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Awesome Space

LIFE (Trailer)

LIFE (Trailer)

Take a helping of Alien, a dash of Gravity, and a smidgen of The Thing, and you’ll have a good idea what to expect from this sci-fi thriller about a team aboard the ISS who discovers the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. Sadly for the crew, it turns out to be a complete dick.

How Vacuum Decay Would Suck

How Vacuum Decay Would Suck

“Imagine it like setting a sea of gasoline the size of the universe on fire.” Kurzgesagt sums up vacuum decay, a theoretical catastrophe that would wipe out the universe at the speed of light and reconfigure it into a state where life as we know it would be impossible.

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Astrograph Pen

Astrograph Pen

MB&F and Caran D’Ache teamed up to create this incredible limited-edition writing instrument, which looks like a tiny rocketship. It has retractable landing gear, and comes with a tiny magnetic astronaut and a display/storage box that looks like a launch pad.

The New Space Race: XCOR Lynx

The New Space Race: XCOR Lynx

YouTube channel Freethink has a new series of brief documentaries about private space technology companies. The first episode is about XCOR and its Lynx, an airplane-like rocketship that could one day make four flights a day, five days a week.

SpaceX: Look Up

SpaceX: Look Up

Tony Rettenmaier’s SpaceX tribute is too blunt for our taste. But to judge it purely for its merit as a work of fiction would be missing the point, because it’s really a visualization of a fantastic promise that, even more fantastically, appears to be within reach.

The Cost of Living on the Moon

The Cost of Living on the Moon

If you’ve ever wondered why we never built a lunar colony, not just because of the technical challenge, but because of the ridiculous amounts of money it would take to achieve. Wendover Productions estimated the cost of putting 4 astronauts on the moon for a year.

Nebula Keyboard Stickers

Nebula Keyboard Stickers
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Etsy seller EdwardStickerhands offers a wide variety of skins and stickers for gadgets in his shop. We’re particularly entranced by these vibrant vinyl stickers which launch your MacBook’s key caps into outer space. Available for a wide variety of Apple keyboards.

Voyager Golden Record 3XLP

Voyager Golden Record 3XLP

A box set that contains the media in the Voyager Golden Record – a gold-plated copper phonograph record carried by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes as a message to extraterrestrial beings. It consists of 3 vinyl records, a hardcover book and a lithograph.

Spaceman

Spaceman

Danny Lacey’s short film follows a seemingly ordinary man who found notoriety after claiming he was abducted by aliens as a boy. In the end, there are more questions than answers, but we still appreciated Lacey’s style and storytelling approach.

Operation Avalanche (Trailer)

Operation Avalanche (Trailer)

“This is like one of those good lies. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.” Operation Avalanche is a satirical mockumentary by Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller (The Dirties) about two young and ambitious CIA agents who end up helping NASA fake the Moon landing.

One Year on Earth

One Year on Earth

NASA used the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), to capture images of our planet over the course of a year – once every 2 hours at a distance of 1 million miles – then assembled them into a time-lapse. Scientist Jay Herman narrates and explains their mission.

Red Bull Stratos Re-sounded

Red Bull Stratos Re-sounded

Mario Wienerroither spins off his musicless music videos to make a silly dub of Felix Baumgartner’s world record freefall. But it’s still one of the craziest things we’ll ever see in our lifetime. Dude jumped from space! Space!

Volcano from Space

Volcano from Space

Back in 2009, astronauts on the International Space Station captured this amazing perspective of Russia’s Sarychev volcano erupting, as a massive plume of ash and smoke ascended towards the heavens above.

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Infinitiude

Infinitiude

Scott Portingale’s stunning short film is an abstract look at the evolution of matter and energy, created using a mix of time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography. Incredibly, the images were were made with fluids and handmade props, not CGI.

Why We Should Go to Mars

Why We Should Go to Mars

“500 years from now… they will remember what we [did] to make their civilization possible.” In a 2014 talk about a manned exploration of Mars, aerospace engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin gave a rousing response as to why we should take on such a costly quest.

Mars (Trailer)

Mars (Trailer)

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s upcoming Nat Geo miniseries looks ahead towards the first manned mission to the red planet. The story takes place in 2033, but is peppered with interviews with some of today’s most visionary and notable scientists and business leaders.

A Song About Rockets

A Song About Rockets

(PG-13: Language) YouTuber Exurb1a schools us on the history of rockets with the rapid-fire lyrical patterns of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic tune I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, though we wouldn’t exactly call what he’s doing “singing.”

SpaceX Falcon 9 POV Ocean Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 POV Ocean Landing

SpaceX just launched a communications satellite to space using its Falcon 9 rocket. For the third time in a row, the rocket’s first stage booster landed in the ocean on a drone ship. This brief time-lapse from an onboard camera shows the booster’s descent.

Entropy

Entropy

Director Tim Cahn’s animated short film merely shows us a rocketship as it leaves the burnt out remnants of Earth and heads towards a mysterious space station. Despite its lack exposition, it will draw you in, and make you wonder what led us here.

How Far Can We Go?

How Far Can We Go?

Our smarty pants friends at Kurzgesagt examines the idea of human exploration, and some of the currently known limitations of space travel, physics, and our own bodies which prevent us from traveling to an unfathomable portion of the great unknown.

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On a Rocket Launch to Space

On a Rocket Launch to Space

Awe-inspiring GoPro footage of the launch of UP Aerospace’s SL-10 rocket, as it shot up to an apogee of 396,000 feet, with speeds as high as Mach 5.5. The payoff for the dizzying ascent are some of the most spectacular near space images we’ve ever seen.

Blue Origin: Landing POV

Blue Origin: Landing POV

Amazing first-person footage of the Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft as it makes its way through Earth’s atmosphere and safely lands on the ground 339,178 feet below. We loved hearing all the sounds it makes on its journey. See just how fast it was coming in here.

MOON Lunar Globe

MOON Lunar Globe

A scientifically accurate 1:20M scale model of the Moon with a light ring that simulates sunlight. You can make the light ring revolve manually or choose from one of two automatic modes: a 30s cycle or a real-time cycle that starts with the current lunar phase.

The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

Kursgezagt sums up the risks and benefits of building a space elevator. It presents a myriad of technological and engineering problems, and we can’t afford to screw it up even once. But its resulting cost savings might be too enticing for us to pass up.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ocean Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ocean Landing

On 4/8/16, after four failed attempts, SpaceX finally managed to land the first stage booster of its Falcon 9 rocket into a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The rocket deployed SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship, which carried supplies to the ISS. Skip to 27:15 for the landing.

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

Blank on Blank animates the thoughts of the late, great astrophysicist as he discusses our tendency to treat Earth as the of center of the universe, likely a big mistake if and when we ever do encounter beings from another world. From a 1985 interview with Studs Terkel.

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