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What Lightning Storms on Earth Look Like From Space

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The astronauts at the International Space Station had front-row seats for what may have been the greatest show above Earth this past weekend.

As the crew hurtled across India at nearly 17,000 miles per hour, they got to see what a series of lightning storms in the country looked like from above—about 200 miles above, to be exact.

NASA’s Terry Virts posted a Vine of the incredible display:

As Discovery points out, several other ISS astronauts, including Scott Kelly and Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti, have pretty impressive social media presences, too. Kelly has been posting Vines of routine repairs, and is keeping an eye on weather systems over the U.S.

For more from the ISS crew, follow Virts (@astroterry), Kelly (@stationcdrkelly), and Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) on Twitter.


A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.


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