“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.” - Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, Edgar Mitchell
One of twelve astronauts to have walked on the lunar surface, Edgar Dean Mitchell’s early development as a member of the astronaut corps began as as product of the famed Astronaut Group 5. As was the case with many Apollo era astronauts, Mitchell initially served as a member of the astronaut support crew (for the Apollo 9 mission) before serving as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10.
It wasn’t until January 1971 that Mitchell would join Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa as the Lunar Module Pilot for NASA’s 8th manned Apollo mission, Apollo 14. Over the course of the 9-day mission, the crew would conduct rigorous fieldwork including collecting nearly 100 pounds of lunar rock samples for return to Earth. At the time, the crew would also set records for longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours), longest lunar surface EVA (9.25 hours), and largest payload returned from the lunar surface. Not only would Mitchell become the 6th astronaut to walk on the lunar surface during this period, but he would log a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes in space.
Penny4NASA wishes Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Apollo 14 crew, a very happy 84th birthday!
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The truth of this is overwhelming. So many problems could be resolved if they would take the politics out of science. Or if they even had people in charge who actually understand the science. All this is making me depressed.
THIS MA KES ME S O HAPPYY
This is how I go through life
"How can you be so poor and have all this stuff?" -Bill O’Reilly
Each of these screenshots is from a different Fox show attacking poor Americans for having amenities, trying to make the point (pretty much) that “when I was a kid, poor people had a lot less than this.”
Of course, this is all based on one thoroughly-debunked Heritage Foundation report that conservative media have been parroting for years.
Breaking news for Fox: We’re not in the 1950’s anymore. As technology advances, each year older technology gets less and less expensive, and therefore more working class Americans are able to access it.
Matt Yglesias elaborates:
A serious person would follow this up with a discussion of relative prices. Over the past 50 years, televisions have gotten a lot cheaper and college has gotten a lot more expensive. Consequently, even a low income person can reliably obtain a level of television-based entertainment that would blow the mind of a millionaire from 1961. At the same time, if you’re looking to live in a safe neighborhood with good public schools in a metropolitan area with decent job opportunities you’re going to find that this is quite expensive. Health care has become incredibly expensive. The federal poverty line for a family of three is $18,530 a year. I wonder how many Heritage Foundation policy analysts are deciding they want to cut back and work part time because it’d be super easy to raise two kids in DC on less than $20k in salary? Perhaps just an outfit full of workaholics.
While Fox is so busy pointing out how many people have access to microwaves and refrigerators, they conveniently forget to mention how many people have poor access to quality education, health care, and affordable housing. Because really, what good is an A/C if you can’t even afford to keep living in your house?
Via The GELTABAFA System
LOOK AT THIS CHICKEN GO
do u know how much of my dashboard is notes from this post at all hours of the day. do u know how many times every day i see someone reblog it and add “nyoom” to the caption. this is my personal hell. what did i do to deserve this
Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy!
Who devours the flesh of mortals? You devour the flesh of mortals!
Poseable “Cerberus in a Can” now available in our Etsy shop.
WAT TEH FAWWWWWK!?!?!
Via A Girl With a Blog And No Life
Lobster in a bucket looks like a gigantic monster on a metallic planet, and the water drops look like stars.
THIS FUCKED ME UP FOR 3 DAYS