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It’s International Asteroid Day!

There are more than 700,000 known asteroids, but how much do you know about these rocky remnants left over from the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago? 

Today, June 30 is International Asteroid Day. Here are some things to know about our fascinating space rubble.

1. A Place in Space 

Asteroids—named by British astronomer William Herschel from the Greek expression meaning “star-like"—are rocky, airless worlds that are too small to be called planets. But what they might lack in size they certainly make up for in number: An estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million asteroids larger than 1 kilometer are in the Main Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. And there are millions more that are smaller in size. Asteroids range in size from Vesta—the largest at about 329 miles (529 kilometers) wide—to bodies that are just a few feet across.

2. What Lies Beneath 

Asteroids are generally categorized into three types: carbon-rich, silicate, or metallic, or some combination of the three. Why the different types? It all comes down to how far from the sun they formed. Some experienced high temperatures and partly melted, with iron sinking to the center and volcanic lava forced to the surface. The asteroid Vesta is one example we know of today.

3. Small Overall 

If all of the asteroids were combined into a ball, they would still be much smaller than the Earth’s moon.

4. Except for a Big One

In 1801, Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the first and then-largest asteroid, Ceres, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is so large that it encompasses about one-fourth of the estimated total mass of all the asteroids in the asteroid belt. In 2006, its classification changed from asteroid to  as a dwarf planet.

5. Mission to a Metal World 

NASA’s Psyche mission will launch in 2022 to explore an all-metal asteroid—what could be the core of an early planet—for the very first time. And in October 2021, the Lucy mission will be the first to visit Jupiter’s swarms of Trojan asteroids.

6. Near-Earth Asteroids

The term ‘near’ in near-Earth asteroid is actually a misnomer; most of these bodies do not come close to Earth at all. By definition, a near-Earth asteroid is an asteroid that comes within 28 million miles (44 million km) of Earth’s orbit. As of June 19, 2017, there are 16,209 known near-Earth asteroids, with 1,803 classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (those that could someday pose a threat to Earth).

7. Comin’ in Hot 

About once a year, a car-sized asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere, creates an impressive fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface.

8. But We’re Keeping an Eye Out

Ground-based observatories and facilities such as Pan-STARRS, the Catalina Sky Survey, and ATLAS are constantly on the hunt to detect near-Earth asteroids. NASA also has a small infrared observatory in orbit about the Earth: NEOWISE. In addition to detecting asteroids and comets, NEOWISE also characterizes these small bodies.

9. Buddy System

Roughly one-sixth of the asteroid population have a small companion moon (some even have two moons). The first discovery of an asteroid-moon system was of asteroid Ida and its moon Dactyl in 1993.

10. Earthly Visitors 

Several NASA space missions have flown to and observed asteroids. The NEAR Shoemaker mission landed on asteroid Eros in 2001 and NASA’s Dawn mission was the first mission to orbit an asteroid in 2011. In 2005, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa landed on asteroid Itokawa. Currently, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is en route to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu; it will bring a small sample back to Earth for study.

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Valentina Tereshkova (b. 1937) is a Russian cosmonaut, the first woman to have flown in space. She achieved this on 16 June 1963, when she was launched into space aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft.

She was part of a group of five, called the female cosmonaut corps, recruited specifically for the purpose. She spent three days on her flight, during which time she orbited Earth 48 times. She also obtained a degree from Zhukovsky Air Force Academy as a cosmonaut engineer.

Galactic Soulmates

Poe Dameron x Reader Soulmate!AU

Summary: In a world of soulmates, Y/N finds out that the Best Pilot in the Resistance, Poe Dameron, is hers.

Warnings: Angst, but then fluff, curse words

A/N: Enjoy everyone!! This is for @fandom-writes and @the-new-fanfic-order Galactic Fanatic AU Challenge

I do not own anything!!!

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Year 1

Space Pirate Alex
Background Director Sanvers

I got an ask recently about Space Pirate Alex, then was going through my fic document, and realized that I had this, and decided to post it.

Director Sanvers is established, but in the early stages.


