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A Reporter Asked These Astronauts A Question. Their Response Was Simple But Said It All.

An American, a German, and a Russian walk into a press conference…no, this is not the start to some lame joke, but the start to a story of a truly magical moment between three astronauts. NASA’s Reid Wiseman, ESA’s Alexander Gerst, and commander Maksim Suraev of Russia’s Roscosmos are all crew members of the International Space Station, and during a recent press conference they were asked by a reporter whether US-EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine had altered or influenced their relations. Here is their emphatic answer.

Their message was clear: There’s no politics in space or on the International Space Station. Just astronauts and scientists from all corners of the globe working together for humanity. Source: RT Share their friendly embrace with your friends below.

NASA solicits #GlobalSelfie photos for Earth Day, preaches about ‘climate change’

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Where are you on Earth right now? NASA wants to know.

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Who can resist a call for selfies?

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Coming soon: #MarsSelfie?

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Alas, NASA administrator Charles Bolden had to mix in some global warming preaching for the holiday.

http://twitter.com/#!/NASA/status/458586183132393472

Some of us Earthlings were not too pleased.

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We’d love a selfie of this:

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These Quotes From Apollo Astronauts Might Make You Believe In Aliens

When Americans first landed on the moon back in 1969, it inspired a wave of excitement about space travel. Many believed that this excitement would lead to settlements on the moon, which would make mankind an interplanetary species. Sadly, that never happened.

Could that be because the first men on the moon weren’t alone up there? It sounds like an outlandish claim, but judging by these NASA transcripts from the Apollo missions, there might be some truth to it.

Apollo 8

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Here’s an excerpt from that mission:

03 16 44 39 LMP: There’s a strange light down there.
03 16 h4 45 CDR: Is it a bonfire?
03 16 24 47 LMP: It might be campfires.
03 16 h5 03 C5: How does it look?

Apollo 11

This one is especially scary.

03 08 20 18 IRP: That’s a spectacular crater.
03 08 20 23 CDR: Did you shoot some pictures while you were over there?
03 08 20 25 CMP: No, it’s just going by. We’d better get it later. There will be better times.
03 08 20 42 CMP: Boy, there must be nothing more desolate than to be inside some of these craters, these conical ones.
03 08 20 50 CDR: People that live in there probably never get out.

Apollo 10

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Some weird stuff was happening on the Apollo 10 mission.

04 06 13 02 LMP: That music even sounds outer-spacy, doesn’t it? You hear that? That whistling sound?
04 06 13 06 CDR: Yes.
04 06 13 12 CMP: Did you hear that whistling sound, too?
04 06 13 14 LMP: Yes. Sounds like – you know, outer-space-type music.
04 06 13 18 CMP: I wonder what it is.

04 12 09 16 CDR: What the hell was that gurgling noise?
04 12 09 25 LMP: I don’t know. But I’ll tell you, that eerie music is what’s bothering me.
04 12 09 28 CMP: God damn, I heard it, too.
04 12 09 29 LMP: You know that was funny. That’s just like something from outer space, really. Who’s going to believe it?
04 12 09 34 CMP: Nobody. Shall we tell them about it?
04 12 09 39 LMP: I don’t know. We ought to think about it some.
04 12 09 41 CMP: Did you hear it, Tom?
04 12 09 42 LMF: Yes, he heard it.
04 12 09 43 CDR: Yes.
04 12 09 47 LMP: Hell, I just want to get out of this suit.

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And what they said during this conversation is more than a little bit freaky.

03 12 22 39 I2_P: Really an interesting one, huh? Got a rugged one right out here with the central peaks.
03 12 23 05: Sure does. Really got a very complex central structure.
03 12 23 08 CR: It’s got one of the biggest central peaks. It’s a very unusual crater. But there are some dark areas in it and Farouk has gone on record saying that they are dikes.
03 12 23 37 CMl: That’s one right down there. Just shows how it dominates the whole photograph. Just an extremely bright crater. Sun angle just isn’t high enough for you to see it here …. Yes, they’re mining it, I think.

