caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (DW - science awesome)


This is a movie based on the lives of real women in the NASA space program in 1961. And if there was any fairness, the Johnson Space Center would be named after one of them instead of a President.

The only reason I've heard about this movie is because I'm on the NASA press release email list, and the only reason I know it's coming out so soon is because I follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter. I am stunned that I have not heard or seen anything else anywhere about this movie (although I don't get to theatres very often and don't watch enough broadcast TV to see many commercials, so maybe it is being promoted well and I just live under a rock.)

If you are interested in women in STEM, equal rights for women and for people of color, NASA history, spaceflight, math, or learning about people history should have celebrated a lot sooner and a lot louder, this is a movie you will want to see.


(Note: I will also be posting this on my Tumblr page, so those of you following me in both places will see it twice)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (Default)


This is a movie based on the lives of real women in the NASA space program in 1961. And if there was any fairness, the Johnson Space Center would be named after one of them instead of a President.

The only reason I've heard about this movie is because I'm on the NASA press release email list, and the only reason I know it's coming out so soon is because I follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter. I am stunned that I have not heard or seen anything else anywhere about this movie (although I don't get to theatres very often and don't watch enough broadcast TV to see many commercials, so maybe it is being promoted well and I just live under a rock.)

If you are interested in women in STEM, equal rights for women and for people of color, NASA history, spaceflight, math, or learning about people history should have celebrated a lot sooner and a lot louder, this is a movie you will want to see.


(Note: I will also be posting this on my Tumblr page, so those of you following me in both places will see it twice)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (DW - science awesome)
This group has taken some of the audio from the first Moon landing and made what I consider to be a darn catchy song, as well as a pretty darn nifty tribute.

caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (Default)
This group has taken some of the audio from the first Moon landing and made what I consider to be a darn catchy song, as well as a pretty darn nifty tribute.

caffienekitty: (like omg!!)
NASA has compiled a 'highlight reel' from the Solar Dynamics Observatory out of 5 years of recordings made while orbiting the Sun, made at various wavelengths. And set it to music. And, just... damn.



ETA: Well they posted it on the 5th anniversary nearly a year ago, but still, wow.
caffienekitty: (like omg!!)
NASA has compiled a 'highlight reel' from the Solar Dynamics Observatory out of 5 years of recordings made while orbiting the Sun, made at various wavelengths. And set it to music. And, just... damn.



ETA: Well they posted it on the 5th anniversary nearly a year ago, but still, wow.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (WWMD)
I am sooooo late on this recommendation, but really, go see The Martian.

If you like space exploration, MacGyverism, solving problems with duct tape and science, struggles for survival against impossible odds, protagonists keeping themselves sane through snark, team dynamics, believable depictions of NASA of the near future, and just awesome things everywhere, go see The Martian. If it's already left your town, rent it or borrow it from your local library system when it becomes available.

Good movie. DAMN good movie.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
So a little probe flew past Pluto yesterday and is sending back data and pictures of a cute pinkish planet (which conveniently was passed at an angle that made some geographic features look a bit like a giant cartoon heart) that, even if it's not officially a planet anymore is still like the Ambassador of the Kuiper Belt or even the Solar System's adorable kid-planet sidekick or mascot *handwave*.

Why, what does it all mean, what's it good for and what happens next? Here is a one on one interview YouTube channel SciShow did yesterday with one of the New Horizons mission scientists while they were waiting for the signal to come back to give a more detailed idea.



and if scientific detail given by a scientist who's really excited to be doing his job isn't your thing, there's also this parody acapella cover of Uptown Funk about the New Horizons mission which has some info about the probe itself, presented with a catchy pop tune.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
So a little probe flew past Pluto yesterday and is sending back data and pictures of a cute pinkish planet (which conveniently was passed at an angle that made some geographic features look a bit like a giant cartoon heart) that, even if it's not officially a planet anymore is still like the Ambassador of the Kuiper Belt or even the Solar System's adorable kid-planet sidekick or mascot *handwave*.

Why, what does it all mean, what's it good for and what happens next? Here is a one on one interview YouTube channel SciShow did yesterday with one of the New Horizons mission scientists while they were waiting for the signal to come back to give a more detailed idea.



and if scientific detail given by a scientist who's really excited to be doing his job isn't your thing, there's also this parody acapella cover of Uptown Funk about the New Horizons mission which has some info about the probe itself, presented with a catchy pop tune.
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
I just found this out and emitted a sharp high-pitched squeak of a kind I have never emitted before.

NASA has announced that their new Mars Rover heading for Mars in 2020 is to be called SHERLOCK. Well, S.H.E.R.L.O.C. really, for "Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals", but the intent is there. I guess they couldn't add a "Kinetically" on the end there because that probably wouldn't be scientifically accurate and this is after all, serious science bizniz. *nods sagely*

There's also something in the diagram labeled "MOXIE" and I don't know what that is or does, but it seems appropriate for Sherlock to have a heart of moxie.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
I just found this out and emitted a sharp high-pitched squeak of a kind I have never emitted before.

NASA has announced that their new Mars Rover heading for Mars in 2020 is to be called SHERLOCK. Well, S.H.E.R.L.O.C. really, for "Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals", but the intent is there. I guess they couldn't add a "Kinetically" on the end there because that probably wouldn't be scientifically accurate and this is after all, serious science bizniz. *nods sagely*

There's also something in the diagram labeled "MOXIE" and I don't know what that is or does, but it seems appropriate for Sherlock to have a heart of moxie.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (orly)
Title: Ad Astra
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Alternate Postings: At AO3
Rating/Content: PG13, set during the early bits of 2.03, during the case montage, astronomy, a bit melancholy, memorials, possibly incorrect location layout, might be OOC.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1325
Disclaimer: Not my world.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #18: Honored With a Star. A character earns or is awarded some honor. This is focused on a brief secondary character that I don't think gets much attention in fic, from "The Great Game." There are notes and links after the story regarding the award itself.

Summary: It's a ceremony they can't not attend. Even though no one told them about it.

Read more... )
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (Default)
Title: Ad Astra
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Alternate Postings: At AO3
Rating/Content: PG13, set during the early bits of 2.03, during the case montage, astronomy, a bit melancholy, memorials, possibly incorrect location layout, might be OOC.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1325
Disclaimer: Not my world.
Notes: Written for [community profile] watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #18: Honored With a Star. A character earns or is awarded some honor. This is focused on a brief secondary character that I don't think gets much attention in fic, from "The Great Game." There are notes and links after the story regarding the award itself.

Summary: It's a ceremony they can't not attend. Even though no one told them about it.

Read more... )

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