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Orion Set Pics Suggest Somebody Stole David Arquette’s Pants

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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t often think about David Arquette. Sure, he was Deputy Dewey in the Scream movies, and that was fun. I remember something about him marrying one of the Friends. Maybe David Schwimmer? At any rate, one way I absolutely never thought of David Arquette? Dressed like this.

For the love of God, man, at least wear a hat.

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Yoda Makes His Presence Known On Star Wars Rebels: This Week’s TV Picks

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Along with the Clone Wars cartoon, Star Wars Rebels is one of the first projects to fit into the new streamlined Star Wars canon. The show’s producers have often teased that characters and in Rebels may appear or be referenced in the upcoming live action films beginning with The Force Awakens, but that crossover also extends to existing characters turning up in Rebels. We saw Obi-Wan — or at least his hologram — early in the series, but tonight another legendary Jedi will cross paths with the Ghost crew…even if he doesn’t physically appear. Check out Kanan’s close encounter with Jedi Master Yoda below.

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NASA Could Construct A Cloud City Over Venus, Details Here

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Cloud CityWith events like the successful test flight of the new Orion spacecraft, there’s been a great deal of talk about crewed missions to Mars lately. There’s even a rough timeline now, as NASA has eyes on setting foot on the Red Planet in the 2030s. But Mars isn’t the only planet in the neighborhood, and some are talking about travelling to Venus, and they’re borrowing ideas from Star Wars, specifically The Empire Strikes Back, to further their cause.

The surface and atmosphere of Venus are far too troublesome to realistically plan any human visitation—temperatures hover around 500 degree Celsius—despite the fact that it is a much shorter journey than the one to Mars: roughly 440 days versus somewhere between 650 and 900. That said, there is apparently one specific spot in the atmosphere where scientists believe we could place air ships and even build a permanent settlement, a kind of Cloud City. Whether or not Lando will come out of retirement to run the joint remains to be seen, but some think it could be easier than going to Mars, at least in some ways.

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Ridley Scott Launches The Martian Script Into Space, Here’s How

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MartianThe 2014 Black List just came out this past week, running down the best unproduced screenplays of the year. There are a handful of promising science fiction entries, but while these screenplays are members of a pretty restricted club, the script for Ridley Scott’s upcoming genre joint The Martian has been somewhere even more exclusive, it’s actually been to space.

Earlier this month, when NASA launched their Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on a its first test flight, the cover page for Drew Goddard’s script, complete with a drawing by the legendary director, went along for the ride, travelling 5600 miles above the surface of the Earth. That’s some seriously geeky cred.

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Comic(s) Relief: Princess Leia Takes The Spotlight In Her Own Comic Series

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Leia1Marvel is set to relaunch the Star Wars comics universe with a bang in 2015. The first issue of the new ongoing Star Wars series is set to release on January 14, 2015…and it’s already sold over one million copies, making it the best-selling single issue of a comic in 20 years. But that’s just the beginning. In March 2015 Marvel will be launching a mini-series focused on Princess Leia. Now ComicBookMovie.com has shared a first look at the first issue of Princess Leia #1, written by Mark Waid and with art by Terry Dodson. It’s only a couple of dialog-free pages, but it takes a new look at one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.

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NASA Gets An Unexpected Budget Increase—Yes, You Read That Right

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nasacrewWhat’s the first thing you think of when someone says NASA? Maybe the Apollo missions, maybe the ISS, maybe the Challenger disaster. Whatever it is, I bet one thing no one thinks of anymore is piles and piles of money. NASA is perennially underfunded to the extent that its spokespeople have said its meager budget puts people at risk for asteroid hits, may jeopardize future Mars missions, and generally spells nothing good for the future of America’s space program. So far, 2014 has been a decent year for the space agency, though, with the successful test flight of the Orion spacecraft and the renewal of seven planetary missions. But 2014—and beyond—just got a whole lot better. When the House of Representatives passed the “CRomnibus” bill last week, thankfully averting another government shutdown, it actually gave NASA more than it asked for, raising the agency’s budget by 2% for next year.

The Senate passed the bill over the weekend, and now all President Obama has to do is sign it. Considering that the bill allocates $550 million more for NASA than Obama requested for 2015 (and that a bunch of other hitches were ironed out over the past week), there’s no reason to think he won’t . What that means is NASA is poised to receive just over $18 billion total next year, which is its highest level of funding in a while—$364 million more than they received last year.