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Goodbye Mister Armstrong.
my 5yo. daughter doesn’t want to be a fairy or a princess. she wants this 1 size too small astronaut costume. who am I to say no? individuality is encouraged in our household. you can be whatever you want to be my darling daughter.
I KNEW there was a good reason why I didn’t become an astronaut after boldly announcing that I would back in 7th grade, in an effort to impress my dad, who consulted for NASA.
(I mean, besides not being all that inclined towards math and science, not being a jock, and developing a fear of flying that dogged me through most of my twenties, which is to say, not possessing any of the qualities, really, of your typical astronaut.)
But I digress. Here’s the real reason:
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Name: Naoko Yamazaki
Hails from: Japan
Occupation: Astronaut for JAXA (Japan’s national aerospace agency)
Known for: Flying high. As of this morning, Yamazaki is now the second Japanese woman to fly in space. She joined NASA’s STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery, which successfully launched today with only one minor snag:
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We’ve mentioned how we <3 astronauts, right? Which brings us to the Brazilian funk duo N.A.S.A. Astronauts they’re not, although their sound–hip-hop fused with mashup vocals and Brazilian beats that you can dance to–has an undeniably intergalactic, music-of-the-future feel.
N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and is comprised of New Yorker Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel), director Spike Jonzes’s brother, and Brazilian DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales). Spiegel and Gonzales have probably the coolest friends on the planet–and beyond–people like David Byrne, RZA, Santigold, Lykke Li, and ROA faves Karen O, M.I.A., and CSS’ Lovefoxxx, who are all featured on N.A.S.A.’s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, which took five years to complete. (Even Wu-Tang’s ODB makes a posthumous appearance, in “Strange Enough,” the last track he recorded before his death.)
Not to mention the fact that N.A.S.A.’s videos, like their music, are cosmic pastiches that are really fun to look at, directed by the likes of Shepard Fairey and Marcel Dzama. Their latest, “Whachadoin?” featuring M.I.A., Spank Rock, Santigold, & Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, is here:
Hails from: Canada
Why He’s a Babe: Zahf Paroo is an astronaut. Well, he plays one on TV at least, in the new ABC drama, Defying Gravity, a terrible-yet-weirdly-compelling one-hour about astronauts on a six-year space mission who all see and hear things and go crazy for some mysterious reason. Zahf plays Ajay Sharma, who loses it during the pilot episode, ventures out on an unauthorized space walk, and has been grounded since. But did we mention that we think astronauts are “haut,” even the fake ones? Must be something about that jumpsuit.
Defying Gravity airs Sundays 10/9c on ABC.
Occupation: NASA’s Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office
Why She’s a Babe: It’s no secret that we have a thing for astronauts. But even among people who have the Right Stuff, Sunita is exceptional. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight for a woman, at 195 days. She ran the 2007 Boston Marathon–in space, in four hours and 24 minutes. Then she ran it again, on earth, in 2008. And for a Naval officer and total badass, Sunita has really sweet, endearing qualities. Like how she brought samosas with her on her 6-month space odyssey. Or how she got her long hair cut on that mission to donate to Locks of Love. On top of all that, she’s a rabid Red Sox fan…so, yeah, she’s basically our idea of a perfect woman.
Hail from: China
Known for: Completing China’s third ever manned space mission, a 68-hour voyage that included a spacewalk–marking a key step in the country’s mission to build a space station and eventually make a lunar landing.
Our peeps LOVE the moon–anything that brings us closer to it is pretty damn fantastic, right?
Ruh-roh. The Japanese Kibo modules installed onto the International Space Station in March and June are running out of…lightbulbs. Wired Science reported that 9 out of the 21 fluorescents on board have burned out, a number dangerously close to half, at which time Kibo will be too dark to work in. AND, incredibly, there are no more spare bulbs on the ISS. NASA now plans to bring more lightbulbs to Kibo on its next Space Shuttle trip in November.
Looking on the bright side (yuk, yuk), just think of all the lightbulb-changing jokes that will come out of this! Cornball humor for $450 million? It’s so, so worth it!
Yi So-yeon, South Korea’s first astronaut in space, safely returned to Earth Saturday after 10 days in the cosmos. Her re-entry was rough, and though Yi admitted later to being scared, she said that, in front of her space-travel buddies, American astronaut Peggy Whitson and and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko, she “pretended to be OK.” Classic!
Meanwhile, I’ve figured out a way to get to space and finally make my Hardass Asian Dad proud. No spacesuit required, which is a bummer, because I was really hoping to make my interplanetary debut in this gold number (from Danny Boyle’s Sunshine):
Hails from: South Korea
Occupation: Engineer and Astronaut
Why She’s a Babe: Because at the tender age of 29, Yi had the right stuff to be named South Korea’s first person in space (launch is scheduled for April). And it’s hard to look cute in a spacesuit.
Somewhere out there, somebody’s slightly disappointed father is saying, “Darnnit, that could have been Jen.”
Known for: Being the first Chinese citizen in space, being awarded the grand honor of Space Hero.
Bottom Line: Dude, SPACE HERO? Livin’ the dream.