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

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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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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To Boldly Go

Astronaut Mae Jemison Says Smart Things About Women In STEM

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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It Came From Outer Space

Astronaut Karen Nyberg Talks About Taking Pinterest to 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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Here’s A Little Girl Dressed Up As Chris Hadfield…For Science

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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It Came From Outer Space

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

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

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Wrap Boba Fett Around Your Little Finger With This Ring

By Paul Michael, creator of the Han Solo in carbonite ring design (now an actual ring!), here’s Boba Fett in jewelry form. (For sale on Etsy, via Geeks Are Sexy)

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It Came From Outer Space

Spielberg Produced Female Astronaut Drama Greenlit by CBS

If Steven Spielberg resume as a director has an equal, it’s his legacy as a producer. Well, at least it is for this fan of Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Okay, I suppose he’s also produced some live action television that’s made it’s mark, and that’s probably the legacy that CBS is trading on by greenlighting an entire first season of Spielberg’s new show Extant.

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It Came From Outer Space

Astronaut Karen Nyberg Exhibits Her Method For Hair Care In Space


Astronaut Karen Nyberg’s method for washing her hair aboard the International Space Station is fairly similar to how most of us do so at home, with some shampoo, water, and a towel for drying at the end. Despite the surface similarities, Nyberg’s video on washing long hair in space is mesmerizing, with beads of water flying away from her as she works them into her hair and her long locks floating upward. Watching, I can’t help but think maintaining a mohawk would be easier in space.

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Today in Awesome

NASA’s New Class of Astronauts is Gender Equal

NASA announced today the eight members of it’s new class of astronauts– four of which were women. That is the highest percentage of women in a NASA class to date.

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