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So You Think You Can Live on Mars? Prepare to Have Your Fantasies Shattered

"Oh, so you think space is pretty? Are you willing to remove your appendix and gallbladder for it? To just go temporarily blind because of your body fluids moving during weightlessness?"

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Things We Saw Today: Luke Skywalker Sings “You’re Welcome” in This Moana/Last Jedi Mashup

YouTube user OverEnglishMan recently posted a The Last Jedi / Moana mashup, in which Luke Skywalker plays Maui to Rey's Moana in "You're Welcome."

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Peggy Whitson Breaks the Record for Most Time Spent in Space by an American

We're all kind of sick and tired of this planet... take us with you?

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has officially spent more time in outer space than any other American.

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Things We Saw Today: Littlest Jyn Erso Cosplayer Gives Death Star Plans to All the Leias She Can Find

A young cosplayer, Haley, attended Star Wars Celebration dressed as Jyn Erso. She ran around the conference and shared custom-made Death Star plans with every Leia cosplayer she ran into.

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The Mars Generation Doc Spotlights Aspiring Astronauts With a Bold Mission

The next generation of astronauts is stepping up to the place with a bold goal—make it to Mars within their lifetime.

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NASA’s “Space Poop Challenge” Ends, Possibly Ending Diaper-Wearing Era for Astronauts

"When you gotta go, you gotta go." -Dr. Ian Malcolm

NASA's "Space Poop Challenge" (I kid you not) has just ended, with an inventor developing a brand new way for astronauts to poop while wearing those big ol' spacesuits.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Grew Two Inches and Got Younger in Space–Plus More

Seriously, though!

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned a few days ago from spending just under a year on the International Space Station has had substantial changes occur within his body over the prolonged period of time he's spent up there.

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Watch Coverage of Scott Kelly’s Return to Earth After 340 Days in Space

American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are due to return to Earth tonight after spending 340 days on the International Space Station, and NASA is currently live-streaming coverage of his return, starting with a farewell and a hatch closure that's going on now, with de-orbit and landing coverage scheduled to begin at 10:15 PM. You can watch the coverage above!

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NASA to Begin Astronaut Recruitment for Deep Space Exploration

Finally, a use for all those summers at space camp.

Finally, you can put all those summers of Space Camp to use: NASA's taking applications for a new class of astronauts starting December 14th.

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The Anti-Climactic Answer To “What’s It Like To Get Your Period In Outer Space”

Menstruation has historically been used as an excuse to keep folks with ovaries out of astronaut suits, in spite of the fact that getting a period in space is no different than getting it on Earth. But that didn't stop decades of scientists from speculating about what might go wrong if anyone ever dared to test that out.

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Real-Life Astronaut and Trekkie, Samantha Cristoforetti, to Appear in Crowdfunded Star Trek Fan Film

Thank you, Internet!

Sometimes, it pays to wear your favorite Starfleet uniform when taking selfies in outer space. We've known for a while that Italian astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, who's currently aboard the International Space Station, is a huge nerd. So much that, on one occasion, she did her best Janeway impression in the above photo. Well, it looks like all that in-uniform camera prep paid off!

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Things We Saw Today: Kate Mara is All of Us In This New The Martian Trailer

This trailer for Ridley Scott's The Martian is an incredibly well done in-universe look at the crew of the Ares 3. It's incredibly rich with details about each of the crew members, including Kate Mara as nerdy astronaut Beth Johanssen.

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Do Female Astronauts Have the Edge Over Male Astronauts For Our First Mars Mission?

"Who run the world? Girls!" Who knew Bey was talking about Mars?

PBS Space Time is making the case that if and when there's a manned NASA Mars mission, that mission would do best to be manned by....women! Check out the vid above for some great points and arguments in favor of the first Mars mission using an all-female crew.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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