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And the amazing thing — amazing to me, anyway — is that what we’d spent 2,000 years drawing in our heads was actually there. We’d gotten it pretty much right!
We are much, much closer to an answer than we have ever been in the history of the human species; we are on the cusp of knowing.
An image of Saturn’s “sponge-textured moon” Hyperion.
(Are you checking NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on the regular? Don’t forget.)

An image of Saturn’s “sponge-textured moon” Hyperion.

(Are you checking NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day on the regular? Don’t forget.)

washingtonpost:

Even astronauts have World Cup fever.

I bet NASA could double their funding if they developed zero-gravity professional sports. I’d watch.

(via kqedscience)

Have you guys tried the scales at AMNH that tell you what you’d weigh on various planets? Never (in my experience) gets old.

Have you guys tried the scales at AMNH that tell you what you’d weigh on various planets? Never (in my experience) gets old.

(via ilovecharts)

Mars rises in the east at sunset, and soars almost overhead at midnight, shining burnt-orange almost 10 times brighter than a 1st magnitude star.
You can learn a lot from streetlights…These days, city planners are moving to sodium vapor, which glows slightly orange, so from outer space the colors tell you which part of town is new, and which old.
deep-dark-fears:

A fear submitted by thisismyideaofhumor

Deep dark fears turned into wonderful comic strips,
(via Laughing Squid)

staceythinx:

These fun illustrations by Norbert Mayer celebrate animals that have traveled in space.

(via lustik)

A copy of the Customs form filled out by the Apollo 11 astronauts after their return to Earth on July 24, 1969.
That’s right, astronauts go through customs.

explodingtorium:

Cream Swirling in Coffee, 1984, photo by Esther Kutnick