have we gained

So long as we trace the development from its final stage backward, the connection appears continuous, and we feel we have gained an insight which is completely satisfactory or even exhaustive. But if we proceed the reverse way [starting at the beginning and trying to predict the outcome], then we no longer get the impression of an inevitable sequence of events.
—  Sigmund Freud
How Will We Safely Send the First Humans to the Red Planet?

We’ve been exploring the Red Planet for over 50 years – Mariner 4 launched on this day (Nov. 28) in 1964 and took the first photos of Mars from space the following summer.

We first explored the surface 40 years ago (Viking, 1976) and have had a continuous scientific presence on Mars for nearly 20 years, starting with the landing of the Pathfinder lander and Sojourner rover on July 4, 1997.

We currently have three orbiters – MAVEN, MRO and Mars Odyssey – and two rovers – Curiosity and Opportunity – actively exploring Mars.

These robotic explorers have already taught us a lot about the Red Planet, and future missions will teach us even more about how humans can live and work on the surface.

After sending humans on space exploration missions for the last 50 years, we have gained the experience and knowledge to send the first people to Mars. We are working across all areas to prepare for that historic day and want to share our progress with you. 

Building the ride to Mars: NASA’s Space Launch System.

Our ride to Mars, the Space Launch System, is being built right now to meet the challenges of exploring deep space. When it comes to our journey to Mars and beyond, there are no small steps. Our video series by the same name breaks down those steps to show how SLS will send missions to the Red Planet.

Living on the Space Station will help humans live safely on Mars.

New crew members of Expedition 50 will soon conduct more than 250 experiments on the International Space Station. More than 2,000 experiments have already been done! 

Experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, physical sciences and human research are helping us unlock the knowledge needed to enable humans to live in space for long durations. If you missed the recent launch, check out NASA TV for a replay.

Testing Orion helps crew live and work in space and get home safely.

Scheduled to launch atop the Space Launch System rocket for the first time in 2018, an uncrewed Orion will travel farther into space than any spacecraft built for humans has ever gone before. When Orion returns to Earth, splashing down into the Pacific Ocean, it will take a landing and recovery group to safely return the capsule and crew back to land. A variety of testing on the ground, including to structures and parachutes, is helping make sure Orion can safely carry crew to new destinations in the solar system.

In late October, this recovery group, including NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and contractor employees, completed its fifth successful practice run to recover Orion aboard the USS San Diego. 

We’re using high resolution imagery from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to learn more about potential landing sites for a human mission.

Who knows what surprises the Red Planet holds?

Our Curiosity Rover has discovered all kinds of interesting Mars features including meteorites. How do you learn more about a meteorite? Zap it with lasers, of course.

This golf-ball-sized, iron-nickel meteorite was recently found on Mars where ancient lakebed environments once existed. Named “Egg Rock” for the area in which it was found, it is the first meteorite to be examined using a laser-firing spectrometer.

By studying the conditions on Mars with vehicles like Curiosity, scientists are able to help prepare future astronauts to live on Mars.

How do you prepare the tallest rocket ever built for its first launch?

Another important component in successfully launching the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft on a Journey to Mars is the infrastructure work being done by our Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at Kennedy Space Center.

While efforts at our Vehicle Assembly Building continue, we hope you’ll be making your plans to join us at the launch pad for the first flight of SLS with Orion in 2018!

Preparing for a human journey to Mars

The next Mars rover will launch in 2020, and will investigate a region of Mars where the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life, probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. 

It will collect samples and cache them on the surface for potential return to Earth by a future mission. Mars 2020 will also conduct the first investigation into the usability and availability of Martian resources, including oxygen, in preparation for human missions.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

trade mistakes // panic! at the disco

Guys ….. The only way Eyewitness can get a season 2 is if we can hit 1M views. We have way less than that and we have two episodes left. Also the network has to want Eyewitness to continue if they don’t then it’s done. And considering that USA Network doesn’t promote the show for shit they clearly don’t want the show to continue. The network has to want it and we have to gain enough views for that to happen.

FFXV Week Day 7: Staff Appreciation & Chocobros

Our last hurrah before we lose ourselves in the world of Eos….. The values and themes in FFXV is something that everyone can relate to and we think that makes this game stand out from the rest. Thanks to the tireless work of the staff over 10 long years, we have gained stronger bonds over our excitement for a game that reflects our own struggles, happy memories, and passions as a group of longtime friends.

Prompto is @dragonaeve
Gladiolus is @did-you-reboot
Ignis is @guavi
Noctis is @fieldofbeans
PC @terracanta

At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: ‘The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.’ In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over. Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms. When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.
—  Caitlin Moran (via @wizdomly)

an anon requested rize and kaneki getting along in an au and i am weak (so weak) for florist/tattoo artist au’s

LilTot 1,000 Tot Milestone “Original Member” Contest!!!

In one month we have gained 1,000 community members and I decided to do a “original member” type of contest.

