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Cosmic Diner Collection

Cosmic Diner Collection
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Send your dining table to space with this collection of plates, placemats, utensils, and display pieces from Seletti and Diesel Living. The porcelain plates come in soup, dinner, and tray sizes, each featuring a different planet or moon. Accessories include rocket candleholders, meteorite glasses, and astronaut bud vases.

Jumbo Planet Puzzles

Jumbo Planet Puzzles
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Celebrate your love for our planet and our neighbors in space with these oversize puzzles from Chronicle Books. Measuring 2.5 feet in diameter, the kid-friendly 100-piece puzzles feature beautiful satellite images captured by NASA of the Earth, Mercury, Mars, and our moon.

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Planetary Escape Velocities

Planetary Escape Velocities

Now that we know how slowly objects fall on various planets, learn how fast you’d need to be moving to escape those same planets in a rocket. Dr. James O’Donoghue’s animated infographic might seem counterintuitive at first, but you can escape planets with larger masses faster because your velocity would be higher.

Flying Past Ganymede and Jupiter

Flying Past Ganymede and Jupiter

From June 7-8,2021, NASA flew its Juno spacecraft close to Jupiter’s icy moon Ganymede, then proceeded to perform its 34th flyby of Jupiter. We now can see what an astronaut might have seen along that trajectory, using images captured by Juno projected onto a digital sphere and the addition of intermediate frames.

Gravity on Different Planets

Gravity on Different Planets

Just how different are the gravitational forces on the planets in our solar system? Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue provides a great visual that compares the speed of a ball being dropped from 1 km onto each planet, as well as the sun, moon, and the asteroid Ceres where things take a really, really long time to fall.

Burning Up a Satellite

Burning Up a Satellite

When space junk falls towards Earth, it’s supposed to burn up in the atmosphere. This video from the ESA simulates the conditions of re-entry on a satellite’s solar array plasma wind tunnel. Satellite operators are required to minimize the risk of casualties from falling debris, and this kind of testing can help reduce such risks.

Swatch x NASA Big Bold Watches

Swatch x NASA Big Bold Watches
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The Swatch Space Collection features watches inspired by America’s space program. Launch comes in flight suit orange while Extravehicular is a patriotic white with red and blue accents. Both have a bioceramic case, a silicone strap, and a large multifunction dial. We also like the simpler blue and white Jumpsuit.

Solar System Desk Mats

Solar System Desk Mats
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ChenYi makes these stitched-edge cloth desk mats with colorful illustrations of our solar system. Measuring 35.4″ w x 15.7″ d, they’re big enough for a full-size keyboard, a mouse, and other desk accessories. Choose from six variants, including Celestia, Galaxy, Nebula, Orbit, Revolution, and a white Solar System.

Moon Walk Eraser Set

Moon Walk Eraser Set
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Blast off every time you sit down to doodle with this astronaut and rocket eraser set from Suck UK. The package includes a monochrome astronaut holding onto a silver pencil while on a spacewalk from their bright red rocketship — a great little gift for anyone into space exploration.

The Final Border

The Final Border

We’re a long way from reaching the limits of space exploration. But scientists say there is a finite limit to how far future generations of humans will be able to go. Kurzgesagt explains just how much universe there is, and why so much of it is permanently out of our reach.

RSVLTS x NASA

RSVLTS x NASA
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Fashion and lifestyle brand RSVLTS teamed up with NASA to create a collection of fun and lighthearted casual wear that celebrates the space program. The series includes KUNUFLEX short-sleeved shirts in spacewalk, moon buggy, and Apollo mission patch variants.

Cosmonaut

Cosmonaut

Animator Kaspar Jancis’ somber and emotive short film follows the story of an aging Russian Cosmonaut and the struggles of everyday life he experiences in his dying days. As he reaches his final moments, his actions on earth mirror his time in space.

Jumping on Different Planets

Jumping on Different Planets

Unless you’re a superhuman athlete, most of us here on Earth can only jump up about 18 inches. But if you went to Venus, you could jump twice as high. Bright Side takes a look at the gravitational forces on the moon and other planets for a look at how they would affect our ability to jump – assuming we could survive the conditions.

