In 2006, astronauts aboard the ISS fitted a decommissioned Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter and jettisoned it into orbit. SuitSat-1 eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and is presumed to have burned up. But Josh Tanner and Jade van der Lei’s sci-fi horror short film offers a much creepier take on the suit’s fate.
THE BEST Astronauts
Need a place to keep your spare change, keys, or other small items? These resin spaceman storage bowls are a playful and useful addition for your tabletop or shelf. Each one features an astronaut perched atop a partial asteroid, the ideal spot for storing little doo-dads. It measures 19″ x 19″ x 25″, so it’s bigger than it looks.
Real world astronauts are subjected to intensive training, including time in a centrifuge that creates intense G-forces. It’s no different for LEGO astronauts, as the Brick Experiment Channel attached the minifig Benny the Astronaut to a motorized rig, then spun him up to 5000+ RPM. A spinning camera monitored his condition.
Add a little space to your desk with this playful astronaut lamp from Paladone. The tiny moon man takes his spacewalk at the end of an adjustable gooseneck, as he floats above the lunar textured base below. Runs on USB or 3 AAA batteries, so it’s definitely just an accent light.
We all know that science fiction takes its share of liberties with its depiction of what life is like in space. In this clip from Vanity Fair, astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his thoughts on what movies like Gravity, Armageddon, The Martian, and Interstellar got right and wrong.
Designer VisualDon has created all kinds of wonderful video eye candy, including this emotive and calming image of an astronaut on an endless walk along the lunar surface as the Earth hangs in the distance. The video is available for free download for non-commercial use, or can be licensed for commercial use.
Filling up an actual astronaut’s helmet with hot coffee sounds like a terrible idea. But these ceramic astronaut mugs make a bit more sense for your morning cuppa. Each one looks like a bubble-shaped helmet, complete with a shiny visor and handle in gold, black, or silver.
Our best look yet at Damien Chazelle’s biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling), and the trials and tribulations of the years leading up to his landing on the moon. It’s no coincidence it’s being released in October, in time for year-end Oscar noms.
The latest wearable tech for astronauts, this custom-fit spacesuit weighs just 20 pounds, and is made from modern materials which improve mobility and comfort. The suit was designed for use on Boeing’s Starliner capsule, which is expected to transport a crew to the ISS in 2018.