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Prizes:
- A custom certificate (still deciding whether or not it will be mailed to you)
- A shout out on the LilTot official pages
- A follow from us

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Rules:

- You must be in the LilTot community
- You must reblog this post (likes do not count, you can reblog as much as you want)
- You must follow the official LilTot page
- You must be following all of the LilTot rules. If you get chosen and you break any of the rules then you will be added to the blocklist

~~~ There will be 5 winners ♡
To our American followers/subscribers:

It’s just in. The black-hearted Trump has now succeeded in becoming President-Elect with anti-LGBTQ+ Pence in tow as Vice President-Elect. As LGBTQ+ creators, we have found ourselves facing true fear with this election. Last night we were so distraught, our group found itself driving late at night to be with each other in search of the comfort and solidarity we have found within each other.

Our future for rights and safety is unclear as queer Americans, but predictable in the wake of events. We have President Obama until January, and we did have diversity gains in the Senate regardless of the retained Republican majority. Checks and balances will keep Trump from becoming a dictator, but his desire for racist, sexist, ableist and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation will become testing to our resilience as institutionally oppressed people.

These are dark days for those we love. Hate crimes are going to increase with the validation of a Trump presidency. For those of you panicking and considering staying in the closet, going back in, hiding your religious beliefs and worried about whether or not your family is in jeopardy of deporation and separation - know that we feel for you and are hoping to remain a strong beacon of hope in this dark time. Please, if you’re suicidal, remember that you have people who care about you and are willing to help you if you need to talk. We need to remain calm and strong, united and alive to keep fighting for our unalienable rights. It will be the hardest thing we can do, but now is the time to remain the strongest we have ever been.

If anyone needs someone to talk to, there are multiple help hotlines out there and my tumblr messenger is always open for your worries and concerns.

Please stay safe.

Link and the rest of plinkoceans

Long distance relationships are hard. Really hard.

And no one else quite understands.
There are more reasons to fight, to cry, to break up.
But distance also gives us a reason to love harder than any other couple should.
To fight harder, because in the end, we have something gain.
We have miles to fight through, and closeness to fight for.
We put our entire beings into these relationships, and although we may not hold hands as often, or hugs as often, or touch lips often, we will never take those things granted.
Each touch is special, each kiss cherished.
We may be seperated by space and time, but the bond between couples who push through the hardest of time is the strongest.
There may be miles between, but there is no one closer.

I WANT YOU

People!
After clearing out my dash (aka. unfollowing pledis17), I need some more blogs to follow.
If you stan ANY of the following:
-Winner
-ikon
-akmu
-2NE1
-Big Bang
-BTS
-Mamamoo
-Block B
-Nu'est
-Seventeen
-Boyfriend
-Monsta X
-BtoB
-Red Velvet
-Shinee
-f(x)
-Vixx

Then reblog, like, do whatever and let me know!

Our Family is Growing!

Yay! We have gained 7 members of our family, making us have 14 in total, whoo! I’ve made another new friend @crankgameplaysgirl28 who I have adopted as my daughter😂 Thank you guys for following my random as all blog and for being apart of our family. I love you all and don’t be afraid to send me asks or message me😊 y'all have a great day! Much love to yall❤

Originally posted by agoodgrammar

Man I wish I had like…energy bc I’m going into animation, which I do have a talent for, but I’m also really good at helping people with their problems and since I’ve been through so much shit I’ve seen all kinds of people with all kinds of problems so I have experience with helping different people and knowing how to talk to them, naturally i’d go into being a therapist right? There’s still a lot I need to learn bc I do make mistakes but I know I’ve made a positive difference before. But helping people as a career rather than just helping my friends sounds so fuckin exhausting,, I really only have the energy for my friends (and really anyone who I know that doesn’t have a bad relationship with me. Or anyone on here even if I don’t know them just cause we have Tumblr in common). Idk it’s conflicting bc I know skill wise i’d be really good at it, and I like learning about psychology n shit bc it kinda gives me more of an arsenal (for lack of a better word) of knowledge for helping my friends who are struggling with mental health stuff
And all of this is really cheesy tbh like I haven’t totally accepted it bc since I used to be in such a bad spot I feel like I have to still be like that bc it’s actually comfortable sometimes. Also the whole “helping people!! uwu” feels kinda sappy and embarrassing but hhh. I mean if I’m not going into a career for it, which I’m not planning anyway, I’ll at least have that extra side of me that people can rely on. It’s like a bonus lmao. I’ll probably take a few psychology courses in college and maaaybe if animation falls through I’ll look into being a therapist. Really each job is exhausting in its own right but I’ll see

  • Desdemona: Right, whoever is changing Agent's names on the board has to stop, unless we really have gained new members named, let me see...
  • Desdemona: "Dork-en", "Glory-Hole", "Tinker-Bell", "B.A.M.F" "Drummer Babe" and "Dr. Carring-too-much-about-dicks". I'm not even going to start with "DesdeMOANa". This is a serious operation. You need to stop.