safe the earth

concept: shiro and matt are safe, on earth, laying on a blanket beneath the stars.

“they’re beautiful,” shiro says. matt turns to him with a grin.

“know what’s more beautiful?”

“what?” shiro answers, bracing himself. he hears matt pulls something from his pocket.

“my fiancé.” shiro looks over in confusion. matt is holding a ring and shiro stares, mouth open in shock.

“matt, are you serious?” he asks. matt’s grin gets even wider.

“no,” he says, pointing upwards, “that’s sirius.”

A Journey of Eight Years

We’re taking time to highlight our progress and accomplishments over the past 8 years. Join our historical journey!

Obama Visit to NASA in 2010 

President Barack Obama visited our Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver remarks on the bold new course the administration is charting for America’s space program. During a speech at the center, President Obama said, “I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.” R  

Commercial Crew

Our Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is investing financial and technical resources to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop safe, reliable and cost-effective space transportation systems. This program has allowed us to continue to reach low-Earth orbit, even after the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. In the coming years, we will once again launch U.S. astronauts from American soil to the International Space Station through this commercial partnership.  

Revamping KSC: Vehicle Assembly Building

Our Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center served through the Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs, and is now undergoing renovations to accommodate future launch vehicles…like our Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will carry astronauts to deep space destinations, like Mars. Already, shuttle-era work platforms have been removed from the VAB to make way for our advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle, SLS.  

Revamping KSC: Pad 39B

For the first time since our Apollo-era rockets and space shuttles lifted off on missions from Launch Complex 39 at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the launch pads is undergoing extensive upgrades to support our 21st century space launch complex. At launch pad B, workers are making upgrades to support our Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and a variety of other commercial launch vehicles. .

Commercial Resupply Program

Our commercial partnerships with companies like SpaceX and Orbital ATK are allowing us to find new ways to resupply the International Space Station. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft is shown being captured using the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Packed with more than 5,100 pounds of cargo and research equipment, the vehicle made Orbital ATK’s fifth commercial resupply flight to the station in October 2016.  

Pluto Flyby

After a seven-year journey, our New Horizons spacecraft arrived at dwarf planet Pluto. It captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of the planet on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the craft’s imaging camera. Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many land forms have their own distinct colors, which tell a complex geological and climatological story.   

Juno at Jupiter

Juno’s 2011 launch brought it into orbit around Jupiter. This composite image depicts Jupiter’s cloud formations as seen through the eyes of Juno’s Microwave Radiometer (MWR) instrument as compared to the top layer, a Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem image of the planet. The MWR can see several hundred miles (kilometers) into Jupiter’s atmosphere with its largest antenna. The belts and bands visible on the surface are also visible in modified form in each layer below.  

Orion EFT-1

As we strived to make deep-space missions a reality, on Dec. 5, 2014, a Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral carrying our Orion spacecraft on an unpiloted flight test to Earth orbit. During the two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission, engineers evaluated the systems critical to crew safety, the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system.  

 Building of SLS

Meet the Space Launch System, our latest rocket system and see how it stacks up (no pun intended) to earlier generations of launch vehicles. While we engaged commercial partners to help us reach low-Earth orbit, we also were able to focus on deep-space exploration. This resulted in the creation of SLS, the world’s most powerful rocket and the one that will carry humans to deep-space destinations, like Mars.  

Small Satellite Technology

Our latest generation of small satellite technology represents a new way of advancing scientific research and reducing costs. These small sats are part of a technology demonstration that were deployed from the International Space Station in December 2016.   

Technology Development Organization

In 2013, we created a standalone technology development organization at NASA. Why? This new organization was an outgrowth of President Obama’s recognition of the critical role that space technology and innovation will play in enabling both future space missions and bettering life on Earth. The President’s most recent budget request included $4 million per year for our Centennial Challenges prizes. This program seeks innovations from diverse and non-traditional sources and competitors are not supported by government funding. Awards are only made to successful teams when the challenges are met. Throughout this administration (2009 – 2016), more than $6.5 million has been awarded to winners. 

