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Watch today’s SpaceX launch live right here at 12:30 PM

SpaceX might have some seriously grand plans for the near future of its rocket program, but until the "world's most powerful rocket" is ready to head skyward, it's business as usual at the commercial spaceflight firm. Today, SpaceX will launch its Dragon cargo spacecraft on an unmanned supply run to the International Space Station, and you can watch the launch and recovery live right here, thanks to SpaceX's always fantastic live stream.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 12:31 pm ET, and the SpaceX craft will be taking off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once the first stage of the rocket separates, it will head back to Earth where, if everything goes according to plan, it will land upright and be recovered and refurbished for continued use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxWsYx8dbo

One of the things that makes today's launch particularly special is that it will be the last time NASA sends a brand new Dragon cargo craft to the ISS. From now on, the company plans on only sending its "flight proven" hardware on those missions. SpaceX still has more resupply launches left in its contract with NASA, which was extended from 12 flights to 20 after the partnership proved successful.

Today's mission will provide some 6,400 pounds of supplies including scientific hardware to the crew of the ISS. The vast majority of the gear being delivered is needed for experiments and research being conducted on the craft, but the astronauts will also be getting a bit of ice cream to make their stay in space a tiny bit more enjoyable.


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In-flight Movies Make Men CryMen are wimps who hide their tears under blankets on planes.In a survey by Virgin Atlantic, 41 percent of men on airplanes admitted to burying “themselves in blankets to hide tears in their eyes from other passengers.”There’s even an episode of "This American Life" dedicated to the phenomenon — and one man who claims to cry at every single movie he watches on an airplane (partial list includes “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Bend It Like Beckham” and “What a Girl Wants.”)Although the percentage of women who cry on airplanes is unknown, the Virgin Atlantic survey concluded that about 55 percent of people admit to being more emotional while flying. And scientists have confirmed the sentiment, although there aren’t (yet) any studied explanations for why it seems to affect men so profoundly. Related: How to Cry on an Airplane Without Anyone NoticingA study by a behavioral scientist in the Netherlands determined that adult humans are most likely to cry when dealing with issues of attachment or lack, including loneliness, separation, or feelings of powerlessness. Even when crying happy tears, these emotions can usually be traced back to strong bonds — which some philosophers might take a step further to the temporality of relationships and deep-rooted fear of losing them.So crying on airplanes may be more common due to a combination of: being alone among other people, powerless to control the direction of the plane, and unable to contact friends and family on the ground. (If this theory holds any weight, as more aircraft introduce onboard Wi-Fi it may be possible that in-air crying will decrease.)A second theory is based on distraction. While traveling in a plane, activities are at a bare minimum and the brain is able to fully invest in any entertainment — which could make for a more powerful emotional response. But even in a movie theater, people watch films without distraction and are (many times) able to emerge without having become blubbering messes.One academic paper from George Mason University hypothesizes that the airplane cabin is a perfect landscape, fertile for emotional tears. The in-flight entertainment’s small screen size, personal audio, and close proximity to the passenger creates a feeling of intimacy. However given that cabin lights may be on and the passenger is literally rubbing shoulders with a stranger, the final effect is jarring: deep connection with a movie in an environment with no real connection, neither to the surrounding people nor the physical space.And even the physical space itself could be making people cry.The pressure and oxygen levels in the airplane cabin are similar to what a human would experience at about 8,000 feet above sea level, according to Tonic. This decreases blood oxygenation, which in turn means that the brain is getting less oxygen, which can affect mood. According to one study from the U.S. Institute of Medicine, “the initial mood experienced at altitude is euphoria, followed by depression.”Factor in that free glass of wine with meal service, the stress of air travel, and likely sleep deprivation and it’s not entirely unlikely you'll shed a few tears while in transit.Choose your in-flight movie wisely.


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