Daily Archives: 03/27/2012

NASA’s ‘Perpetual Ocean’ animation shows all the ocean currents in action at once

This is fantastic and I’ve always wanted someone to do a visualization of ocean currents like this. It’s like Van Gogh… from space. The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center created this mesmerizing animation called Perpetual Ocean which visualizes the ocean’s surface currents over a 30-month period between June 2005 and December 2007.

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Russia has plans for a base on the moon, and a network of space stations to Mars by 2030

Even though Russia can’t reliably get a rocket to the moon or to Mars these days, that’s not stopping them from dreaming big. Shit, America and China are dreaming of moon bases and Mars missions, so why not Russia? Russia’s current plan involves having a permanent moon base as well as a series of small space stations for future manned missions to Mars by 2030.

The document lays out a blueprint for the country’s space industry to follow in the next 18 years, up to 2030. It’s rare for Russia to set a deadline for its future space plans.

By 2020, the six-seater Angara rocket will replace the Soyuz as the spaceship of choice for launching Russian payloads. It will launch from the new Vostochny cosmodrome in the east of Russia, which will replace the outdated Baikonur facility. Construction on Vostochny started in 2011, and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

By 2030, Russia will send robots to the Moon to collect samples. The program will be punctuated with a manned Moon landing — 60 years after Neil Armstrong’s Apollo mission. Payback, perhaps, for losing out on the major leg of the U.S. and Soviet space race.

The optimistic program also lays out plans for active exploration of other planets in the solar system, and ideas for a follow-up to the International Space Station: The ISS is only funded until 2020.

Prime Minister Vladmir Putin has made his feelings about space exploration clear. Speaking in 2011 on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, Putin said “Russia should not limit itself to the role of an international space ferryman. We need to increase our presence on the global space market.”

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First poster for The Wolverine leaked

Someone working for director James Mangold is probably going to get in trouble for this, but the above poster was supposedly spotted in Mangold’s office as the first teaser poster for The Wolverine, which will be based on Logan’s time and training in Japan.

Even if it’s not real, it’s a fucking cool poster that gets the point across. The Wolverine is scheduled for a 2013 release.

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Tuesday 2TFU

Just to start off, this first picture is one of the most clever and genuinely creative pictures I’ve ever posted. Genius.

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I hate this shit

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“ If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.”
Chuck Palahniuk
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Cats v Dogs

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