Connor Johnson, a six-year-old from Colorado, has long dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now, he is on a mission to save NASA. He launched a petition on the White House website to gain support for the program and has received thousands of signatures. Since the petition has gained national attention, he’s received all kinds of calls and messages from people. This week, however, he got a very special call — from astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan was the last American to walk on the moon 41 years ago, and when he heard about Connor’s determination to go to space, he wanted to do anything he could to keep that inspiration alive.
Cernan says he sees Connor in himself, and had big dreams of his own when he was Connor’s age. He told Connor that to go to space in the future, “you’ve got to dream about things that a lot of other people think you can’t do.” He also told Connor to “take us back to the moon, take us to Mars, and just remember I will always be with you on every trip you take.” Pass the tissues, please! [USA Today]
Lily, a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has turned one year old. To celebrate, the zoo released this heart-melting video of the best moments of her first year. Watch Lily’s smiley face as she meets her dad for the first time, takes baths, and makes friends with the zookeepers. [Salon]
Depending on your mood and romantic history, you’ll either find the love story of “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul and his fiancee Lauren Parsekian to be hopelessly adorable or nauseatingly saccharine. During Paul’s Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night, he thanked his “beautiful, inspiring fiancée … Thank you so much for looking at me the way that you do, you truly saved me.” We love Aaron Paul, for obvious reasons, and Parsekian, who is ridiculously gorgeous, seems pretty cool, too — she’s the cofounder of the Kind Campaign, which works with abused and bullied young girls. There’s, like, a lot of love between these two, and they’ve documented it in interviews, photos and endless Twitter posts about one another. We’ve captured the most, um, intense Twitter exchanges between these two lovebirds for your enjoyment. You tell us — is it too cute or too much?
Ignore the overwrought soundtrack to this little mini-movie, and instead focus on the amazing moves of 12-year-old Justin Beer, the pint-sized breakdancing master featured here. Beer’s got the chops to be a major breakdancing sensation — before he’s even out of middle school. [YouTube]
These are some sleepy and adorable kittens, aren’t they? Makes you just want to get in the middle of this cuddle puddle. [Buzzfeed]