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Even Tiny Data Has Significance (Updated)

May 28, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, DLBlog, Fun, Space  //  No Comments

Does size matter?  Sometimes.

Today this tiny bit of data told a huge story.

From http://www.howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com/

Earlier today:

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And then…

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Today was the launch of Expedition 36 crew to the International Space Station. 

Maybe, someday, we’ll be able to persist this data in something other than a TINYINT.

Update

And then this happened:

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On 11 June 2013, the Chinese Space Agency launched 3 astronauts to the Chinese space station Tiangong-1, via the Shenzhou-10.  This launch included China’s second female in space.  While it would be better if all nations were cooperating in space exploration, it’s heartening to me to see progress of human space flight.  And getting closer to double digits of people working and living in space?  Wonderful.

Astronauts Know Everything…

Sep 29, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Snark, Space, Travel, WIT  //  1 Comment

Recently @VenusBarbie visited Europe for the ILATweetup and SpaceUPEU events.  I wasn’t able to go due to other commitments, so Rob had to take over escort duties for our traveling Astronaut Barbie (@venusbarbie | Technical Barbies on Facebook).  The truth of the matter is that we humans officially get the invites, but we know that it’s really the space mascots that are wanted due to their celebrity status.  Rob also took along a 2D version of Commander Chris Hadfield (@cmdr_hadfield), AKA #Chris2D

I have some other photos to share, but the set I found most interesting were those with European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli showing Rob how to ensure that Barbie’s hair is just right before a photo shoot:

@projmgr, @astro_paolo, @venusbarbie and #chris2d

I guess all that centrifuge training she did at the DLR comes in handy when she hangs with other astronauts.

 

Once VenusBarbie was set, then all four (Rob, Paolo, VenusBarbie and Chris2D) were ready to pose.

Photo by Martin Stojanovski

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Good job, men.  And @VenusBarbie.

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