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The Ultimate Guide to Black Holes

The Ultimate Guide to Black Holes

Because of their power and extreme nature, black holes are some of the most awe-inspiring objects in the universe. Kurzgesagt offers a deep dive into these regions of spacetime and ponders what might happen if their immense gravity got a hold of you. Also, we just learned an awesome new word: spaghettification.

100 Facts About Earth

100 Facts About Earth

Did you know that the sunlight you’re looking at now is 8-minutes old? Or that the most common maps completely distort the relative size of countries? Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into these and plethora of other facts about our planet in this extensive trivia video.

The Insane Engineering of the X-15

The Insane Engineering of the X-15

Developed by North American Aviation back in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force and NASA, the X-15 was an experimental aircraft that could achieve speeds up to Mach 6.7. Real Engineering delves into the history of this rocket-powered plane, and the innovations and technologies that allowed it fly at insane speeds and altitudes.

Lunar Lander Tiny House

Lunar Lander Tiny House

How’d you like to spend your weekends in a lunar lander? Catamaran designer Kurt Hughes turned his skills towards building an earthbound structure inspired by the iconic space vehicle. His 250 sq.ft. “fishing shack” sits along the banks of the Columbia River, and is made from carbon fiber panels, plywood, and epoxy.

Fictional Planet Size Comparison

Fictional Planet Size Comparison

Ever wondered how big the planets are in science fiction? Well, wonder no longer. MetaBallStudios has you covered with this comparison video that lets you see the massive size differences between a planet like Dwarf Terrace-9 on Rick and Morty, and Reach from Halo. And then there’s Star Trek’s Dyson Sphere.

LEGO Creator Expert NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

LEGO Creator Expert NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

LEGO continues its collaboration with NASA with a detailed model of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The 2354-piece Creator Expert kit has opening payload bay doors and a robotic arm, along with a model of the Hubble Telescope which stows inside or can be displayed on its own. The finished model measures 21″ l x 13.5″ w x 8.5″ h.

Mars Perseverance Rover Landing

Mars Perseverance Rover Landing

After successfully landing its Perseverance Rover on Mars, NASA has released video of the descent and touchdown of the vehicle on the planet’s surface. Cameras were mounted on the rover, the descent stage, and the protective aeroshell, capturing views of the planet below, upward towards the spacecraft and the rover’s parachute.

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In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

The average person blinks roughly 28,800 times per day. You might not think a lot could happen during just a single blink, but that’s not the case. Melodysheep’s short film explains some of the millions and millions of events that happen in the universe in the time it takes to blink. They also made us feel really, really small.

Decommissioned

Decommissioned

In 2006, astronauts aboard the ISS fitted a decommissioned Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter and jettisoned it into orbit. SuitSat-1 eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and is presumed to have burned up. But Josh Tanner and Jade van der Lei’s sci-fi horror short film offers a much creepier take on the suit’s fate.

Spaceman Organizer Bowls

Spaceman Organizer Bowls
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Need a place to keep your spare change, keys, or other small items? These resin spaceman storage bowls are a playful and useful addition for your tabletop or shelf. Each one features an astronaut perched atop a partial asteroid, the ideal spot for storing little doo-dads. It measures 19″ x 19″ x 25″, so it’s bigger than it looks.

Moon Coasters

Moon Coasters
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Enjoy a journey to the moon every time you take a sip with these cool ceramic coasters. They’re ceramic, so they’re absorbent and feature durable, UV-printed images of the lunar surface. Sold in a set of four. Check out CatchtheBug’s Etsy shop for many more artful coaster designs.

Solar System Stress Balls

Solar System Stress Balls
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Take out your stress on the entire Solar System with these squishy spheres. The set includes nine full-color planets and a larger Sun for them to orbit around. They’re definitely not to scale, but a squeezy Sun that’s 1.3 million times bigger than Earth isn’t exactly a practical toy to wrap your hand around.

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle
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BetterCo. specializes in colorful and challenging jigsaw puzzles. This astronomical puzzle features a dramatic image of the stars, dust, and gas clouds of the Milky Way captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. The completed 1000-piece puzzle measures appx. 27.5″ x 19.7″.

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