Spinoffs

Did you know that many technologies originally designed for space exploration are now being used by the general public? Yes, there’s space in your life! We have a long history of transferring technology to the private sector, things we like to call NASA Spinoffs. From enriched baby formula, to digital camera sensors…you may be surprised where this technology came from. 

 Space Station Extended to 2024

In 2014, the Obama Administration announced that the United States would support the extension of the International Space Station to at least 2024. This gave the station a decade to continue its already fruitful microgravity research mission. This offered scientists and engineers the time they need to ensure the future of exploration, scientific discoveries and economic development.  

Year in Space Mission

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent a year in space to help us understand the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on the human body. The studies performed throughout their stay will yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges faced by astronauts that will one day travel to Mars. Scott Kelly was a particularly interesting candidate for the job, as he has a twin brother. While Scott spent a year on the International Space Station, his brother Mark spent the year on Earth. Comparing test results from both subjects will provide an even deeper understanding of the human body and how it reacts to the space environment.  

EPIC Earth Images

From one MILLION miles away, our EPIC camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth in 2015. Because of this spacecraft, you can now see a daily series of images of our home planet! These images are available 12 to 36 hours after they are acquired. 

James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope represents a giant leap forward in our quest to understand the universe and our origins.  The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is designed to examine every phase of cosmic history: from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation of galaxies, stars, and planets to the evolution of our own solar system. More: 

Green Aviation

Our commitment to advancing aeronautics has led to developments in today’s aviation that have made air travel safer than ever. In fact, every U.S. aircraft flying today and every U.S. air traffic control tower uses NASA-developed technology in some way. Streamlined aircraft bodies, quieter jet engines, techniques for preventing icing, drag-reducing winglets, lightweight composite structures, software tools to improve the flow of tens of thousands of aircraft through the sky, and so much more are an everyday part of flying thanks to our research that traces its origins back to the earliest days of aviation. Our green aviation technologies are dramatically reducing the environmental impact of aviation and improving its efficiency while maintaining safety in more crowded skies, and paving the way for revolutionary aircraft shapes and propulsion. 

X-Planes

History is about to repeat itself as the Quiet Supersonic Technology, or QueSST, concept  begins its design phase to become one of the newest generation of X-planes. Over the past seven decades, our nation’s best minds in aviation designed, built and flew a series of experimental airplanes to test the latest fanciful and practical ideas related to flight. Known as X-planes, we are again are preparing to put in the sky an array of new experimental aircraft, each intended to carry on the legacy of demonstrating advanced technologies that will push back the frontiers of aviation.  

Drones

Blazing the trail for safely integrating drones into the national airspace, we have been testing and researching uncrewed aircraft. The most recent “out of sight” tests are helping us solve the challenge of drones flying beyond the visual line of sight of their human operators without endangering other aircraft. 

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, which launched in 2010, observes the sun in unparalleled detail and is yet another mission designed to understand the space in which we live. In this image, the sun, our system’s only star seems to be sending us a message. A pair of giant filaments on the face of the sun form what appears to be an enormous arrow pointing to the right. If straightened out, each filament would be about as long as the sun’s diameter—1 million miles long. Such filaments are cooler clouds of solar material suspended above the sun’s surface by powerful magnetic forces. Filaments can float for days without much change, though they can also erupt, releasing solar material in a shower that either rains back down or escapes out into space, becoming a moving cloud known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME.  

Curiosity Launch and Landing

There are selfies and there are selfies—from a world more than 33 million miles away. When the Curiosity Rover launched on Nov. 6, 2011, to begin a 10-month journey to the Red Planet, who knew it would be so photogenic. Not only has Curiosity sent back beauty shots of itself, its imagery has increased our knowledge of Mars manyfold. But it’s not just a camera; onboard are an array of scientific instruments designed to analyze the Red Planet’s soil, rocks and chemical composition. 

