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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29:  Astrophysicist Neil d...

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answers science questions from the crowd at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 29, 2011 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

It seems pretty hard to find people that are truly inspired to achieve something greater these days when everybody is worried about things like the economy, job market, education and the list goes on and on.  However, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we seem to be going backwards while countries like China seem to be about to shoot right passed us?

Well, in the 28th National Space Symposium keynote that is well worth your time to watch in the video below (it really starts at about 6 minutes and runs for about an hour), Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests that our lack of motivation and inspiration is because we have stopped trying to expand man’s presence in space and that it can all be fixed by simply doubling NASA’s budget to $.01 on the tax dollar.  He proposes an extremely compelling argument that I completely agree with and I find the speech to be one of the best speeches I have ever heard so please watch it below (40 min of speech and 20 min of Q&A)!

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These days, if there is one thing I am obsessed with, it is anything space related.  Whether it is reading books on the latest research into dark matter or just staring in amazement at the latest Hubble telescope images, I just can’t seem to get enough of outer space.  Well, for the women out there that love pictures of space, they are sure to love this awesome space themed dress from Black Milk Clothing!  This Galaxy Rainbow Dress looks like something straight from Hubble and can be purchased for $99 AUD (about $106 US).

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Galaxy Rainbow Dress by Black Milk Clothing

Galaxy Rainbow Dress by Black Milk Clothing

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Full Moon from Wikipedia

Full Moon from Wikipedia

I am a huge space enthusiast so when I saw a few of my favorite sites posting the new video from NASA showing the first video from GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) showing the far side of the moon, I figured I should share it as well.  I find the video to be quite stunning although I find the lack of alien moon bases on the back side of the moon to be rather disappointing.  I was really hoping for a large colony of aliens to be living on the back side of the moon.  Oh well.  Maybe someday!

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If there is one thing I am a huge fan of, it is space exploration.  On average, I would say I spend an hour or two every day just learning about the universe outside of our little blue dot.  Well, also being a fan of LEGO, I got really excited when I saw this awesome and massive 19′ tall LEGO Saturn V Rocket.  This amazing LEGO build was created out of 120,000 LEGO bricks by Ryan McNaught and it will be on display at the Melbourne (AU) town hall on January 21 and 22, 2012.  I’ve never wanted to visit Australia more than I do right now.

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19-Foot LEGO NASA Saturn V Rocket

19-Foot LEGO NASA Saturn V Rocket

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Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

I’m sure few of you realize this, but I am generally very hesitant about posting videos on Global Geek News for reasons ranging from my hatred of Flash to bandwidth reasons to the viewing problems on mobile devices.  But, every once in a while, I come across a video that is so awesome that I make an exception and post it.  This is one of those times.  Back on January 29th, 2010, popular Comedy Central personality Stephen Colbert sat down and did an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy in front of a large audience and even though the video of it is nearly an hour and a half long, it is definitely worth watching.  The interview part doesn’t start until about the 6 minute mark but if you are at all interested in science, space, technology or just want a few laughs, you NEED to watch this video.  It is both hilarious and inspiring.

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This image of the Endeavour crater was taken f...

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Its common knowledge that I have a major fascination with all things space related but what you probably didn’t know was that I once wrote for my high school newspaper and spent much of that time covering the latest news from the various robots driving around on Mars.  Actually, it was mainly an excuse to waste time on space.com but I still did what I was told to do.  Well, NASA has put together an awesome little video of pictures that the Opportunity rover has taken on Mars during its 3 year trip from the Victoria crater to the Endeavour crater.  Check out the beautiful sand in the video below!

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