Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

Users can now explore the ISS in a 360-degree view, courtesy of an astronaut at the European Space Agency

The search engine on Thursday announced that anyone can now see inside the ISS using its popular map tool, Street View. Launched in 2007, the technology feature in Google Maps and Google Earth provides 360-degree views from different positions—previously limited to streets around the world. For the first time ever, Google has extended the feature into outer space.

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Dead Galaxy Discovered By Hubble Leads To More Questions Than Answers

As reported in the June 22 issue of the journal Nature, Hubble was able to photograph a dead disk-shaped galaxy that stopped forming stars just a few billion years after the Big Bang. What’s special about the find is that it revealed something unexpected. Instead of seeing a chaotic star formation resulting from the merging of galaxies, what the astronomers saw were stars formed in a pancake-shaped disk. Apparently, this is the first evidence showing that dead galaxies could evolve from a Milky Way-shaped disk into a giant elliptical galaxy.

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New Conspiracy Theory: Children Kidnapped for Mars Slave Colony

Even in this age of free-flying conspiracy theories, this one’s a doozy.

On Thursday (June 29), a guest on Alex Jones’ radio show named Robert David Steele claimed that Mars is inhabited — by people sent to the Red Planet against their will.

“We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride, so that once they get to Mars, they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony,” Steele told Jones, the founder of the controversial InfoWars website. [25 Space Conspiracies That Just Won’t Die]

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Space Rock All Night: 24-Hour Broadcast Celebrates Asteroid Day

A 24-hour broadcast celebrating Asteroid Day begins Thursday evening (June 29), and you can watch it here on Space.com.

Tomorrow (June 30), astronauts, celebrities and planetary protection researchers from around the world will come together in Luxembourg for a 24-hour webcast to celebrate Asteroid Day, and you can watch the action right here on Space.com.

The 24-hour broadcast will feature discussions on a variety of asteroid-related subjects, including the impact undiscovered asteroids can have on the Earth, how scientists spot new asteroids, and the importance of current asteroid missions like NASA’s OSIRIS-REx and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA)’s Hayabusa-2.

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Impact For Near Earth Asteroid In 2029 ‘Can’t Predict Behavior’ | The Daily Caller

Scientists believe a 40-million-ton asteroid set to fly close to Earth in 12 years may end up colliding with our planet on a future pass.

The Apophis asteroid will pass within 18,600 miles of Earth on April 13, 2029, which is ridiculously close by space distance standards. Scientists expect the near-miss to disrupt the asteroid’s orbit, making its future path unpredictable.

This means there’s a small chance Apophis could hit Earth on a future pass. Apophis will pass by the Earth again in 2036.

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Dead Satellites Could Be Blasted Out of Orbit With Powerful Magnetic Beams

Ready, aim, fire.

One scientist is working on a novel solution for knocking dead, broken satellites out of orbit so they can’t cause any damage to other spacecraft: a magnetic grappling beam.

The same technology could also be used to keep groups of new satellites in orbit, according to experts, which might one day enable us to combine packs of satellites flying in formation to create giant telescopes.

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