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The Wife Stuff: The Astronaut Wives Club blasts off on ABC

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Which would be more difficult for you: flinging yourself into an unknown frontier on a mission fraught with danger from which you may not come back alive—or sitting by helplessly and watching a loved one do it, able to do nothing but pray for their safe return? For the wives of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, who sat in living rooms and gathered around televisions as their husbands launched the early days of the American space program, this became a kind of pressure few of us can imagine. And these women withstood it under remarkable public scrutiny that saw them transform from regular military spouses to American royalty in the nascent days of television news coverage. Now, their story will…

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Astronaut Ron Garan takes a higher view in The Orbital Perspective

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When Leonard Nimoy passed away, it wasn’t just Star Trek fans who mourned. Condolences poured from NASA and the White House, from scientists, engineers and astronauts the world over, from powerful, important and influential people whose lives had been touched by the series and Nimoy’s iconic portrayal of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s ever-logical first officer. If the outpouring of sentiment over Nimoy’s passing proved one thing, it was this: the nerds who were so picked-upon for decades thanks to their devotion to all things science-y are no longer consigned to the shadowy depths of their parents’ basements. In other words, the geeks have inherited the Earth. And now, an actual visitor to space has moved beyond physics and towards philosophy with…

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Interstellar shows humankind has not yet finished roaming the heavens

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If you like your movies with star power, then Friday is a big day for you. That’s when the highly anticipated blockbuster Interstellar blasts into theaters, courtesy of director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Prestige). Interstellar tells the story of a group of astronauts (led by Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) who rockets into space searching for a new planet that humankind can call home. Their voyage into the unknown follows a space-faring tradition established decades ago, when the vision and labor of thousands of men and women culminated with human footsteps on the moon. While it’s been a while since we’ve walked on the lunar surface, humankind has not yet finished roaming the heavens. So if…

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