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Voyager Golden Record 3XLP

Voyager Golden Record 3XLP

A box set that contains the media in the Voyager Golden Record – a gold-plated copper phonograph record carried by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes as a message to extraterrestrial beings. It consists of 3 vinyl records, a hardcover book and a lithograph.

Inside a Rocket Fire

Inside a Rocket Fire

Amazing video of the flame of a rocket engine captured with NASA’s new High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) camera system. This new technology allows scientists to see every minute detail of a flame, rather than just the bright orange plume we’re used to seeing.

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LEGO KSC Rocket Launch Site

LEGO KSC Rocket Launch Site

LEGO enthusiast Lia Chan built this masterfully scaled and detailed model of the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39a. It includes the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the crawler transport system and the launch platform itself.

Gorilla in Space

Gorilla in Space

We’ve always been under the impression that astronauts had to pack light, but one silly piece of cargo found its way onto the International Space Station – a gorilla suit. Unless that’s a real gorilla, and he already ate astronaut Scott Kelly. Today’s official hashtag: #SpaceApe

Liquid in Space

Liquid in Space

By combining water, food coloring and an Alka-Seltzer tablet, astronauts on the International Space Station created orbs which hover momentarily in space, then start bubbling apart like tiny planets that are about to go supernova. Watch in 4K if your display supports it.

NASA: New Horizons Pluto Flyby

NASA: New Horizons Pluto Flyby

What’s up Pluto? We come in peace! Launched in 2006, NASA’s New Horizons probe finally flew past Pluto as part of its over 3 billion mile journey. It took us 50 years, but we’ve now flown by all of the classic planets in our solar system.

NASA ISS 4K Video

NASA ISS 4K Video

Astronauts at the International Space Station recently acquired 4K cameras for capturing sights both inside and outside the ISS, which should help in research as well as in reaching out to the public. Download for local playback here.

Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

“When I opened the hatch, I had the whole universe in front of me.” NASA’s documentary looks at the history and future of spacewalks, from Alexey Leonov’s pioneering spacewalk in 1965 to the plans to explore Mars.

NASA Modular Robotic Vehicle

NASA Modular Robotic Vehicle

NASA’s impressive new electric rover vehicle can deftly maneuver into the tightest of spaces, thanks to independent four-wheel 180º steering. It can also be remotely operated. We want one of these just to drive around town now.

Spacewalk POV

Spacewalk POV

NASA, GoPro and the Internet Archive released this amazing footage taken by astronaut Terry Virts when he went outside the International Space Station to upgrade its docking station.

Apollo Mission Patches Animated

Apollo Mission Patches Animated

YouTuber Neil Smith used Cinema 4D and the Octane Render plugin to turn the mission patches of NASA’s manned moon missions into 3D animations. You can buy the stills from the video as one large print.

Space Shuttle Endeavour over LA

Space Shuttle Endeavour over LA

This video taken from one of the Endeavour’s F/A-18 escorts shows the shuttle flying over some of Los Angeles’ landmarks before touching down at LAX for its 2013 parade. You can visit her at the California Space Center.

How to Get to the Space Station

How to Get to the Space Station

In the first part of Smarter Every Day’s space series, Destin talks to astronauts Scott Kelly and Greg Wiseman to give us an idea of how the Soyuz spacecraft works and how it docks with the International Space Station.

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Seeing Earth from Space

Seeing Earth from Space

In March 1969, astronaut Rusty Schweickart was being filmed spacewalking as part of NASA’s Apollo 9 mission when the camera jammed. He was told to stay put, giving him time to take in his unbelievable view of our planet.

5 Years of Sun-watching

5 Years of Sun-watching

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) continuously takes images of the sun at various wavelengths. These beautiful time-lapse videos are made of images captured by the spacecraft over the last five years.

NASA: The Far Side of the Moon

NASA: The Far Side of the Moon

Because it’s in synchronous rotation with our planet, the Moon always faces Earth on one side, aka the near side. But thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA was able to map the far side of the Moon.

Pillars of Creation 2.0

Pillars of Creation 2.0

The newer Wide Field Camera 3, installed by NASA on the Hubble Telescope in 2009, has recaptured the famous Pillars of Creation, making even sharper the wisps and glow of gas clouds, erosion and dust. It’s like, cosmic, man.

Ball of Water in Space

Ball of Water in Space

As part of NASA’s 3D camera project, astronauts at the International Space Station made a softball-sized ball of water – thanks to the low gravity in the space station – and submerged a GoPro camera inside the ball. 3D video here.

NASA Pumpkin Carving 2014

NASA Pumpkin Carving 2014

Former NASA employee Mark Rober visited his friends at the NASA JPL to check out their annual pumpkin carving contest. See what they came up with just one hour and a handful of gizmos and a lot of imagination.

Project Morpheus: Night Footage

Project Morpheus: Night Footage

We’ve previously seen footage of NASA’s Project Morpheus, but this nighttime footage is even cooler. It’s capable of taking off, hovering, flying, and automatically landing itself – in the dark. Oh, and Sony needs to rename their project.

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The Onion: NASA’s Epiphany

The Onion: NASA’s Epiphany

Biting satire from The Onion. America’s finest news source imagines what would happen if the folks at NASA had a change of heart and decided that they were looking for the wrong things in the wrong places. Yeah love, bitch!

RoboSimian

RoboSimian

Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RoboSimian shows off its abilities for climbing over obstacles, opening doorways and clearing debris. Though it looks more like a spider than a monkey when negotiating those cinder blocks.

LEGO Curiosity Rover

LEGO Curiosity Rover

A LEGO model of NASA’s Curiosity rover, our robot emissary to Mars. It has 6 wheels and an articulated arm. It was designed and submitted to LEGO by Stephen Pakbaz, a mechanical engineer who worked on the actual rover.

Earthrise 45th Anniversary

Earthrise 45th Anniversary

On 12/24/1968, astronaut William Anders of the Apollo 8 mission took one of the most memorable photographs in human history: Earthrise. This is NASA’s scientifically accurate reenactment of the moment the photo was taken.

NASA Pumpkin Carving Contest

NASA Pumpkin Carving Contest

Leave it to the rocket scientists of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs to take pumpkin carving to the next level with these crazy creations from their 1-hour contest. We know it’s a squash, but our favorite has to be the barfing fondue monster.

Endeavour: The Final Ride

Endeavour: The Final Ride

Photographers Scott Andrews, Philip Scott Andrews and Stan Jirman followed the final journey of Space Shuttle Endeavour from Florida to Los Angeles. They made this time-lapse video of the bittersweet procession. More on Time.

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