Obviously, life in outer space would be no vacation — you’re out there braving the final frontier, battling meteors and malfunctioning airlocks, and knowing you’ll die horribly in the abyss of space if some tiny thing goes amiss. But that’s what’s so awesome about it — it’s an adventure, baby! And you’re doing it all in goddamned outer space!
But actually, the hardest part about life on a space station or moon base is a whole bunch of little everyday annoyances that will make your life a living hell, and not in an awesome way. Read more at Cracked…
“We talked on the phone for that one long time, which was certainly a nice morale thing for me. I’m up there on the station with five guys and to get to talk to somebody who, even instantly on the phone, is so personable, it was like talking to a girlfriend.”
–NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman tells the website collectSPACE that her chat with Sandra Bullock to help her prep for her role in the I-can-barely-watch-the-trailer-without-having-a-panic-attack movie “Gravity” was downright delightful. Coleman and Bullock were actually put in touch through their siblings, who knew each other through the restaurant business (10 points for good old fashioned networking!). Bullock needed advice on how to convincingly play an astronaut, Coleman was in the middle of a 5-month stay on the International Space Station: voila, a friendly actress/astronaut correspondence was born. Coleman doesn’t even mind that the movie explores the worst case scenario of her job, adding, “The fact that it highlights the real people, including women — smart, strong women that go to space and live up there and work up there — the fact that it would bring attention to that, I think is a valuable thing.” I agree. Which is why I’ll be popping a Xanax and forcing myself to go see it. [Jezebel]
I’ve been staring at this photo of the Perseid meteor shower streaking across the milky way over the Lindisfarne Castle in the UK for the past 20 minutes. I guess I should actually start working soon, but damn, it’s so beautiful that I had to share. Oh, and just in case you want to catch some sweet meteor action for yourself, the Perseids will be visible for the next 10 days or so. Get out there and take a look tonight! [Daily Mail]
Apparently in 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (that’s NASA) had no interest in sending women into space. They were also pretty sure that they would never need such a ridiculous program. Ladies! In space! LOL! Check out this letter, which says, “We have no existing program concerning woman astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan.” The level of certainty with which NASA assured this applicant that they had no need for female astronauts must be more than a little embarrassing to look back on. Keep reading »
In honor of “Star Trek” Week — which, let’s face it, is every week in my heart — I bought the most awesome galaxy-printed dress in homage to my love of space travel. And then I realized, WHY STOP THERE? Keep clicking to find out where to buy my dress, as well as 17 other galaxy-printed fashion items. Hello, set phasers to stunning.
Turns out, we’ve been going about this whole traveling to outer space thing all wrong. We didn’t have to become an astronaut or save up millions of dollars to get a seat on Richard Branson’s moon flight. Adult film star Coco Brown (sometimes known as Honey Love) figured out how to make that shit happen. If all goes as planned, in March 2014, the 34-year-old will be the first porn star in space. For the reasonable price of $100,000, Brown was invited aboard one of SpaceXC’s flights (Space XC is a private company in the Netherlands). To prepare for the journey to outer space, Brown has been training in Martian, Lunar and Zero G conditions. Before liftoff, she will have to complete training on a Desdemona G-force Simulator and the Albatross Jet, an aircraft that replicates space re-entry. But here’s the kicker: she’s not planning to perform any zero gravity space sex… Keep reading »