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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.

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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Full Scale Apollo Lander

Full Scale Apollo Lander

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.

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

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.

Photos: Martian Landscapes

Photos: Martian Landscapes

Boston.com’s The Big Picture goes out of this world with Martian Landscapes; the Red Planet comes to life with alien (yet somehow familiar) photos taken by NASA’s MRO. Thanks, Scott!

Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual

Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual

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.

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Mobile App: NASA

Mobile App: NASA

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.

Evolution of the ISS

Evolution of the ISS

They grow up so fast: watch the International Space Station as it evolves, piece by piece, starting with a single module in 1998 to today’s multiple solar-paneled behemoth.

Early Spacecraft Models

Early Spacecraft Models

And it all started with clay and paper clips: LIFE Magazine gives us a peek at early spacecraft models and tests by both NASA and the Russian space programs in the 1960s and 70s.

Video: Hubble How-To

Video: Hubble How-To

Thanks to its recent tune-up, Hubble has unloaded a slew of new space pictures lately; Hubblecast shows how they use a freeware Photoshop plugin called FITS Liberator to process images.

Refurbished Hubble PIcs

Refurbished Hubble PIcs

The Hubble telescope is 19 years old, but you wouldn’t know it from this new set of photos snapped after recent upgrades; it sports a new Wide Field camera and spectrograph.

NASA: Planetary Smash-Up

NASA: Planetary Smash-Up

NASA apes Roland Emmerich with this Planetary Smash-Up video; it was created after the Spitzer Telescope recently detected evidence of a collision around a star 100 light-years away.

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