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Here’s How Spacecraft Dashboards Evolved, and Where They’re Headed 

When you drive, the second most important thing you should keep your eyes on is the dashboard of your car (the first thing being the road). In space, however, it’s the controls that are the most essential for navigating and operating your spacecraft. From Gagarin to Scott Kelly, here’s a brief visual history of the human-spacecraft interface.

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The North American Bison Will Soon Be the US National Mammal

The Bald Eagle has long been a national symbol of the United States as the country’s national bird. Now, it’s set to be joined by another animal, the North American Bison, which will soon be made the country’s National Mammal.

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High Sand and High Seas

Namibia, on Africa’s southwest coast, is a large country with a harsh landscape. The towering and constantly shifting dunes of the Namib Desert, shown here in this aerial photo submitted by Your Shot member Julian Walter, run right to the Atlantic Ocean and can reach up to a thousand feet high.

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Fermi’s Gamma-ray Moon

If you could only see gamma-rays, photons with up to a billion or more times the energy of visible light, the Moon would be brighter than the Sun! That startling notion underlies this novel image of the Moon, based on data collected by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) instrument during its first seven years of operation (2008-2015). Fermi’s gamma-ray vision doesn’t distinguish details on the lunar surface, but a gamma-ray glow consistent with the Moon’s size and position is clearly found at the center of the false color map. The brightest pixels correspond to the most significant detections of lunar gamma-rays. Why is the gamma-ray Moon so bright? High-energy charged particles streaming through the Solar System known as cosmic rays constantly bombard the lunar surface, unprotected by a magnetic field, generating the gamma-ray glow. Because the cosmic rays come from all sides, the gamma-ray Moon is always full and does not go through phases. The first gamma-ray image of the Moon was captured by the EGRET instrument onboard the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory, launched 25 years ago. via NASA http://go.nasa.gov/1TkKSpk
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Watch How Dead Silent an Owl Flies Compared to Other Birds

Watch How Dead Silent an Owl Flies Compared to Other Birds

When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. It’s amazing to see. BBC Earth set up microphones along the flight path of the birds to let us hear the difference.

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Finally, An Invention That Can Tell You What Your Cat Is Really Saying

Convinced that when your cat meows, it’s truly trying to tell you something? Now there’s a 3D printed talking cat collar to pick up on Fluffy’s varied vocalizations and “translate” them via an app on your smart phone. Yes, just like the one worn by Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up (“Squirrel!”).

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Picture of the day for April 30, 2016

Wikipedia picture of the day on April 30, 2016: Family of Menhirs, Tower Park, A Coruña, Spain. The sculpture group, created in 1994, is work of artist Manolo Paz. The holes in the rocks are designed to frame different views of the park and the bay through them. http://bit.ly/1N8GvBf
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Here’s The Best View Yet Of The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Landing

If you somehow missed SpaceX’s amazing Falcon 9 rocket landing live earlier this month, or missed it in 4k
, or missed it again when we detailed the drone ship
Falcon 9 autonomously landed on—here’s another chance to witness the terrifying, amazing sights and sounds in 360 video.

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