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Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Get the latest on women making history at NASA, our Juno mission, the Curiosity rover and move!

1. Women at NASA Making History, Creating the Future

Throughout Women’s History Month, we’ve been presenting profiles of the women who are leading the way in deep space exploration.

+ Meet some of them

2. Juno and the Giant

Our Juno spacecraft made its fifth close flyby over giant Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops.

+ See the latest from the King of Planets

3. When the Road Gets Rough, the Tough Keep Rolling

A routine check of the aluminum wheels on our Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover’s left middle wheel tread–the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, now approaching the 10-mile (16 kilometer) mark. But there’s no sign the robotic geologist won’t keep roving right through its ongoing mission.

+ Get the full report

4. What Do Mars and Dinosaurs Have in Common?

Our research reveals that volcanic activity at the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons ceased about 50 million years ago, around the time of Earth’s Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. However, there’s no reason to think the two events were more than a cosmic coincidence.

+ Learn how scientists pieced together the past

5. A Comet in Commotion

Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place – full of growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders.

+ See the many faces of Comet #67P

6. Next Generation Space Robot is Ingenious, Versatile–and Cute

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can’t fit.


7. Shadowy Dawn

According to data from our Dawn mission to Ceres, shadowed craters on the dwarf planet may be linked to the history of how the small world has been tilted over time by the gravity of planets like Jupiter.

+ Find out how understanding “cycles of obliquity” might solve solar system mysteries

8. On Orbit and Online

We’re developing a  long-term technology demonstration project of what could become the high-speed internet of the sky. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help engineers understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems, which could enable much higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and Earth, such as scientific data downlink and astronaut communications.

+ See how it will work

9. A Big Role for Small Sats in Deep Space Exploration

We selected 10 studies to develop mission concepts using CubeSats and other kinds of very small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets. “These small but mighty satellites have the potential to enable transformational science,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division.

+ Get the small details

10. Rings Around the Red Planet?

It’s possible that one of our closest neighbors had rings at one point – and may have them again someday. At least, that’s the theory put forth by NASA-funded scientists at Purdue University.

+ See more details about the once and future rings of Mars

Discover more lists of 10 things to know about our solar system HERE.

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  • Psychic: *Reads my mind*
  • Me: Bad news from the zones, tumbleweeds.
  • It looks like Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid had a clap with an Exterminator
  • That went all Costa Rica,
  • And uh,
  • Got themselves ghosted.
  • Dusted out on Route Guano.
  • So it's time to hit the red line
  • And up-thrust the volume out there.
  • Keep your boots tight,
  • Keep your gun close,
  • And die with your mask on if you've got to.
  • Here
  • Is the traffic...
  • Psychic: what the fuck

AIPD Concept Art Part 2

One of the things I never like in stories set in the future is that they never seem to go into more residential urban areas and instead focus on downtown and their gigantic skyscrapers.

(Like downtown is where everyone goes to work, duh. Nobody lives in a skyscraper except the absurdidly rich.)

That way when Rev goes in with his fedora and trench coat he looks entirely out of place. That’s really the whole point of this arc was to get him out of his element, with no robot gangsters or other futuristic criminals. Just him and Frankie trying to find the truth behind a mysterious murder in a neighborhood they pass by but never actually spent time in before.

Once again I find inspiration coming from the works of Brandon Graham when designing this part of town and mixing it with jet set radio. The real kicker was by referencing FLCL in the feel in some parts of this town.

The design language was rectalinear, covered in wires and pipes and fire escapes. And mixing that with a japanese feel.

Next we’ll get to the many people we’ll meet in this concrete jungle.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise is best known for letting you run over hookers and then shoot them with bazookas from your jetpack, but today’s gamers get bored with that sort of thing after just a couple hundred hours. So, it didn’t take long for players to start one-upping each other with increasingly radical/deranged in-game stunts, which often require hundreds to thousands of attempts and a comparable quantity of Mountain Dew.

Consider the above clip, which display a level of vehicular control unseen since the days of legal drinking and driving.

These and similar clips are Blacksmoke Billy’s, which isn’t an alternative lifestyles hangout, but a YouTube channel devoted to some of the most insane and elaborate tricks you’ll see in the virtual world. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Tricks range from things you could probably do yourself after a few beers, to figuring out how to jump a motorbike onto a fighter jet, presumably the inspiration for and primary plot point in the upcoming Fast And Furious 8: The Fastererest And Furiousestmost.

6 Impossible Video Game Stunts Someone Pulled Off Anyway

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to pop in and thank you for being such a wonderful person and always being able to put a smile on my face even in the darkest of times. You, elliot, jet and darby inspire me to cosplay and helped me through a lot. Stay beautiful Fox

Awh thank you, Anon! You are so kind to take the time to write that! I hope your dark times are behind you or at least getting easier for you. Those are never fun and can sometimes be hard to move past. Stay strong!

