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Tag: astronomy

I want this rocket themed table.

A little out of my price range, but still…

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By Stelios Mousarris, via NOTCOT. Buy here.

Remember that time when NASA received a parking ticket for landing on an asteroid?

Yes, this happened.

In 2001, when its NEAR Shoemaker space probe landed on asteroid 433 Eros, NASA received a $20 parking ticket from Gregory W. Nemitz, who had claimed ownership of the asteroid 11 months earlier.

Spoiler alert: Nemitz took this to court, where it was finally dismissed in 2005.

Text from Futility Closet. Read more here. Image via wikipedia.

Free to print posters from NASA’s JPL are beautiful (and awesome)!

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From JPL, NASA. The below is my favourite one (although the artist’s name isn’t on the document – anyone know who it is?)

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Also some back story to the “Grand Tour” idea here.

Beautiful video by Wylie Overstreet and @GoGoGorosh on the scale of the solar system. Definitely worth checking out.

By Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh.

Lovely song “Sally Ride” by Janielle Monáe

“Sally Ride” was inspired by Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 — July 23, 2012). Sally Kristen Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American women to travel to space, at just 32 years of age. It should also be noted that she was in a same sex relationship for 27 years prior to her death and tried to keep her personal life as private as possible. (via genius.com)

These space themed paintings by @mrmichaelkagan are very cool.

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By Michael Kagan, via Colossal.

Jupiter in high resolution equals “Death Star.”

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From reddit user quadcem, Boing Boing.

“We are dead stars looking back up in the sky.” Lovely video on human existence and the pathway of our atoms

From the Atlantic, h/t @experrinment

The illustrations for “Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space” are gorgeous!

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Art by Ben Newman. From Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space (amazon), via Brain Pickings

Love these space themed illustrations by Scott Campbell

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By Scott Campbell.

HEADLINE: Martians Build Two Immense Canals on Mars in Two Years!

From the The New York Times, August 27, 1911.

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Read the full story here. Via Futility Closet.

In which Jupiter wonders what the storm fuss is all about…

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Via zipmeme

Love this little anecdote about astronaut John Glenn and the International Flat Earth Research Society

Found at Futility Closet and noted here for tagged archive.

In February 1962 John Glenn circled Earth three times on Friendship 7.

When he landed, he received a card from the International Flat Earth Research Society.

It said, “OK wise guy.”

Strange and surreal space themed animated gifs

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By Zach Dougherty, via Colossal.

Saturn is awesome. That is all.

Breathtaking…

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Data from Cassini. Image processing by Gordan Ugarkovic. Via Bad Astronomy.

These black and white (science-y) illustrations by @superjoshln are gorgeous

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By Josh Ln, via Thinx

Minimalist International Year of Astronomy posters (2009). #beautiful

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By Simon C. Page, via Thinx

These images by Hollis Brown Thornton would make interesting slides for a segue into astrobiology.

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By Hollis Brown Thornton

I’m so cool, it’s ridiculous. An animated gif for the astronaut in all of us.

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By Adrijan, via Fresh Photons

Axis-tilt: is the reason for the season. #awesome

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Photo source unknown, via Fresh Photons

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