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Japan will send whiskey to the ISS – all in the name of science

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Distillers have long been interested in the particularities of the aging process, and how to mature the drink to bring out that specific, mellow flavor we search for in a glass of quality whiskey. Japanese based distillers Suntory set their hopes high for what they feel is the next big thing for whiskey aging – as high as the ISS, to be specific. They announced earlier this week that several samples of their beverage will be sent to the ISS with the intent to study the “development of mellowness in alcoholic beverage through the use of a microgravity environment.”

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NASA captures footage of “peanut” asteroid

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NASA scientists have taken grainy images of a peculiar asteroid nicknamed the “Space Peanut”. The asteroids measures 1.2 miles across and made its closest approach at 7.2 million kms from Earth – 19 times closer than the Moon.

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Mysterious features observed on Saturn’s moon Tethys

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In its most recent flyby, NASA’s Cassini space probe discovered some strange red streaks on Tethys – one of Saturn’s 62 known moons. “Like graffiti sprayed by an unknown artist, unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks are visible on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys. As the Saturn system moved into its northern hemisphere summer over the past few years, northern latitudes

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Scott Kelly’s Mind Blowing Space Photos

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Scott Kelly has been in space for 6 months, and will stay for a full year. The American veteran astronaut actually commands the International Space Station, and his Twitter account is an absolute delight, with often updates on what’s happening on the ISS and glorious pictures of the Earth, as it’s seen from outer space. These are just the ones

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We have new data from the Philae lander – it identifies several new organic molecules on Comet 67P, charts internal structure

Philae's landing points on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014.

Two different Philae instruments, known as Ptolemy and COSAC (Cometary Sampling and Composition), hunted for organic compounds— the building blocks of life as we know it — on and around Comet 67P.
While the initial data burst received from the lander did hint at the existence of organics on its surface, the data was limited and its meaning not very clear.
The new data is much more interesting.

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First blue moon since 2012 will be visible on Friday

Blue moon of August 31, 2012, viewed from Slobozia, Romania. Image via Wikipedia.

If you do something “once in a blue moon”, that’s really rare – once every 2 or 3 years, to be more exact. There’s no exact pattern for blue moons, sometimes they grace us with their presence sooner, and sometimes it takes more time. It’s been about three years since we had the last one, and it will be another three before we have the next one: the blue moon comes on Friday.

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The sounds of Earth – listen to the Golden Records we sent in space on the 1977 Voyager mission

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The Golden Records were the recordings NASA sent into space to represent our planet’s life and culture, ranging from the sound of rain to samples of Beethoven and Mozart, Chucky Berry and Blind Willie Johnson.

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Space travel thins your skin, scientists report

Spending time in space might thin your skin. Image credits: NASA.

Although we still don’t know the full effects of what space travelling does to the human body, scientists have came one step closer to discovering. Scientists have recently discovered that spending a significant amount of time in space thins your skin. According to a Reuters report, it’s been now revealed that spending enough time in space can make your skin thinner. After returning to

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Pluto is covered in ice and has an atmosphere, new pics reveal

Artistic representation of Pluto's ice. Image via Space Flight Insider.

New Horizons has sent over so much data that NASA will be analyzing and learning more about Pluto for over a year – such is the case now: these new images from New Horizons reveal flowing ice, impressive mountain ranges and a surprisingly thick atmosphere.

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Pluto through the years: GIF shows how our vision of the dwarf planet gradually improved

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OK, I know, you’ve already had your full of Pluto news, but seriously – this GIF is just spectacular. It shows just how far we’ve come, from not knowing about the planet, to seeing it just as a few white pixels, to incredibly clear images of Pluto’s surface, with even mountains being visible. Clyde Tombaugh first shot the planet at the Lowell