A long time ago in Tunisia far, far away…

Plus, rockets, man!
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Cosmic Trivia:

What is the record number of people in space ever recorded?

Hint: Not including aliens.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Spotify Wrapped 2023 is here — 5 new features to check out | Mashable

“Happy holidays, Spotify users! Spotify Wrapped is finally here, and it's chockful of new features that will have you questioning your 2023 listening habits and maybe even your emotional state. And you can even check it out on your desktop via Wrapped's all-new Web View.”

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Companies wanted to make Instagram-worthy offices. Instagram commenters roasted them | Business Insider

“Would you feel better about returning to the office if the walls were painted a more pleasing color and the furniture were more trendy? Apparently, some companies think so. A recent article in The New York Times highlighted bosses who want to woo workers back to the office with spaces designed to be Instagram-worthy. … So, how did some Instagram users react to the Times story? Uh, not so enthusiastically in a lot of cases.”

Drug to help dogs live longer has ‘reasonable expectation of effectiveness,’ FDA says | Vice

“The FDA has said that an experimental drug that purports to increase the ‘the healthy lifespan’ of larger dogs has a ‘reasonable expectation of effectiveness,’ a milestone that could clear the way for the veterinary drug to be available to the public within the next few years. Loyal, the San Francisco-based biotech startup that developed the drug, announced on Tuesday that the FDA had made the determination after reviewing the company’s data and results, a critical hurdle in the company’s path to receiving conditional temporary approval to market the drug, LOY-001.”

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Leftover Star Wars sets | Atlas Obscura

“While much of George Lucas’ mythic Star Wars films were filmed in studio lots or in preexisting structures, a number of their exterior sets, especially for the desert planet Tatooine, were purpose-built for the films and simply abandoned to the sands and the fans when filming was over.”

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The answer: 20

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Among the notable facts listed in Wikipedia: “A new record for the number of people in space at once was reached on 25 May 2023. 20 people were in space simultaneously, with eleven people aboard the ISS, three on Tiangong, and six on VSS Unity. 5 days later on 30 May, the record for the number of people in orbit simultaneously was broken as well, with 17 people in orbit at once; 6 people on Tiangong from Shenzhou 15 and 16, 7 people from Expedition 69 on the ISS as well 4 crew members from Axiom-2 also on the ISS.”