Astronaut takes some Snaps from Space.

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‘On a clear day you can see forever,’ says Hadfield. ‘Or at least from Havana to Washington DC …’
All photographs: Chris Hadfield/Macmillan
The guitar-strumming spaceman Chris Hadfield is releasing a new book – You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes – featuring stunning images of the Earth captured while in orbit.
Here are some of his best snaps.
d4b3696a-0cc9-48be-8d2c-a57c3a78755c-2060x1236The Nile, draining into the Mediterranean. ‘The bright lights of Cairo announce the opening of the north-flowing river’s delta,’ says Hadfield. ‘Israel is to the north-east.
This 4,258 mile braid of human life is visible in a single glance from space.’
‘The Richat Structure in Mauritania, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, is a landmark for astronauts,’ says Hadfield. d52021d5-638c-43e3-887f-a8cd7c6d3695-2060x1236
‘If you’ve been busy doing experiments and haven’t looked out the window for a while, it’s hard to know where you are, especially if you’re over a vast 3,600,000-square-mile desert.
This bullseye orients you, instantly’ –
All photographs: Chris Hadfield/Macmillan
Read on via Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s amazing photos from space | Travel | The Guardian

Mars mission may need onboard comedians.

Human missions to the red planet could follow in the path of the Curiosity rover (above) as soon as 2033. Photograph: Alamy
Wanted: smart, fit and unflappable applicants for humanity’s first mission to Mars. Must have: crazy wig, oversized boots and a big red nose.It is enough to make Neil Armstrong spin in his grave, but researchers have found that the success of a future mission to the red planet may depend on the ship having a class clown.
Rather than the cool personality that underpinned the Right Stuff in the Apollo era, future astronauts may need to prove they have something very different: the Silly Stuff. An onboard comedian is a proven way to unite teams in stressful situations, research shows.
“These are people that have the ability to pull everyone together, bridge gaps when tensions appear and really boost morale,” said Jeffrey Johnson, an anthropologist at the University of Florida.
“When you’re living with others in a confined space for a long period of time, such as on a mission to Mars, tensions are likely to fray. It’s vital you have somebody who can help everyone get along, so they can do their jobs and get there and back safely.
It’s mission critical.”
Read on via Source: Jokers please: first human Mars mission may need onboard comedians | Science | The Guardian

Northern Lights at Dark Sky Preserve.

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Can you name Canada’s biggest national park?
Congratulations if you said Wood Buffalo National Park, located in north-eastern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories.
Established in 1922 to help protect northern Canada’s last remaining bison herds, today the 44,807-square-kilometre park – bigger than Switzerland – is regarded as an outstanding example of the country’s northern boreal plains.
The park is the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve – which means this just might be the most star-filled sky you ever see in your life.
It is also a great place to view the cosmic fireworks known as the aurora borealis – the northern lights.
Read on via Everything’s Bigger in Canada – Traveller – Brand Discover