Astronaut Applications

On Dec. 14, 2015, we announced that astronaut applications were open on USAJOBS. The window for applications closed on Feb. 18 with a record turnout! We received more than 18,300 applications from excited individuals from around the country, all hoping to join the 2017 astronaut class. This surpassed the more than 6,100 received in 2012, and the previous record of 8,000 applicants in 1978.  

OSIRIS-REx

Asteroids are a part of our solar system and in our quest to learn more about their origins, we sent the OSIRIS-Rex, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, to rendezvous with comet Bennu and return a sample of the comet to scientists here on Earth. Along the way, the mission will be multitasking during its two-year outbound cruise to search for elusive “Trojan” asteroids. Trojans are asteroids that are constant companions to planets in our solar system as they orbit the sun, remaining near a stable point 60 degrees in front of or behind the planet. 

 Habitable Zone Planets

In December 1995, the first exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) was found. Since then, our Kepler mission has surveyed the Milky Way to verify 2,000+ exoplanets. On July 23, 2015, the Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. Not only that, but the planet orbits a sun very much like our own. 

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Baby witch/lost girl

Hello nonexistent followers. This is a new Tumblr. I’m not sure what it is im doing with it yet but hoping to find out soon.
Anyway,
Im a baby witch looking for guidance.
Vegetarian looking for perseverance.
Child of the earth looking for nurturing.
Im just chilling looking for Tumblr friends lol
Anyway, sending hugs and kisses to everyone out there

plausible reasons why garnet asked peridot to stay on earth rather than pilot the ship:

1. she trusted peridot to keep earth safe in their absence

2. similarly to tasking peridot to poof the kindergarten corrupted gem solo, she is slowly easing peridot into being an actively participating crystal gem

3. probably knows peri still has some feelings about homeworld

4. yellow diamond would arrest her ass on sight

5. peridot, a known gay, would have been rendered useless in a room full of huge stronk amethysts

‪2 tons of experiments and gear, safely back on Earth. Soon people will be flying home from space on these. Well done today, SpaceX and NASA!

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Calling the Earth Guardians to Keep Away All Paranormal Harm and Evil

You will Need:

  • Four brown candles, one set near the corner of each internal wall in the room nearest the front door
  • A heatproof bowl of dried rose petals or rose potpourri, placed near the center of the room

Timing:

Sunday morning, at dusk


 The Spell:

Light the first candle in the corner to the left farthest away from the door, saying: “Wise Guardians of the Earth, bless and protect my home this night. Keep us safe from bad spirits until first morning light.”

Carry the bowl of rose petals or potpourri to the lighted candle and briefly hold the potpourri above the candle, repeating the spell words.

Return the potpourri to the center of the room and light the next candle, moving counterclockwise and repeating the spell words and actions. Do this until all four candles are lit.

Carry and lift the potpourri in any doorway and in front of windows, moving counterclockwise, at each point repeating the spell words.

Return the bowl to the center, letting the candles burn until bedtime.


- “1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose, by Cassandra Eason.”

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Three space travelers landed safely back on Earth late Saturday night.

The journey began in the evening, 5:12 p.m., ET to be exact, when the hatch to the International Space Station closed, and Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi climbed into the cramped Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft that would bring them home.

About three hours later, they separated from the space station as it flew over Mongolia. Inside, Ivanishin was at the controls as the ship’s commander.

About 230 miles below, as Americans went about their Saturday nights, rescue crews fanned out in helicopters around the target landing site in central Kazakhstan. Around 11 p.m., ET, when the space travelers were scheduled to re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, rescuers began to scan the sky for the falling spacecraft.

