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Water Deluge System Test

Water Deluge System Test

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.

First Man (Trailer)

First Man (Trailer)

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.

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The Observable Universe

The Observable Universe

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.

First Man (Trailer)

First Man (Trailer)

Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) reteams with Ryan Gosling for a dramatic retelling of the story of Neil Armstrong, and NASA’s early efforts to put a man on the Moon. We haven’t been this excited for an astronaut movie since The Right Stuff.

Astronaut Boot Plush Slippers

Astronaut Boot Plush Slippers

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!

Artist Depiction

Artist Depiction

Brett Ryan Bonowicz is making a three-part documentary series about the largely unknown artists who created concept art for NASA projects. Artist Depiction will feature interviews with the artists as well as high-resolution scans of their work.

A Tour of the Moon

A Tour of the Moon

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.

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

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 809 Objects Left on the Moon

The 809 Objects Left on the Moon

As of 2012, by NASA’s count there are 809 manmade objects on the Moon. You can find the full list here. Spacecraft make up the bulk of our moon litter, but Half as Interesting points out that we left a wide variety of “artifacts”, including poop.

NASA Aerosol Simulation

NASA Aerosol Simulation

A fascinating simulation created by a team of scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The animation approximates the movements of smoke, sea salt, and dust as they traveled around the globe due to storms and wind currents in 2017. Original video here.

Pizzas in Space

Pizzas in Space

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.

LEGO Women of NASA

LEGO Women of NASA

Conceptualized by LEGO Ideas member Maia Weinstock, the Women of NASA set commemorates the achievements of four NASA scientists and entrepreneurs: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

NASA: Spooky Space Sounds

NASA: Spooky Space Sounds

NASA’s Halloween treat is a set of short eerie audio clips. These celestial whistles, moans and screams were converted from radio emissions captured by various spacecraft from across the Solar System. Cassini’s beats are legit nice.

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Apollo 11 Table

Apollo 11 Table

Harow’s Apollo 11 table features an accurate scale model of part of the Moon’s surface. The craters were carved into fiberglass and then covered with resin. The table’s brass and aluminum alloy feet are based on the Lunar Module’s landing pads. Limited to 8 units.

Apollo Penlight

Apollo Penlight

The FA-5 penlight was made exclusively for astronauts in the Apollo and shuttle missions. It proved particularly useful in the infamous Apollo 13. Barbolight’s replica retains the flashlight’s brass alloy construction but adds LEDs and water resistance up to 300ft.

LEGO Space Shuttle Concept

LEGO Space Shuttle Concept

Unlike other LEGO space shuttles, KingsKnight’s proposal is a 1:110 model, the same scale as the recently released LEGO Apollo Saturn V set. The design includes the tank and boosters, the Canadarm, a satellite, swappable decals, and seven microfigures.

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Adam, Will and Norm got their hands on the awesome LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V scale model rocket a bit earlier than us mere mortals. Watch them unbox, methodically knoll parts, and build the set. Assembly and story time start at 2:25.

Pioneer Plaque Reissue

Pioneer Plaque Reissue

Designer Duane King is making exact replicas of the plaques (same size and material) that were placed on board the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 space probes as a message to extraterrestrials. The laser-engraved plaques come with unreleased Pioneer stamps.

LUNAR

LUNAR

Motion designer Christian Stangl turned thousands of photos from NASA’s Apollo missions into an animated collage that provides a photorealistic recap of the moon landings. Music by Wolfgang Stangl.

Spacewalk POVs

Spacewalk POVs

From the underappreciated corner of YouTube comes Johnson Space Center’s channel. NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center has been uploading awe-inspiring videos taken by astronauts working just outside the International Space Station.

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LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

Based on a proposal by LEGO Ideas members Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche, this model kit features a 3ft-tall (1:110 scale) model of the Saturn V, the most powerful rocketship ever built. It comes with a lunar lander and three astronaut microfigs.

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Launched in 1997, the Cassini space probe has been providing NASA with data about Saturn and the moon since 2004. It’s now running out of fuel. Erik Wernquist made this excellent CGI short film to sum up Cassini’s contributions and its final mission.

Nikon in Space

Nikon in Space

From the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 onwards, every manned space flight has had a Nikon camera onboard. Here are a few time-lapse videos made using Nikon cameras aboard the International Space Station. We recommend playing the video at 0.75x speed.

The Trappist-1 System

The Trappist-1 System

Trappist-1 is a star that’s 39 light years away from the Earth. Astronomers recently shared that they found seven planets orbiting Trappist-1, and that all of them could have liquid water and thus could support life. Learn more about our neighbors here.

Facts about NASA

Facts about NASA

Did you know that NASA wants to make an asteroid orbit the Moon so that astronauts can explore it? Or that it helped create The Learning Channel? Or that it had its budget cut multiple times? Okay maybe that last one isn’t a secret. More in Mental Floss’ video.

NASA’s Wall Climbing Robots

NASA’s Wall Climbing Robots

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab shows off a small robot that’s capable of driving straight up the side of a building. One version uses gecko-like microsuction to stick to smooth surfaces, while another uses insect inspired microspines to grab onto rough walls.

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