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Beyond the World news headlines
For days now, Twitter, the blogosphere and even newspaper headlines have been filled with the news – NASA was about to announce something big about extraterrestrial life! But it was embargoed by the journal Science, so no one would know the details until today.
As often happens, those details leaked out early and now we can tell you what it was — bacteria, very much Earthbound bacteria, that can live on arsenic.
Pretty interesting but hardly the life-shattering news that some outlets had teased about. Science has posted its own quick video. And NASA even got a little tongue-in-cheek for its news conference.
“We end a week of fiction,” NASA’s Dwayne Brown said. “We are not here today to announce that we have found life elsewhere in the Universe.”
NASA officials admit that Hollywood really is behind the video images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping onto the surface of the moon 40 years ago this month. Well, the new video, that is. The new, and improved, digitally-enhanced-so-that-you-can-actually-see-something video. The old video — well, they lost that. Erased it to save money. But it’s OK because the new images are way better.
There is also some cool audio: