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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.

video game news new horizons pluto probe cpu playstation
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.

geek news nasa astronauts dressed as jedis for official portrait
Via: Nasa
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This group of astronauts dressed as Jedi for their official portrait for Expedition 45.  That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for nerdkind.

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