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If these quotes were taken directly from NASA transcripts, what the heck were these guys seeing out there? Sure, we’re reading them out of context, but they’re freaky nonetheless.

24 Historic Photos That’ll Make You Want To Be An Astronaut

Featuring Buzz Aldrin taking the first selfie in space. And also a lot of American flags.

1. Astronaut Ed White was the first American to attempt a spacewalk.

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2. He was photographed by fellow astronaut James McDivitt.

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3. Their mission was the second crewed space flight in NASA’s Project Gemini.

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4. These photos, from White’s personal collection, are part of an auction of vintage NASA photos that go under the hammer on February 26 in London.

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5. McDivitt and White were the only crew of the Gemini 4 spacecraft.

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6. Gemini 4 lifted off in June 1965.

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7. White took lots of photos of Earth from space during the mission.

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8. (Once he’d got to grips with using the camera.)

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9. And now, if you stump up the money, you can own one of them. Here’s the catalogue.

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10. It’s not just Gemini 4 photos up for auction. There’s a timelapse of the Gemini 10 launch in July 1966.

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11. Buzz Aldrin taking the first ever space selfie in November 1966.

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12. And the Saturn V rocket on the launch pad in November 1967.

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13. Apollo 11 lifting off on its historic flight to the moon in July 1969 with less computing power than a USB stick.

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14. And Buzz Aldrin taking his first step on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong who was already on the surface.

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15. There’s Buzz Aldrin making a footprint on the pristine lunar surface.

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16. If you look at Aldrin’s visor here, you can just about make out Armstrong and the Lunar Module.

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17. But this photograph is the only clear one of Armstrong on the Moon during Apollo 11.

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18. Looking at this view during Apollo 11, Michael Collins said: “Houston, Apollo 11… I’ve got the world in my window.”

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19. From Apollo 12, here’s Alan Bean with the reflection of fellow astronaut Peter Conrad in his visor.

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20. The sun reflecting over the Lunar Module.

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21. And a crescent Earth rising behind the moon during Apollo 17.

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22. You could own a photo of astronaut Alan Shepard posing with the American flag during Apollo 14, February 1971.

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23. Or James Irwin saluting the American flag during Apollo 15, August 1971.

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24. Or this photo of Earth with Harrison Schmitt and, of course, an American flag during Apollo 17, December 1972.

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Basically, NASA astronauts really love flags.

From the Earth to the Moon will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London on Thursday 26 February. You can see the catalogue online.

This Is What An Ecological Disaster Looks Like…And It’s The Worst Thing Ever

When we hear about a far-reaching and devastating ecological disaster, it’s no surprise that most of us would assume it happened in China. While these types of catastrophes take place all over the world with startling regularity, they seem to occur in the Asian country far more often.

This time around though, something unbelievable happened much closer to home than we’re used to — just off the Space Coast of Florida, a resident caught this on camera…

Redditor SPAZZEH lives in the area and on a recent trip down to the coast, they snapped these pictures of a massive fish and wildlife die off.

The Space Coast is where NASA conducts many of its space launches, however that’s not necessarily the cause.

According to SPAZZEH, the area has been dealing with a massive algae bloom that has suffocated many of the fish by pulling all the oxygen out of the water.

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But sadly, that’s not the only problem, says SPAZZEH. There are several big polluters in the area dumping septic waste, chemical waste, and excess fertilizer into the water.

The effects of these different compounds when mixed together are poorly understood. It’s proving to be a challenge for local scientists who are hoping to devise a cleanup solution.

Then again, a solution might not do much at this point. According to SPAZZEH, local politicians seem more or less apathetic to what’s happening in their waters.

Looking out over the bay, it doesn’t take a pile of dead fish to tell you that something isn’t right here.

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That is horribly heartbreaking. If the dumping and excessive pollution continues like this, just imagine how those once-beautiful waters will look in five years. I honestly, don’t even want to think about it.

