This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see.

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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year.

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you.

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Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Mission Around Mars

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A rich space tourist who earlier payed $20 million to visit the International Space Station, is now working to promote an even more ambitious project – a manned flyby around the planet Mars in 2018. Much like the Apollo 10 mission which proceeded the famous Apollo landing, this mission would be only intended to make a quick flyby of the red planet, in fact only spending about 10 hours at its closest point 100,000km above the planets surface.

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Will We 3D Print the First Moon Base Using Lunar Soil?

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It’s exciting that in recent years a host of serious projects are being launched, directed at the goal of colonizing another planet in the solar system. From the groundbreaking Curiosity rover exploring the surface of Mars, to the reality TV funded Mars One project, the world is pushing hard to put the first permanent inhabitants on the surface of another world. Now Enrico Dini, the inventor of a massive 3D printer called D-Shape, is teaming up with the European Space Agency and building innovator Foster + Partners in an attempt to solve one of the most challenging aspects of colonizing another planet: lifting a heavy habitat off earth and getting it there.

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Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people!

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End of a Legacy: Space Shuttle’s Last Flight

Since 1981 the Space Shuttle has been rocketing astronauts and important scientific projects out of the Earths atmosphere and into weightless space. Tomorrow at 11:26 a.m. EDT, the Shuttle Atlantis makes the 135th and final Space Shuttle flight, delivering a resupply to the International Space Station and ending the now 30 year old Shuttle program. To comemorate the launch we bring you a fun infographic about the sheer size of the behemoth orbiter vehicle and the distances it has traveled.

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Captured in Color: A Survival Story From 1915

A mid winter glow in the Weddell Sea. Showing The Endurance in 1915.

Taken in 1915, these fantastic pictures are from the dawn of color photography, and from an astounding event during the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.” Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew where in the midst of one of the most incredible expeditions and subsequent survival stories of the last century… and managed to photograph much of it in color.

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The Hidden Art Under New York City

Filmed without permission or permits, Steve Duncan goes urban spelunking to find the hidden treasures under New York City. Followed by his brave cameraman, Duncan explores beautiful closed off subway tunnels from bygone era’s, the first underground sewer for the city and interviews the people that inhabit the dark place. See the beautiful photos he’s taken of his many adventures at undercity.org.

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When Reddit and NASA Footage Collide

NASA fan and Redditor, Reid Gower got frustrated recently with how the hugely inspirational organization has such poor public relations and media. His respose? To make an all out, goose bumps all over your body, video promoting the work of NASA and featuring the much missed voice of Carl Sagan. No, this isn’t an official NASA video… this is pure NASA love.

Quite a story has developed around this video too, spawning other remixes of NASA footage as space exploration fans attempt to create the media they want to see. We share some of those videos here.

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