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For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It's upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of damns we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.04C higher last year than they were in 2015 — but the real reason this matters isn't because the planet's thermostat suddenly spiked. The overarching, disturbing trend is indisputable.

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As a life-long, avid Sims player, I was pretty excited to hear about NASA Science Investigations: Plant Growth. Released last month, the educational app lets you zoom around the International Space Station (ISS), complete various astronaut tasks and even interact with a fellow astronaut. Most importantly, it teaches you how to grow crops like the ones NASA astronauts tend to by using the Vegetable Production System (Veggie) aboard the ISS.

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Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died at age 82. Captain Cernan logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space - of which more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon.

Captain Cernan was the second American to have walked in space, having spanned the circumference of the world twice in a little more than two and a half hours. He was one of the two men to have flown to the moon on two occasions, and as commander of the last mission to the moon, Apollo 17, was the last man to have left his footprints on the surface of the moon.

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Late next year, NASA is hoping to launch its Space Launch System — a powerful next generation rocket capable of exerting 900 tonnes of thrust. NASA engineers have now completed construction of a stand sturdy enough to test its enormous fuel tank. It's an important milestone, and another step towards sending humans to Mars.

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Sometimes, the best telescopes on Earth need a little help making their observations more meaningful. NASA announced yesterday that it had decided to fund the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE, pronounced ix-pee) mission, a polarised X-ray telescope, to help the bigger telescopes explore some of space's strangest phenomena — including the dead remains of exploded stars and galactic lighthouses called pulsars.

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While you were busy celebrating the holidays, NASA dropped the hottest mixtape of 2016. The Goddard Space Flight Center — where engineers and scientists who work on developing spacecrafts and other NASA technology — dropped a simply fire mixtape to celebrate some of Goddard's greatest achievements of 2016.

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Image Cache: You love space gifs. Your weird engineering buddy loves space gifs. So it was only a matter of time before NASA, the fun-loving government agency with a mission to make sure everybody on this pale blue dot is feeling stoked about the cosmic beyond, officially joined the internet's one stop shop for clever retorts and silly reactions better known as GIPHY.