Day 1

Alex curls her fingers against the glass, presses her palm against the spot where, just moments ago, Kara’s had been.  She stares, not seeing the glass, not seeing the warping colors as the ship accelerates past the speed of light, past that barrier her planet has yet to crack.

All she can see is the ghost of her sister.

She fights back the tears, ignores the burning in her eyes.  Her jaw trembles.  Her heart pounds in her ears.

She is…

Kara is…

Oh, God.

There are smudges on the glass from where she had hit it, pounded on it as she screamed and cried, trying to get Kara to let go, to move, to not die in an futile attempt to stop the ship.

There are smudges on the glass, and who knows how many miles between her and Earth, but Kara is safe, alive.  Kara hadn't been pushing back against the ship when it hit terminal velocity.  Kara hadn’t been smeared into atoms across the glass.

— a part of her brain, the scientist in her, never lets her forget that Kara could have been caught on another part of the ship, could have blown her powers out and fallen back to Earth practically human, could have been pushed further out of the atmosphere, could have, could have —

No.  Kara is alright.  Kara will be fine.  Alex has to believe that.

Kara has J’onn and Vasquez.  Kara has James and Winn.  Kara has Maggie and Lucy.

They all have each other.  They will take care of each other.

And she will get home to them.

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so, this is my piece for @klancefluffweek day 1, which is first (i’m a day late but i managed to whip up some fluff !! i love it!! also, if you have time, please feel free to write fic/ do art (here are the prompts) and tag the blog!!!)

They’d been together for quite some time.

Their time together was patchwork in the way that it all fit together. Time was beyond them, beyond Earth time, beyond Altean time, beyond anything they’d ever encountered amongst the stars.

Moments learned to act as measurements for them.

The exchange of words acted as seconds, fleeting but still building up the bigger picture.

Touch acted as minutes, a little more indulgent, but usually never enough to keep them long within vicinity of one another.

Eye contact and actions, especially in battles, felt like hours. Those were capable of seeming like they were dragging on, minutes stacked on one another. A longing to be back in the arms of the other, a way of wanting to be back home.


It had always been on their minds, the idea that Earth still was something they craved. But in a way, Keith and Lance liking each other gave them a bit of distraction. They found solace in thinking about each other, time spent on someone they could easily access, rather than think about what was slowly getting farther from their reach.

Yeah, that’s all they were to each other, distractions.

At first.

If anything, they both realized on the same day that their relationship was more than a means of forgetting about home. Afterall, it wasn’t really forgetting home when they’d just found a new kind of home it didn’t seem right to let go of.

Lance realized it first.

“Oh.” He sat up in bed, memories of the battle from yesterday flooding his head. The explosions, the words, the loss of noise, the fact that he’d almost died. Almost. He clenched the sheets in his hands, then let go, looking at his hands, proof he was there.

A minute later, he swung his legs over the side of the bed, another sign.

There was a smile.

Life was unexpected.

He had to make the most of it.

Running out of his door, he’d never felt more alive.

Once he reached Keith’s door, he took a deep breath.


“Lance?” Keith watched carefully and Lance looked at the familiar outlines of his face. “What is it?” He had no plan, if what he was going to say was enough, but then he remembered just where he was.

He grabbed Keith’s hand, interlacing his fingers with his.

“Come with me.”

The interior of the palace was something Lance knew like the back of his hand. Granted, there were a few places he still didn’t know but a lot he knew because of the people he was with, or, the one person he was leading to the stars.

Keith was fairly silent the whole way, a smile tugging at the corner of his lips, then disappearing as he thought about everything and yesterday and he squeezed Lance’s hand a little tighter. His eyes widened a little bit as he recognized where Lance had brought him.

It was a simple viewing deck but it had minutes and hours of time etched into it. The giant wall of glass let them look out into the vastness of space that they’d flown throughout, the stars scattered about across the darkness of space, regardless if it was night or day somewhere.

It was just a plane of existence, something unforgettable.

Keith bit his lower lip when Lance began to speak.

