Pick-Up Lines 2

Synopsis: Remember how I said in the author’s note of this post  that I had another 3.5k words of Rocket Angel involving corny pick-up lines? Here you go! Rocket Angel AU fluff!

Pairings: Rocket Angel/Pharmercy (Fareeha “Pharah” Amari/Angela “Mercy” Ziegler), WidowTracer (Lena “Tracer” Oxton/Amlie “Widowmaker” Lacroix), Ice Bears/Russian Winter (Aleksandra “Zarya” Zaryanova/Mei-Ling Zhou)

The year is 2012. Lena Oxton is convinced that the world will end tomorrow, so she convinces Angela, with incessant wheedling and a pout she can’t resist, to attend an appropriately-themed party, hosted by the most elite women’s club in the city. The cover is an exorbitant, absolutely absurd thirty dollars, and that’s almost enough to make Angela abandon Lena, her current fuckbuddy/project/flavor-of-the-month Amelié, Genji, and Mei at the door, but the combined wheedling of her three friends and Amelié’s scathing glare make Angela turn over a twenty and ten to the gorilla of a bouncer with a deep sigh.

He adjusts his glasses as he steps aside.

“Have fun, Lena, Genji, ladies.”

“Cheers, Winston, mate!”

The thirty dollar cover seems fairer when they’re greeted in the line to the coat check by an absolutely stunning go-go dancer with flawless skin and brown eyes so light they look gold offering a tray of free ‘Revelation’ shots. Angela’s jaw drops and doesn’t close until Genji jabs an elbow into her side and whispers into her ear.

“Doctor Ziegler, if you keep staring at her ass like that, she might actually slap you.”

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The vintage Russian porcelain rockets are more than pretty spaceships, they also drinking vessels. These awesome drinking rockets were made to commemorate Belka and Strelka, the first Soviet space dogs to successfully complete their mission of going into geocentric orbit and safely returning home aboard Korabl-Sputnik 2 on August 19, 1960.

In addition to featuring the faces of the intrepid space pups peaking out the two portholes, we’ll just imagine that inside the porcelain rockets are miniature versions of the rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, fruit flies, plants, and fungi that went on the mission with them.

“The rocket-shaped Belka-and-Strelka vodka jugs pictured were sculpted in the wake of their flight in the Russian village of Gzhel, a town outside Moscow that has been known for its folk ceramics since the early 19th century.“

Commemorative rockets like these as well as porcelain figurines of the dogs themselves can often be found on eBay.

If you happen to be in Moscow, you can visit the real Belka and Strelka, preserved via taxidermy, at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.

Photos by/via El Pantera and eBay respectively.

[via Atlas Obscura]


The colossal Energia rocket was a Soviet heavy lift vehicle, the rocket had the capacity to place about 100 tonnes in Low Earth orbit and was first test-launched on 15 May 1987. The payload was the Polyus spacecraft, a prototype orbital weapons platform designed to destroy SDI satellites with a megawatt carbon-dioxide laser, unfortunately it failed to reach orbit and burned up over the pacific ocean.


Views of Earth from the ISS  including Animation

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, and the ISS is now the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.[9][10] The ISS consists of pressurised modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.|| All credits NASA

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Tsiolkovsky’s Space Conquest Diagram.

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian rocket pioneer. Although he never built a rocket, Tsiolkovsky’s work was highly influential in the development of Soviet rocket and space technology. He became deaf after contracting scarlet fever at around the age of 10 and from then on he schooled himself, mainly from books in his father’s library. He determined that the Earth’s escape velocity was 8 kilometres per second and showed that this could be achieved using liquid-fuel rockets. He predicted many aspects of space travel, including double-walled hulls for meteor protection and the problems of weightlessness.


Incredible Mars Launch Photo Gallery

Take a look at the fiery blastoff of a Russian Proton rocket Monday with the ExoMars 2016 mission to examine the red planet’s atmosphere and test new European entry, descent and landing technologies.

The 191-foot-tall (58-meter) rocket took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0931:42 GMT (5:31:42 a.m. EDT) Monday with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander.