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Watch a Live Webcast of SpaceX Launching Another Falcon 9 Rocket [Update: Forget It]

At 6:46 p.m. EST on February 25, SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 reusable rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and you can watch the webcast live. Check it out at Space X's YouTube channel (above) or on SpaceX's website.

The goal of the launch is to deliver the commercial communications satellite SES-9 to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO), where it will eventually join more than 50 other geostationary satellites operated by SES.

SpaceX won't be surprised if Falcon 9 crashes when it attempts to return to Earth: "Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the 'Of Course I Still Love You' droneship," according to a company press statement [PDF]. "Given this mission’s unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected."

It wouldn't be the first time things have gone wrong. In June 2015, the Falcon 9 exploded shortly after takeoff. But in December 2015, on its 20th mission, Falcon 9 successfully launched and returned to Earth. It was widely hailed as major step in the development of reusable rockets. The competition to create commercially viable reusable rockets has become a race between Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, which nailed the landing on the New Shepard reusable rocket in November 2015. 

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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