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Via: Uproxx
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Star Trek alumnus, Nichelle Nichols is going where no one (save a couple dozen) have gone before. In September 2015, the 82-year-old actress will be joining a NASA mission to SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), a space telescope that operates 50,000 miles above the Earth.

While it isn't space exactly, it's still an awesome mission for the Enterprise's former communication officer. This is Nichols' second time on this type of flight,

I was on a similar flight, the first airborn observatory, back in 1977. It’s an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from earth.
Let's just hope there are longer skirts in NASA, that Starfleet uniform has got to be uncomfortable.

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Via: Polygon
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Yeah, that Kerbal Space Program. The little space flight simulator with the tiny green men. According to a profile in Polygon,

Beneath its childish surface lies a complex physics system churning through mathematical calculations so expertly, real rocket scientists would blush to see it. KSP has even earned the respect of NASA — many of its employees play it regularly.

These past few months the team at KSP and the team at NASA have developed a professional, although distant, relationship. And this year they will begin to work together.

Soon the Kerbals will embark on the next phase of space exploration, more than a decade before their real-life human analogues. NASA hopes to land humans on an asteroid by 2025. It's their most daring mission in a half century, and they've asked the small team of eight developers headquartered in Mexico City to help promote that mission through their game.
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Via: The Verge
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Surely you've seen all the stuff going around about Pluto after New Horizons provided us with the clearest shot we've ever had of the dwarf planet, but did you know the CPU powering the New Horizons probe is the same CPU that once powered the ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION CONSOLE? We're talking about the PS1 here, the console that brought you this:



this:


and this:


NASA launched New Horizons in 2006, so they could have used at least a PS2 equivalent CPU, but I guess NASA just likes to keep it classic.