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Tomorrow morning at approximately 7:20am EDT, we will say goodbye to the Rosetta mission as it touches down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. I HAZ A SPACE SAD.

To give both Rosetta and the Philae lander (recently located in its final resting place), we’ve compiled all our posts celebrating this amazing mission: 

Plush Rosetta & Philae by The Rosetta Shop

ESA mission hoodies and tees by The Rosetta Shop

Le Pettite Prince on Comet 67P by Slow Factory

Custom painted Converse by Canvas Warriors

Meteorite shoes inspired by Rosetta 

Comet 67P double-sided neckalce by Lost in Space Jewelry

Plush comet by Celestial Buddies

To follow along tomorrow morning, NASA TV will be broadcasting 6:15am to 8:00am. You can also follow along with ESA who have programming all day today into tomorrow morning. 

- Summer & Emily

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Rosetta probe set for comet collision
The audacious Rosetta mission has been commanded to end its investigation of Comet 67P by crashing into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

One of the most audacious space missions ever undertaken is about to come to an end.

The Rosetta probe that has been tracking a comet for the past two years is going to deliberately crash itself into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

European Space Agency scientists say the satellite has come to the end of its useful life and they want to get some final, ultra-close measurements.

Rosetta is not expected to survive the impact with Comet 67P.

But even if some of its systems remain functional, pre-loaded software on board will ensure everything is shut down on contact.

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If you think the voltron paladins, who were legally in the garrison, are underage (Hunk, Lance and Keith),

then that means you think the military on Earth using child soldiers is a normal practice.

They are part of a military organization.

Don’t try to say “it could be a military school” cuz military school would be normal school with particular emphasis. They are training for real missions in space, and are called cadets. They are part of a military unit in-training.

I for one don’t think child soldiers would be a thing. And I’m creeped out that so many fans are so insistent that they’re children. I don’t want child soldiers in my Voltron.

SAY NO to the child soldier theory.

I have faith the creators never intended to portray child soldiers.

Imagine on Bones’ first mission in space, in the first couple of weeks, he’s had a long day and he decides to treat himself to a sweet tea, so he orders one from the replicator and the replicator gives him an error message along the lines of ‘sweet tea unavailable, would you an iced tea with sugar?’ and Bones just loses it like “THAT’S NOT HOW IT FUCKIN’ WORKS.” After yelling at the replicator for several minutes, he goes to engineering to file a complaint, where he spends a solid hour angrily explaining in great detail the complexities of sweet tea to the poor ensign he talked to who didn’t understand why iced tea with sugar wasn’t an acceptable substitute. 

@imthedoctorbasicallyfun, aside from this being brilliant, whiCH IT IS, this is sure to start some Tea Discourse ™ and I cannot wait to watch this fallout.

Real sci-fi here for a sec

How do you guys feel about the talk Elon Musk gave on Tuesday about SpaceX colonizing Mars? My boyfriend is currently working towards a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering with hopes of becoming a part of the project. We keep having discussions about it and I’m not yet sure how I feel about humans being a multi-planetary species and I’m curious what you guys think?

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Clif kneels down, like an alien hiding behind a big rock.  Anitra holds her hands up to one eye as if it’s a telescope and pretends to look around.

Anitra:  Space mission 44…an alien is on the loose and my crew and I are determined to locate it.

She looks at straight at Clif.

Anitra:  *points* There it is!

Clif jumps up and begins to wave his arms around like tentacles.

Clifton:  *makes alien sounds* Blah, blah, blah, blaaaaah!

Toni is just as delighted as Anitra at Clif’s scary alien skills.

HOW TO LOOK LIKE AND BE TAKASHI SHIROGANE

-apply to the nearest space school*

-get lost and kidnapped on one of you space missions BEFORE graduation

-get rescued by your future husband

-get a haircut that makes you look really cool and handsome

- chop off your right arm and get a purple glow in the dark prosthetic (if you can’t chop off your arm then add prosthetics to all of your shirts)

-forget everything

-go and make your car into a black portable lion and find some friends to make more

The STS-26 was the 26th NASA Space Shuttle mission. It launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 29 and was touted as the “The Return to Flight” after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The crew members landed four days later on Oct. 3.  Interesting fact: It was the first mission in which all crew members wore pressure suits.

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NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa | io9

It looks like it’s finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system’s best candidates for hosting alien life.

Yesterday, NASA announced an injection of $17.5 billion from the federal government (down by $1.2 billion from its 2010 peak). Of this, $15 million will be allocated for “pre-formulation” work on a mission to Europa, with plans to make detailed observations from orbit and possibly sample its interior oceans with a robotic probe. Mission details are sparse, but if all goes well, it could be launched by 2025 and arriving in the early 2030s.

This is incredibly exciting. Recent evidence points to a reasonable chance of habitability. Its massive subsurface ocean contains almost twice as much water as found on Earth. The water is kept in liquid state owing to the gravitational forces exerted by Jupiter and the moon’s turbulent global ocean currents. The good news is that a probe may not have to dig very deep to conduct its search for life; the moon’s massive plumes are ejecting water directly onto the surface.

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Very strange things happen to your body if you spend a year in space

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth Tuesday night after spending almost a year in space.

But his 340 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) haven’t been all fun and games.

Our bodies evolved on Earth, so they’re not built for weightlessness — which is exactly why NASA plans to use Kelly to study the long-term effects of spaceflight the human body.