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Chewbacca Poses For Instagram, Plus Some Awesome Stormtrooper Helmet Art

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ChewieForget the selfie; make room for the Wookiee. In celebration of yesterday’s Star Wars Day — May the Fourth — Chewbacca emerged from his long retirement just in time to give the camera a look at his best side (the furry one). The picture above, of Chewie posing with Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger, was posted to the official Star Wars Instagram Sunday, accompanied by a caption reading, “Chairman’s new co-pilot. #StarWarsDay.”

Chewie’s looking great for having been out of action for 30 years. (I hear the secret is getting the right conditioner.) The big question is, who that is in the suit? We were really pleased to learn that Peter Mayhew would be returning to the role as everyone’s favorite walking carpet, but there’s no way to tell who that is under all the fur. Maybe this is Mayhew back in the suit for the first time in decades, or maybe it’s an intern standing on a stepladder. Either way, it’s another little moment that helps hammer home the fact that it’s not a dream, there really are more Star Wars movies on the horizon.

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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.