In this series, photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips (please do NOT click this if you are prone to seizures, I am being very serious) have beautifully captured exactly how massively shitty it is that the shuttle Atlantis has, like the fabled city, seen her last days. NASA is losing funding. The whispers of a manned mission to Mars place that date somewhere in the middle of the 21st century. This is enough to make anyone who is intrigued by the idea of space travel even a little suicidal. BUT WAIT before you pull that trigger consider these facts: Russian wants to send humans to the moon by 2025 and you won’t even have to wait that long to get your space on, in just FOUR SHORT YEARS the Juno orbiter will be arriving at Jupiter, to make 33 passes before it decays into to the planet and is lost. ALSO the NASA LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) found WATER on the moon. Fuck yes. WATER. That means 1. WATER, and 2. radiation shielding, which is really important seeing as the Moon has no atmosphere to protect from the harmful radiation of space. Such radiation is the reason astronauts are exposed to roughly four times more radiation while outside the International Space Station than the highest radioactive exposure levels of any job on Earth (in the US at least). Anyway, what I’m saying is this: de guvment may be cuttin dem dollas, but space ain’t goin’ nowheres (just all our resources are). Have a nice day!