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Pooping In Space: Close Encounters Of The Turd Kind

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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]

Life Dream Status: A Mars Rover Mini Dress

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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]

NASA Is Developing Warp Speed!

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  • Apparently the Milky Way contains 17 billlllllion planets the size of Earth. Billlllllion. [Newser]
  • And NASA is apparently developing warp speed technology – yes, just like on “Star Trek”! — so we can, you know, in theory, explore them. I think it’s time for us to review the tenants of the Prime Directive don’t you? God, this gives me such a nerd boner. I have chosen to illustrate this post with this awesome video of the evolution of the warp drive effect on “Star Trek” to aid NASA in their efforts. [Gizmodo]
  • Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has posted a new chapter from The Winds of Winter, his upcoming new Song of Fire and Ice book, on his website. [The Mary Sue] 
  • Woot! Check out the first pics of Sam Clafin as Finnick in “Catching Fire,” the “Hunger Games” sequel. Hottie! [Next Movie]
  • A video mashup of all the space helmets worn in film history. [Next Movie]
  • Want to understand your dreams a little better? Start by taking a look at the weird things that influence what you dream… [Cracked]

How The Amazing Nerds At NASA Would Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey

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]

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Please Yield To The Space Shuttle

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]

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Watch This: NASA Is Sexy And They Know It

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A couple weeks ago, a team of jet propulsion engineers landed a rover on the surface of Mars, the world caught a glimpse of Bobak Ferdowsi’s mohawk, and something very strange happened: NASA suddenly became the sexiest government organization ever. Obviously the next step was an LMFAO parody video starring a Bobak impersonator, break-dancing astronauts, and a Curiosity rover wearing an American flag bikini. Definitely worth a watch. [YouTube via The Mary Sue]

Obama Wants To Try Bobak Ferdowsi’s Famous NASA Mohawk

“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]

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Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s “Mohawk Guy,” Is The Best At Being A Meme

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…

How To Watch This Weekend’s Perseid Meteor Shower

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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 »

5 Things You Need To Know About Bobak Ferdowsi, AKA NASA’s Super Hot “Mohawk Guy”

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So, how awesome was the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars last night? As incredible as it was to watch space exploration happening live, we must admit we were a bit distracted–along with the rest of the nation–by a certain technician in the control room with a mohawk and immaculate bone structure. Turns out his name is Bobak Ferdowsi, and he’s the Flight Director on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission. Yesterday, he was a relatively unknown NASA employee; today he’s America’s dreamboat. So let’s get to know Mr. Ferdowsi a bit better, shall we? After the jump, five Mohawk Guy facts you should know… Keep reading »

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