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NASA Ribbed by Space Racist at Supernova News Conference

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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STILL BEING PICKED ON NASA NASA just finished up a nifty little live press conference about the discovery of a 140-years-young exploded supernova at the center of the galaxy, the result of a 50-year hunt. This is massive news for those studying stellar death and rebirth or anyone who spent a significant amount of alone time watching Lt. Ilia scenes in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

For the conference, NASA invited press—or anyone, apparently—to call into a phone bank and fire off questions for scientists on the project. They can put a man on the moon (allegedly) and unlock some of the secrets of our universe, but they aren't swift enough to avoid a scenario ripe for punking ...

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