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TOMORROW! Tomorrow we make Answer Time history. Astronaut Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly​), Station Commander, ISS Expedition 26, who has been circling the Earth every 90 minutes for the last 11 months* will be answering Asks. From space!

It’ll be the…

  • Highest altitude Answer Time
  • Highest velocity Answer Time 
  • Only weightless Answer Time
  • Answer Time most likely to make contact with aliens

Get your Asks in now. Ask about the S5 Truss Segment. Ask about gravity waves. Ask if he still has that dream where he’s falling.

Cdr. Kelly logs on tomorrow, Saturday February 13 at 1:45 pm Eastern time, but the Ask box is open now.

* That’s more than 5,000 times!

Artwork by 30000fps

I wanted to base a character around the phrase “waste of space”, so when I adopted this design from gtfomyigloo I decided to have fun with them.

This is Dross, an amnesiac trans dog boy. He’s what’s known in his society as a “space waster”; someone who shows up at a secluded space station with no money, no profession and no record (and in his case, no memory).

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Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies

Here are some fun and unusual galaxies from the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, a catalog produced by Halton Arp. A total of 338 galaxies are presented in the atlas, which was originally published in 1966.

1. IC 883 (Arp 193), remnant of two galaxies’ merger    
2. Arp 147, an interacting pair of ring galaxies
3. Giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1316
4. Interacting pair of galaxies: Arp 238 (UGC 8335
5. Merging galaxy pair named NGC 520 (Arp 157)

Geminid Meteors over Xinglong Observatory : Where do Geminid meteors come from? In terms of location on the sky, as the featured image composite beautifully demonstrates, the sand-sized bits of rock that create the streaks of the Geminid Meteor Shower appear to flow out from the constellation of Gemini. In terms of parent body, Solar System trajectories point to the asteroid 3200 Phaethon – but this results in a bit of a mystery since that unusual object appears mostly dormant. Perhaps, 3200 Phaethon undergoes greater dust-liberating events than we know, but even if so, exactly what happens and why remains a riddle. Peaking last week, over 50 meteors including a bright fireball were captured streaking above Xinglong Observatory in China. Since the Geminids of December are one of the most predictable and active meteor showers, investigations into details of its origin are likely to continue. via NASA

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