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Minneapolis from space: Here's the view today of Minneapolis from the International Space Station.Courtesy Kjell Lindgren
It's not uncommon to see the International Space Station fly over the Twin Cities. You just need the proper time and coordinates. But what does Minneapolis look like from way up there? Astronaut Kjell Lindgren tweeted this view of his former stomping grounds. Here's the link to his tweet.

From Earth to Mars: Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars from Earth? Learn from the people under consideration for this mission on why they want to make the trip.
From Earth to Mars: Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars from Earth? Learn from the people under consideration for this mission on why they want to make the trip.Courtesy RHorning
Would you be willing to take a one-way trip to Mars? More than 200,000 people said "yes" to a venture by Mars One, a private space exploration team that says it wants to take a team to Mars and keep them living there the rest of their natural lives. The target mission date is 2024. The winnowing process to get to the final 24 candidates is right now whittling down the remaining 600 applicants to a finalist field of 24. The Washington Post, today, interviews a number of US candidates who are being considered for the mission.

Moon walk: That's one small step for a man, one long step in sneaking office supplies.
Moon walk: That's one small step for a man, one long step in sneaking office supplies.Courtesy NASA
Forty-five years after he left the surface of the moon, we're finally learning what special souvenirs Neil Armstrong brought back from his trail-blazing journey. This might be the most extreme case of sneaking home office supplies. You'll soon be able to see some of these items on display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Follow the link above to learn more about how these items were discovered and how their authenticity was verified.

Haven't gotten enough information about the current football controversy? Here's a quick video that delves into the physics at play in under-inflated footballs.

Vaccine activities: A variety of activities about vaccinations await State Fair visitors at the Minnesota Department of Health's booth in the Education Building of the Minnesota State Fair.
Vaccine activities: A variety of activities about vaccinations await State Fair visitors at the Minnesota Department of Health's booth in the Education Building of the Minnesota State Fair.Courtesy Minnesota Department of Health
Think you can get away from Science Buzz by going to the Minnesota State Fair? Think again. You'll have three different opportunities to see Science Buzz exhibits if you visit the Fair through Labor Day.

At the Education Building, the Minnesota Department of Health will be presenting hands-on and digital activities about the importance of vaccinations. Those activities are available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitors to the Eco Experience building can learn about new data and trends on climate change at a computer kiosk being presented by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Science Buzz. It is also open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here's a link to those pages if you can't make it to the Fair.

Also, on Friday, Aug. 29, faculty from the University of Minnesota's Institute for Math and its Applications will be showing a number of hands-on math activities at the university's exhibit building, including the popular Traveling Salesman Problem game board. They will also be presenting from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. Here's a link to the Buzz's online content on the Traveling Salesman Problem.

Sun power: A new online mapping system tells you how strong the solar energy is where you live in Minnesota.
Sun power: A new online mapping system tells you how strong the solar energy is where you live in Minnesota.Courtesy Pujanak
Have you wondered how strong the sunshine is that falls near your home for solar power purposes? A team of University of Minnesota graduate students has mapped the solar suitability for locations all across the state. You can search it like a Google map and find out the power of the sunshine where you live.

Stromatolites at Shark Bay: the living fossils are featured in NOVA's "Australia: First 4 Billion Years".
Stromatolites at Shark Bay: the living fossils are featured in NOVA's "Australia: First 4 Billion Years".Courtesy Paul J. Morris
NOVA's excellent 4-part documentary series "Australia: First 4 Billion Years" is scheduled to re-broadcast on July 16th, 23rd, 30th and August 6th. Check your local PBS schedule for times. But if the dates don't work for you, the entire series is (or at least was when I watched it) on YouTube. Here are the links:

Part 1: Awakening
Part 2: Life Explodes
Part 3: Monsters
Part 4: Strange Creatures

The series is beautifully put together with gorgeous high definition video shot in locations all over Australia. The host, biologist Richard Smith, explains the science in a thoughtful and comprehensible manner while introducing viewers to many of the continent's stunning topographical features, and the strange and wonderful lifeforms - both past and present - found there. It's well worth your time.

MinuteEarth digs into the tricky balance of trying to manage invasive species.

SMM President Eric Jolly will be among the science presenters at Monday's annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Check out this quick video presentation on what he'll be helping visitors discover there.