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British Astronaut Will Run the London Marathon From Space

Nobody becomes an astronaut because they like taking it easy, but Tim Peake is about to make his colleagues look like couch potatoes. The British astronaut has announced his plan to run the 2016 London Marathon … from aboard the International Space Station.

Space travel is tough on the body, and exercise is an important part of the space station residents’ daily routines. Still, nobody has yet attempted anything this hardcore. Peake will strap himself into a harness attached to the ship’s treadmill and run the race’s full 26.2 miles, following the course via video feed. 

“The thing I’m most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on Earth,” Peake said in a press release. “I’ll be running it with the iPad and watching myself running through the streets of London whilst orbiting the Earth at 400km."

That's about 248 miles above the Earth, where Peake still is at the moment. On December 15, he and two other astronauts (one Russian, one American) will launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan and head for the ISS.

Running a marathon is hard enough; nobody really knows what attempting that distance in space will do to Peake’s body. A medical team on the ground in Germany will be monitoring his performance to ensure the exertion isn’t too damaging. 

Peake has run the marathon before—on land, anyway. His race time in 1999 was 3:18:50, a time he promises he will not try to beat from space. You can follow Peake's mission on his dedicated feed at the European Space Agency's website. 

Banner image credit: Virgin Money London Marathon, YouTube

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

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