Three weeks with the Space subsite

Turns out, major groundbreaking discoveries in cosmology are really good for traffic. This week Space broke daily traffic record with 43.8k US uniques, then the next day broke records again with 47.9k. Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion this strategy will not work on a monthly basis...

Along with gravitational waves, Space featured discussions of Star Trek and Star Wars, a beautiful radar composite, an excuse to coo over Kerbals, art etched onto satellites, the tiniest hint of history, and our weekly dose of planetary-science-inspired design.

This week also contained the milestone of our first anti-science comment, which promptly disappeared into the dank depths of "All Replies" as soon as I entered the comments thread. This all-powerful author-interaction for the highlights does have it's advantages, even if someone wanting to actually participate in a coherent conversation is pretty much hooped.

My thank-you this week is a close-up photograph of a human eye by Suren Manvelyan that looks remarkably like a nebula with a black hole in the middle.


Now, who has an icon for me to use on the Space subsite?

The Space icon

What should we use for the Space subsite icon? A rocket launch, a corner of an alien world, our own blue marble of a planet? Let's have a 80x80 pixel space-themed picture-party to pick something iconic!

The rules are that it needs to look good while tiny (80 pixel x 80 pixel preferred), be space-related, and an image that a commercial site is permitted to use. A cool backstory would be a lovely bonus-feature.

The image shows up to mark the drop-down menu for navigating to other io9 and Gawker-network websites, and is the default picture when sharing posts that have no other graphics. Currently, we've got a NASA shuttle launch. Suggestions?