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

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

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

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

Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life.

Cool gifs reveal the orbital period of each planet

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

An unprecedented look at what it's like to live and work aboard the ISS.

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

Cassini will get as close as 321 miles (516 kilometers) of Dione's surface if all goes as planned.

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

The high-speed ground transport system was first described by Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper, and its first route would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with an expected journey time of 35 minutes.

Astronaut Terry Virts's photo of the Great Pyramids

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!" Read the rest

Russia's ruined shuttle in pictures

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

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. Read the rest

I CAN SEE INTO INFINITEHHHHHHH

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Boy, 15, discovered a planet

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

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. Read the rest

Crowdfunding a porno movie in space

Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins launched an Indiegogo campaign to make the first porno movie in space. Lovia, Sins, adult site Pornhub, and studio Digital Playground claim they can get it done for $3.4 million. Best of luck to 'em! What should they call the film though? Share your best titles in our forum thread. From the Indiegogo page:

Pornhub is teaming up with top ranking adult studio Digital Playground in joining the ranks of Armstrong and Gagarin by pioneering a one of a kind mission to defy gravity, make history, and push the boundaries of intergalactic "Sexploration" by filming the first ever sextape in space. In doing so, we will not only be changing the face of the adult industry, we will also be chronicling how a core component of human life operates while in orbit.

With some help from our generous fan base and extended community, we can all make this happen. Our work is definitely cut out for us. We need to train and outfit our crew, consult with a dedicated team of specialists, purchase custom modified film equipment, and completely fund the use of the shuttle that’ll take us on our journey to space.

"Pornhub Space Program - SEXPLORATION"

Pornhub Presents: Sexploration from Pornhub TV on Vimeo. Read the rest

Watch: Fly over the dwarf planet Ceres in this new NASA video

Here's a newly-released video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, that provides “dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.” Read the rest

Space Oddity meets Up-Goer Five

Alaska Robotics perform a very special cover of Space Oddity in constrained-vocabulary phrasing that restates the lyrics using only the 100 most common English words, in the style of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer/Up-Goer Five. (via Vi Hart) Read the rest

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