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Epic photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the moon

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International Space Station over Australia,” by Dylan O'Donnell.

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Jack Fusco's remarkable night photography

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Night photography specialist Jack Fusco has a special love for framing his images of the Milky Way using sea caves, like this one in Malibu.

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New York from space towel


From Schönstaub, who make the amazing sized-to-order celestial rugs, comes the NYC from space beach-towel.

Fascinating guide to antique space maps (Also, the Earth is square)

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Above, a map of the "Square and Stationary Earth" (1893) by a Professor Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

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Magna Carta of Space (1966), new laws for the final frontier

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In 1966, only five years after the first human went to space, aviation lawyer William A. Hyman published the Magna Carta of Space, a serious text proposing a new kind of Space Law. From the British Library:

As outer space exploration was unprecedented, it was unclear what issues lawyers might face when legislating for the ‘final frontier’ and what, if any, jurisdiction they had for imposing an intergalactic law code. Furthermore, as so little was known about space, it was largely up to the legislators’ imagination as to what might be legislated for, forcing them to consider unique questions in the history of jurisprudence.

* Do aliens have legal rights?
* Who owns the stars, planets and moons?
* Where does Space begin and a nation’s airspace end?
* What is the role of private industry in Space?
*Who will allocate radio frequencies and set standard time?...

Hyman’s book explicitly attempted to restrict the misuse of Space by belligerent nations, with articles 7 and 19 making provisions to ban ‘nuclear experiments in Outer Space’ and the prosecution of ‘War, in, by, or through space … forever’. As Hyman stated in his introduction, it was his expressed wish to create a Magna Carta of Space that was so ‘powerful’ it would ‘compel the proper use of space --- for peace’.

Magna Carta of Space (Amazon)

See more at "Space: The Final Frontier" (British Library, via @arielwaldman)

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NASA: We're headed for Jupiter's moon Europa

NASA today announced that a new mission to Europa is moving forward from concept review to development.

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Cool gifs reveal the orbital period of each planet

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NPR’s Science Tumblr “Skunk Bear” shared these awesome gifs that demonstrate how long it takes each planet in our solar system to travel around the sun

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Space in ultra-high def: NASA releases 4K video from International Space Station

“The view of life in space is getting a major boost with the introduction of 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video, providing an unprecedented look at what it's like to live and work aboard the International Space Station,” NASA says in the notes for this wonderful new ISS footage.

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“This important new capability will allow researchers to acquire high resolution/high frame rate video to provide new insight into the vast array of experiments taking place every day. It will also bestow the most breathtaking views of planet Earth and space station activities ever acquired for consumption by those still dreaming of making the trip to outer space.”

Here's the HD download link.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft to do close fly-by of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will cruise very close to of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon's surface if all goes as planned.

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SpaceX launches Hyperloop pod design competition geared for students and indie engineering teams

An initial diagram for the Hyperloop. [SpaceX]


An initial diagram for the Hyperloop. [SpaceX]

SpaceX is launching open competition “geared toward university students and independent engineering teams” to design and build pods for Hyperloop. And this should be fun: some of the Hyperloop prototype pods will race next year, on a subscale test track near the firm's Hawthorne, CA headquarters.

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Astronaut Terry Virts's photo of the Great Pyramids

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Tweet by Astronaut Terry Virts, who returned to Earth a few days after 200 days on the International Space Station: "It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these!"

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Russia's ruined shuttle in pictures

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Ralph Mirebs' gallery of the abandoned spaceship evokes scale, sadness, and what might be described as Soviet sound judgment. [via Ars Technica]

Spinning solar-powered Titan & Luna globes

If you liked the solar-powered spinning Mars globe, but wanted something more exotic, there's the spinning Titan globe, and for something closer to home, there's the Lunar edition.

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I CAN SEE INTO INFINITEHHHHHHH

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Boy, 15, discovered a planet

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Scientists have confirmed that Tom Wagg, now 17, discovered a new planet in a solar system 1000 light years away.

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How to cook turmeric chicken, rice, and peas. In space.

Amazing astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows us how she cooks one of her favorite meals aboard the International Space Station, whole red rice with peas and turmeric chicken. From the European Space Agency:

Food is an important item in space, also on the psychological side; that's why astronauts are allowed a certain quantity of the so-called "bonus food" of their choice that reminds them of their home cooking tastes. We asked Samantha to show us how she manages to cook one of her bonus food recipes in microgravity.

(via The Kid Should See This)

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Solar-powered spinning Mars globe

It's 4.5" in diameter and spins slowly so long as there's light for the solar cells: $140 on Thinkgeek.