The moon is a terrifyingly beautiful place. These 13 photos capture it perfectly.

There's a reason that so many horror movies are set in outer space, and it's not just the aliens.

Though there are some who would argue otherwise. GIF via "Ancient Aliens."


It's probably the lack of oxygen or the vast and soul-crushingly empty blackness that seems to stretch on for eternity. The final frontier basically combines every fear of the unknown that has ever plagued mankind, then takes away gravity just to screw with us even more.

And yet, outer space is just so damn pretty.

In our humble little solar system, there are few places that capture the haunting beauty of space better than the moon. And with NASA's Project Apollo Archive releasing over 8,000 photos of their journeys to the moon via Flickr, now is as good a time as any to sit back and reflect on the terrifying awesomeness of our nightly neighbor.

Here are 13 photos of the darkest sides of the moon:

1. Hiding in the shadows

All photos via the Project Apollo Archive/Flickr.

Look at the moon, just peeking out of the darkness all by itself, nefariously plotting against its more successful, better-looking sibling (us). The Earth is truly the Marsha to the moon's Jan, and you just know that she's getting a little fed up with all the attention we're getting.

2. Looking like the Death Star

Sure, the moon may enchant you with its brilliant luminescence, reeling you in like the song of a siren from mythological times, but once you get closer...

3. The ugly truth

... the moon's smooth, shiny veil dissipates and reveals its true form: a cold, ash-covered rock pockmarked by shadow-filled craters and death.

4. Alone in the dark

Really, what's so scary about this, though? So what if it's a dark, silent, completely desolate piece of rock on which no life can grow... So what if it looks like the beginning of every movie in the "Alien" franchise...

5. Doom around every corner

Nope, nothing to be afraid of here. There definitely probably isn't something waiting to pounce on you right behind that rock...

6. Stretching for miles and miles

And there certainly isn't some giant, Graboid-like creature waiting to pull you beneath the surface...

7. No one can hear you scream

And even if there were, what are you going to do? You're 238,900 miles away from the nearest police station!

8. Goodbye, Earth

On the moon, you're also 238,900 miles away from the nearest cellphone, and 238,900 miles away from Facebook, Twitter, your favorite coffee shop, Donald Trump...

...hey, it's not all bad.

9. Johnny 5 would be sooooooo jealous

And besides, if anything goes wrong, you've got your buddy and a robot car as backup!

10. The X(traterrestrial)-Games

That robot car would look totally sweet catching some hang time off that hill over there!

11. Man 1, gravity 0

And if worse comes to worst and you happen to wreck your robot car while fighting off whatever otherwordly being that was waiting for you behind that hill, you can always just hightail it outta there on your kickass spacecraft!!!

12. To the skies!

Yeah, peace out, moon! You ain't so scary! Come to think of it, you're actually kinda...

13. Magnificent

I'm sorry I ever disparaged you, moon. Why have we not invented the technology that makes living on your gray-tness possible? You're pretty damn beautiful.

Beauty can be found in everything — even the stuff that scares you — and definitely on the moon.

To check out the Project Apollo Archive's entire collection of awe-inspiring photos, head over to their Flickr page.

And after you do that, maybe send some support your local space program's way. Because the fear of the unknown can only stay that way until we shine the light of discovery upon it.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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