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Cosmos Bedding: For The Young Space Lovers In Your House

Design by Dustin Wallace

Get ready to explore deep space with this galaxy bedding set. The grey quilt features printed and embroidered space-themed elements, while the coordinating sham rounds out the look. For all the budding astronauts in your family, they will love this!

Quilt features a grey base with printed and embroidered elements that create a space-themed scene. Embroidered asteroids are glow-in-the-dark. Quilt reverses to solid grey.

Quilt: Shell: 100% Cotton, Fill 100% Cotton
Sham: 100% Cotton
Care instructions: Machine wash

About the Designer

Dustin Wallace hails from a dusty town in the West Texas plains. After college, he settled down in Dallas, Texas where he lives with his wife and three young children. His designs combine a love of all things vintage with clean and modern flair. Dustin always brings a fresh and fun approach to his projects.

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I was addicted to models as a kid. Cars, battleships, and cool spaceships. Yes, I was THAT kid, lol. Thanks for the memories, +Luca Oleastri​​!

#models #revell #childhood #spaceship #cars #baattleships #model kits 
XSL-01 Manned Space Ship - plastic model kit by Revell, 1957
#modelkits #vintage #retrofuture #spaceship
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Neil Armstrong & Velentina Tereshkova

“Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, meets Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, in 1970.”

At 1430 hours on 16 June 1963, 26 year old Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova blasted into space aboard Vostok 6, becoming the first woman in space. Tereshkova’s mission was to orbit the earth for 24 hours and to conduct a number of tests on herself to collect data on the female body’s reaction to spaceflight.

Soon after launch when she settled into orbit Tereshkova realised that the spacecraft was moving away from Earth, rather than heading towards it. She quickly reported the error to ground control, which then provided a new landing algorithm. However, this meant that her mission was extended to 2 days 22 hours and 50 minutes. Because of this, Tereshkova spent more time in orbit than all the U.S. Mercury astronauts combined. At the time there was no mention made of the potentially fatal miscalculation. This information was only released in the 1990s.

Tereshkova is now 79 years old, living quietly and enjoying life with her grandchildren. She remains the only woman in history to have made a solo space flight.

#astronaut   #sovietunion   #womeninspace   #space   #astrochix   #neilarmstrong   #cosmonaut   #russia   #spacehistory  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_Tereshkova

http://www.astrochix.com/2013/02/17/women-in-space-valentina-tereshkova/

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Valentina Tereshkova, presenting a badge to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong in memory of his visit to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Credit RIA Novosti
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Rare & Wonderful 1950s Space Art

British pulps and paperbacks oozed a "sense of wonder" all over the bookshelves. Italian science fiction pulp art was also very colorful, and featured beautiful astronaut ladies. And some of the Russian artwork is spectacular.

They are also some of the hardest to find today. "Vargo Statten" (published by Scion Publications) and "Tit-Bits Science Fiction Library" were at the forefront of scifi paperback industry in the 1950s Britain, most written by a handful of writers (John Russel Fearn, E. C. Tubb, Kenneth Bulmer, Robert L. Fanthorpe) using multiple pseudonyms. The quality of such fiction was highly debatable, but the cover art was great - sometimes as garish as the "purple prose" contained within.

#scifi   #pulpart   #spaceart   #space   #astronauts   #1950s   #scifipaperback   #pulpfiction   #sciencefiction  

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Vintage Japanese Friction Moon Rocket

Every time I see vintage toys like this, my heart beats a bit faster, and my pulse races. I would LOVE to find old toys like this. Sometimes I have in our area, but not often, and few have been as cool as this (with the original box)! Yup, always a kid at heart...

Almost 15 inches tall, this Moon Rocket travels forward until it hits an object - it then raises itself up vertically as the door opens, ladder extends, and the astronaut pilot is revealed. All tin and in gently played with condition. The original box has terrific artwork and despite some repaired box tears, displays quite well. Circa the 1960's.

#rocket   #vintage   #vintagetoys   #toys   #spaceexploration   #moon   #rocketship   #japan  

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The Ultimate Photo Shoot Location - Targeting Earth Photographs From Orbit

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph the Earth roughly 250 miles below him. The Cupola is an ESA-built observatory module of the International Space Station (ISS). The Cupola’s 31 inch window is the largest ever used in space.

#iss   #spacestation   #astronaut   #earth   #photography   #nasa  +NASA 

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Magnificent to watch on a big screen and it will remind you that we all are, indeed, part of something much bigger. Spectacularly filmed. h/t to +Gnotic Pasta and +Shar Banning for catching my eye!

#astronomy   #stargazing   #theuniverse  
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Not insignificant, but part of something bigger

Make sure you watch the video at full screen. simply amazing.

