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Comic(s) Relief: Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Blends Apollo 13 & The Time Machine

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Mark Millar is one of the top names in the comics field right now, having written some of the most iconic characters in the medium for the big two (DC & Marvel), as well as creator-owned titles that have crossed over to the big screen, such as Wanted and Kick-Ass. Now he’s launching a new Image series that merges two of our favorite things: astronauts and time travelers. Called Chrononauts, the series debuted some swanky cover art on Entertainment Weekly, which you can see below.

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Overview Video Has Astronauts Talking About How Space Changed Their View Of The World

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If you’ve seen Gravity, you undoubtedly spent some of that time marveling at the views of Earth. Who cares if they were CGI? Even George Clooney’s astronaut Matt Kowalski, fully aware that he was approaching the end of his life, caught a glimpse of the Ganges and remarked over its beauty. People who have been to space report all kinds of effects that the experience has on their lives, and in the video called Overview, assembled by Planetary Collective, astronauts articulate how space changed their perspectives on the world.

In 1968, just before America put a man on the Moon, Apollo 8 astronauts circled the Moon and took photos of Earth, prompting the famous “Earthrise over the Moon” image. It was the first time people got to see Earth as a whole — not as countries delineated by boundaries and borders, not as people clashing over religion or other beliefs, but as one unified system. The astronauts in Planetary Collective’s short documentary Overview, which serves as a teaser for their feature-length documentary Continuum, talk about this pivotal moment and how their experiences in space changed their understanding of the world, themselves, and what it means to be human.

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Apollo 7 Launched This Day In 1968: Today In Science And Science Fiction

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Apollo7We just revisited the legacy of astronaut Scott Carpenter, one of the Mercury 7, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. It’s somehow fitting that today marks another landmark of space exploration. On October 11, 1968, the American space program launched the Apollo 7 mission. The first of the Apollo missions to actually send a crew into space, it essentially took over the mission originally intended for Apollo 1, which tragically suffered a fire on the launch pad that killed its entire crew. While the odds of something similar happening to Apollo 7 were very slim, that still had to be a bit of an eerie mission until everybody was safely back on the ground.

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Apollo 11 HD Photos Celebrate The Mission’s 44th Anniversary

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apollo 11It’s two days after the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and eventual transformation of the moon into mankind’s toilet/golf course in the sky, but we’re not done celebrating just yet. The fabulous people at Jalopnik posted a slew of pictures from the Apollo 11 mission that stray beyond the shots you’re used to seeing of the historic event.

The photographs come courtesy of the snap-happy Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who made themselves familiar with cameras throughout the mission. And why wouldn’t they? People inundate social media with images of the cupcakes they’ve made and how their dogs look while they sleep with their legs in the air, so it’s only natural that humanity’s greatest achievement in space would warrant a couple more shots than just the moon man and his flag that became MTV’s logo so many years ago.

The pictures are in high definition, which gives them all stunning depth, but I’m sure conspiracy theorists would also say they look more staged than ever. But these life trolls should probably look elsewhere for like-minded nuts. Take a peek at a few more below, and hit the link for more.

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Apollo 11’s F-1 Rocket Discovered On The Ocean Floor

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apollo 11The only things I’ve ever gotten from the bottom of an ocean are leg wounds from being whisked along jagged rocks. Amazon CEO and mega-bazillionaire Jeff Bezos and his company, Bezos Expeditions, have confirmed via press release that the rocket engine parts found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean are indeed the same ones that came from the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket that made history in 1969. Well, I guess the astronauts aboard the shuttle were actually the ones to make history, but that’s splitting hairs.

Back in March, the Expedition team recovered a sizable number of wrecked and warped pieces from two F-1 engines that were known to be from one of NASA‘s heyday missions. At the time it couldn’t be determined which one they were from, given they sat three miles beneath the surface of the ocean for over forty years. After some restoration efforts, the pieces were scanned with a black light and special lens filter, and that’s when they found what they were hoping for: the number 2044 stenciled into the side of a thrust chamber. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that matches up with NASA’s serial number 6044, which is the very same one that corresponds to F-1 Engine #5 from the Apollo 11 mission.

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Solid Gold Apollo 11 Replica Headlines Forbes’ Space-Themed Jewelry Exhibit

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There aren’t a whole lot of associations between the Space Age and luxury. Even though tons of money has gone into space exploration over the years, most of that funding has gone into research and development. And until I pimp out my Accord with Curiosity Rover wheels, it looks like we’ll have to turn to the Forbes Galleries to find our story.

From March 16-September 7, 2013, New York City’s Forbes Galleries will host the “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age” exhibition. Three of the event’s highlights are solid gold replicas of arguably America’s greatest success in travel history: the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Each one is a nod to the Apollo astronauts of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. I can’t think of anyone who would want to honor me with anything made out of gold, except for this goose I keep locked up in a spare closet.

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