The Extraordinary Life of Valentina Tereshkova

April 29, 2013

Born into humble beginnings in 1937 in the Yaroslavl Region of Russia, Valentina Tereshkova could never have foreseen that she would eventually become the first woman to fly in space.

Initially following her mother’s footsteps, Tereshkova began her career at a textile mill but supplemented that daily drudgery with the ultimate form of escapism–jumping out of planes with her parachute club. At age 24, Tereshkova’s sky-high ambitions led her to apply for the coveted position of cosmonaut upon hearing that the Soviet Space Program was looking for women with experience in the sky.

Valentina Space Helmet

Source: Future Dude

Valentina Medals

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The Boomerang Nebula’s Cool, Kaleidoscopic Beauty

April 24, 2013

Boomerang Nebula

In spite of the warm colors the nebula exudes, the Boomerang Nebula is the naturally coolest place in the known universe.

A Breathtaking Time Lapse Of Our Planet

April 24, 2013

Who knew that astronauts could be so artistic? While the frames were edited by a right brainer, all images used came directly from astronauts onboard the International Space Station.

World Internet Use By Time Of Day

April 22, 2013

A fascinating GIF visualizing world internet use by time of day:

World Internet Use By Time Of Day GIF

Yet another way to examine cultural differences: the United States appears to reach its peak internet use at around noon; in other words, work time. China, on the other hand, tends to surf the web most heavily in the evening, or after their work day is complete.

Akihisa Hirata’s Bold Vision For Future Solar Panels

April 21, 2013

We live in a world where TVs are now in cars and cars can be powered by plug-in. While the emerging high hi-tech and green industries might seem to be headed in opposing directions, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata convenes the two in his latest stunner, “Energetic Energies.”

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The Volatility Of Eta Carinae

April 18, 2013

ETA Carinae

Just a mere 7,500 light years away from the sun, the massive Eta Carinae stellar system has been known, like many highfalutin stars of the Hollywood ilk, for its spontaneous outbursts. These volatile moments, however, are not paparazzo-induced; while no one can say for certain why these occur, some speculate that the culprit is a mixture of radiation pressure and the system’s enormous luminosity.