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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Doles Out Some Amazing Advice For Life On Earth

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Doles Out Some Amazing Life Advice

“If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. Commanding a spaceship or doing a spacewalk is a very rare, singular moment-in-time event in the continuum of life. You need to honor the highs and the peaks in the moments — you need to prepare your life for them — but recognize the fact that the preparation for those moments is your life and, in fact, that’s the richness of your life. The challenge that we set for each other, and the way that we shape ourselves to rise to that challenge, is life.”

Col. Chris Hadfield, the social media-savvy astronaut who gifted the world with a beautiful cover of “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station last year, is back on Earth, and has written a book about his experience. In an interview with Canadian news show “The National,” Hadfield responded to the question he gets most frequently: after such a huge accomplishment, where do you go from here? His response was perfect. Whether you’re doing a spacewalk, training for a 5K, or working toward a degree, the journey is just as important as the end point. [Brain Pickings]

Watch This: Astronaut Cady Coleman Discusses Her Space Hairstyle Choices With Sandra Bullock

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Long Hair In Zero Gravity Makes A Statement!

Remember that awesome astronaut Cady Coleman, who chatted with Sandra Bullock from the International Space Station to help her prepare for her starring role in the upcoming movie, “Gravity”? She’s back on Earth now, and got the chance to meet her movie star mentee in person. In this joint interview, Bullock talks about what she learned from their conversations, and Coleman discusses how her choice to have long, thick hair in space was much more than just a fashion statement. “I had bigger hair up there,” Coleman explains. “I let it grow because I wanted it to scream ‘Zero G, there is a woman in space,’ for these girls.” Hear, hear! Check out the video above to see Coleman and Bullock’s sweet rapport, as well as some great shots from Coleman’s stay on the Space Station. [The Mary Sue]

Kickass Women Of The Day: Four Female NASA Recruits!

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One small step for women, one  giant leap for womenkind! That’s right, four of the eight new astronauts selected by NASA are women. Being the first new recruits in four years, the eight astronauts will join fellow NASA folk at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. The ladies are Christina Hammock, 34; Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35; Anne McClain, 34, and Jessica Meir PhD, 35. Together they comprise the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates that NASA has ever selected! In 1998, there had been four women in the astronaut candidate class, but they only counted for 16 percent of the 25-member class. Keep reading »

Will Somebody Take Me To Space, Please?

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Space fun fact: IT MAKES YOU TALLER! Astronauts who orbit the earth have gained up to two inches in height while floating in oute0r space. The lack of gravity in space allows the vertebrae in the spine to stretch out and separate. The lack of gravitational pressure gives the spine the freedom to spread out up to three percent. Scientists haven’t figured out why this gravity trick only affects the spine, but they say the stretching out is similar to what occurs every night when we lie down to sleep. As the spine relaxes the vertebrae spread out — and if you measure yourself in the morning, you might find that you’re a centimeter to an inch taller. Sadly, the added height doesn’t last — for astronauts or the rest of us. As soon as we stand up from sleeping, and as soon as astronauts return to earth, the vertebrae are compressed again by gravity, and we lose our extra inches. [NASA]

RIP: Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dead At 82

Sad news to report this afternoon: Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, confirms NBC. Armstrong had heart surgery just two weeks ago and celebrated his birthday only days ago. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and famously said that day’s events were “one giant leap for mankind.” A statement from his family reads, “The next time you walk out on a clear night and see the moon smiling, think of Neil and give him a wink.” [NBC]

After the jump, a rare interview with Armstrong from 1970 and video of those first few steps on the moon.  Keep reading »

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