It Seems Like Buzz Aldrin Knows Something That We Don’t Know About Mars

The idea that Mars could have once been home to intelligent life is a theory that has become very popular in recent years. Discoveries like the so-called “Face on Mars” and the occasional sighting of flowing water have only fanned the flames of speculation.

Chances are, however, that you’ve never heard of the best possible evidence of intelligent life on Mars: the monolith on Phobos.

This is Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons. It’s a small, potato-shaped rock that makes its way around the red planet once every seven hours.

During a Canadian Space Agency mission in 2007, a probe captured this photograph. Looks normal enough, right?

Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Upon closer inspection of the photo, researchers discovered this large monolith.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin mentioned the monolith directly during an interview on C-SPAN, after which the object received even more attention.

Despite that bolstered attention, researchers haven’t been able to determine what the structure is.

You can check out Aldrin’s thoughts in the video below.

(via Cool Interesting Stuff)

What the heck is that thing? Well, it could just be a giant boulder on an otherwise flat plain, but that’s boring! Let’s just go ahead and attribute this thing to alien ingenuity.

There Are Some Questionable Things Showing Up In These NASA Photos

Last fall, NASA released thousands of photos from every manned Apollo mission that took place between 1961 and 1972. The collection includes about 13,000 images from the NASA archives, most of which are photos of smiling astronauts living the dream in outer space.

But Redditor my_newz_account sifted through all of the pictures and came across some bizarre shots. This NASA enthusiast is certainly not a space expert, but that hasn’t stopped the Reddit community from wondering what’s going on here. I’m inclined to share their concerns.

This looks like a standard photo of the moon’s surface…except for that tiny dot up there.

In this image, there’s a slightly bigger dot hanging out in the sky.

And this one’s even larger.

What is this thing?

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Well, that object is alarmingly huge.

And then we have these tiny anomalies. They’re probably just stars, but what’s with those streaks below them?

Here’s where it all gets really strange. What’s that blue orb?

It appears in many of the images.

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Here, it looks like it’s beaming down.

Is it a shooting star…or an alien spacecraft? We might never know.

I’m going to assume that because NASA released these photos, they have a reasonable explanation for the craziness. But then again, Kipp Teague of the NASA Project Apollo Archive did say that the reason why he released them online instead of publishing them in print was because the organization was facing budget cuts at the time, so maybe it’s up to us to figure it out.

This Is What A Cheeseburger Looks Like In Space

I’ll stick to the regular earth kind, thanks.

1. Astronaut Terry Virts has tweeted out a picture of a space-cheeseburger.

2. Just. Look. At. It.

3. It makes sense that the normal ingredients are replaced with their space-paste versions, but why is it in a tortilla?

Zero gravity makes assembling a sandwich difficult, and the crumbs from regular bread are dangerous if they get stuck in airvents or sensitive equipment. That’s why Tortillas have replaced bread in space since 1980.

4. Sadly, that means this gif is lying to you.

5. And that this cat sits on a throne of lies.

These 15 GIFs Prove Science Is More Amazing Than Fiction

Warning: Don’t try some of these things at home.

1. This is what happens when you cut a water droplet using a superhydrophobic knife on a surface that doesn’t get wet.

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2. This is the view from the Soyuz capsule, the spacecraft that takes astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS), as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

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3. This is what vibrating guitar strings look like up close (captured using a rolling shutter effect).

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4. This is how Astronaut Koichi Wakata rides a flying carpet in space.

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5. This is what happens when you light a CD and blow on it.

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6. This is what happens when you stuff an orange full of fireworks.

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7. This is what happens when cardinal fish eat ostracod plankton. Ostracods produce bioluminescence so that the fish spits them out.

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8. This is what happens when you mix Russell pit viper snake venom with human blood.

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9. These Neodymium magnets spark when they collide in a blender.

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10. These Astronauts put a GoPro camera inside a floating ball of water in space.

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11. These magnets can attract cereal.

