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Ruimtereizen naar de Zon!

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Poollicht.be, in een samenwerkingsverband met NASA is trots om een compleet nieuw product te lanceren: ruimtereizen naar de Zon!

Na vele jaren aan wetenschappelijk onderzoek is het NASA gelukt om een ruimteschip te bouwen die de hitte van de Zon kan verdragen en wij nodigen jullie uit om onderdeel te zijn van deze historische reis!

Lees er meer over op onze speciale pagina!

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Ons ruimtereisje naar de Zon was natuurlijk nep en een 1 april grap. Hopelijk hebben we jullie vermaakt met onze grap en als het even kan ook een klein beetje voor de gek gehouden. Natuurlijk gaan we nu weer keurig door in waar we goed in zijn, betrouwbare informatie leveren over het ruimteweer.

Bedankt voor de vele leuke reacties namens het hele Poollicht.be team! Hieronder nogmaals de hele tekst:

 


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De pre-order knop was een link naar de engelstalige Wikipedia pagina over 1 april. :)

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