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This is a blog run by Deflare about space travel and exploration, and the beauty of the stars. I'm always looking for more material to post, so any art, photos, stories, or news articles you have to share would be appreciated!

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  1. colchrishadfield:

If you see a UFO today, this may be it. NASA is testing Mars landing designs.http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/ldsd_overview.html#.U67bevldV8l

    colchrishadfield:

    If you see a UFO today, this may be it. NASA is testing Mars landing designs.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/ldsd_overview.html#.U67bevldV8l

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  3. Paid Space

    warrenellis:

    Morning, Computer: Paid Space -

    There are only two circumstances in which private space companies extend the boundaries of human spaceflight.  One: a government pays them to do it.  Two, something of worth is discovered outside near earth orbit which it is technologically and financially feasible to bring back and sell.  (And that will probably not include “asteroid mining.”)  That, it seems to me right now, is it.  And the…

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  5. ponytail-link:

mexicanist:

Hurricane nearly 1,250 miles wide on the surface of Saturn. 
-Via NASA

    ponytail-link:

    mexicanist:

    Hurricane nearly 1,250 miles wide on the surface of Saturn.

    -Via NASA

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  7. humanoidhistory:

Illustration of ULAS J1120+0641, a very distant quasar powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun. (European Southern Observatory)

    humanoidhistory:

    Illustration of ULAS J1120+0641, a very distant quasar powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun. (European Southern Observatory)

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  9. jtotheizzoe:

    explore-blog:

    Pure cosmic awe: A multiple-camera, 360-degree timelapse planetary panorama of the night sky by photographer Vincent Brady, with original score by musician Brandon McCoy.

    Perhaps this is the “sense of reverence and awe” that Carl Sagan extolled as his religion

    Awe, indeed.

    Reminds me of my favorite word, yugen: An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words.

    It occurs to me that trying to fasten a word to something too deep and powerful for words is a rather hopeless task, but yet we try and try.

    Kamo no Chōmei, a Japanese poet and essayist of the 12th century, attempted to characterize the feeling thusly: 

    “It is like an autumn evening under a colorless expanse of silent sky. Somehow, as if for some reason that we should be able to recall, tears well uncontrollably.”

    and:

    “When looking at autumn mountains through mist, the view may be indistinct yet have great depth. Although few autumn leaves may be visible through the mist, the view is alluring. The limitless vista created in imagination far surpasses anything one can see more clearly”

    I know that feel.

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  11. Little-known astronaut fact: we don’t actually fly Tang in space.

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  13. itsfullofstars:

    a flyby of all known exoplanets around single stars

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  15. jtotheizzoe:

    skunkbear:

    You can hear Geoff Brumfiel's full story about cosmic microwave background (the thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang) here.

    I dunno, that pigeon looks really skeptical

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  17. cinemagorgeous:

    Sci-fi art by Josh Atack.

    (Source: cinemagorgeous)

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  19. sciencefriday:

Happy first day of summer! 

    sciencefriday:

    Happy first day of summer! 

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