“We’ve fought, a lot. Like, we’ve fought one another, which is crazy-”


“But we’ve fought together. Being a part of Voltron has given me so much but it has also taken so much away from me. It’s taken time from me, time I wish hadn’t spent worrying about whether or not I might not make it out of a battle. Time that makes me wonder when my time will be up.” Ha gave Keith a small smile. “But, I know that won’t be for a while, because, well, even though I’m reckless, I can’t abandon home.

“And when I say home, Keith, I mean you.” Lance took Keith’s hands in his, smoothing his thumbs slowly over the backs of Keith’s hands. “It’s scary, thinking I could leave you behind if I’m not careful, when I care so much about you. I think, it’s time, to let you know, you know? How much I care about you. How much I love you.” Lance smiled as Keith’s eyes widened a little, the stars no match for the way his eyes started to shine. “It’s okay if you don’t feel the same right now or ever but I just wanted you to know in case-”

“Nothing’s ever going to happen to you, understand?” Keith removed his hands from Lance’s and grabbed Lance’s face, smoothing his hands out. “I know you’re selfless and it scares me to know that, too. You’re not alone. In fact, I was thinking about yesterday too and everything just made sense. I realized how much you’re a part of my life, Lance.” It was Keith’s turn to smile. “I love you, Lance. You’re home for me.”

Lance simply smiled back as he leaned in, Keith meeting him halfway.

After the kiss was broken off, they hugged one another.

“I love you, Keith.”

“I love you, Lance.”

The stars were witnesses to the many times Lance and Keith said they loved each other, even more so when they showed it.

After all, it was their way of telling time.

‘The Soviet Union has launched the first man into space. A Hutsul shepherd, standing on top of a hill, shouts over to another shepherd on another hill to tell him the news. “Mykola!” / “Yes!” / “The moskali have flown to space!” / “All of them?” / “No, just one.” / “So why are you bothering me then?”

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fades out like a ghost

title: revolving lantern (6/22)
notes: a 2b9s series based on this prompt list. and now this is just really silly, but sue me, sometimes i could use some happiness too!! spoiler warnings for the whole game (and side material like the recitals and novellas now), etc etc, know what you’re getting into.

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Shannon Lucid (b. 1943) is a NASA astronaut and biochemist. She has flown in space five times, and is the only American woman to have served aboard the Mir space station. At one point, she held the record for most time spent in space by an American, as well as a woman.

Before being selected for the NASA training programme, she held various teaching and research positions in biochemistry at institutions throughout Oklahoma. During her multiple missions in space she performed experiments related to life and physical science. She was the first woman who received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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Tokomaru - Komaru getting jealous over Toko's constant fawning over Byakuya, and trying to impress her/get her attention maybe? btw I love your writing! Whenever I see you post a new fic I always get excited! <3

A/N thank youuu! well I did my own twist to this so hopefully you’ll like it!

Talk Less - Toukomaru

“M-master praised me.”

“I know.”

“Master said I w-was useful.”

“I know.”

“Master told me that I did a g-good job.”

“I know.”

“Master even p-proposed to me because he was so b-blown away by my b-beautiful display of s-skills.”

“I-” Komaru paused and then frowned slightly in disapproval. “Okay, I’m pretty sure that the last one didn’t happen.”

“Not yet. Ehehehe…” Touko giggled to herself as she began to fantasize yet again. “It’s only a m-matter of time… hehe.”

Komaru sighed tiredly at Touko’s antics.

Touko has been like this ever since they finished their calls. Today had been a rollercoaster of a day. They fought through swarms of monokuma, anti-climactically faced off with Monaka, almost got themselves flown to space, fell from the sky right after, and to top it all off, they finished the day by contacting their respective person.

And while Komaru was worried over her brother and her brother’s friends, here was Touko who had seemingly forgotten about their situation and has been celebrating the fact that she received praise from Togami. Komaru’s used to it by now though. She knew and has long accepted Touko’s obsession for Togami.

But was it necessary to talk about him for 3 hours straight?

“And then Byakuya and I will… Aah!” Touko shrilled as she continued to fantasize.

With all of today’s stress, Komaru couldn’t take any more and so she sighed and called out to her, “Touko.”

It fell on deaf ears.

“Touko.” She tried again only louder.

