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The Unsung 3rd Member of the Apollo 11 Crew Reflects on the 50th Anniversary

On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the historic Apollo 11 mission was Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, whose mission was to bring everyone home. In this animated Google Doodle, Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of the mission that changed our world forever. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/michael-collins-reflects-on-50th-anniversary-moon-landing/

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The Incredible Teamwork Behind the First Ever Image of a Black Hole

EHT Collaboration In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT (Event Horizon Telescope) researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. The image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun. Messier 87 Messier 87 The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international…

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RIP Mars Opportunity Rover. Designed For 90 Days, It Lasted 14 Years

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity…

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Mars Lander Captures Haunting Sound of Martian Winds

Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Dec. 1, 2018. The seismometer readings are in the range of human hearing, but are nearly all bass and difficult to hear on laptop speakers and mobile devices. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. Playback is suggested on a sound system with a…

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A Spellbinding Ocean Exploration With an Underwater Wheelchair

In this dreamlike sequence, artist and activist Sue Austin explores a coral reef in the world’s first underwater wheelchair. Austin lost her mobility after an extended illness in the mid-90s. Through ‘Creating the Spectacle!’ Sue aims to use the surprising juxtaposition of an NHS wheelchair in an underwater environment to transform preconceptions, create positive empowering images and inspire people. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/wheelchair-scuba-diving-sue-austin/

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Gymnast Sets Horizontal Bar Backflip World Record with 20 ft Leap

Gymnast Ashley Watson has set a new Guinness world record performing a horizontal bar backflip. The Leeds gymnast is seen flying 5.87m (almost 20ft) through the air. Watson is a part of the Great Britain gymnastics squad and it wasn’t until his sixth attempt that he managed to complete the record. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/horizontal-bar-backflip-world-record-ashley-watson/

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The Only Person To Ever Golf on the Moon

Image Credit: NASA On February 6, 1971 Alan Shepard became the first and only person to ever golf on the moon. To pull off the feat, Shepard used a modified six iron with the club head affixed to the handle of a ‘contingency sample return device’. Shepard duffed the first ball, but estimates his second shot travelled more than 200 yards. You can watch the historic moment in the embedded video below. After returning to Earth Shepard donated the club to the USGA Museum in 1974. A replica can also…

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Ultra Rare Footage of Mating Deep-Sea Anglerfish Stuns Biologists

A new video, captured in the waters around Portugal’s Azores islands, has stunned deep-sea biologists. It shows a fist-size female anglerfish, resplendent with bioluminescent lights and elongated whiskerlike structures projecting outward from her body. And if you look closely, she’s got a mate: A dwarf male is fused to her underside, essentially acting as a permanent sperm provider. According to Science Magazine, the video was captured at a depth of 800 meters (2,625 ft) by deep-sea explorers Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen in a submersible. Only a handful of videos exist…

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This Clip of Clownfish Working Together Could Be Straight Out of a Disney Movie

In this exclusive clip from this Sunday’s Blue Planet II episode, we see Clownfish working together to move a coconut shell, which they will use to lay eggs on. This behaviour has never been filmed before. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/clownfish-working-together-is-straight-out-of-disney-movie/

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The Mating Dance of the Hooded Grebe was Filmed for the First Time and Its Poetry in Motion

On the remote glacial lagoons of Patagonia, the critically endangered Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) performs a mesmerizing mating dance that has been caught on film for the very first time. The species was only discovered by humans 43 years ago, but have become critically endangered ever since a few American Minks (Neovison vison)—who were introduced to Patagonia for commercial fur production in the 30s—escaped and wreaked havoc on the ill-prepared birds. The footage was filmed for the documentary, Tango in the Wind. You can read more about the bird and…

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