting for Killer Electrons!!!

NASA’s latest space based scientific instrument may also be a radiation rock stars, recording the Earths Song and sending it to the top of the YouTube charts.

Launched August 2012 the twin RBSP satellites (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) have been dispatched to the Earths furthest regions, in this case the Van Allen radiation belt, to study space weather and hunt for the elusive and highly dangerous phenomenon, killer electrons.

Included for your viewing pleasure is the first Chorus recording to be released by NASA. The video ‘The sound of Earthsong’ captures the sounds of a living Earth, its chorus in any case. Still only a warm-up to the main event as the twin probes are in the testing and configuration phase of their mission, a 60 day testing period that is nearly over.

The chorus emissions chirp and pop, resembling a very natural animal noise, the sounds of a living planet. The clarity of these first recordings is very encouraging, the RBSP satellites are running well and ready to rock and roll.

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Curiosity Spies Mars Pyramid, From a Distance…

Curiosity, the Mars rover that everybody loves, has since landing on Mars sent a steady stream of information back to Earth, some of it very surprising. A number of pictures appear to show the distinctive outline of a Pyramid.

Appearing first in early August a number of Curiosity’s spectacular panorama photos appear to show a large Pyramid off in the distance. Nestled amongst the natural rough edges of the surrounding craters edge, appearing to be a mountain range, the clean asymmetric shape stands out.

Of course Curiosity has a long mission ahead of her, plenty of time to explore the more controversial sights. While the scientists seem content keeping Curiosity digging in the dirt for very simple early life forms, it may have just stumbled upon evidence of intelligent life.

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NASA’s Curiosity. A Grand Entrance Presented by Wil Wheaton or William Shatner…

Earth’s latest emissary in space is about to touch down, destination Mars. Curiosity has traveled 557 million kilometers in 8 months (launched November 2011) only to be perched delicately in space ready for 7 minutes of terror, the descent to the surface of Mars from space.

With the tension building to a crescendo, NASA are listening intently for the signs of a successful landing, the call back that will cause one enormous sign of relief. Possibly one of the most watched NASA events in many years, Curiosity at the very least has achieved just that.

To celebrate the occasion NASA has released the Grand Entrance videos, with Wil Wheaton and William Shatner presenting the radical landing procedure along with a little background on Curiosity’s mission. Both video’s are presented for you viewing pleasure, choose your NASA flavor, Wheaton or Shatner.

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NASA ISS Timelapse, Looking Down from the Heavens…

The International Space Station, humanities only space based outpost is captivating at 27,000 km/h, especially the view outside. Knate Myers is the latest videographer to give the ISS photographs the timelapse treatment. producing a remarkable view looking down from heaven.

Produced in the timeless timelapse tradition, with each frame of video beginning life as a high resolution photograph, manually fine-tuned the images are then fed into video editing software, in this case Sony’s Vegas. The source photographs are all publicly available from NASA and have been steadily released over the last 18 months. There is no CGI here at all, these are all photo’s taken from ISS.

Knate Myers video ‘View from the ISS at Night’ is the latest timelapse to make use of the ISS photo’s, by no means the only one. NASA has their own in-house photographer that has produced video’s in the past. Knate has however set the standard for this new genre of space timelapse. With excellent detail and smooth animation backed by an atmospheric sound-track provided by John Murphy, Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor), this is one of the most impressive ISS timelapse videos to date.

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The Voyager Deep Space Update…

Humanities only interstellar ambassadors, the Voyager spacecraft, are on the verge of entering deep space. NASA has previously predicted that Voyager 1 would make the transition to deep space sometime during 2012 or 2013, now instruments on-board Voyager 1 suggest the transition to deep space may be very close.

Voyager 1’s instruments are indicating a steep increase in galactic cosmic rays, one of the indicators that Voyager 1 is entering deep space, leaving the safety of the heliosphere. Protecting the solar system from cosmic radiation the Heliosphere is part of the Sun’s magnetic field and marks the boundary between our solar system and interstellar or deep space.

At 18 billion kilometers from the sun Voyager 1 has already traveled an incredible distance. Communications now take 16 hours and 38 minutes to reach NASA’s network on Earth, while the Voyagers continue traveling at a speed of 17 kilometers per second towards the unknown.

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