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Rocket Science Is Hard

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On Tuesday, April 14, Space-X successfully launched a Dragon resupply capsule to the International Space Station.  However, their second attempt to land the booster on an autonomous drone ship also failed when the rocket toppled over shortly after touching down.


http://www.space.com/29091-spacex-reusable-rocket-dragon-launch.html


Well, at least the astronauts will have espresso and ice cream, now.

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Thunderbirds Are Go...Again

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Well, it looks like WETA Workshops has had a hand in rebooting the old Thunderbirds television series, some 50 years after the original aired.  There have been a few abortive attempts to remake Gerry Anderson's most successful puppetshow, some creepier than others, but this one captures the meticulous look of the original, while using CGI to update the characters so they retain the spirit of the originals while having better proprtions and movements.



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Real Science: Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Nitrogen on Mars

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Good news on the Martian front; after making a side trip to study some interesting rocks, the Curiosity Rover has found traces of nitrogenic compounds.  On Earth, nitrogen is usually of organic origins, but on Mars it was probably created by lightning strikes.  Either way, it indicates an increased possibility that Mars may have harbored life at one time, as nitrogen supplies the nutrients for life.


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