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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. [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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