Watch: Fly over the dwarf planet Ceres in this new NASA video


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When can we start mining them? I want my cheap platinum and I want it now.


Damn. If I’d known I would have saved my fingernails for you. Cisplatin made them fall out like crazy.

On another note, every time I read “dwarf planet” I expect the photos to look something like this.


IN the not too distant future
Next Sunday, A.D. –
There was a guy named Joel,
Not too different from you or me.
He worked at Gizmonic Institute,
Just another face in a red jumpsuit.
He did a good job cleaning up the place,
But his bosses didn’t like him
So they shot him into space.

sorry the exaggerated verticals just reminded me of that opening from MST3K


It kind of looks like an effect from a 1950 SF film, where Planetoid X looks like something the props department makes by layering papier mache on a Spalding kickball.

“The vertical dimension has been exaggerated by a factor of two, and a star field has been added in the background.”

Ah, there we go.


keep expecting it to rotate to:


Just show me a close up of the white spots already.


I feel like eating a giant Ferrero Rocher now.


Pee on it, fart on it and sprinkle it with some sand and coal dust and you’ll get a comet-grade space ice cream.



It clearly says “69” in that crater.



Secret Master Angstrom


No matter how many times I see images from these remote and amazing worlds, I always marvel at how shit they are compared to ours.


It’s Ferrero Roche all the way down. In a pyramid formation.


Here’s the latest, closest pic:


The bright spots are where the surface accumulation of dust and grit have been scraped away revealing the crystalline mantle through which shines the light of a central sunlet.


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