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The Moon - Incredible Lunar Views From The Japanese SELENE Orbiter - Earthrise

i know looking in the mirror with tears streaming down your cheeks is no fun and it’s hard to pull yourself together after you’ve just collapsed and you feel like everything inside of you is pulling in opposite directions and your body can’t decide which way to follow so you’re ripping at the seams and you’re bleeding; you can’t stop bleeding. and so you get weaker and your limbs feel too heavy to drag behind you all the time and the weight of the world is just a bit too crushing for your shoulders to burden and you’re falling behind. everyone else is running through life at a comfortable pace but you can’t even bring yourself to get up and attempt to race and you so you start to lose hope and you forget to open your eyes even once just to look at the sky and so all you belong to is darkness and everything seems hopeless and you want to give up. but i’m telling you, don’t. i know the stars have stopped whispering advice to you in your sleep so you could wake up and think it was a dream and i know you don’t really sleep anymore and everything seems like too much but it’s not. you are the universe inside of a person and you are bursting with light. all that blood is not beauty, but it is constellations and you are filled with that vast darkness speckled with stars and planets and life. and i know you’re always trying to hollow yourself out and your heart feels like it’s faced it’s very last explosion but you can withstand so much more. there is still so much left for you. you just have to get back up and start finding it again.

Phone Call from Julian 2016
  • Phone Call from Julian 2016
  • Max T. and Julian (the Janitor) Koster
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JULIAN CALLED ME AND HE WAS SUCH A SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!

I’m still freaking out that was seriously the best 6ish minutes of my LIFE.
I managed to record it, so there’s not much to say about the call that you can’t hear for yourself, but overall, just, oh my goodness what a lovely person. He was so polite and friendly and it felt like talking to your best friend. Not to mention, he’s SUCH a good storyteller, something about the way he speaks is just so powerful and pulls you right in to listen, I couldn’t ignore any of his jokes. (Yes, plural, he told me THREE jokes!!) 

I didn’t get to ask him some questions like I had hoped, (I was planning on trying to get some show-related info for the fans) but I did at LEAST get to compliment him, which you’ll hear. He said I had a nice voice and I said that he did too, and that he should be on the radio, and he got SO flustered and grateful, it was heartbreakingly adorable to hear him be so happy that someone WANTED him to be on the radio. <3<3<3 What a cinnamon roll… #protectJulian2K16

Anyway, enjoy the audio, he was absolutely lovely to talk to and it really made my day. <3

(And BTW, @ichigo-otokonoko, yes of COURSE I got him to say hi to you like you wanted <3 Anything for you my darling ^u^ Love you, enjoy!!)

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The Moon - Incredible Lunar Views From The Japanese SELENE Orbiter

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CPT-USN Eugene A. ‘Gene’ Cernan (14 March 1934 - 16 Jan 2017)

Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo 17 astronaut, the last man to set foot on the surface of the moon, passed away today at the age of 82. Cernan, a rough, tough Naval Aviator, A-4 jock, became part of NASA Group 3 in 1963. Gemini 9 in June 1966, proved a harrowing experience for Gene, it was one that taught us many invaluable lessons about EVA in space, a crucial step to the moon. Apollo 10 in May 1969, was to be the final test of the LEM ascent and descent stages and of it’s guidance systems from lunar orbit, a vital test flight that paved the way to Apollo 11′s historic first landing later that year. Apollo 17, the last of the historic 6 Apollo Lunar missions, in December 1972, Gene was in role as Commander of the flight, piloting the LEM along side Harrison Schmitt, landing in the mountainous region of the Taurus-Littrow valley. Gene became the last human of only 12 to set foot on the Moon.

sleep well among em’, Gene-o’

Moonset Viewed From the International Space Station : Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA took this striking photograph of the moon from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station on March 28, 2016. Peake shared the image on March 30 and wrote to his social media followers, I was looking for #Antarctica hard to spot from our orbit. Settled for a moonset instead.

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all i want is to lay in bed with bunches of blankets staring at the ceiling while listening to podcasts on end. the eps never stop, they just keep going, there’s no such thing as a ‘break’, what are u talking about  

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4 astronauts describe their view of Earth from the International Space Station, combined with clips of the view.

you wanna know the truth? NO ONE can save you. they can try, they can reach their hand down and try so hard to pull you up but they will never get you out of that hole if you allow your whole body to go limp. they cannot drag you up and out if your bones are broken and unaligned because they will just shatter you so much more. because broken bones need to be aligned in order to be fixed and if all you can do is stare and gape at the bones sticking out of your leg then you are never going to heal, you will never be able to walk properly again. so as scared as you are, snap that fucking bone back into place and stand up. no one is going to jump a thousand feet down just to realign your bones over and over again because that’s toxic to them. yes, they will want to. yes, they will try, but why let them break their bones right along with you? i have caused so many people to break and bleed. i have been beaten down and broken and glorified the fuck out of it, i made it look pretty. i made broken teeth and blood look like an art display and i thought people loved it. but no one loves the bitter smell of blood, no one can find the rose petals in your veins, besides you. so, i’m telling you, when you fall pick yourself right the fuck back up. i have stayed down for so long that every single bone had to be re broken in order for me to walk again and at first you think, what’s the point? and you know, there will never be a point unless you sharpen one yourself. you want a reason to get up in the morning? find one. MAKE ONE. the sun can only provide so much warmth, the moon can only illuminate so much darkness, pluto can only dip into neptunes orbit so many times to get warm. and you think pluto never gets cold? it does. it’s the furthest planet from the sun (that we know of, and don’t even tell me pluto isn’t a planet bc it always will be to me) and it still stays spinning, it still orbits around the sun even though it takes 248 years. and just when we all forgot about pluto it came back with an article that it may have clouds! and imagine this, pluto gets tired so it falls right out of orbit and disappears into vast blackness of space. you think no one would notice? NASA would flip shit. neptune would feel like it had less of a purpose. so think about that, you may be cold and tired but as long as you never stop orbiting, you will warm up again, you will thrive again. you just have to keep trying and spinning and fighting.
—  you want the good in life? get up and go find it.
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How three black women helped send John Glenn into orbit
A new film, Hidden Figures, tells the story of the maths wizards who Nasa relied on
By Edward Helmore

When John Glenn was waiting to be fired into orbit aboard Friendship 7 in 1962, there was one person he trusted with the complex trajectory calculations required to bring him down safely from his orbital spaceflight: Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked in Nasa’s segregated west area computers division.

“Get the girl, check the numbers,” Glenn said before boarding the rocket. “If she says they’re good, I’m good to go.”

Johnson was one of three female African-American mathematicians known as the “computers in skirts” who worked on the Redstone, Mercury and Apollo space programmes for Nasa. Now, thanks to an award-tipped movie, Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are about to become more widely celebrated.

The film, Hidden Figures, stars Taraji P Henson of TV series Empire, soul singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer from The Help movie, and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

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This is a slow motion video clip from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft - currently staring at the sun from Earth’s orbit. This wavelength is set to see gas in the sun’s Corona - the big opening you see is a coronal hole, opened up by the sun’s tangled magnetic field.