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Floating

A short poem about a young boy dreaming about exploring space, and being an astronaut. That boy was me...

There are nights, quiet nights, when the stars are
Shining bright, and Venus seems close enough to grab.
That's when I find myself floating through the cosmos.
I know I'm here, firmly on terra firma. but my brain
Convinces me otherwise. My mind is sailing through the heavens,
Casually hopping from planet to planet on a space barge of sorts.
Like Cleopatra's barge but with, you know, exceptions for
Being in deep space.

I do not know if I am content as I visit each M Class planet, but
I feel that I am happy mankind & womankind
We're meant to explore the vastness of the universe.
I know this in the nether regions of my soul.
But getting there - getting these projects from a kid's imagination
To reality seems to be the equivalent of teeth pulling.

There are nights, quiet nights, when the skies beckon me
Like Mom calling us home to dinner. No triangle rang, but we knew
The tenor of her voice - and we knew our day of exploration was over.
We were kids of the 70s, and life was vastly different than kids have it experience life today.

We experienced life "_in situ_" as if we were privy to the greatest Archaeological dig of the century...

Floating. That's how I felt when I'd finally plop in my bed, in my room. In my palace. In my own, personal Shangri-La. I'd stare at my maps, All courtesy of National Geographic, and imagine
I was Gus Grissom, or Neil Armstrong, or John Glenn, Jr.
Or my man Alan B. Shepard, Jr. And I'd smile.
Nothing was impossible for this 8-year-old me. Nothing was
Sacrosanct, or outside the realm of "doable." Nothing.

I know I'm here, on terra firma, but my brain convinces
Me otherwise. Over and over again on sleepless nights, and
Dark nights that allowed me to dream of stars and of being
An astronaut like my heroes.

If they could float in space, why couldn't I?

#poetry   #space   #astronauts   #spaceexploration  

| Original Poem by Sean Cowen. Written on 7 September 2016.
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Unforgettable Picture of Felix Baumgartner on the Edge of Space

I've always wondered how far I'd go to be in his shoes. To go further by being an astronaut. How far would you go? I'm a #spacegeek so there isn't much off the table.

Would I like to be on a mission to the moon? Of course. On a mission to Mars? You bet! On multi-year or decades-long mission to the far-flung corners of our galaxy and beyond? Possibly, but I also would deeply miss life on this planet, and the people here who I love. I cannot imagine the sacrifice involved in doing a deep space mission...

#space   #spaceexploration   #astronaut   #moon   #mars   #deepspace   #baumgartner   #nasa   #outerspace   #spacediving  

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Mars Exploration

This was a fascinating "long read" in WIRED. It mainly focuses on NASA's Office of Planetary Protection, and it raises many fundamental questions about traveling to and exploring Mars, which we all believe is destined to be in next 5+ years or so, if things go according to plan.

About the Office of Planetary Protection

One of the core rationales for the office’s existence is purely scientific. If alien life exists, researchers will of course want to study how it originated and evolved—to glimpse what planetary scientist Chris McKay calls a “second Genesis.” And to prevent false leads, humans have to be careful not to muddy space with our own trail of bacteria.

Another less official rationale for today’s planetary protection policy is ecological—you might even call it anticolonial. Essentially, Conley’s office serves to prevent NASA from doing to Martians what European explorers did to Native Americans with smallpox. Because Mars lacks Earth’s history of abundant life, it has that much more raw material for Earth’s bacterial stowaways to devour—should any of them, say, come into contact with water, find a niche they can survive in, and start to reproduce. “The whole planet is a dinner plate for these organisms,” she says. “They will eat Mars.”

Conley wants to make sure we at least know whether Martian life exists before we introduce an invasive species that will wipe it out.

And the third main rationale for Conley’s office is, well, mildly apocalyptic. In the late 1960s, when the space age was brand-new, the specter of interplanetary contagion ran high in the public imagination. In 1969, Michael Crichton published The Andromeda Strain, his novel about an extraterrestrial microbe that drops to earth on a satellite and wipes out an Arizona town.

Two months later, when the Apollo 11 crew returned from their triumphant moon landing, NASA spirited the astronauts from their ocean splashdown to a hermetically sealed facility in Houston, where they were isolated, poked, prodded, and scrubbed with bleach for two weeks before they could receive their full hero’s welcome. (A priceless photo shows Richard Nixon using a microphone to chat with the astronauts, who are locked, grinning, inside a sealed Airstream trailer.) In those days, planetary protection was primarily about us—about guarding this planet against potentially virulent alien life.

If you have any interest in the exploration of Mars, this is definitely a worthwhile read...

#mars   #spaceexploration   #nasa   #theredplanet  
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