The Future: Sometimes It’s Fucking Awesome

A female astronaut living aboard ISS and a semi-retired British folk-rockstar (travelling in Russia at the time) perform a flute duet in honour of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight. NASA then posts a video of the event on YouTube.

Link to YouTube link, for after Planet Ubuntu gets done killing the video embed. Seriously, go watch this, it’s only two minutes long. Two minutes of awesome.

…But Still No Flying Cars, Part 12,456

NASA has a Flickr account — nifty.

Most of it’s pretty banal, actually, but the Soyuz landing in Kazakhstan (Expedition 20) pictures are pretty cool.

One problem, though: all the photos seem to be under a Creative Commons Attribution (BY) + Non-Commercial (NC) License &mdash as an agency of the United States Federal Government, isn’t everything NASA publishes themselves automatically Public Domain?

(Image © NASA, used under CC-BY-NC)

Floating Astronauts, But Still No Flying Cars

From BoingBoing, a headline that would have made zero sense even five years ago:

Spacemen are transmitting silent little floaty vlogs at planet Earth (also: laptops in orbit!)

Really cool 15min long YouTube vid over there. Go watch it. This living in the future thing is kind of cool sometimes.

ObPlanetUbuntuRef: Pity those laptops appear to be running Billware instead of Ubuntu. Hearing from an ISS Ubuntu LoCo would be even cooler!