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12. This is what you see when a GoPro is strapped to the back of a lioness while she’s hunting prey.

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13. This is what happens when you crack an egg 60 feet below the surface of the ocean.

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14. Airplanes look like shooting stars in this time lapse of an airport.

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15. This bot fly from Belize emerges from a scientist’s skin after he let them incubate inside of him.

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These Three People Told Us Why They Were Chosen To Go To Mars

Three candidates told us exactly what they had to do to make it through the latest Mars One selection round. Spoiler: It wasn’t much.

Mars One is trying to send four people on a one-way trip to the Red Planet by 2025. And one of the ways they plan to fund the project is through a reality show documenting the process.

Over 200,000 people applied, even though they’d never be able to return to Earth. Mars One just announced the final 100 candidates. BuzzFeed spoke to three hopefuls to find out more about the mission

2. Meet 20-year-old Zaskia Elena Andrea Antelo Mercado. “I’d rather die in adventure than live my whole life doing nothing,” she says.

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Mercado is a metal fan who is originally from Bolivia. Her adventures brought her to China, where she studied with kung fu masters. Right now, she’s studying international relations and anthropology at the University of Sussex in England.

Mercado’s strongest motivation for going to Mars seems to be her love of learning, but she’s unsure if she’ll be able to learn things like medicine and engineering within 10 years. “I don’t think I’m ready to be the first crew,” Mercado told BuzzFeed.

She stresses, though, that she is not afraid of dying because of her belief in reincarnation.

According to Mercado, Mars One hopes to fund the project by selling products. “Right now, they are selling mugs,” she said. Besides merchandise revenue, the team is asking for donations. “[Unlike NASA] we are not taking anyone’s taxes,” she said. “NASA is doing it for politics to show that the USA is competitive.”

3. She says, “I didn’t expect to actually pass because of my English.”

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Mercado says she initially had to fill out an application, answer a few questions, and then wait to hear back from the team in three to six months.

In the second round, Mercado had to send them a signed statement from a doctor proving that she was physically and mentally healthy. Around 600 people passed the test.

The final round, which narrowed the pool down to 100, involved a one-on-one interview via video chat with Norbert Kraft, M.D., a psychologist who worked on long-duration space flight research for NASA. The interview lasted 11 minutes, and it included technical questions about the rover. “My English went away. I got really nervous,” she said.

4. Oscar Matthews, 32, recently got accepted into Old Dominion University’s Ph.D. program in aerospace engineering.

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Oscar Matthews is a Virginia native and Navy reservist who wants to find out if there’s life on Mars. He paid $35 for the initial application fee. [We did the math and Mars One made around two million dollars from American applicants]. According to Matthews, candidates had to memorize 10 pages of technical information to prepare for the interview with Dr. Kraft.

Matthews has no doubt that humans will go to Mars eventually, but he also thinks that it’s healthy to be skeptical about Mars One. Matthews told BuzzFeed, “It’s obvious that it’s not a scam, but the biggest question is, how are we going to raise enough money to make it happen?” Although he thinks the timeline may be a bit ambitious, he believes it’s technically feasible.

He thinks they’ll be able to do this if they receive around $6 billion. “India did a recent Mars mission for around $100,000,” he said. “If Mars One turns out to fail to launch a successful mission to Mars, at least the conversation has been started.”

5. Natalie Joy Lawler, 36, says, “We haven’t done anything extraordinary. I didn’t think I showed who I really was in the interview.”

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Natalie Joy Lawler is an Australian math teacher and a divorced mother of a 9-year-old and 14-year-old. She believes she was chosen because she’s not the typical applicant. “Mothers in their thirties don’t typically see the value in space exploration,” Lawler told BuzzFeed.

Lawler believes that the technology to go to Mars is proven and that it will not fail. “We won’t be using any technology that isn’t tried and tested, unlike the lunar lander,” she said. “I have total faith in Mars One.”

Lawler says that she can live without earthly pleasures. “I have no intention of returning, even if there was a possibility,” she said.