11 hilarious NASA GIFs tailor-made for every situation.

Think there's nothing cool about NASA these days? Think again.

NASA does mind-blowing work each and every day.

Despite funding cuts, they push the limits of human exploration, sending men and women to the International Space Station and developing commercial spaceflight capabilities. They're committed to researching and discovering the far reaches of our planet, solar system, universe, and beyond. And don't get me started on their innovations in aeronautics and space technology or the entire plot of "Hidden Figures." NASA is freakin' amazing.


Even their mission statement is cool: "We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind." If that's not swag, I need a reminder on just what swag is.

Expedition 50 NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson waves farewell before traveling to the International Space Station for a six-month mission. Photo by NASA/Victor Zelentsov/Flickr.

Now, they're doubling down on their status as coolest government agency with their new GIF collection.

NASA launched an official Giphy account to deliver more than 400 mind-melting, out of this world GIFS of their satellite, computer-animated, and space station footage to you, the people. We don't deserve NASA, folks.

If you don't have time to familiarize yourself with all 464 GIFs, I went ahead and curated a collection of 11 that may come in handy for a variety of situations.

1. When you accidentally call a co-worker "mom" and you have to stop what you're doing and leave immediately.

All GIFs via NASA.

2. When you and your squad make a pact to try Meatless Mondays.

It's for the Earth, y'all. Factory farms contribute to climate change in a big way. Plus, all-you-can-eat cheese.

3. When your partner says you can leave a few things at their place.

It will totally fit in the drawer. Trust me.

4. When your really frustrating aunt finally understands why "All lives matter" is problematic AF.

Yes, all people have value, but black people are dying, so we're going to focus our energy and attention on them. It doesn't seem hard, but apparently it's a struggle.

5. When a 23-year-old couple has a $600,000 budget on "House Hunters."

How Sway?

6. When someone says the gender wage gap isn't real but you have the pay stubs.

The proof is in the pocketbook, especially for women of color.

7. When you remember every body is a good body.

You are beautiful, strong, and perfect, with or without the snacks.

8. When you get a new haircut but it looks totally different the next day.

9. When you thought about moving to Canada after the election.

But remembered you and your voice are needed right here.

10. When it's time to break in a new pair of jeans.

11. When you realize that sometimes, blocking and unfriending people on social media is an act of self-care.  

Also helpful when you're texting from the restroom.

Leave the thread, log off, mute, block, or unfollow. Do what you have to do to take good care of yourself.

The next time you're looking for just the right GIF, look no further than the government agency with all the space shuttles and all the answers: NASA.

This GIF collection is a fun, accessible way for people to get a behind-the-scenes look at the research, innovation, and exploration going on at NASA. Whether you're celebrating a new job or marveling at a solar flare, they're the only repeating animations you'll ever need.

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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