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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.

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.

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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.

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
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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.

Alpha Industries NASA Jackets

Alpha Industries NASA Jackets
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Alpha Industries has a collection of replica flight jackets and even the iconic blue flight suit worn by NASA astronauts. They’re adorned with assorted patches and also come in kid’s sizes.

How NASA Parallel Parks

How NASA Parallel Parks

Students at NASA’s Johnson Space Center show off the best way to get your vehicle into a parallel parking space – assuming you have a multi-million dollar space exploration vehicle to drive to work in.

Raining Fire on the Sun

Raining Fire on the Sun

Incredible footage captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of a solar eruption that formed a looping structure that’s both mesmerizing and reminds us of the awesome power of our Sun.

Sunny’s Space Station Tour

Sunny’s Space Station Tour

Let NASA astronaut Sunny Williams and her awesome space hair give you a full tour of the lab and other facilities in the International Space Station. We’re surprised at how noisy it is up there.

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Disk Gallery Simulation

Disk Gallery Simulation

NASA silently simulates the birth and evolution of a disk galaxy over a 13.5 billion year period – though we get to watch it in just over 2 minutes. Needs a Pink Floyd backing track, though.

R.I.P., Neil Armstrong

R.I.P., Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong – astronaut, test pilot, engineer and the first person to walk on the Moon – passed away on August 25. He was 82. Rest in peace, Neil. You expanded our minds and our universe.

Mars Rover Panorama

Mars Rover Panorama

By stitching together high-res images captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, EDS systems created this stunning 360° panorama of the landing site, putting you right there on the dusty Martian surface.

Yo-Yo Space Tricks

Yo-Yo Space Tricks

Astronaut Don Pettit shows off his “microgravity yo-yo tricks” while in space. He’s not as good as his Earthbound counterparts, but he makes up for it by coming up with cool names for his tricks.

Robbie

Robbie

Neil Harvey’s moving short film, made using footage from NASA archives. Robbie is a fictional story about Robonaut, who ends up being upgraded with the best feature of all: humanity.

Evolution of the Moon

Evolution of the Moon

NASA visualizes the events that led to the moon’s current state and appearance, with help from the data gathered by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Poor guy’s been through a lot.

The View from the ISS

The View from the ISS

Alex Rivest assembled publicly available videos and images gathered by the NASA Johnson Space Center to create this time-lapse video showing the lights both above and on our planet.

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19-Foot LEGO Rocket

19-Foot LEGO Rocket

Ryan McNaught (as in “astronaught”) built this incredible Saturn V rocket from over 120,000 LEGO bricks. The 19 foot-tall spaceship even has a tiny NASA Astrovan to deliver its flight crew.

The NASA Astrovan

The NASA Astrovan

The Crew Transport Vehicle, aka the Astrovan, ferries astronauts to the launch pad. The modified motorhome has been in use since 1984, and is probably the 2nd favorite vehicle of the astronauts.

Free NASA Ringtones

Free NASA Ringtones

Space cadets, load up your phone with classic moments in space exploration, including gems like “That’s one small step for man…“, “The Eagle has landed.” and “Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space

Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space

Discover how astronauts slept like zombies and more in this 1980s NASA video presentation by astronauts about the nuances of daily living in space. Edited and shared to us by NPR.

Urine Recycling Kit

Urine Recycling Kit

Looks like we can stop worrying about the polar ice caps and water contaminants now that NASA has developed a forward osmosis urine conversion kit. Space Shuttle Atlantis‘s crew will get first drink.

Life Looks for Life

Life Looks for Life

Reid Gower has created a second installment to his highly popular NASA promotional video. We’ve heard Carl Sagan’s narration before, but it’s still a perfect fit for the majestic NASA footage here.

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