PHOTOS: Astronauts Touch Down After 115 Days In Space

Photos: Bill Ingalls/NASA

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There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Habitable Super-Earth’

“ What they find is that the transition from “rocky” world to “gaseous” world occurs at just twice the Earth’s mass. If you’re more that twice the mass of Earth and you receive the same amount of energy from your star, you’ll be able to hold onto a substantial hydrogen-and-helium envelope of gas, creating an atmospheric pressure that’s hundreds or even thousands of times as great as what we have on Earth’s surface. The hope that Super-Earth worlds would be Earth-like is shattered, and we can safely put Super-Earths, Mini-Neptunes and Neptune-like worlds into the same overall category. ”

It was quite a surprise when we started discovering all the exoplanets that were out there. While there’s a big gap between a world like Earth and a world like Uranus or Neptune in our Solar System – 17 times the mass and 4 times the radius – most of the worlds out there fall in between these two types. Super-Earths and Mini-Neptunes are the most common. But it turns out that what we’re calling a “Super-Earth” is a total misnomer! These worlds may be larger than Earth, but they’re much more like Uranus or Neptune than they are like our own. They have big gas envelopes surrounding them, and can even hold on to their young hydrogen and helium. The only way out is to boil the atmosphere away, and if you do, you’ve got a rocky core that’s close enough to its star to be roasted.

Come find out the full story behind why there’s no such thing as a habitable Super-Earth!

It’s a great feeling to safely return to Earth, and immediately thank the people who make spaceflight possible. A rare moment in time. (at NASA-John F. Kennedy Space Center)

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A version of my design on foam board. It’s amazing to see it irl after working with graphic designers in the long design process.

I can change the colors of the elements on it, and even the background, and I can not only put it on flags and signs, but on t-shirts, bags, anything. Now I have to learn about marketing!

Why I don't often listen to "The Internet Is Here"
  • *"The Internet is Here" comes on*
  • Dan/Phil: withOUT the IN-TER-NET
  • Dan/Phil: we NEV-ER WOULD. HAVE. MET.
  • Me: *ponders the thought that Phil could have bought a different cereal*
  • Me: *ponders the thought that Dan could have chosen to do literally anything besides go on YouTube and watch videos*
  • Me: *ponders the thought that Dan could have not gotten Phil's attention on Twitter*
  • Me: *ponders the enormous amount of tiny things that had to go right for Dan and Phil to happen*
  • *weight of reality comes crashing down*
  • Me: *in flames*
Grounding Yourself

GROUNDING YOURSELF

This is very, VERY important, especially if you are considering doing Astral Travel or any sort of out of body travelling. This, well, to be put simply, grounds you to the earth.

What you can do to ground yourself is rather simple. This is different for every person so I will list a few things that you could do.

METHOD 1: Imagine you are sitting in a forest/park/by a river/etc, somewhere nature related and relax. If you’re not relaxed, this may end up being uncomfortable or it may not work in general. Now, imagine that you’re a tree sprout and you’re rooting yourself in the earth. Imagine yourself growing tall and deeply rooted into the earth. After that, imagine that you turn into the roots and the tree slowly disappears. AFter that, you should be done. IF you do not feel secure or like youre actually rooted then you may need to try again.

METHOD 2: relax and concentrate. Now, this is slightly similar to Method 1, but I find it helpful. You’re sitting wherever you please and your body is starting to become one with the earth. You are in the earth and one with it, imagine yourself with the roots and with everything around. Once you feel secure or firmly grounded, you’re good.

There are many other things that you could do for grounding, but these are the two methods that I generally use and have seen in the community. If you do have any ideas or methods that you have used, please feel free to message me ^_^ I am always open to new ideas!

Best of luck to you all!

Guardian Angel AU

Earth has been becoming increasingly dangerous over the years, and Guardian Angels are having to become bolder and bolder in order to keep their charges safe. In the heat of the moment, a Guardian accidentally sends Character A to Heaven to save their life. While Character A is unconscious, it is decided that Character B – one of the best Guardians – will be charged with getting Character A back to Earth safely. However, foul play in the form of demons and meddling humans alike will make the journey much more difficult, especially when Character A wakes up in the middle of a battle.