Rucksack #1, Survival Kit, Apollo 11

Each Apollo mission was equipped with two rucksacks providing equipment to allow for crew survival for up to 48 hours in the water after landing. This is the first of the two rucksacks flown on the historic first lunar-landing mission, Apollo 11, in 1969. It includes three water containers, one radio beacon with spare battery, three pairs of sunglasses, six packages of desalted chemicals, one desalter kit, two survival lights, one machete, and two bottles of sunscreen.

(Source: NASM)

Alaska’s Susitna Glacier, captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite. This satellite image combines infrared, red, and green wavelengths to form a false-color image. Vegetation is red and the glacier’s surface is marbled with dirt-free blue ice and dirt-coated brown ice. Infusions of relatively clean ice push in from tributaries in the north.

NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.

On December 25, 2000, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the Ugab River in Namibia.


Earlier we posted about Rubʿ al-Khali, aka the Empty Quarter; a desert in the southern Arabian Peninsula: Rubʿ al-Khali covers about 650,000 square km (250,000 square miles) and lies mainly in southeastern Saudi Arabia, with some portions in Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. The desert was largely unexplored until recently; the first documented journeys made by Westerners were those of Bertram Thomas in 1931 and St. John Philby in 1932.

This image, captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA’s Terra Earth-orbiting satellite, shows the sea of sand and sand dunes that makes up the Rubʿ al-Khali, from above. The image was acquired on December 2, 2005.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

Emerson NASA Knife

In 1999, NASA contracted Emerson to build a knife for use on Space Shuttle missions and the International Space Station. Rather than design a new model from scratch, NASA chose an existing model which already met their specifications, with one additional design requirement. The model is a folding version of the Specwar knife that Emerson had designed for Timberline with the addition of a guthook cut into the tantō point of the blade with which astronauts could open their freeze dried food packages.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Ensign Sariel Rager was a 24th century Starfleet command division officer and helmsman.

In 2367, Ensign Rager was at the conn of the USS Enterprise-D when the ship encountered a swarm of a spaceborne species, of which Junior was a member. (TNG: “Galaxy’s Child”)

She was at the conn when the ship became trapped in a Tyken’s Rift. Lack of dreams caused her to forget how to operate the conn, so she was ordered to sickbay by Commander Riker and replaced by Kenny Lin. (TNG: “Night Terrors”)

In 2369, Rager was serving aboard the Galaxy-class starship Enterprise-D when the ship discovered a Dyson sphere. She piloted the ship out of the sphere by executing a 90-degree roll to slip out of the quickly closing bay doors. (TNG: “Relics”)

Following disturbing behavior at the conn, Rager was abducted by Solanogen-based lifeforms and was experimented on in their laboratory. Fortunately, she was saved by Commander Riker. (TNG: “Schisms”)

-Memory Alpha

i got SO MANY stares and glares and leers and ogles yesterday, it was crazy full-on. Seemed like every man over the age of about 40 had an opinion about me that had to be demonstrated right up in my face and it ran the gamut from rapey leers to outright offense. Pretty hard to deal with while i’m in the middle of an intense dysphoria wave but i managed to screw some of my punk spit together near the end of the day and donated some top quality sneers to some balding white guys who seemed to be trying to figure out what planet i hail from. Losers, as if it’s not transparently obvious i was spaceborn.
Anyway i took this right after i got home so tumblr can get a good ogle in too.

first i made an alien mix but it turned into peridot which turned into the both of them hahha


01. business man- mother mother / 02. invader zim main theme (extended)- invader zim / 03. aliens exist- blink 182 / 04. arriving ufo- yes / 05. tessellate- alt-j / 06. jupiter- strfkr / 07. gamma ray- aimee mann / 08. mystery cloud- strfkr / 09. oleander- mother mother / 10. take care of the proper paperwork- deadmau5 / 11.  contact- daft punk / 12. legend of the spaceborne killer- crobot / 13. roman reloaded- nicki minaj ft. lil wayne / 14. supermassive black hole- muse / 15. the unearthly ones- creature feature / 16. crying lightning- arctic monkeys / 17. bitch better have my money- rihanna / 18. return to the beach/jasper- aivi and surasshu



NASA Releases 3 Million Beautiful Images Of Earth For Public Use - Here Are Our Favorites

One of the many awesome things about NASA is the amount of free and open-access content it uploads for everybody to enjoy. Keeping in this spirit, NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have publically released nearly 3 million images from their database of thermal emission images detailing 99 percent of the planet’s surface.

