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  1. Watch the Crew Of the International Space Station Discuss Daily Life In Space, Star Trek

    So what's life in space like? Let Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA, European Space Agency) answer some questions about daily life in a space station.

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  2. You Thought Sally Ride Was the First Woman in Space? Meet Valentina Tereshkova

    When you hear the word “astronaut,” you probably think of guys like Neil Armstrong. When you think of women astronauts—an even smaller number—you probably think of the late Sally Ride who, among her many accomplishments, went to space twice, was a physics professor at U of C and, perhaps most importantly, was immortalized in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” But Ride, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t the first woman in space.

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  3. Space Cowboys Packing Heat: Russian Astronauts Bring Their Guns

    Dakka dakka dakka!

    There are a lot of dangers in space. Comets, asteroids, aliens, bears. That's why Russian astronauts bring their guns.

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  4. Astronaut Leland Melvin’s Dogs Boldly Go Where No Man’s Best Friend Has Gone Before

    Set phasers to snuggle.

    Astronaut, TV host, and NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin is already an amazing human being, but PUPPIES! This is officially the greatest official astronaut portrait ever.

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  5. Two Women Soon to Be on ISS Long-Term Crew for Only the Second Time in History

    Today in good news.

    Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut, will blast off this weekend to join the ISS crew, including Russian cosmonaut Elana Serova, in orbit. That will make this only the second time in the space station's 16 years of operation that two women have been on its six-member crew at the same time.

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  6. In Space, No One Can Hear You ROFL

    Space jokes coast to coast.

    Still not following all of the astronauts—seriously, just every single one of them—on Twitter, despite how many times we suggest it? Here's another great reason you should be: space jokes. This one comes from Astronaut Reid Wiseman who is currently aboard the ISS, and it's so great that I'm only a little disappointed it didn't come with a picture, because he's been tweeting a lot of amazing ones.

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  7. Astronaut Wears Firefly, Star Trek Shirts In First Instagrams From Space

    Spaaaaaaaaaaace

    Was NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, currently residing on the ISS, already wearing this Firefly t-shirt ("Shipping & Logistics: Everything's Shiny") when he decided to take the first Instagram sent from space? Or did he decide to take the pic and then think "Wait, this could be even more nerdy. Time to go change!" Either way, gotta love it. For the second Instagram taken from space, by the way, Swanson wore a t-shirt featuring the symbol of the Klingon Empire. Should we be worried about his allegiances? Check that one out behind the jump.

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  8. New Method Could Turn Astronaut Pee Into Drinking Water and Fuel

    Liquid gold!

    Pee and other human waste (poop) are a problem in space. Processing astronaut urine for useable drinking water is nothing new on board the International Space Station, but a new process can recycle that urine into both water and energy—and it's not just limited to space. We could all soon be generating pee-fuel.

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  9. Otherworldly Paintings of Female Firsts in Space

    In my Google Docs, I have a list of artwork that I'd like to hang on my walls one day. I've been tending this list for years, shifting entries around as my tastes change and new things catch my eye. Ciaran Duffy's paintings of women in space have a steady spot near the top. It's hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Susan Helms. I've got a serious affinity for pictures of aurorae viewed from orbit. If you'd like to have some of these on your own walls (you lucky duck), you've got two options: original paintings, or prints.

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  10. Space Farts Could Be Silent But Deadly Astronaut Killers

    Houston, we have a problem. A butt problem.

    Given the recent resurgence of interest in the cosmos, it's natural for us Earthlings to worry about the safety of the men and women bravely exploring the final frontier. But are we concerned enough about space farts? The risks posed by flatulence in a confined area are more than just hot air.

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