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Look at that, you son of a bitch

 Look at that, you son of a bitch

Via Boing Boing.

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When the Space Shuttle Atlantis comes rolling down the road

 When the Space Shuttle Atlantis comes rolling down the road

Here’s the Atlantis being transported through the desert in 1985.

From Space.com, via Hey Oscar Wilde.

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Space urine

 Space urine

Here’s a picture taken by an astronomer. It’s the dirty water and astronaut urine the Discovery ejected before returning home for the last time.

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Killer Nazi space mirror

 Killer Nazi space mirror

Near the end of World War Two, some German scientists made plans to build a large mirror that they would have launched into space and used to focus sun rays into a super-hot point. Luckily, physics tells us this idea would never work. At the distance the Germans were planning to put their mirror, their light beam would’ve hit the Earth with a 40-mile diameter and not been hot enough to create any damage.

Via Neatorama.

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NASA will send a craft to the sun

NASA is going to send a ship to the Sun. Or at least 4 million miles from the surface of the Sun. And of course, the ship won’t be manned. But after sending many many probes to the outer Solar System, it’s nice that we’re going to head in the other direction.

From The Slatest.

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Jupiter has lost a stripe!

Jupiter has lost one of its stripes, and we don’t know why.

Via Instapundit

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Stephen Hawking: We were jerks, so why wouldn’t aliens be?

Stephen Hawking thinks making contact with an alien race might be a bad deal for humans. His logic is impeccable: what if they’re like us?

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

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Balance Alert! Obama’s space program

Rand Simberg writes in the National Review defending Obama’s NASA strategy:

The reality is that Obama’s new space policy is more conservative than George W. Bush’s was, as I noted two-and-a-half months ago when the new budget was first released. Don’t take my word for it — ask Newt Gingrich or Bob Walker, or Dana Rohrabacher, conservatives who follow space policy closely and aren’t swept up in nostalgia for a Space Age that never really was, at least not in terms of making human spaceflight affordable or sustainable. The opposition from so many Republicans and conservatives to this new policy, which analysts and space activists have been seeking for years, is both frustrating and mystifying. As a former staffer for both Gingrich and Rohrabacher said at a recent space conference, “Democrats don’t think that capitalism works within the atmosphere, and Republicans apparently don’t think it works above it.”

Via Instapundit

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Muslims in Space (Also Have to Pray)

If a muslim is on the space station, how does he — or she (one can dream) — know where to pray to?

A user-friendly, portable Muslims in Space calculator could determine the direction of the Qiblah and prayer times on the ISS. Its essential feature would be the use of the Projected Earth and Qiblah Pole concepts. These are based on the interpretation of the holy house of angels in the sky above Mecca. The place is always rich with angels worshiping. As many as 70,000 angels circumambulate it every day. Thus, one virtual Qiblah Pole can be taken as a universal reference to determine the direction of the Qiblah. When the Earth is projected to the height of the ISS, every point on its surface will be projected also, including the Qiblah point, which can be projected upward and downward along the Qiblah Pole. This allows the direction of the Qiblah to be determined in space and in the bowels of the Earth.

via Kottke

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