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Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein!

Albert Einstein (Image credit: Oren Jack Turner, Public Domain)

The famous German scientist Albert Einstein would have turned 138 years old today. Einstein, who passed away in 1955, is best known for his theory of general relativity and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E = mc^2. 

Coincidentally, Einstein's birthday falls on Pi Day. To celebrate, the team is chowing down on mini-pies with Einstein-themed decorations and sipping on "Albert Winestein" wines, courtesy of National Geographic.'s Hanneke Weitering poses with Albert Einstein party favors from National Geographic. (Image credit: Purch)

Next month, the National Geographic Channel will premiere its new 10-part television series, "Genius," which stars Geoffrey Rush and recounts Einstein's personal life and professional accomplishments in juicy, dramatic detail. The first episode of the new global event series airs on April 25.

"Genius" airs April 25 on the National Geographic Channel (Image credit: Tariq Malik/Purch)

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.