"What Earth Would Look Like with Saturn's Rings" is a YouTube video that gives Earth its own ring system. It provides views of the planet and rings from space ... but then takes it a step further and shows what the rings would look like from the planet's surface (a thin edge rising through the sky on the equator, a wide band near the poles). Very, very cool.
According to CNN, thirty-two new planets have been discovered outside of our solar system, bringing the grand total to 400. I've got to say that as a science fiction geek and space enthusiast, I love that we live in a world in which we've confirmed the existence of so many exoplanets. I can't wait until we reach the next stage: identifying terrestrial planets with Earth-like atmospheres.
According to Reuters.com, NASA's Ares 1-X rocket -- the proposed successor to the space shuttle, and a scaled down version of the rocket that could return the U.S. to the moon -- is being rolled out to its launch pad. It's scheduled to be launched on October 27th and you can be sure I'll be near a computer to watch a live stream on that day.