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Lunar 01 Customizable Keyboard

Lunar 01 Customizable Keyboard

The Lunar 01 is a customizable 87%-size mechanical keyboard inspired by spaceship design. It has hot-swappable keys, a colorful LED light bar, a volume knob, and detachable fidget spinners that look like rockets. It supports wired and wireless connections and is available with a variety of keycap designs and color schemes.

Vollebak Mars Hoodie

Vollebak Mars Hoodie
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Prep for life on Mars (or chilly Fall days on Earth) with Vollebak’s unique hoodie. The double-layered piece will keep you toasty, and its textured design is truly out of this world with a 3D-knitted pattern inspired by the surface of Mars, spacesuits, and inflatable structures. The robot that knits them looks straight out of Westworld.

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Jupiter Rotates in Real Time

Jupiter Rotates in Real Time

Are you ready to slow down and breathe? Well then, click play on this video and observe one full rotation of Jupiter. Interplanetary posted this relaxing footage captured by NASA and ESA’s Hubble telescope. It takes 9 hours, 55 minutes, and 30 seconds to complete the taks, the fastest of any planet in our solar system.

NASA x Interstellar RED 3.721 Watch

NASA x Interstellar RED 3.721 Watch

Interstellar teamed up with NASA and Col&MacArthur to create this stunning watch inspired by the Mars Perseverance mission. Its 3D dial is based on the Martian surface, and a window showcases a small amount of Martian dust from a meteorite that crashed on Earth. Space geeks will spot numerous Easter Eggs in the design.

Sunbelly

Sunbelly

This surreal and imaginative animated fantasy follows the story of an astronaut dog sent into space to investigate a seemingly dead planet. But when she arrives, she has a revealing encounter about her species’ past that could change their future forever. Written, directed, and animated by Jordan Speer.

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

Since landing in 2021, NASA’s Mars Perseverence Rover has sent back fascinating images and data from the red planet. Jared Owen offers up an in-depth look at how the rover was launched, the scientific equipment it carries, and how it was engineered to survive the journey and the harsh conditions on Mars.

Asteroid Impact Comparison

Asteroid Impact Comparison

Earth gets hit by small meteorites all the time, but most full-size asteroids burn up into smaller pieces when they hit our atmosphere. Still, they do make it through now and then, causing serious damage. This video from MetaBallStudios estimates the relative destructive power of asteroids based on their size and mass.

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.

The Dunes of Mars

The Dunes of Mars

NASA and the University of Arizona’s HiRISE camera system aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been capturing some extraordinary images. Seán Doran combined and enhanced a series of these images into a spectacular fly-over that showcases the textures of the dunes on the planet’s surface.

Satellite Shoots a Selfie

Satellite Shoots a Selfie

Engineers from Nano Avionics mounted a GoPro camera on the exterior of one of their MP42 micro-satellites. The action cam captures a peaceful 4K selfie from space as it settled into its orbit above Earth. They used the satellite’s control system to keep it focused on the Great Barrier Reef below.

Moon Size Comparison

Moon Size Comparison

If you thought that each of the moons in our solar system were similar in size, you’d be very wrong. Like they did before with stars, MetaBallStudios compares the relative sizes of the natural satellites orbiting around planets, from the tiny rocks zooming around Saturn, to Jupiter’s massive Titan and Ganymede.

The Ultimate Space Race

The Ultimate Space Race

Jake Wegesin of Ambient Press created this wonderful CG short film about the space race of the 1950s and 1960s, offering a playful reinterpretation of the competition between the USA and USSR. Benjamin Widawksi’s music and the accompanying narration perfectly complement the black-and-white animation.

ROKR Solar System Orrery

ROKR Solar System Orrery

Build your own desktop solar system with this wooden model kit from Robotime. As you crank its handle, eight tiny worlds spin around a glowing sun, simulating the relative speeds of each planet’s rotation. The 316-piece, 13.78″ tall model is best for advanced builders and takes about 7 hours to assemble.

