Tag: space

Monument to cosmonauts in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Astronauts vs cosmonauts: Russian influence on the language of space

Happy International Day of Human Space Flight! Or, if you’re a Russian speaker: С днем космонавтики! (Happy Cosmonautics Day)! The International Day of Human Space Flight recognizes the first manned space flight, which was undertaken by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12 April, 1961. Gagarin’s 108-minute Earth orbit (орбитальный облёт планеты Земля) won the first leg […]

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space hallway

Are these quotes from ‘Star Wars’, ‘Star Trek’, or ‘Battlestar Galactica’?

How well do you know your ‘space operas’? See if you can match the quote to the right space opera franchise – all three are filled with a bounty of intergalactic wisdom and quotable dialogue. Let’s see if you can tell them apart!

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Little green men to the men in black: alien words in the OED

When responding to the argument that extraterrestrial life cannot exist because humans have not found it yet, Neil deGrasse Tyson—the well-known American astrophysicist—retorted: “That’s like going to the ocean, taking a cup of water, scooping it up, and saying, ‘There are no whales in the ocean.’” It is clear we earthlings have a complicated relationship […]

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