Outtakes

CNN recently undertook a series about iconic aircraft that today's aviation enthusiast may still be able to fly in. In part one of the series, they look at their 20 favorite planes from the last 50 years including aircraft such as the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, the Boeing 747 and the Bombardier CRJ. Head over to CNN to see photos and info on their top 20.
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Nothing to see here but a couple of retired astronauts hanging out at this week's South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX. Worldwide alumnus and retired NASA astronaut Terry Virts met up with NASA legend Buzz Aldrin right before Aldrin gave a speech at the yearly festival. Virts is seen in the photo wearing Aldrin's credentials.  My friend @AstroTerry showed up to hang with me at #SXSW but if he starts impersonating me since he has my pass don't buy it. You can learn more about Virts and his time as the commander of the International Space Station in this Embry-Riddle interview.  
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LEGO has announced a new series of mini figures that will honor five female researchers and astronauts that have been crucial to the history of NASA. The set will include: Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and space scientist who is known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs Sally Ride, the first American woman in space Nancy Grace Roman, one of the first female executives at NASA who was known for planning the Hubble Space Telescope Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space This was designed by science writer Maia Weinstock.
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The United Kingdom’s Birmingham Airport is so famous for its crazy crosswinds that people often gather just to watch the planes attempt to land. Many a pilot have been sent rocking and swaying down the airport’s already uneven landing strips. Check out the video for a compilation of some of the difficult landings.
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After an amazing Super Bowl LI which saw the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons, one of the real stars of the game might not have been the players on the field but the 300 Intel drones in the sky. As halftime performer Lady Gaga began her first number, the foot-long drones danced in the sky behind her, forming the American flag. The drones, fresh off a three-week show at Walt Disney World, each are about a foot long square, weigh just over eight ounces, and are made of simply plastic and foam body to soften any accidental impact. And for those wondering how the NFL was able to fly the drones over the Houston’s NRG Stadium and the 80,000 people inside with current FAA regulations prohibiting either? The answer is two-fold: The NFL got a temporary dispensation from the feds, oh and the opening number was filmed earlier in the week with no audience. You can check out the full performance here.
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A Japanese spacecraft sent back photos recently of what appears to be the largest wave of its kind known in the solar system. The Akatsuki craft spotted the wave which stretched for more than 6,000 miles and remained fixed above the surface for four days. Researchers believe that the occurrence was a “gravity wave,” a “disturbance in the winds caused by the underlying topography that propagated upward.”  
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Amazon has been granted on a patent on what it is calling an “airborne fulfillment center,” an aircraft that appears to be a giant mothership for retail products and the company’s new drone delivery system. The patent, which was granted in April, calls for “a floating command center delivering goods from eight and a half miles above the ground.” Orders could be received and delivered from the command center within minutes. Amazon's filing explains that the blimp would remain in the air and be refueled and replenished using a shuttle.  Click here to read more about Amazon’s latest patent.
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A recent photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows the enormity of Saturn’s rings as compared to its icy moon, Mimas. But while it appears that the rings are far more massive than Mimas, scientists believe that the mass levels may not be far off.  According to NASA, the rings, which are made of small, icy particles are very thin contain only a small amount of actual material. The Cassini mission is expected to determine the mass of Saturn's rings as the mission winds down by tracking radio signals from the spacecraft as it flies close to the rings. 
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Visitors to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando will have a new kind of holiday spectacular to check out thanks to a new experience featuring 300 drones.
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YouTuber and comedian Tom Mabe has gotten into the Halloween spirit and he's used a drone to do it.  This classic video shows Mabe's "flying reaper" terrifying unsuspecting victims in the park as his skeleton-faced figure dangles from an invisible thread from a drone above. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
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A driverless Uber truck recently made a 120-mile trip across Colorado in what is the first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck. San Francisco start-up Otto, which is owned by Uber, successfully made the trip to deliver 2,000 cases of beer for Anheuser Busch. "If we work to perfect technology, we can shift a lot of these freight hauls to the dead of night and take advantage of our Interstate system when it's underused," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado's department of transportation. Otto says the truck did have a driver on board in case of an emergency but the truck drove down Colorado’s Interstate 25 without issue.
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Amazon recently opened a store in Seattle to test a new concept for a grocery store without something you might think is pretty important: the checkout line. Customers can walk in,  grab what they need and walk out without ever having to wait and it’s all thanks to what the company is calling “Just Walk Out Technology.” The store, which is being called Amazon Go, uses machine learning, sensors and artificial intelligence to track the customer’s activity. You simply tap your cellphone on a turnstile when you enter, grab what you need and leave. Sensors on your items will be placed in a virtual cart and charged to your card on your way out. The store is currently only open to Amazon employees but they are hoping for a public opening in early 2017.
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Enterprise In Space, an international initiative of the non­profit National Space Society, is teaming with the Kepler Space Institute and tech firms like Made In Space, 3D Hubs, Sketchfab and Prairie Nanotechnology to present Print the Future, a contest that will allow student teams the chance to have something 3D-printed aboard the International Space Station.
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Deep inside a 14-by 22 foot subsonic tunnel, engineers at the Langley Research Center in Virginia are using lasers to map the air flow around the new Boeing Blended Wing Body aircraft. The process used by NASA to test airflow is called particle image velocimetry. During the process, cameras can record the movement of particles as the laser light bounces off them. The engineers can then determine the flow once the images are processed. The craft, which Boeing says is a greener and quieter airplane, is currently in development.
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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently announced his company’s plans to colonize Mars with one million people. The plan, which SpaceX hopes to begin in 2024, would be undertaken by a new spacecraft that could send up to 100 people at a time leading to what Musk says could be a million-strong civilization within a century. "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible — make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. "The objective is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multiplanet species.”
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