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3D-Printed Planet Lamps

3D-Printed Planet Lamps
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Colberd makes these tabletop lamps based on 3D models of our solar system’s planets. Each 5″ sphere is 3D printed from PLA plastic with a detailed map of the planet’s surface created from NASA images. They have a 16-color LED light source and include a wooden stand and remote control. USB power cable not included.

How You Move Through the Universe

How You Move Through the Universe

You might feel like you’re standing still right now, but we are always moving. But our place in the universe isn’t absolute. Instead, our location is entirely relative to other objects. Kurzgesagt explores this concept, and how each person, place, and thing has its own point of view for its position and movements.

Levitos Cosmos Light

Levitos Cosmos Light
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Take a trip into space with this levitating planet lamp from Levitos. The illuminated planet floats and spins about 0.75″ above its base using electromagnetic induction technology and casts a colorful glow from inside of its orb. The planet and base measure about 5.25″ wide.

The Earth in One Day

The Earth in One Day

Imagine, if you will, that the entire 4.5 billion year history of the Earth was collapsed down to a 24-hour single day. Bright Side’s educational video does just that, taking significant events in the development of our world and giving us a relative sense of how closely together they played out.

The Grand Canyon from a Space Balloon

The Grand Canyon from a Space Balloon

In 2013, a group of college students launched a weather balloon and a GoPro camera into the clouds above the Grand Canyon. It soon came crashing down to Earth, but they couldn’t find it when they lost their connection to its GPS tracker. Two years later, the team recovered the camera and shared the footage it captured.

Could Aliens Have Lived on Earth?

Could Aliens Have Lived on Earth?

We still don’t know if there are other species out there in space, but it certainly seems possible that we’re not the only life forms in the universe. Kurzgesagt goes one step further to explore the possibility that aliens life once roamed the Earth long before the dinosaurs.

Venus Beneath the Clouds

Venus Beneath the Clouds

Until now, most of the images we’ve seen of Venus have been shrouded in a thick blanket of clouds. Recently, the Wide-Field Imager (WISPR) on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was able to capture the first-ever visible-light images of the surface of Venus. By comparing these with radar-based images, we get the best understanding so far of the planet’s features.

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If the Moon Crashed into the Earth

If the Moon Crashed into the Earth

Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall envisions what might happen if the Moon came out of its orbit and crashed into the Earth. Kurzegesagt takes a more scientific approach, and explains what might happen if the moon gradually got closer to the Earth, and the big problems we’d experience long before the Moon ever got here.

G-SHOCK GM2100MG-1A “The Moon” Watch

G-SHOCK GM2100MG-1A “The Moon” Watch
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Inspired by the bumpy lunar surface, this analog-digital watch is one of the boldest G-SHOCKs we’ve seen in a while. Its forged bezel, vapor-deposited dial, metal band ring, and buckle are all gold ion-plated, and its caseback has an engraved moon design. We only wish the rocket packaging was available in the U.S.

LEGO Orrery

LEGO Orrery

LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.

Throwing a Ball on Other Planets

Throwing a Ball on Other Planets

Have you ever wondered how the gravity on different planets might affect your ability to throw a ball? Dr. James O’Donoghue created this infographic that explores how far and high you could toss a ball, assuming no air resistance. Basically, on Mars, Mercury, and Pluto, you could hit a home run without a baseball bat.

Lunar Wall Lamp

Lunar Wall Lamp
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Bring the moon indoors with this high-definition print of the lunar surface, encircled by LED lighting. It’s made from titanium magnesium alloy and acrylic and measures 24″ across, and its light can be set to warm and cool color temperatures. Available through 12.30.21 from Touch of Modern. They also sell a 14″ version.

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

While we’ve never found evidence of intelligent life outside of our planet, scientists hold out hope that someday we might. Kurzgesagt looks at one particularly dark theory that says other civilizations could be out there and intentionally hiding, ready to eradicate us at the first sign of contact.

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