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Google Maps goes interplanetary, adds Pluto, Venus, and a bunch of moons

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When it comes to maps, Google has already conquered Earth. Whether you need a bird's eye view of your neighborhood or a street-level glimpse at a storefront half the world away, Google can deliver it in seconds. So it's no wonder that after doing pretty much everything it possibly can to map our home planet, it set its sights skyward, and today the company announced it has added a total of 12 new worlds to Google Maps.

The all-new destinations include a whole host of moons scattered around our Solar System, including Europa, Titan, and the frigid Enceladus. Also on the list are the nearby Venus and the once-planet Pluto, and you can explore all of them with nearly the same freedom as the more remote areas of the Earth. You'll have to excuse the lack of Street View support for now, but Google is probably working on that as we speak.

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Video: Scott Kelly stopped by and we got to ask him a few questions

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Former astronaut Scott Kelly spent most of 2015 and a bit of 2016 in low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, functioning as a human guinea pig to test the effects of long-duration exposure to microgravity. He’s currently on a tour promoting the book he wrote about the experience, and as part of that tour he stopped by the Condé Nast offices in New York to do some press stuff.

We were able to squeeze in a quick video shoot and ask some questions of the seasoned space traveler, though we had to keep it short due to time constraints.

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Scientists witnessed the most spectacular event in the universe, and now we know where gold comes from

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In a carefully orchestrated series of press conferences, papers, and journal studies that were sent out together today, scientists from around the globe are announcing one of the most important discoveries of our time, and it's one that answers some fundamental questions about the universe and teases even more exciting revelations to come. Put simply, astronomers were able to witness the collision of two neutron stars, and the incredible detonation that followed, and their observations have far-reaching implications for scientists across a host of different fields.

The actual event was first observed by researchers back in August, and was detected by a huge number of different instruments including telescopes that can spot gamma rays, x-rays, visible light, and radio signals. After the stars began their dangerous dance, all of those mechanical eyes were trained on a single point in space and captured an incredible amount of data that could change our understand of how the universe works.

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NASA says the evidence for a ‘Planet Nine’ is mounting

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We might not actually know how many planets are in our Solar System — and no, this isn't a trick regarding Pluto's status. For years, scientists have wondered if there might be a larger, planet-sized body lurking in or around the thick layer of debris called the Kuiper Belt, and now NASA is saying the evidence is hard to ignore.

The would-be planet, which would likely be a frigid place thanks to its position on the very outer edge of the system, hasn't been directly spotted, but measurements of other known objects in the Kuiper Belt heavily suggest something is there. The only thing left to do is actually spot it, or verify that it doesn't actually exist at all.

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China’s space station is out of control and will smash into Earth within months

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With regular launches from the likes of SpaceX, fantastic photos of far-away worlds sent straight to Earth by high-tech spacecraft, and the very real discussion of Mars colonization, it's easy to forget that humans aren't actually all that great at this whole "going to space" thing. Take China's Tiangong-1 space station, for example, which was launched in 2011, and is expected to slam into Earth's atmosphere around the end of 2017, potentially endangering the lives of anyone in the path of its debris. Great.

The space station, whose name means "Heavenly Palace," performed well for China during its stint in space, but its handlers here on Earth eventually lost complete control over it, admitting many months ago that the spacecraft would eventually crash back down to Earth.

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