Stay beautiful as well! <3

Imagine Patrick Stump

Jet Pack Blues

Discription: A few short extracts about your love life with Patrick. Inspired by Jet Pack Blues (some lyrics are hidden really well, give yourself a cookie as a present if you can find them all!).
Genre: Fluff? Romance?
Requested by anon. This is really weird, I’m so sorry.

Relationship status: Are you really over it?

I’ve got that jet pack blues, you thought to yourself while staring out of your window on the second floor of your big, now empty, house of your parents. Like always they were gone again.

It had been so quiet since you left. And by that you meant since you left Patrick.

The silence in the house was slowly eating you whole, killing you from the inside. And just when you started to find your peace of mind, the ringing in your ears started to get more violent. There was no way out of this hellhole. You missed him so much, so incredibly much…

You had thought taking a break would be the right thing to do, but it only made you realise how much you loved Patrick and missed him when he wasn’t around.

The look in his eyes when you told him to leave…

Five months earlier
Relationship status: Head over heels

You felt save the most when Patrick held you in his arms. You could spend night talking with him, held safely by his strong arms.

If you felt his arms wrapped around you tightly, you felt at home.

“Patrick?” you asked while staring up at the ceiling. “What’s the thing you fear most? Out of all things that could happen to you.”

You noticed Patrick thinking as he gently stroked your hair and made a soft humming noise, figuring out what scared him most. It was a weird question to ask, but when you had been up all night, things were bound to get weird. And that was the case for almost everyone.

“Probably ending up alone”, he said quietly while you snuggled up to him. “It scares me to know that there might be a chance that I outlive the people I care most about.”

He sighed and then pressed a kiss on top of your head as the bright morning light started to shine through the windows. You groaned in agony while nuzzling up to Patrick’s chest to hide your face from the morning.

“Just fight off the light and stay with me”, Patrick then whispered into your ear. “Honey, don’t you leave.”

Three months earlier
Relationship status: It’s complicated

“Here’s your change”, Patrick said as he laid down a few dollars. You and him always used to split the charge of your drinks in half. Maybe you were just that close…

“I f*cking love strawberry milkshakes”, you announced when taking one of the two straws in the drink. Patrick smiled and took the other one.

“Yeah, there really good. Especially here.”

“Hm-hmm”, you hummed while sipping carefully from the drink. You didn’t want to drink it all yourself and you would probably don’t end up well if you drank it all in one sip.

Then suddenly he placed his hand on top of yours on the table and smiled gently at you with a smooth wink to top it off. You laughed and then started to blush so you looked down to hide it. Needless to say you weren’t very good at that…

“Why aren’t you drinking?” you asked Patrick when you had managed to sip down half of the milkshake. You seemed to have woken Patrick out of his dreamy state since he suddenly jumped up bit and looked at you in confusion.


Trying to hide your annoyance you shook your head an averted your gaze. Things like this seemed to happen more and more. You hadn’t had a really romantic date in a while and it began to annoy you endlessly. “You always do this…”

Patrick tilted his brows as you took your hand back.


The sweetness never lasted, no…

Relationship status: ?

Did you ever love Patrick?

A question which seemed to return to your mind so many times. How could you ever doubt that? Of course you loved Patrick! Always did. Always will…

Then suddenly a little knock sounded throughout your room. The sound seemed to come from the window. Just when you wanted to look outside, you saw a rock hit your window and hurried to look down.

Was that..?

He was in a long black coat tonight. Waiting for you in the downpour outside.

When he noticed you saw him, he waved and you immediately opened you window to see what he had to say. “Patrick?!”

And while the rhythm of the rain kept time, his melody of tears flooded over to your window together with the sweet sounds of his voice. He was singing “Baby, come home” and really seemed to mean it. You never saw Patrick cry. This was the first time…

You eventually managed to get downstairs and threw open the front door, running out into the pouring rain. Patrick embraced you tightly when you reached him and you couldn’t hold back any longer. “I’ve missed you so much”, you whispered before your lips touched his in a sweet moment of wonder.

It had been so long since you had felt the sweet sensation of his tender lips on yours and you weren’t planning on losing that sensation anymore.

Saturn, Titan, Rings, and Haze 

Pictured above is a busy vista of moons and rings taken at Saturn. The large circular object in the center of the image is Titan, the largest moon of Saturn and one of the most intriguing objects in the entire Solar System. The dark spot in the center is the main solid part of the moon. The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft. Cutting horizontally across the image are the rings of Saturn, seen nearly edge on. At the lower right of Titan is Enceladus, a small moon of Saturn. 

Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative. Now if you look really really closely at Enceladus, you can see a hint of icy jets shooting out toward the bottom of the image. It is these jets that inspired future proposals to land on Enceladus, burrow into the ice, and search for signs of extraterrestrial life.