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82-Year-Old Nichelle Nichols Is Signed Up for a NASA Mission

In a Reddit AmA chat on Thursday, Nichelle Nichols, famous as Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series, announced she’ll be going up into very thin air: In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too. I’ll be streaming as […]

Did NASA Just Find Another Earth?

NASA has a new favorite planet. It goes by the unsexy name of Kepler-452b, but the description reveals more about why it’s special: in a release, the aerospace experts have called it Earth’s “Bigger, Older Cousin.” NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery […]

Octopi With Ears and Fish that Walk: Freaky Unseen Sea Creatures From Deep Water

This video combines footage released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documenting a recent expedition by the Okeanos Explorer in the deep waters off Puerto Rico. The octopus with ears is a dumbo octopus; the fish walking on feet is a sea toad; and the lightbulb-looking thing is a jellyfish. Video source: Sploid. […]