It’s hard out there for a Mars rover. Day after day, these dutiful little robots drive around the barren surface of the red planet collecting data to send back to their bosses relaxing at the warm, cozy NASA offices 40 million miles away. Do you really blame one of them for getting a bit, umm, creative with the shape of its tire marks? [Reddit via Huffpo]
A 500-page transcript from the 1969 Apollo 10 round-the-moon mission was recently released. Around page 400, the declassified log revealed that on day six, the mission’s three astronauts Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan and John Young were plagued by mysterious, floating poops. Here’s an excerpt of their close encounter of the turd kind below:
Stafford: Give me a napkin, quick. There’s a turd floating through the air.
Young: I didn’t do it. It ain’t one of mine.
Cernan: I don’t think it’s one of mine.
Stafford: Mine was a little more sticky than that. Throw that away.
Cernan: Houston we have a problem. Here’s another goddam turd. What’s the matter with you guys?
Either it was John Young, because he didn’t protest enough, or it was alien poop.[NBC News]
There’s a lot to love about the Mars rover Curiosity: the fact that while we’re slaving away at the office it’s cruising around Mars collecting data, its informative first-person tweets, the beautiful mohawked man who helped it land successfully on a faraway planet. And now, thanks to a creative Etsy seller, you can wear your Curiosity love on your sleeve–well, your sleeveless mini dress to be exact, printed with a Mars landscape and embellished with a studded Curiosity logo. Designer Shenova also created a Curiosity skirt, tank top, and leggings to round out your NASA-inspired wardrobe. I know what I’ll be requesting for my birthday this year. [Prices range from $40 to $135, Etsy]
Seriously, could NASA get any cooler? They’re landing rovers on Mars, mapping out the galaxy, and studying dark energy, all while rocking star-spangled mohawks. The folks over at Gizmodo were curious to see how those zany NASA scientists might use their high tech toys to cook a turkey this Thanksgiving. The resulting recipes, drawn up by illustrator Josh McKible, will definitely come in handy in the event your oven breaks tomorrow and you must make do with nothing more than some aluminum-coated kapton and an R-2000 Rotopod. Click here to see more diagrams and get the full recipes (one of which requires 12,000 turkeys and a Thermal Vac Chamber). And NASA, we don’t say it enough, but we are so, so thankful for you! [Gizmodo]
This weekend, the streets of Los Angeles were graced with a sight much more spectacular than the usual gridlock as the Space Shuttle Endeavor was moved to its new home at the California Science Center. As breathtaking as it is to see a space shuttle rounding a corner next to a Sizzler, my palms are sweating on behalf of whoever had to steer that thing. Seriously, look at the tiny amount of clearance between the wings and those light poles! So stressful. Check out more amazing shots of the move over at NASA’s Flickr page. [NASA]
“I understand there is a special mohawk guy working on the mission. I thought about getting a mohawk myself but my team keeps on discouraging me. Now that he’s received marriage proposals and thousands of Twitter followers, I’m now going to go back to my team and see if it makes sense.”
–President Barack Obama confesses his funky hair aspirations in a congratulatory phone call with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Yep, even the commander-in-chief has joined the Bobak Ferdowsi Fan Club (of which we Amelia and I are co-presidents). And now, thanks to brilliant Twitter user @darth, we know exactly how Obama would look with the Bobak mohawk. I think he totally pulls it off. How about you? [The Atlantic]
A lot of great things have come from Curiosity’s mission on mars: Further recognition of human ingenuity, the promise of a better understanding of our universe, some adorable fanart. And then there’s Bobak. Flight director Bobak Ferdowsi, seen above sporting a mohawk and a smile that’ll make your knees buckle, is practically the new Ridiculously Photogenic Guy he has won the Internet’s heart so thoroughly. He’s become a meme and a symbol of nerdy hotness, and in the week since the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars he’s receives thousands of replies on twitter–as well as a whole lot of marriage proposals. Read more…
This Saturday — tomorrow! — night, the Earth will pass through a cloud of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, resulting in a fantastic display of meteors streaking across the sky (or through the atmosphere, if we want to get technical). Known as the Perseid meteor shower, this celestial show is like Christmas for space nerds, and I’ll definitely be heading out to the country to see it. Want to nerd out with me? Here are six tips and tricks for having the best stargazing experience! Keep reading »