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NASA’s Official Mission Posters Are Awesome And Cringeworthy At The Same Time

Yes, NASA has official movie-style posters for their space missions!

As kids, most of us grew up dreaming of becoming astronauts. In our young eyes, we saw it as the coolest job in the world. Besides, astronauts get to explore outer space alll the time – just like in our favorite sci-fi movies.

Well as it turns out, there’s at least one more similarity between astronauts and movies. In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) actually has official posters for their space missions and many of them are direct references to pop culture.

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As the article tells us:

“Since the very first International Space Station mission in 2000, NASA has been creating expedition posters usually featuring a group photo of the crew. These posters were used to advertise expeditions and were also hung in NASA facilities and other government organizations. However, when astronauts got bored of the standard group photos they decided to spice things up a bit.”

NASA’s mission posters have since gained a lot of attention online and netizens have different opinions about it, with some calling it ‘cool’ and with others saying they look ‘pretty awkward.’

We’ll leave it up for you to decide, folks! Check out the posters below and tell us what you think about them.

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In the feature‘s comment section, we read mixed reactions from commenters.

One threw a pun and wrote:

“I spaced out for a bit looking at some of these.”

Meanwhile, another pointed out:

“Just a bunch of geeks doing geek things and having fun. I’m sure everyone in these posters LOVED them!”

Personally, I agree that the posters are kinda cool. We gotta allow these guys have fun before going on their high pressure missions.

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One of the amber deposits reveals that the ancient frogs had died beside a few tiny insects.

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What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

The Boring Company's Not A Flamethrower were sold out in February but have only started shipping this summer.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

NASA's Jen Eigenbrode believes Mars may have been habitable billions of years ago.

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