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I Have No Words for This Astronaut POV of an ISS Spacewalk

 

Join NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik as he embarks on an ISS Spacewalk complete with jaw-dropping views of Earth. Now that’s a day at work you’ll remember forever.

Randy “Komrade” Bresnik was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1989. During his military career, he became an F/A-18 Test Pilot and was eventually deployed to Kuwait to fly combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A veteran of STS-129, he has also trained as a Cave-a-naut with the European Space Agency to test living deep beneath the Earth’s surface as well as an Aquanaut for NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) 19. Bresnik most recently served as the Commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 53 and flight engineer for Expedition 52.

 

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Every Holiday Caroline Eriksson Makes Something Crazy Out of Gingerbread

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

Every Christmas, artist Caroline Eriksson has made something amazing out of gingerbread. It started back in 2013 when she made an Optimus Prime for a gingerbread contest. Since then she’s made a Xenomorph, dragon and even Darth Vader!

To create her gingerbread sculptures, Eriksson first builds an internal structure out of metal. The rest is simply gingerbread and melted sugar! For the curved areas, Eriksson says the pieces are soft and malleable if applied fresh out the oven. She also mentions that she adjusts her recipe to use twice the amount of syrup and no baking powder to make the gingerbread harder and give it a smoother surface.

As this is just a side project for fun, she says it takes about 3.5 weeks over a 2 month period (since she’s only working on it in her free time). For more delicious art, check out her Instagram page!

[h/t reddit]

 

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

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Artwork by Caroline Eriksson

 

Mars Lander Captures Haunting Sound of Martian Winds

 

Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Dec. 1, 2018.

The seismometer readings are in the range of human hearing, but are nearly all bass and difficult to hear on laptop speakers and mobile devices. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. Playback is suggested on a sound system with a subwoofer or through headphones. Readings from the air pressure sensor have been sped up by a factor of 100 times to make them audible. For full-length uncompressed .wav files, visit NASA.gov/sounds

For more about the InSight mission, visit mars.nasa.gov/insight .

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/IPGP/Imperial College/Cornell

 

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Amazing Videos of New Year’s 2019 Fireworks Around the World

 

Cities around the world love to ring in the new year with unbelievable public fireworks displays for everyone to enjoy. Below you will find some of our personal favorites from London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Enjoy and happy new year to you all!

 

LONDON NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS 2019

 

 

 

SYDNEY NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS 2019

 

 

 

HONG KONG NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS 2019

 

 

 

DUBAI NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS 2019