Declaring our love for giant rockets and dystopian bartender

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Valentine's Day and sci/tech journalism don't often cross paths. Beyond the occasional gift guide, our robo-hearts just defer to our robo-brains more often than not. Don't get us wrong, love exists (see Sagan, Carl and Druyan, Ann). But the subject doesn't come up frequently when you're following drama on the Donkey Kong scoreboards or at the FCC day-to-day.

So, we're taking a break from the madness of it all. Dread over the Star Trek Discovery finale or curiosity about military GPS jamming can wait a few days. Instead, this week's Orbital Transmission exists as our love letter to the things that continue to make us happy even when the chaos of daily news gets more chaotic—mutant crawfish news during Mardi Gras?—than ever. If you feel similarly, make sure to tell your loved ones "Smiling Face With 3 Hearts" this week, too. 

 

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Dear Elon, you(r Falcon Heavy) is out of this world

Is sending an uber-expensive Roadster to space blaring David Bowie a bit theatrical? Sure, but SpaceX did something remarkable this week, and we haven't even begun to understand the ripples for the space industry going forward. Can't wait for the BFR.

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We'll forever Netflix and Chill with Netflix (and Hulu)

We know, we know—Cloverfield. Altered Carbon. While those have certainly been added to our queue, let's take a moment to appreciate the sci-fi and genre work already waiting for your streaming desires. Travelers and Future Man, we <3 you.

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A book pre-order as romantic gesture

Everyone remembers their first love, right? It's an experience that profoundly influences life from then on regardless of how brief. And to build the geekdom we live today, it took a 1971 book about rocket science to first open our eyes (and hearts).

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Valentine's drinks, but dystopian

Look, we have a soft spot for nerdy cocktails and dystopian futures as a means of brief escapism. So when you mix those two together and top it off with a narrative adventure floater, you have one of our favorite games of 2018 thus far—The Red Strings Club.

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Our labor of space love—Apollo: The Greatest Leap—wraps up on Tuesday

It's been a wild ride—the risk of Apollo 1, the euphoria of Apollo 11, the complete badass-ness of Ivy Hooks and her other early NASA colleagues. For two months, we've shared nostalgia-and-information dense episodes of our six-part documentary celebrating 50 years of Apollo, and it all concludes this coming Tuesday. In the end, viewers will have an hour-long homage to our interstellar pioneers—plus several more hours of behind-the-scenes interviews. Enjoy it as often as you'd like, and keep the heroes of Houston in mind the next time the world collectively watches another launch to space.