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Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
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It starts slow but gets real freaky after a while...
 

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‘Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space.
‘We have made remarkable progress in the last 100 years but if we want to continue beyond the next 100 years our future is in space.’

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R.I.P Shuttle Program. We're screwed.
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friendofthepeople said:
‘Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space.
‘We have made remarkable progress in the last 100 years but if we want to continue beyond the next 100 years our future is in space.’

- Stephen Hawking

R.I.P Shuttle Program. We're screwed.
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another country will pick it up.
 

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friendofthepeople said:
‘Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space.
‘We have made remarkable progress in the last 100 years but if we want to continue beyond the next 100 years our future is in space.’

- Stephen Hawking

R.I.P Shuttle Program. We're screwed.
:cryfam:
just cuz the shuttle program is over doesn't mean we aren't going to space, NASA is working on another spacecraft hoping to have manned flight in 2016
 

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just cuz the shuttle program is over doesn't mean we aren't going to space, NASA is working on another spacecraft hoping to have manned flight in 2016
We're broke doe, fam. Things aren't getting better.
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Seriously though, I thought NASA wanted a private company to pick it up. Isn't the whole point of scrapping the Shuttle Program, to shed the expenses that come along with it? Why not just rebuild rather than scrap altogether if all they've got to do is optimize?
 

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sigh, i don't even wanna watch it. that little graph comparing the sizes of the bombs is fucking crazy too. just think of what shit they have right now? as soon as one, just one nuke goes off, we're all done.
 

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Nukes? We off dat.

Death Stars are where it's at.

 

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friendofthepeople said:
‘Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain on planet Earth but to spread into space.
‘We have made remarkable progress in the last 100 years but if we want to continue beyond the next 100 years our future is in space.’

- Stephen Hawking

R.I.P Shuttle Program. We're screwed.
:cryfam:
NASA has multiple launch pads that different private companies use and NASA is already testing rockets now (not "shuttles") that will be manned.

Living near Cape Canaveral swag :stronger:
 
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