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Shark Week, the brainchild of a stoned Discovery Channel employee that became a national holiday, starts officially tonight at 9PM. But you don't need no stinkin' designated week. Live every week like it's Shark Week with the help of Giz!

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This is how Discovery approached and landed safely on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center, after successfully completing mission STS-133. Everyone loves the Space Shuttle launches, but the landings are quite exciting too - and terrifying, after the Columbia disaster. I love the pilot view with the HUD.

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There's a custody war brewing between interested parties over NASA's space shuttle Discovery when it finally returns to Earth tomorrow for the final time. Houston's Johnson Space centre, New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Seattle's History of Flight Museum, Florida's Kennedy Space centre, L.A.'s California Science centre, Dayton's Museum of the United States Air Force and D.C.'s National Air and Space Museum are among 21 institutions vying to care for the shuttle once it's retired. The cost? $US28.8 million.

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On the day of Discovery's final return to Earth, its crew and the crew of the International Space Station had an amazing wake up call from Captain James T. Kirk himself. I'm sure the astronauts laughed with this one, while trying to hold their emotions in their last mission day.

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Today, Discovery reached for the stars for the last time in history. The launch almost got cancelled because of a last-minute computer display problem, but the engineers saved the day a couple of seconds before the launch window deadline. Here's the video of the launch.

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Whoever is responsible for the Kennedy Space Center's Twitter account just posted this impressive picture. "Here's a view you don't see every day," he or she says. Indeed. This is the first time I've seen a photo like this.