Touko was still lost in her own delusional world.

Komaru huffed at this. She will not stand idly by and be ignored. In a stroke of boldness, she grabbed Touko by the shoulders and pulled her in…

For an embrace.

“Eh?” Finally, this brought back Touko from whatever fantasy she was having. “W-What are you d-doing, Komaru?” She stammered nervously in shock.

But Komaru didn’t answer. She didn’t let go either. Instead, she just hugged Touko tighter and nuzzled her head affectionately on Touko’s shoulder.

“S-S-Seriously, w-what’s up w-with you!” Touko stuttered severely as she felt her cheeks warm up from the unexpected display of affection.

After what seemed like forever of awkward contact on Touko’s part, Komaru finally pulled back. But only just a little. Her face was still alarming close, only a few inches separated their faces.

And Komaru’s face was pouting when she huffed out, “I’m right here, you know.”

“Huh?” Touko gasped in confusion.

“You can talk about Togami all you want…” Komaru started and in the next moment, she was tenderly holding both sides of Touko’s face as she boldly declared, still pouting, “But I can’t promise you I won’t get jealous.”

And then Komaru did something that both of them didn’t expect. She leaned forward and…

Their noses bumped.

An eskimo kiss.

“I won’t lose you to anyone else.”

Touko was left so speechless from this that she has never mentioned Togami’s name in Komaru’s presence ever since then.

Let History Never Forget the Name Enterprise

Just as the captains of the fictional 24th century Starfleet blazed a trail among the stars, the space shuttle Enterprise helped pave the way for future space exploration. 

Fifty years ago, Star Trek debuted with the USS Enterprise as the main space-faring vessel used in much of the Star Trek universe. As such, the vessel holds a treasured place in the hearts of Star Trek fans and is as much of a character in the show as Kirk and Spock. Over three different series and a total of 14 seasons on TV and 13 feature films, the iterations of Enterprise have captured the imaginations and provided inspiration for its fans across the globe. 

This brief history of the shuttle tells the tale of humanity’s first reusable spacecraft. Space shuttles were first built in the late 1970s and were flown in space from 1981 to 2011. Their missions ranged from helping to build the International Space Station to repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.   

It’s All In The Name

The first shuttle was originally to be named Constitution, celebrating the country’s bicentennial and was to be unveiled to the public on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 1976. However, a massive letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans prompted President Gerald Ford to suggest the change. In the above photo, we see the shuttle Enterprise rolled out in Palmdale, California, with cast members of Star Trek on Sept. 17, 1976. 

To Boldly Go …

This circular red, white and blue emblem was  the official insignia for the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Test flights and became a model for future space shuttle mission patch designs, including placing the names of the crew on the patch . The four astronauts listed on the patch are: 

  • Fred Haise., commander of the first crew 
  • Charles Fullerton, pilot of the first crew 
  • Joe Engle, commander of the second crew 
  • Dick Truly, pilot of the second crew 

First Impressions

In this image, Enterprise makes its first appearance mated to its boosters as it is slowly rolled to the huge Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center. Although she never flew in space, shuttle Enterprise underwent a series of fit and function checks on the pad in preparation for the first launch of its sister craft, Columbia.

Not Meant To Be

Enterprise sits on Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center undergoing tests after completing its 3.5 mile journey from the VAB. Have you ever wondered why Enterprise never went into space? Converting Enterprise from a training vehicle to space-worthy one was too cost prohibitive, our engineers felt.


Commander Fred Haise and pilot Charles Fullerton are seen in the cockpit of Enterprise prior to the fifth and final Approach and Landing Test at Dryden Flight Research Center (Armstrong Flight Research Center). The tests were performed to learn about the landing characteristics of the shuttle.

It’s Been An Honor To Serve With You

The Enterprise’s two crews pose for a photo op at the Rockwell International Space Division’s Orbiter assembly facility at Palmdale, California. They are (left to right) Charles Fullerton, Fred Haise, Joe Engle and Dick Truly.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

On July 6, 2012, the Enterprise, atop a barge, passes the Statue of Liberty on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where is now permanently on display.

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