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Saturn's icy sponge

It's well-established by now that we're absolute suckers for weird and/or mysterious things floating around in space, and so far -- in terms of our little solar system, at least -- Saturn and its general neighborhood have been a gold mine for spacey weirdness. (Its moon Titan's seas of possibly life-containing opaque methane are a prime example.) The newest Saturnalian weirdo on the block, however, is another, much smaller moon: Hyperion. Just 300km across, it's one of the most irregular (read: funny-shaped) orbiting bodies in the solar system. Discovered in 1847 and photographed distantly by Voyager II in 1981 and again more closely by Cassini in 2005, new image processing of Cassini's hi-res holiday snaps has revealed much more than just a lumpy rock with a funky orbit. Turns out, as you can see from the resulting image, that it's incredibly porous, not unlike a giant floating loofah, and as a result about 40% of Hyperion is nothing but empty space. Hyperion's porousness allows its craters to stay remarkably well-preserved; the deepest is more than 1/3rd of the diameter of the entire moon and up to 10km deep. In any case, all we can say is: neeaaat.
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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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