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Space Shuttle Discovery shot out beyond our stratosphere some 40 times before being retired last year. You may remember our fair maiden from such adventures as Flying Hubble into Orbit or Servicing The International Space Station.

So, what now for Discovery? We’ve reached the end of the shuttle era and she takes up a fair amount of space. Why not send her to the District of Columbia to be admired by the masses? Why yes, that seems quite appropriate. Lucky for us, NASA feels the same way. TOY STORY 3 SPOILER ALERT: Much like Buzz and Woody, Discovery has fulfilled its mission and will move on to a new home to be fetted with endless events, exhibits, and playtime. Who knows? Maybe it will inspire some young whippersnapper to design its successor.

How does one transport a space shuttle from Florida to the District, anyway?

Thanks, NASA.

What Is Love? (Baby Don’t Hurt Me.) (Don’t Hurt Me.) (No More.)

Goodosphere is an institution just like any other in that we have to follow rules and regulations. Thankfully, there’s only one guiding principle: Keep it short and sweet. But why have rules if not to break them? And what better reason to break a rule than in the name of love… Or the lack thereof?

Two weeks have gone by since we were all told to celebrate Valentine’s Day. So, are all those of you in a relationship still feeling the love? The romance? The swoons? The pheromones? If so, count yourself lucky. If not, fear not! That’s normal. Potential reasons? There are many, including the fact that your love-related dopamine releases are programmed to taper off, you have evolved over millennia to mate and move on, and, well, love is an erratic knave that no one really understands.

All these and more of the intricacies of our old friend L-O-V-E are discussed in great detail by public radio’s Robert Pollie in a rather brilliant episode of his 7th Avenue Project. Like all of us, Pollie comes to the conclusion that in love it’s best to not ask too many questions. But it’s about the journey, not the destination. So spend some time with this not-terribly short, but oh so sweet piece of production.

Temporal Distortion.

Last night the 2012 Grammys aired. But this is Goodosphere, so…

We’ve all seen timelapse videos, they’re a little old hat at this point. “Why would you post one then, Nimesh?” you ask? I politely answer, because this one is different! See, Mr. Randy Halverson filmed it, but instead of looking for a bit of pleasant, low-key, creative commons music, he asked Bear McCreary of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead fame to score the video for him. And guess what? Bear did. View the results below — and don’t forget to hit HD and fullscreen the heck out of it.

Update: Bear posted a blog entry about composing the piece for the video. Enjoy, music theory nerds!

Sun Over Earth

The view from the International Space Station circa July of 2003. Let’s have a Good year, guys.

Thanks to NASA and NPR.

Friday Dance: Buggin’ Out

We’re not actually posting anything musical or danceable today — just two photos of the biggest insect ever recorded by man. According to The Sun across the pond, “She’s called a Weta Bug and has a huge wing span of SEVEN inches and weighs as much as three mice.” Weta promises to make you throw shapes. Happy Friday!

Thanks, Gary.

Aurora Borealis, The Icy Sky At Night.

The Northern Lights have been making their way further and further south, guys. You know what that means, right? You know what we have to do. HIDE YOUR WOMEN AND LOAD UP YOUR GU–what’s that? Completely harmless? Simply really, really gorgeous? Oh! Well in that case, let’s just watch them!

Six From The Sun

This unreal image of Saturn is — for the most part — real.

From NASA:

In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet’s shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated color image…Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth.

The Lights In The Sky

We all know what the Earth looks like from space. The interesting thing is that the images we most often see still don’t reflect the effect we’ve had on our planet. This video taken from the International Space Station shows what the Earth looks like now, and… it’s beautiful. Maybe it’s all the Star Trek: The Next Generation I’ve been watching, but seeing the web of lights we’ve created makes me hope we really are getting past clubbing each other over the head and striving forward, seeking answers, eager for every next accomplishment. Maybe I don’t even have to hope. Maybe it’s true.

Double Down: Lynchian Lunch

You never want to let your quinoa preparation become unnecessarily complicated. The exception to that rule is letting David Lynch unnecessarily complicate your quinoa preparation. You definitely want to do that:

Thanks, @tessaestuart.

Assimiliate THIS!

A close, personal friend of the Goods recently got a gig at SyFy and to celebrate the station aired Star Trek: First Contact last night. Clearly programming choices are already improving with the arrival of this Young Turk of ours.

In honor of our favorite Alabaster Skeleton, here’s Commander Worf’s outright endorsement of accommodation:

Congrats, Nico!