Roughly 50 years ago, NASA landed the first humans ever on the moon. But prior to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Hollywood took us there thanks to a heaping helping of creativity and movie magic. The Royal Ocean Film Society looks back at some of these early science fiction films.
As NASA prepares to return to the Moon in 2024 – then on to Mars and beyond – they remind us that there is nothing easy about launching a rocket and safely delivering its crew, and the inherent risks that go with the great rewards of space exploration. They also revealed the new spacesuits the Artemis program astronauts will wear.
On July 16, 1969 at 8:32 am Eastern Time, Apollo 11 lifted off and headed towards the moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking mission, and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Eclectic Method created a track using sound samples from the mission and the events leading up to it.
The Roosevelts teamed up with NASA to create a series of lighthearted warm weather wear inspired by the space program. We dig the One Small Step and Apollo XII Space Walk short sleeve shirts, and Moon Landing reflective tee, while the patriotic blue and white starred Hubble line is a little tacky for our tastes.
Celebrate your love for space exploration with this duo of official NASA goodies from Astro Reality. You’ll get a nifty mug inspired by the the abstract shapes of space, along with an embossed hardcover journal, each of which pair with an augmented reality application to display imagery and information about space travel.
AstroReality celebrates NASA’s 60th Anniversary with an augmented reality gift set, which includes this beautiful notebook. Available with a white or gray cover, the notebook has a few pages that feature animation and enhanced content when viewed with AstroReality’s mobile app.
Given the insane amount of heat generated by rocket engines, NASA was looking for ways to quickly reduce the temperature at a launch site. They’re currently testing a new cooling system that basically floods the place with 450,000 gallons of water, very quickly.
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.
Pablo Carlos Budassi created this incredible image, which attempts to illustrate the entirety of the observable universe, from our solar system, to distant galaxies and beyond. It’s interesting that that the whole thing also resembles a giant eye. Prints available here.
Stomp around the house like you’re on a lunar mission with these whimsical slippers, inspired by NASA astronauts’ moon boots. They’ll keep your feet comfy and toasty as you lumber around your living room in slow-motion. Available only in adult sizes, so take that, kids!
Using data and imagery captured by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA compiled this wondrous look at our Moon, showing off details of its surface, its North and South poles, its massive craters, what might lie beneath its crust, and locations astronauts have visited.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been capturing high-def images of our sun for more than 7 years. Here’s footage captured by two of their systems – the larger one showing visible light, the smaller one showing extreme UV light, and the line graph displays sunspot activity.
The crew of Expedition 53 on the International Space Station couldn’t order delivery, so they decided to make some pizzas for themselves. We assumed all of toppings would just float off in the microgravity environment, but with enough sauce, they seem to stick pretty well.