NASA’s Terra spacecraft has been snapping Earth since 1999 using Japan’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). With these 16 and a bit years of work, it’s captured some incredible sights, including the aftermath of the Pakistani floods, North Korea’s drought, Iceland’s volcanic eruptions, the Venetian canals, Namibia’s sand dunes, California’s bushfires, and even the remnants of a sulfur plant fire in Iraq.

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Scope Dogg’s Mecha Showcase: Aim for the Top: Gunbuster

This is part of a series of reviews I plan on doing on various mecha franchises. The only rule is that I’m not touching the three franchises I think are the most well known (Gurren Lagann, Evangelion, Gundam) in an effort to spread the love towards some series that I feel fly somewhat under the radar for non-mecha fans. Any spoilers will only be very minor and will typically only concern the very beginning of the story.

Why you should watch it, in brief:

Exciting action and emotional drama delivered through excellent animation. A short but very sweet classic series.

The setting:

Humanity is starting to extend its reach towards the stars, when one of its fleets is suddenly and violentally attacked by a species of massive spaceborne lifeforms called Space Monsters, leaving very few survivors. Amongst ththe slain is Admiral Takaya. His daughter Noriko enlists at a training school as a trainee Machine Weapon pilot, as humanity begins to gear up to fight back. Noriko seems like an unlikely heroine, as she is clumsy and not as capable as many of her schoolmates, especially her supremely talented idol, Kazumi Amano. However, Coach Ohta, who is on the lookout for recruits to take into space, believes that Noriko has hidden talent, and selects her and Kazumi as candidates for the Top squadron, humanity’s most elite unit of Machine Weapon pilots. Noriko must overcome physical and emotional hurdles in order to live up to the expectations of the Coach and her comrades - and in so doing, become worthy of piloting humanity’s newest secret weapon, the Gunbuster.

Why you should watch it, in full:

Director Hidetaki Anno is most noted for the famed Evangelion series. However, it wasn’t the first impact that he made on the mecha genre. That honour belongs to his debut work Aim for the Top, more colloquially known to mecha fans as Gunbuster, published by Gainax between 1987 and 1988. It’s a very different animal to Evangelion in a lot of ways, being a much more straightforward story, and lacking the many layers of symbolism and striking imagery that Anno’s later work would go on to become acclaimed for, but for devoted fans of this genre, Gunbuster is no less memorable, and is a landmark entry both to the fledgling Gainax studio that published it and to the genre as a whole. More after the break.

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Here’s the playlist that I made that I’ve been listening to on repeat while drawing Dan and the Mothman, but it also serves as a playlist for late night monster or UFO hunts


Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer- Crobot / The Mothman Cometh- Impaler / Monster- The Automatic Automatics / Cryptozoology!- Gatornate And The Gladezmen / Men In Black- Frank Black / Motorway To Roswell- Pixies / The Creature From Outer Space- Sonny Day / The Devil Was In my Yard- The Sleepy Jackson / Nowhere Man- The Beatles / Aliens- Fleece / Soul Systems Burn- King Black Acid / Bad Moon Rising- Rasputina / Red Eyes- J. T. Woodruff / CIA- Fleece/ Ahool- Omniverse / Howl- Junip / Cryptozoology- Paper Bird / Concerning UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois- Surfjan Stevens / Incoming Mr. Indrid Cold 1967- Undead Anna / Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Spacecraft- Klaatu / Half Light- Low With Tomandandy