Space the Final Frontier

Pinterest-Obsessed Astronaut Makes American Flag Cookies in SPACE

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Is your Pinterest flooded with crafts projects you’ll never complete because you’re not Brit Morin, vintage furniture you can’t afford and comically caloric cheese dip recipes? Well, get ready to feel wildly inadequate.

Meet astronaut Karen Nyberg. As GeekSugar points out, she’s currently working on the International Space Station and yet still just pinning away. Her bio: “Astronaut by day. Aspiring quilter, crafter, artist, runner by night. Wife and Mommy 24/7. Currently living & working on the International Space Station.” Read More

Disrupt This

App Creators Want You to Send Them Pics of Your Boobs, For Science

(Photo: ThirdLove)

Scientists. When they’re not busy creating glow-in-the-dark rabbits or telling you you’re ugly, they’re tackling some of the world’s most complex problems, like which boob harness is right for you.

Fast Company reports that a new startup called ThirdLove is using technology developed by a NASA scientist to determine a woman’s proper bra size. And unlike the uppity Victoria’s Secret employees, with their cold hands and tut-tutting demeanor, the app doesn’t need anything from you but two boob selfies (you can wear a tanktop!), which frankly you probably already have stored in your camera roll anyway. Read More

Under the Dome

If You Want to Live on Mars, Prepare to Eat a Lot of Spam and Nutella

Wait, where's the salad bar? (Photo: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

And you thought you’d gotten bad about venturing out on the weekends. The AP reports that six researchers have just emerged from four months “in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at 8,000 feet.” Their NASA-funded mission: plan out some recipes for what astronauts could eat on Mars and other long-haul voyages, working with only preserved food and avoiding “food boredom.”

The answer, apparently, is some combination of dehydrated food and Spam. That, and Nutella: Read More

Space the Final Frontier

House Committee Expressly Forbids NASA Proceeding With Plans for an Asteroid Visit

No asteroids for you! (By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

So much for that little excursion: The Wall Street Journal reports that, as expected, the House Science Committee has torpedoed early funding for an admittedly far-fetched plan for a manned mission to an asteroid.

And when they say no, they’re not playing around: “the House panel approved language explicitly prohibiting the agency from proceeding with the proposed asteroid project,” according to the Journal.

Instead the moon remains the pretty girl everyone wants to take to the prom: Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Space, Man: From a New Cosmos to Galaxy-Print Leggings, the Heavens Are Having a Moment

Spotted in Times Square, the site of the Mars Curiosity livestream.

Every week, weather permitting, a crew of starstruck earthlings sets up camp on that agora of Bloomberg New York, the High Line, parking their telescopes just south of the Chelsea Market. “People like looking up,” said David Kauffman, one of the event’s organizers, sporting a blue windbreaker from a Long Island astronomical society at a recent gathering. “I think that’s a natural human thing.”

Even passersby slowed down to investigate.

The Observer watched three college-age women creep up to the telescopes. “That’s so cool,” one gushed as a stargazer explained that, if it weren’t so cloudy, she’d be able to see Jupiter. One of her companions rattled off “My Very Educated Mother” and tried to puzzle out why she couldn’t see Mars, prompting an explanation of planetary orbits.

“You’re here every Tuesday?” asked the ringleader. “Okay, we’ll be back.” Read More