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The Trump Administration Wants to Privatize the Goddamn International Space Station

According to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post, the White House may turn parts of the International Space Station (ISS) over to "industry" after it stops direct federal funding of the station in 2025.

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ISS Astronauts Win for Coolest Star Wars: The Last Jedi Screening Location: Outer Space

Astronauts: confirmed best nerds.

We're all gearing up to finally see The Last Jedi and get our fix of Rey's continued journey, Poe xFinn, Carrie Fisher, and (finally) Mark Hamill back in action—except for Kaila, who's seen it already and is sworn to spoiler secrecy—at various points this weekend, and we're not the only ones. Even the ISS astronauts are getting ready to host their own screening in the movie's natural habitat: space.

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Things We Saw Today: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Nails the ’80s Commercial in Blu-ray Ad

In perfect marketing news: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has made the most '80s of '80s promos for their DVD and Blu-rays on August 22nd. "Aw Steve, don't make me choose!"

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Things We Saw Today: It’s A Ball Gown Made of Books! shared some amazing photos of a ballgown whose bodice is made from the spines of old books!

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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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Jeanette J. Epps Will Make History as First African-American Astronaut to Board the International Space Station

On Wednesday, NASA announced that Jeanette J. Epps would be the first African-American astronaut to board the International Space Station as a crew member.

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Astronauts Took the Mannequin Challenge on the International Space Station

Is using zero gravity a cheat or a challenge?

Astronauts on board the International Space Station took the Mannequin Challenge.

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Things We Saw Today: NASA’s Peggy Whitson Became the Oldest Female Astronaut

This past weekend, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson set an unusual record: at age 56, she's the oldest woman in space.

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Float Around the International Space Station and View the Earth Yourself in Incredible 360° Video

Bonus points if you find where they're hiding the aliens.

Yes, the Earth really is round (no matter what the Internet tells you), and the best way to experience it is with 360° video. The amazing pictures that astronauts have sent back to Earth from the International Space Station can only do so much, but this video from cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko brings us the closest experience to actually being aboard the ISS and seeing the Earth, in all its beauty, for ourselves.

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Things We Saw Today: Metallica Proves How Metal They Are By Playing “Enter Sandman” on Children’s Instruments

When you've been around as long as Metallica has (their first album came out in 1983!), you don't have to prove yourself to anyone! So, if they want to play one of their greatest hits, "Enter Sandman," on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon? On classroom instruments? They're damn well gonna do it!

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NASA Spokesperson Explains Why UFO Video Coverup Speculation Is Nonsense

I want to believe ... that people will let this go.

Last week, some corners of the Internet were all wound up about NASA's public, live video feed from the International Space Station and whether or not it cut out just as a UFO was seen entering Earth's atmosphere. Now, a NASA spokesperson has dignified that question with an answer that probably won't change anyone's mind anyway.

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Things We Saw Today: Canada Has Star Trek Currency

Holy moly, Canada has Star Trek-themed currency including a delta-shaped gold coin, coins with the USS Enterprise, and coins with Spock, Uhura, and more.

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Astronauts Enter BEAM Inflatable ISS Habitat for the First Time and Perform Tests

Like "who can bounce highest"?

After a troubled initial attempt at expansion, the NASA and Bigelow Aerospace's BEAM expandable space habitat reached its full size last week. However, it still needs to be tested to ensure that it's an appropriately protective home for humans in the harsh environments in outer space, and astronauts have finally made their way inside to do just that.

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Check Out This 3D Video Tour of the International Space Station

Don't worry! There's a 2D version, too.

This week, the European Space Agency released an extensive narrated tour of the International Space Station. It's available in both 3D and 2D versions.

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NASA’s Inflatable Bounce House—Er, Space Habitat—Now Successfully Deployed After Initial Problems

Party on the ISS!

Last week, NASA was having a bit of trouble blowing up (inflating, not destroying) their BEAM inflatable space habitat much like a winded partier trying to blow up a raft over the holiday weekend. Now, they've gotten it to work, which means it's time to set about testing the habitat to make sure it's actually worth blowing up in the first place. Gotta save your energy in that summer heat, after all.

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NASA’s Inflatable International Space Station Addition Failed, and They’re Trying to Figure out Why

The astronauts need their bouncy castle!

NASA's BEAM module that was set to expand the International Space Station yesterday—quite literally, as BEAM is an inflatable habitat that was supposed to blow up to usable size—failed to function, and they're still trying to figure out why. However, I'm now being told by sources that this inflatable addition to the ISS is not actually a bouncy castle, so I guess they're not missing much, at least.

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Learn About NASA’s New Inflatable Space Habitat That Totally Looks Like a Marshmallow

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), constructed by Bigelow Aerospace will be transferred to the the International Space Station during SpaceX's resupply mission next month for attachment.

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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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Things We Saw Today: Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead Concept Art

Concept artist Joshua James Shaw shared some early concept art for Deadpool's Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and it's fascinating to see the different iterations she went through.

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