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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. Beginning over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.
Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite and the stars of our galaxy.

ohmegurd. such a cool photoset. must reblog.

did you know we fixed the International Space Station with a toothbrush?

you would if you’d seen Trace talk about it on This Week in Discovery News!

Bill Nye is hosting a show about kids who sent experiments to space on the International Space Station. The show is LIVE on YouTube now!

LIVE from the Space Station: Gotta-See Video

They used a toothbrush to repair one of mankind’s most ambitious science projects ever.

Astronauts are boss.

Spacewalking Astronaut ‘Touches’ the Sun

In legend, the bright sun was a dazzling temptation for Icarus and so, too, it is for NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who appears to touch our closest star in a photo snapped during a spacewalk this week.

Astronauts Williams and Hoshide spent six hours and 28 minutes working to remove a stuck bolt using improvised tools made from spare parts, including a toothbrush.

reach out…

Way to go astronaut Don Pettit! Those are some kickin’ yo-yo skillz.


Science off the Sphere: Yo-Yos in Space

In this video, astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates yo-yo tricks in space. Yes, he’s on the International Space Station making time to vlog about yo-yos and science. Pettit: “Because I’m in space, and I can, I get to name these yo-yo tricks as I invent them. I call this one ‘Shoot the Planets! (at 2mins into the vid)’” He also offers relationship advice for yo-yo/physics loving folks. (via MentalFloss)

For more on how yo-yos work, swing this way…