ISS astronaut Scott Kelly demos a pair of special teflon-coated paddles which allow him to bounce a blob of water between them just like a ping pong ball. We’re guessing the slow motion movement through microgravity would make for some really long rallies.
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Jeff Bezos’ private space travel corporation Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard reusable rocket to appx. 62mi and then landed it back safely on Earth. It’s meant to be used for space tourism, i.e. to take a small group of people to the edge of space.
(Flashing lights) Playmodes used Eduardo Cajal’s upcycled fuselage to make Porta Estellar (Star Gate), an audiovisual installation that took audiences on a breathtaking six-minute interstellar trip. It was opened to the public in Barcelona’s Ciutadella park this past Sept.
By combining water, food coloring and an Alka-Seltzer tablet, astronauts on the International Space Station created orbs which hover momentarily in space, then start bubbling apart like tiny planets that are about to go supernova. Watch in 4K if your display supports it.
One of the most unusual examples of ruin porn has to be this 1/3rd scale model of Russia’s VKK Space Orbiter, which was used for wind tunnel testing in the ’80s. Aleksander Markin captured some amazing photos of the crumbling model, which has since been dismantled.
Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh wanted to create an accurate scale model of our solar system, since it turns out existing models cheat to make things easier to visualize. The finished product required time, planning, seven miles of dry lake bed, and a mountain of creativity.
Have you ever thought about the possibility of leaving Earth and heading to another planet? TED-Ed looks at the challenges associated with life on Mars, where to buy martian real estate, and how it probably was a much better place to live 4 billion years ago.
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