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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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  11. Astronaut Mae Jemison Says Smart Things About Women In STEM

    To Boldly Go

    For the unaware, Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space, the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek (TNG season 6, ep. 24, if you're interested), and one of the top names on my Living People I'd Like To Have A Beer With list. Earlier this month, she appeared at the Makers Conference to talk about 100 Year Starship, an incredible project that aims to make interstellar travel possible within the next century. In this short clip, she discusses how we can't tackle such a monumental challenge "with just half the population." We couldn't agree more, Dr. Jemison.

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  12. Space Weakens Flies’ Immune Systems, Probably Ours Too

    Flies are also very unfulfilled in space due to lack of poop.

    You've heard of butterflies and houseflies, but did you know there are...flies in space? Researchers at the University of California Davis hatched twelve Drosophilia "space flies" on the Space Shuttle Discovery to discover how microgravity affects their immune systems, as well as our own.

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  13. Mars Colony May Be Built From Bacteria And Astronaut Pee

    Hopefully astronauts don't like asparagus, otherwise "urine" for a surprise

    Obviously we're all hoping that at some point in the future there will be a colony on Mars we can visit in the interests of crazy spring break parties scientific advancement. But would you still want to visit if the Mars Colony was made of bacteria and astronaut pee?

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  14. Astronaut Karen Nyberg Talks About Taking Pinterest to Space

    It Came From Outer Space

    At its launch, Pinterest was immediately labeled as an inherently Feminine social media site in its method, largely, it seems, because its early user base, unlike a lot of other social media communities, was predominantly female. In fact, that's the opposite of most other social media communities. And it wasn't because its captcha service asked "Are you male? (Don't lie.)" and then excluded all the men. Tech sites around the web wrote articles about how men found Pinterest confusing, how the site revealed that stereotypes of the feminine were founded in reality, and went out of their way to reassure men that Pinterest could be used for manly things. Which is part of why I'm subversively pleased at the idea of a female astronaut using Pinterest to get people excited about science and space exploration.

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  15. [Updated] Watch Live Stream of Spacewalk as Astronauts Attempt to Repair International Space Station

    Go ahead. Try to think of a better gift idea than, "A properly functioning space station."

    International Space Station astronauts will be working to repair the faulty coolant system with a series of spacewalks that begin early Saturday morning. You can watch live right here with coverage starting on NASA TV at 6:15AM EST with the spacewalk beginning at 7:10AM.

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  16. International Space Station Coolant System Still Malfunctioning

    It's always worse when things break in space.

    The International Space Station's coolant system, which was supposed to have been fixed by a space walk months ago, is still acting up. Many of the space station's systems had to be powered down to avoid overheating as only the backup coolant system is functioning properly.

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  17. So It Turns Out Going To Space Can Have a Pretty Profound Impact On You [VIDEO]

    These former astronauts really put it into perspective.

    Though you can probably imagine that a trip to space is life-changing, it's hard for us regular folk to understand the impact such a trip could have on your psyche. In this video, former astronauts attempt to articulate the ways in which their lives changed upon returning to Earth after orbiting it. It's incredibly profound. Bring a tissue.

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  18. Here’s A Little Girl Dressed Up As Chris Hadfield…For Science

    Awwwwww

    Houston, we have adorable. Col. Chris Hadfield announced an astronaut Halloween costume contest on his twitter earlier this week, and the response has been a lot of pictures of little ones sporting his signature mustache. I don't know if it's the bare feet or the fact that she's obviously mid-gesture, but this one takes the cake. For cuteness! For science! Huzzah!

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  19. The UN Is Assembling a Team to Save Us From Killer Asteroids

    It Came From Outer Space

    Wrong franchise, Batfleck. You're not supposed to assemble. Now get out of here.

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  20. Watch an Astronaut Try to Get Into a Tent Because Chris Hadfield Wrote a Book

    Maybe get a bigger tent?

    Our Canadian Space Hero Commander Chris Hadfield has a book coming out on October 29th, and to promote it Book Lounge made this video of a fully suited-up astronaut trying to get into a small tent. We don't know why we love this, but we sure do love it.

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