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Why You Have NASA To Thank For The Super Bowl

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Astronaut Rick Mastracchio talks Superbowl

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio talks Superbowl

In a few hours, an absurd number of people will watch the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. And they’ll probably watch a little football, too. I’ll be watching, but only out of an effort to be socially acceptable. I saw Richard Sherman go nutso on that reporter, so who knows what he’ll say and do tonight, and I’m all for celebrating the fact that the two teams playing are from two states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Beyond that…well, let’s just say I have a slight inclination for the Broncos, but only because my hometown college hockey team was the Western Michigan University Broncos. However, I just found another reason to get behind the Super Bowl—it indirectly owes its existence, or at least its widespread broadcast, to NASA.

Proponents of investing in NASA and space exploration often argue that technologies originally developed for some use in space have resulted in technological breakthroughs here on the ground. These are referred to as spinoff technologies. Neil deGrasse Tyson specifically cites to the Hubble telescope. The device had a bum lens for a few years, but when scientists tried out different technology to work around the lens problems, they realized that it could revolutionize mammogram imaging. Similarly, a number of aspects of tonight’s game arguably wouldn’t exist if not for space science.

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These Are The Star Wars Sports Logos You’re Looking For

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“Do you feel that crisp mid-October, Friday-night air? Breathe it in, guys. They’re going to be putting the lights on soon. Then you boys are going to take the field, and I swear to whatever is up there in the ether that when you play as a team, the electricity you guys produce would short circuit every damned light in this place. Tonight, you will leave your opponents in darkness. You will knock them so far into the future, this time we are currently in will be a ‘long time ago.'” — excerpt from Coach Taylor’s speech in this week’s episode of Friday Night Lightsabers.

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and some other sports are also taking place, so what better time than now to bring you Star Wars-themed sports logos? Designed by artist David Creighton-Pester, these are about as perfect a marriage between the two concepts as I can imagine. And he gets extra cool points for changing up the predictability of the characters used. No Wookiees? No problems. I’d really like to see a Blitz-type humorous Flash game developed with these teams involved, though I don’t know how you’d fit a helmet over a Wampa’s head.

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