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Go For Launch! (Timelapse)

Go For Launch! (Timelapse)

Thousands of pictures  – taken over a period of six weeks – were stitched together to form this time lapse video of the preparation and launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-131 mission.

The Frontier is Everywhere

The Frontier is Everywhere

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard Carl Sagan’s brilliant “Blue Dot” speech attached to a video, but NASA really should consider using Reid Gower’s promo clip in their PR campaigns.

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Ascent: Space Shuttle Slow-Mo

Ascent: Space Shuttle Slow-Mo

As the Space Shuttle program comes to an end, a team from NASA created Ascent using footage captured by cameras that monitor shuttles as they take off, at up to 60,000 frames per second.

NASA Hasselblad MKWE Camera

NASA Hasselblad MKWE Camera
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You’ll be the really cool kid on the block if you head on over to eBay and win the auction for this rare Hasselblad, made especially for NASA, unused, and still with its original packaging.

Moonwalk One

Moonwalk One
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The classic NASA documentary that chronicled the Apollo 11 launch and the adventurous America of the 1960s is now on YouTube. It’s 94 minutes-long though; you might want to get the DVD instead.

Coolest Spacesuit Designs

Coolest Spacesuit Designs

Wiley Post helped to develop the first pressure suits for high altitude flying, which eventually evolved into today’s space suits. Check out this list of some of the coolest designs ever created.

NASA Mission Posters

NASA Mission Posters

In addition to exploring strange new worlds, NASA has some mad Photoshop skillz too; these official Mission and Expedition Posters are done up like sci-fi and action movie posters.

Most Accurate Flyby of Mars

Most Accurate Flyby of Mars

Spend Spring Break on the fourth planet courtesy of NASA: watch the most accurate simulated flyby of Mars ever, using HiRISE data with 0.25 m resolution and no vertical exaggeration.

NASA Lunar Rover App

NASA Lunar Rover App

It’s too bad Constellation was canceled, but at least we have NASA’s Lunar Electric Rover iPhone/iPod app; at its heart is a playable LER simulator with multiple difficulty levels.

Just As Confused T-shirt

Just As Confused T-shirt
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NASA’s mantra for finding extraterrestrial life has been “follow the water,” but we’re pretty sure this I’m Just As Confused As You Are t-shirt isn’t where they’d like to boldly go.

Lunar Studio T-shirt

Lunar Studio T-shirt
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Forget NASA’s LRO imaging of the Apollo 17 landing site: this Lunar Studio t-shirt is proof enough for Capricorn One fans, moon landing hoax believers, and Elvis followers.

Video: Atlas V Sonic Boom

Video: Atlas V Sonic Boom

Sound gets seen in a big way in the awesome Atlas V launch video above; the SDO rocket breaks the sound barrier (1:50) in the middle of a sun dog, creating a visual sonic boom.

Blu-ray: Apollo 13

Blu-ray: Apollo 13
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Available 4/13/10: Apollo 13 finally lands on Blu-ray for its 15th anniversary; it’ll feature 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio plus a feature commentary with Ron Howard.

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2018 NASA Girl Approach

2018 NASA Girl Approach

They can put a man on the moon, but Houston definitely has a problem when it comes to the opposite sex; NASA’s plan to approach a girl by 2018 is a total failure to launch.

Space Station Tour

Space Station Tour

Captain Barry Wilmore leads us on a comprehensive tour of the Space Station; he starts from the Soyuz, explores every ISS nook and cranny, and ends in Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Last Night Shuttle Launch

Last Night Shuttle Launch

An era thunders to a close with the last nighttime launch of the Space Shuttle 2/8/2010; the Endeavour carries Tranquility, a stunning seven-window viewport and NASA’s last ISS module.

Twitpics From Space

Twitpics From Space

The Space Station has had Internet access for less than a month but astronaut Soichi Noguchi is already beaming back tweets and twitpics of Earth from his (very high) vantage point.

Concept: NASA Puffin

Concept: NASA Puffin

NASA’s Puffin is a one-man VTOL aircraft with top speeds of 300 mph; thanks to electric motors, LiPo batteries and carbon fiber composites, it’s not only green and light but stealthy.

Video: The Sun Song

Video: The Sun Song

Don’t get burned by bad science: astronomically-correct a capella group The Chromatics sings The Sun Song, an ultra high-energy composition complete with NASA imagery.

Full Scale Apollo Lander

Full Scale Apollo Lander
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Send a space travel buff over the moon with this Full Scale Apollo Lander; it won’t be touching down in Copernicus Crater anytime soon, but it’s a high-fidelity, 1:1 replica of the LEM.

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Shuttle Ascent Video: Atlantis

Shuttle Ascent Video: Atlantis

Life is just awesomer with a soundtrack: NASA’s JSC remixes Space Shuttle Atlantis’ ascent video to eclectic music that is part BSG, part Lord of the Rings and part Lord of the Dance.

Space Shuttle Backflip

Space Shuttle Backflip

17,500 mph has never looked so graceful: Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) does a rendezvous pitch maneuver–a backflip–to allow ISS crew to examine its heat shield for damage.

Blast-Off! T-shirt

Blast-Off! T-shirt
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Flying high from NASA’s discovery of large amounts of water on the moon? Celebrate with this Blast Off! tee: the shuttle peels back the cosmos with a sweet (almost) all-over design.

Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual

Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual
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With the Ares I-X a success, boning up on your LEM skills may not be a bad idea; the Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual will teach you how to do burns, orbital rendezvous, and moon landings.

When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

Spitzer Science Center’s When Galaxies Collide may be cheesy, but Felicia Day rocks as she dismantles the brainless Hollywood-ization of science; bonus points if you catch the Whedon quip.

Mobile App: NASA

Mobile App: NASA
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That’s one giant leap for iPhone/iPod users: the NASA app is a must for space travel enthusiasts, with mission updates, pictures via IOTD and APOD, videos and Twitter updates.

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