Channeling the Cosmos Guide

Attention, fans of the starry skies above! Did you know that today is Carl Sagan Day? Sagan, a Professor of Astronomy and Space Science and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, is most famous for his awe-inspiring PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The thirteen-part program urged viewers to contemplate the vast mystery known as our solar system by provoking the senses with mesmerizing imagery and offering comprehensible knowledge about astronomy.

Sagan’s tireless dedication to astronomy and space science is downright inspirational, which is why we’re oh-so excited to present our “Channeling the Cosmos Guide.” So, observe some of our favorite space-inspired products, cosmically cool music, vintage space artworks, and Fashion Writer Angela’s list of Top 5 Sci-fi Heroines!

A Vintage Look at Space

Images via Scifi at Dark Roasted Blend and NASA.

Of course, we have previous generations to thank for our obsession with outer space. As the above artworks show, dreams of space exploration captured the imaginations of scientists as well as popular culture. One of our favorite vintage artworks is the third, bottom image, which, believe it or not, comes from the NASA archives! In the 1970s, NASA conducted several space colony studies; the illustration above was an artistic rendering of a concept for a 10,000-civilian colony.

Space colonies are still a thing of the future, but in the meantime, there are plenty of astronomy-inspired products out there while we wait!

Stellar Items for You and Your Space

Clockwise, from bottom left: Fur-realism Mug, LCD Notesystem, Jovian Planet Top, Undercover Space Explorer Umbrella, and Mug-a-Pixels Coasters

Once you have your space-themed accessories, take your wardrobe to stylish new heights with these cosmically cool looks, as modeled by Fashion Writers Laura and Meggy! On the left, Laura wears the What Dreams Are Made Of Dress, At Ease Jacket, Dancing Like a Star Tights, A Many-Splendored Thing Heel, and the Forever in Flight Necklace. Meanwhile, Fashion Writer Meggy shines in the Meteor Sighting Dress, The Sumptuous Socks, It’s Raining Jewelry Necklace, Orion’s Belt, If It Ain’t Got that Bling Heel, and the On the Brink of Something Bag.

Angela’s Top 5 Inspirational Sci-Fi Heroines

From the left: Sarah Connor, Leia, Zoe Alleyne, new Nyota Uhura, old school Uhura, and Jet Girl.

What’s a guide without a little girl power? We asked Fashion Writer Angela to list off her favorite inspirational sci-fi heroines.

Sarah Connor from the Terminator series
“In the first film she was soft-spoken and somewhat of a loner. But, by the end of the second, she’s self-reliant and courageous, protecting both her son and the future of humanity.”

Princess Leia from Star Wars
“I’ve always loved how Princess Leia isn’t afraid to be in the middle of the action, such as fighting Empire forces one-on-one while on Endor.”

Zoe Alleyne from Firefly and Serenity
“Zoe is probably the coolest lady in space. She’s got a dry sense of humor, all the while being the who I think is the bravest and most noble member of the Serenity ship crew.”

Nyota Uhura from Star Trek
“‘Unmatched in xenolinguistics,’ Uhura is definitely a role model I hope will influence my possible future daughters. (I included the original and new Uhura, because they’re both awesome.)”

Jet Girl from Tank Girl
“I could always relate more to the quiet and brainy glasses wearing Jet Girl more than her boisterous counterpart. Her superior talents in mechanics are integral to the story!”

Cosmically Cool Music

(For a more dramatic set of songs, we recommend io9’s “7 Great Space-Themed Songs for Your Next Introspective Montage.”)

Whew! I think that wraps up our cosmos guide, but let us know – what would you add to this list?


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    legatob 11/06/2010 at 9:13 am #

    A Glorious Dawn, featuring Carl Sagan, should totally be included in the Cosmically Cool Music. Love this post!

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      Wella 11/07/2010 at 6:04 pm #

      I agree! That song is awesome!

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    tara 11/06/2010 at 11:29 am #

    Don’t forget Jane Fonda as Barbarella! Talk about sultry sixties sci-fi style (sty-fi?!) 🙂

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    mhairi 11/06/2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Great post, thank you!

    I’d like to suggest a top female sci-fi inspiration: Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica (the modern version!)

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    sara 11/06/2010 at 12:20 pm #

    We just had a space themed Halloween party. I wish someone had dressed up as Carl Sagan. We got Lilu from the the 5th element and Magenta from Rocky Horror.

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    MJ 11/06/2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh what? Very cool. I totally remember watching his movies in Junior High Science class 🙂

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    Sophi 11/06/2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I love me some Cold War allegory SciFi! Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles are wonderful interconnected short stories that take place in a colony quite a lot like that super cool NASA artist rendering.

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    Haley 11/06/2010 at 4:59 pm #

    What about Starbuck?? Best female sci-fi character ever!

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    Angela (ModCloth) 11/08/2010 at 3:28 pm #

    @ mhairi and @ Haley – Battlestar Galactica is on my long, long Netflix queue, mainly because I’ve heard so much about Starbuck! Thanks for sharing!

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      Mhairi 11/09/2010 at 5:47 am #

      Angela – at the risk of sounding bossy 🙂 you may want to prioritise BSG – it’s the best small-screen sci-fi I’ve ever seen. Complex characters, plus lots & lots of strong women. Not so hot on clothes alas 😉

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    Hilary 11/08/2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Zoe Alleyne is a great space heroine! Hmm, why is Champagne Supernova an unknown artist? I think on the Music front Constellations by Darwin Deez, beautiful song, and Good Morning Starshine by Oliver, can’t help but smile from that song.

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    Kaitlyn 11/08/2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Sooo pleased you included Zoe from Firefly in your list of inspirational scifi heroines. It may be of note though, she’s Zoe Alleyne Washburne!!

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    Wendy 11/08/2010 at 7:08 pm #

    I’m so disappointed that Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is not on the list. I think her role really created a new standard for women in Sci-Fi and Action films.

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