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SpaceX Releases Inspiring Video of Dragon’s Historic Journey Through Space


SpaceX made history in May when its Dragon capsule became the first privately-built spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station. Now, the company has released a YouTube video that follows its historic journey through space, from liftoff to its return drop in the Pacific Ocean.

The video begins with footage from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch on May 22 that carried the Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It also features footage of it orbiting the Earth, U.S. astronaut Don Pettit opening Dragon’s hatch and SpaceX’s reaction to the successful mission.

Not only was the Dragon the first privately developed vehicle in history to ever successfully attach to the International Space Station, only four governments — the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency — had previously achieved this feat.

SpaceX — which has a $1.6 billion contract to fly 12 supply missions — is gearing up for more launches in the near future. The first contracted cargo flight is scheduled for September.

What do you think of the video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Image courtesy of SpaceX

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NASA Releases Awesome 360-Degree Interactive Video Of Mars

While we wont be seeing Mars with our own eyes for some years, NASA has revealed the next best thing: an interactive 360-degree video taken on the Red Planet.

NASA shared theincredibly immersive video on Facebook, which allows you to click and drag around the screen to explore the Martian lands, even via your smartphone.

The panorama was created by patching together 57 images ofthe sandy plains of Mars’Bagnold Dune Field,taken on January 19 of this year by the Curiosity rover.NASAsaid that the camera, which took a composite of images around the rovers base, is on the end of the rovers selfie-stick armto give the impression its arm isnt there.

360-degree videos onFacebook are still a pretty recent development. So, Facebook donMark Zuckerbergshared and showed off the video himself, saying, This is just the beginning of what we can do with virtual reality and 360 video. Pretty amazing.

NASA has also toldGizmodothat they have more plans for immersive technology like this. By the summer, they hope to release a complete virtual reality Mars simulator.

Use your smart phone to explore Mars with me in 360 degrees. #FromWhereIStand

Posted by NASAs Curiosity Mars Rover on Saturday, 30 January 2016

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/nasa-release-awesome-360-degree-interactive-video-mars

‘Gravity’ Trailer Will Leave You Gasping for Air With Sandra Bullock

Take a deep breath — you’ll need it.

The official trailer for Gravity is the longest and most unnerving look at Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller, starring Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Previous trailers gave audiences a peek at Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, helplessly tumbling through the dark voids of space. The new trailer builds upon the action, using Stone’s desperate breaths to echo throughout the footage.

The trailer also adds emotional depth to the plot. Clooney’s character Matt Kowalsky asks Stone, “Is there somebody down there looking up, thinking about you?”

“I had a daughter. A little girl with brown hair. Tell her that I’m not quitting,” Stone responds.

The film arrives in theaters on Oct. 4.

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Boy Band Parody Mocks You For Still Acting Like a Teenage Girl


A new parody of boy band One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” pokes fun at adults who fawn over things that teenagers often love.

“I know it feels pretty weird to discreetly listen to a teenage boy band at 33,” the One Direction look-alikes sing in the video. “We know it’s meant for little girls, but we can’t agree it’s OK (oh-oh), it’s OK to like this song.”

The spoof from comedy site Jest goes on to mock the video’s main character for liking Glee, Degrassi, Dreamworks and Pixar movies, Selena Gomez, Hunger Games, iCarly, Twilight and other pop culture guilty pleasures (and for trashing her bedroom after Javier won The Voice).

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But the question remains: Are you a grown-up teenage girl? If so, are you OK with that? Because I am.