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(14 Nov. 2013) — Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, prepares to exercise in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station, using the advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED).

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, gets a workout on the advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED) in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station.

AREDを使用した運動を行う若田宇宙飛行士(11月15日)(出典:JAXA/NASA)

Next time when you’re at the gym, complaining about the mess of the dumbbells, spare a thought for the ISS astronauts who NEED to work out to avoid the worst cases of muscle atrophy. 

Four Volcanoes Erupt in 360-Degree Fly By

For sheer drama, nothing beats an erupting volcano, except maybe … four erupting volcanoes.

Hubble’s Latest Mind Blowing Cosmic Pictures

The Hubble Space Telescope has been looking deep into the Cosmos for over two decades returning over a million observations of planets, exoplanets, nebulae, galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The mission has surpassed our wildest expectations, but some of the most intricately beautiful views of the Universe have been released only recently — sometimes in collaboration with other observatories.

Want your mind blown? Take a look at these cosmic beauties!

Blue, Not Red: Did Ancient Mars Look Like This? Is that Earth? Nope! That’s Mars… well, it might’ve been Mars a couple of billion years ago when it had a thick atmosphere and oceans (yes, oceans). Although the inclusion of a Martian biosphere (the green bits) is a little, well, fanciful, software engineer Kevin Gill used real elevation data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Obiter (MRO) to render the planet and then added water and an atmosphere (and a touch of green for some hypothetical Martian vegetation). 

"I am a software engineer by trade and certainly not a planetary scientist, so most of my assumptions were based on simply comparing the Mars terrain to similar features here on Earth (e.g. elevation, proximity to bodies of water, physical features, geographical position, etc) and then using the corresponding textures from the Blue Marble images," Gill told Discovery News.

To be honest Kevin, we think you did an awesome job.

Meet the Superhumans

This video has been replaying in my head ever since I saw it. I’ve never been excited about the Paralympic Games, but now? I want to see these athletes fight for gold.

With all the Olympic coverage hitting Discovery News these days, we don’t want to forget about the ParaOlympians. Channel 4 hasn’t. They created this video highlighting the “superhumans” of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Does it move you too?