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First-Person View of a Rocket Falling From Space

Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside a rocket falling to Earth? Look no further than this video from SpaceX, which affixed a GoPro to a fairing inside its Falcon 9 rocket to capture beautiful footage of its descent (set to "Blue Danube," naturally).

SpaceX designed the two-stage Falcon 9 to take satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. (The goal is to make the booster stage of the rocket reusable; the company came incredibly close to that goal in an April 2015 test. Fairings might one day be reusable, too.) The rocket has already made a number of successful resupplying missions to the International Space Station, and is currently testing the Dragon to carry astronauts into space—which means that humans could experience this spectacular view firsthand as early as 2017.

SpaceX CEO/CTO Elon Musk doesn't just want to send people into orbit; he also hopes to put humans on the red soil of Mars. "I think we’ve got a decent shot of sending a person to Mars in about 11 or 12 years," he told astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson in April. In a Reddit AMA, he said he's hoping to debut his Mars Colonial Transporter toward the end of 2015. "The Mars transport system will be a completely new architecture," he said. "Good thing we didn't do it sooner, as we have learned a huge amount from Falcon and Dragon."

[h/t Business Insider]

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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