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Inside Japan's KitKat factory, Hockney's $90 million painting, hidden continents and more

Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he died in a jet crash in 1967) but, thanks to this collaboration, …

Gravity Images Reveal Lost Continents Under Antarctica

For four years, the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite accumulated data on Earth’s gravitational field. Now, scientists are using that information to best understand what lies beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets. Here, they’re learning that East and West Antarctica bear fundamental differences, including lithosphere thickness. Underneath the former, there are actually several similarities to the continent’s closest neighbors. Read more at VICE.

Silversea World Cruise 2020 Will Hit All Seven Continents

Once the Silversea World Cruise experience kicks off on 5 January 2020 from Fort Lauderdale, it will stop at 62 ports across all seven continents over 140 days. Aboard the Silver Whisper, 382-people—each paying between $62,000 and $250,000—will touch 32 different countries along the way before concluding in Amsterdam. The experience actually isn’t the world’s longest cruise. That belong to Viking Cruises 245-day extravaganza. However, it’s …