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View from a Curiosity camera on the Mars Science Laboratory rover.  History!

The most envy-inducing holiday photo ever – Curiosity on Mars.

Oh happy day!  On the 6th of August, 2012, the Curiosity rover made successful touchdown on the surface of Mars.  I stayed up last night to watch the control room feed, streamed live into my living room via the power of the internet, and I was SO HAPPY for those excited men and women the moment they called out ‘touchdown’.  I was almost in tears, just as they were.

More thoughts on this, and what it would have looked like if Curiosity had thrown a few Instagram-like effects on her snap, after the jump.

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Phytocycle SD or 'Salad Machine'

The microgravity-suited Phytocycle SD salad growing machine.

I’ll cut straight to the chase – the Hawaii Space Exploration Analogue & Simulation (or HI-SEAS) experiment intends to put 10 scientists and engineers in a space-style pod for 4 months, and see what recipes they create with limited (non-perishable) ingredients, to inform future Mars missions.  That’s just cool.

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Chocolate planets by Japanese chocolatier, L'eclat

From Japanese chocolatiers, L'Eclat, this is an old photograph from when Pluto was included - the new set has only 8

Have you ever felt like an elder god, peering down upon tiny, unsuspecting worlds, deciding which insignificant planet will be first to fail to sate your inconceivable hunger?  Just me then?  Well, if you haven’t, and would like to, then chocolate planets might be the best way to go.

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A sneak peek of the TARDIS from the second half of Doctor Who, Season 6

Policebox Flying by the Window - Just Another Day in the Life of a Timelord

Pyramids!
Dinosaurs!!
Aliens!!!
Oh, and River Song (boooo!) – it can only be a new trailer for the upcoming second half of the Doctor Who season.

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