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French scientists have confirmed with computer models that Gliese 581d, a planet orbiting a red dwarf star about 20 light years from here, has a stable atmosphere, comfortable temperatures, and a surface covered in liquid water. It's the first planet orbiting another star that could definitely support life, and it's basically next door.
 
It's a momentous occasion for cephalopods everywhere as the first ever squid in space is now, uh, in space. The celebration will be short lived, however, as NASA plans to have the astronauts about Endeavour kill the squid in just a matter of hours, before it can break out of its tube of seawater and turn the battle lasers of the ISS on us. Or something.
 
This Game Boy and its obligatory Tetris cartridge were taken aboard the Mir space station by cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov in 1993. It stayed in space for nearly 200 days, and was no doubt responsible for many lost hours of productivity. Now, it can be yours, along with a bunch of other cool stuff that's being auctioned off in New York on Thursday.

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