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Curiosity Rover Watches Mars’ Two Moons Pass Each Other in the Night Sky

Adam Mann writes at Wired:

Unlike our nice round moon, Mars has two lumpy potato-shaped satellites, named for twin Greek gods who personified fear (Phobos) and terror (Deimos). Phobos is the larger and closer moon to Mars, with an average radius of 11 kilometers. Its companion, Deimos, is seven times less massive and three times farther away from Mars, which is why it appears so much smaller. Both bodies are quite tiny as far as moons go — each is about twice the size of Mount Everest. In fact, Phobos and Deimos are so small and have such weak gravity that going more than 25 mph on their surfaces could launch you into space.

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Elysium Trailer – Matt Damon Is A Cyborg In District 9 Director’s New Movie

Now I know I say this about every new sci-fi trailer…that it looks like Halo. But this one really does! As a matter of fact, the director of Elysium and District 9, Neill Blomkamp, was associated with the ill-fated Halo movie several years ago and even directed a live-action short film to demonstrate what his Halo universe would look like.

Having to settle for Elysium doesn’t look so bad, though,

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Red Bull Stratos Delayed Once Again

Tim Keeney writes on Bleacher Report

For the second time in as many days, you’re going to have to wait to watch Felix Baumgartner free-fall over 22 miles from the sky to the earth.

It appeared as though the daredevil’s Red Bull sponsored skydive from the stratosphere—man, that’s fun to say—was going to go off without a hitch on Wednesday afternoon, but as the wind kicked up, the crew was forced to cancel the mission for the second consecutive day…

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A Skydive From The Edge of Space: Red Bull Stratos

Redbull Stratos Felix Baumgartner

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Mike Wall write on Fox News

On Tuesday morning, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner will attempt to break the world record for highest-ever skydive, leaping from a balloon nearly 23 miles above Earth’s surface.

If all goes according to plan, Baumgartner will step into the void 120,000 feet (36,576 meters) above southeastern New Mexico early Tuesday, then plummet to Earth in a harrowing freefall that will see him become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.

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