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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.

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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.

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket
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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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