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Like many geeks, I have a tremendous love for all things science related.  I am especially obsessed with space.  Whether it is how galaxies form or what the robots on Mars are finding, I spend quite a bit of my spare time learning everything I can about the universe around me.

Mars is probably one of the things I am most interested in and I plan on being among the first people to apply to live on Mars when the Mars One program starts taking applications later this year.  Without going into details as to why, lets just say I want on the first one way trip off of this planet I can get a seat on!  Anyway, if you have a love for Mars like I do, now you have the opportunity to own a piece of it!

The amazing people over at ThinkGeek are now selling tiny bits of Mars rock for just $24.99!  In case you are worried, these are not fakes!  These are 2mg pieces of Martian shergottite NWA 4930, 4880, 4468, 998, Tissint and others from northern Africa.  Each piece comes with a card describing the rocks history so you can know everything about your precious Martian rock.

One thing to keep in mind is that I don’t expect these to be available for very long.  It is a pretty reasonable price and pieces of Mars don’t come along that often so this might be your only chance to own a piece of the red planet so I would jump on this while you can!  I know I will be ordering one today!

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Mars Meteorite

Mars Rock

[Source:  ThinkGeek]

I have always thought it would be cool to own one of the space shuttles, but I suppose owning a space shuttle looking food truck would be much cheaper and almost as cool.  Well, for those who have $150,000 laying around to buy a food truck that looks like the space shuttle, this awesome Space Shuttle Cafe food truck is for sale on eBay!

As cool as this food truck looks, perhaps the most interesting part is its history.  This space shuttle food truck started its life as a plane built in 1944 for flying in World War II before spending the next couple of decades as a commercial airline before it got hijacked to Cuba.  Then, in 1976, it was made roadworthy when it was put on a GMC bus frame and then in 2001, it was turned into the Space Shuttle Cafe.  Talk about an interesting life!

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Space Shuttle Cafe

Space Shuttle Cafe

Space Shuttle Cafe

Space Shuttle Cafe

Space Shuttle Cafe Inside

Space Shuttle Cafe Inside

[Source:  Ebay via That’s Nerdalicious]

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

[Source:  Black Milk Clothing via Fashionably Geek]

 

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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[via Geekosystem]

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

[via Geeks are Sexy]