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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.

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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.

Spaceball Trampoline

Spaceball Trampoline
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Used by NASA in the 1960s to condition astronauts’ bodies for space travel, the Spaceball Trampoline mixes volleyball and basketball and features elastic vertical and horizontal walls.

Modern Day Apollo

Modern Day Apollo

Slate.com’s “If Man Walked on the Moon Today” is both brilliant and goofy, with a modern Apollo landing filled with polls, pundits, politicians, and most importantly, Twitter.

AG-7 Space Pen

AG-7 Space Pen
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Fisher’s AG-7 Space Pen is as close to the moon as you’ll get, as it contains Kapton foil used on the Apollo 11 Command module; translation: part of the pen flew around the moon.

Apollo Landing Sites

Apollo Landing Sites

For the first time in years, NASA has released new pictures of the original Apollo moon landing sites–complete with the lunar modules and even astronaut footpaths; thanks, Shawn!

Restored Apollo 11 Video

Restored Apollo 11 Video

The moon landing festivities continue with restored Apollo 11 footage, courtesy of NASA; it includes everything from Neil’s first step to the raising of the American flag. Thanks, Scott!

We Choose The Moon

We Choose The Moon

The JFK Library celebrates the 1969 moon landings with We Choose The Moon, a website which will recreate–down to the minute–Apollo 11’s journey; it starts 7/16/09 at 8:02 am.

Apollo: Eyes of Astronauts

Apollo: Eyes of Astronauts
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Celebrating the July 20, 1969 moon landings’ 40th anniversary, Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts includes 21 astronauts’ favorite photos and a foreword by Stephen Hawking.

Blu-ray: For All Mankind

Blu-ray: For All Mankind
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For All Mankind, Al Reinert’s 1989 documentary on the Apollo moon landings, comes to Blu-ray 7/14; it’s an HD digital transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, NASA liftoff footage.

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NASA/Hubble Space Tools

NASA/Hubble Space Tools

Atlantis’ recent flight to Hubble carried 180 special tools, 116 of which were designed just for that mission; they included Zero-G power tools, EVA workstations and screw capture plates.

Saturn V Model Rocket

Saturn V Model Rocket

It’s been over 30 years since the last Saturn V launch, but this video looks almost real; it’s a giant 36-foot replica of the famous moon rocket, launched from a field instead of the Cape.

Scarab Lunar Rover

Scarab Lunar Rover

The racing stripes make it look like a soapbox racer, but CMU’s Scarab Lunar Rover is all business: able to work in light or dark using 3D laser scanners, it features a 1 meter coring drill.

LEGO Space Shuttle

LEGO Space Shuttle

Looking almost like the real thing, this LEGO Space Shuttle consists of 65,000 bricks and took two Japanese builders 1,590 hours to complete; it stands 4 meters up to the tower.

ISS Fly-by in HD

ISS Fly-by in HD

This magnificent HD video of the International Space Station was shot by the Discovery on a fly-by; the ISS is now the second brightest object in the night sky thanks to new solar panels.

NASA’s Space Fleet

NASA’s Space Fleet

The Space Shuttle is up for replacement soon, and with it a new fleet of NASA spacecraft will be taking us to the Moon and beyond; check out this 3D infographic, courtesy NYT.

Moon Dust-DNA Watch

Moon Dust-DNA Watch
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That’s no moon: Romain Jerome is at it again with his Moon Dust-DNA series of watches, which use real moon dust as well as rocket and spacesuit parts from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission.

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NASA Moon Watches

NASA Moon Watches
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Commemorating the Apollo, Gemini and Skylab missions, these 23 Omega Speedmaster Watches are going for an astronomical $125k; for that, they should throw in a moon rock.

Mars Lab Backshell

Mars Lab Backshell

No, it’s not a UFO: the flying saucer above is actually a backshell that will protect the Mars Science Laboratory rover (which launches Fall 2009) when it reenters the Martian atmosphere.

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