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micdotcom:

The crisis in Gaza is so serious, it can be seen from space

International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst has posted his “saddest photo yet.” From all the way up in the thermosphere, ISS personnel orbiting 200 miles over the Middle East can see bombs and missiles exploding in Gaza and Israel as the two sides go to war.

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nprglobalhealth:

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World’s Most Amazing Teen
At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.
The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or for that matter, any books) were scarce.
But that didn’t stop him. Now 15, Gidori is determined to become Tanzania’s very first astronaut.
Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. “I think there is much more up there than there is down here, and I want to know what that is,” he says. When he becomes an astronaut, he hopes his first stop will be the moon – one of Jupiter’s moons, that is.
"They say that on Europa, there’s life," he says. "I want to be part of the crew that investigates it."
With the help of Epic Change, his dream isn’t just wishful thinking. The nonprofit, which raises money for education and technology, gave him a scholarship to study in the U.S. This May, Gidori completed his first year of flight training school at Florida Air Academy.
To finance his next school year, he’s using the allure of potato salad. Tanzanian astronaut potato salad, to be exact.
Inspired by the entrepreneur who raised more than $60,000 to make potato salad on Kickstarter, Gidori and his host family — Epic Change cofounders Sanjay Patel and Stacey Monk – are using the online platform to raise $35,000 to cover tuition and fees for next year. On their Kickstarter page, the trio has promised to throw the “greatest potato salad party in Tanzanian history” the day Gidori lifts off into space for the first time.
And the Tanzanian teen means it; he already has an experimental recipe in the works. As of July 22, a little more than $12,000 has been raised on Kickstarter and Rally.org.
Continue reading.
Photo: It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori’s Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe. (via Kickstarter)

nprglobalhealth:

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World’s Most Amazing Teen

At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.

The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or for that matter, any books) were scarce.

But that didn’t stop him. Now 15, Gidori is determined to become Tanzania’s very first astronaut.

Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. “I think there is much more up there than there is down here, and I want to know what that is,” he says. When he becomes an astronaut, he hopes his first stop will be the moon – one of Jupiter’s moons, that is.

"They say that on Europa, there’s life," he says. "I want to be part of the crew that investigates it."

With the help of Epic Change, his dream isn’t just wishful thinking. The nonprofit, which raises money for education and technology, gave him a scholarship to study in the U.S. This May, Gidori completed his first year of flight training school at Florida Air Academy.

To finance his next school year, he’s using the allure of potato salad. Tanzanian astronaut potato salad, to be exact.

Inspired by the entrepreneur who raised more than $60,000 to make potato salad on Kickstarter, Gidori and his host family — Epic Change cofounders Sanjay Patel and Stacey Monk – are using the online platform to raise $35,000 to cover tuition and fees for next year. On their Kickstarter page, the trio has promised to throw the “greatest potato salad party in Tanzanian history” the day Gidori lifts off into space for the first time.

And the Tanzanian teen means it; he already has an experimental recipe in the works. As of July 22, a little more than $12,000 has been raised on Kickstarter and Rally.org.

Continue reading.

Photo: It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori’s Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe. (via Kickstarter)

colchrishadfield:

Listen to the sound of interstellar space. Voyager recorded vibrations in ionized gas. Odd that it’s rising.

commandmodulepilot:

45 years ago, three astronauts blasted off on a mission to put man on the moon.

canadian-space-agency:

45 years ago today, on July 16 1969, NASA Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched to the Moon aboard Apollo 11 for an historical adventure that would change mankind forever!

Credit: NASA

canadian-space-agency:

45 years ago today, on July 16 1969, NASA Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched to the Moon aboard Apollo 11 for an historical adventure that would change mankind forever!

Credit: NASA

ruckawriter:

As well they should.

scienceyoucanlove:

phobs-heh:

glukauf:

An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

That’s my grandpa 8) He is almost 80,he is ex-pilot and a trainer in RSTC 8) 

give your grandpa a kiss for me bcs he is just toooooo cute

scienceyoucanlove:

phobs-heh:

glukauf:

An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

That’s my grandpa 8) He is almost 80,he is ex-pilot and a trainer in RSTC 8) 

give your grandpa a kiss for me bcs he is just toooooo cute

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humanoidhistory:

The planet Jupiter, observed by Voyager 2 on June 10, 1979 from a distance of 24 million kilometers. On top of Jupiter’s colored cloud patterns is the shadow of Ganymede, the largest of the Jovian moons. Io, the innermost of the large satellites, is visible to the right of the gas giant.

humanoidhistory:

The planet Jupiter, observed by Voyager 2 on June 10, 1979 from a distance of 24 million kilometers. On top of Jupiter’s colored cloud patterns is the shadow of Ganymede, the largest of the Jovian moons. Io, the innermost of the large satellites, is visible to the right of the gas giant.