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The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) are responsible for the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station. This year they teamed with Marvel to make an official mission patch that stars Groot and Rocket Raccoon.

Honestly, I’m not surprised. There’s a nerd or two working for NASA after all. In fact, I’ll be the other agencies are super jealous right now.

The patch was revealed at SDCC by CASIS rep Patrick O’Neill, who notes that the patch represents all of the scientific investigations on the station’s National Laboratory for 2016. From The Verge:

“These are characters who have a bit of a space-based background to begin with,” said O’Neill. “So both of [these] characters already embody some of the characteristics associated with what’s happening on the space station.”

Check out more details about the creation of the patch in the video below. [click to continue…]

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Since the dawn of humanity, we have gazed up at the stars, pointed at celestial bodies and asked ourselves: “What does that smell like?”

At long last we have an answer to the question that has burned at our very cores for millennia. Turns out comets smell a little like cat urine, rotten eggs and bitter almonds. [click to continue…]

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ThinkGeek is touting this Solar Orbit Necklace as “the most complete solar system jewelry we’ve ever carried”. It even includes the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Plus, it won’t break your neck!

Celebrate our friendly neighborhood star stuff with this Solar Orbit Necklace. Its 21″ length features not only the Sun and all the planets (including the one that got voted off the island), but also our Moon and the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. And there’s a little star shaped charm hanging off the 3″ extender, like a comet. For those who are about to complain that the beads are not to scale, here’s the deal: we wanted you to be able to lift your head despite the asteroids in the belt being visible. We think that’s a fair trade-off.

Solar Orbit Necklace ($39.99) [click to continue…]

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Did you think Elon Musk would settle for a utilitarian-looking spacesuit? Of course not.

Spacesuits for SpaceX need to be both functional and awesome looking. So they hired Jose Fernandez or Ironhead Studio, one of the best costume designers in the movie business, to help make it happen.

You’ve probably seen Fernandez’s work in movies like Batman v Superman, Oblivion, Tron: Legacy, The Avengers, Iron Man, Jupiter Ascending and more. In an interview with Bleep Magazine, Fernandez notes:

SpaceX, the company run by Elon Musk, reached out to me to ask if I would create a space suit. I didn’t know what SpaceX was and I thought it was a film. Then I realized it’s an actual space program. They were looking to get a suit built for Elon to look at for the program. They had two weeks to present the suit to him and I told them I couldn’t do a full suit in two weeks but that I may be able to do a helmet. There were four other companies working on bids as well and at the end of the process, he hated everything except the helmet. I worked with him for six months and at the end of that, we created a suit that they are now reverse-engineering to make functional for flight.

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These Moons Orbit Your Ears

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These Lunar Orbit earrings use natural minerals to put a geeky spin on the double-pearl-style:

We took the look of the double-pearl earring and put a geeky spin on it. See, if you’re not tied to the idea of the balls being pearls, you’ve got more space to play with the concept. And, you know, some natural minerals remind us of objects in our solar system. Take, for instance, sodalite. Looks a lot like the Earth from orbit, with clouds swirling in our atmosphere. And howlite kinda looks like the craggy surface of the moon. Thus, the Lunar Orbit Earrings were launched.

Plus, since each stone is natural, no two pairs are exactly alike.

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These Air Jordan 11 moon landing-themed sneakers, which were supposedly created by Spanish shoe company sivasdescalzo, were set to debut on December 28.

However, the 28th happens to be “el Dia de los Santos Inocentes”, which is basically the Spanish-equivalent of April Fools Day.

So, I’m sad to report that they’re a hoax. An awesome, awesome hoax that I’d totally buy if they were real. On the plus side, they do mention the possibility of making the design a reality in the future.

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I think we all need to raise a glass and toast whoever it is that came up with the idea of these Bubble Pet Carriers. Insta-Space Kitty!

These carriers have all the trappings of a regular carrier but they’re also a mobile pet bed and car seat, they have ventilation holes, and a space bubble porthole.

They also come in a backpack, shoulder bag and even a rolling bag, so you have lots of ways to carry your kitty or small dog as you travel.

Seriously. Awesome.

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Yes, just like Orion’s collar in MIB.

These Space Glass pendants are the work of Japanese artist Satoshi Tomizu who creates them with a mixture of glass, gold flakes (stars) and an iridescent black or white opal (planet).

Gorgeous isn’t it?

However, you really need to check out the video below to understand the full effect.

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When grandma’s jewelry box and dreams of space exploration collide, super sweet embroidered galaxy jewelry is born. Etsy crafter Baobap Handmade hand stitches each planet and shooting star onto these mini black canvases.

The earrings are about 16 mm in diameter while the pendant is 34 mm in diameter and comes with your choice of a gold and black or a simple gold chain. Either order takes 3-4 weeks to complete, as I imagine charting out space onto mini jewelry is a very precise and lengthy undertaking.

Check out some more photos after the break.

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The new hair trend to fall in love with is this out-of-this-world space hair.

Needless to say, there’s an infinite source of inspiration to work with. Galaxies, nebulas, moons, and even Northern Lights are making their way into salons across the country. And it’s absolutely GORGEOUS!

Want. Need.

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Check out more spectacular hair colors after the break.

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