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Playing Games in Space

Playing Games in Space

Chris Hadfield may already have returned to Earth, but before he left the ISS, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage designed a zero-G game for the astronauts for their rare bit of downtime. Care for a round of Space Darts?

Space Oddity in Space

Space Oddity in Space

Yes, we know we just posted a clip of Chris Hadfield earlier today, but we couldn’t resist posting this emotional clip sung by the Canadian astronaut on his final day on the International Space Station before returning to Earth.

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Gravity (Teaser)

Gravity (Teaser)

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are astronauts drifting alone in space, attempting to return to Earth after their space shuttle is destroyed in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

Astronaut Chandelier

Astronaut Chandelier

Whether you’re a kid, or just a kid at heart, looking up at this satin nickel ceiling fixture will remind you of your dreams of being an astronaut. And just think, someday you really might live on Mars.

Wringing out Water in Space

Wringing out Water in Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs an experiment suggested by a couple of 10th grade students: what happens when you wring a wet washcloth in space? One of the most bizarre things we’ve ever seen.

How Big is the Universe?

How Big is the Universe?

Minute Physics tackles a head-scratching topic. As expected, we don’t get a straight answer, but it’s quite interesting nonetheless. For instance, it turns out Ptolemy’s assumption was right. Kind of.

RC Glider to Space & Back

RC Glider to Space & Back

RC enthusiast David Windestål sent his remote-controlled plane about 33,100ft. up in the sky and then tried to control its descent back to the ground. Read more about it on RCExplorer.

Raining Fire on the Sun

Raining Fire on the Sun

Incredible footage captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of a solar eruption that formed a looping structure that’s both mesmerizing and reminds us of the awesome power of our Sun.

I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)

I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield joins The Barenaked Ladies and a children’s choir to play guitar and back up the band in the first-ever live space-to-Earth musical collaboration. Like a happy version of Major Tom.

Astronaut Q&A from Space

Astronaut Q&A from Space

On 1/30/13, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield engaged in a live interview with elementary school students, teaching us about living, eating, bathing, and marshmallows in space.

Full Moon Silhouettes

Full Moon Silhouettes

Photographer and VFX artist Mark Gee took this absolutely stunning footage of people viewing the moon rising over Mount Victoria Lookout in New Zealand. The video is in real time and unedited.

Stardust

Stardust

A visually stunning CG short film created by Amsterdam’s PostPanic in tribute to Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who passed away at age 39 from cancer. Truly worthy of full-screen playback.

Sunny’s Space Station Tour

Sunny’s Space Station Tour

Let NASA astronaut Sunny Williams and her awesome space hair give you a full tour of the lab and other facilities in the International Space Station. We’re surprised at how noisy it is up there.

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Lunar Rover on the Moon HD

Lunar Rover on the Moon HD

According to YouTuber Britoca, this high definition footage is of the Apollo 16 lunar rover being driven on the moon. The original 16mm footage was stabilized using the Deshaker filter for VirtualDub.

Further Up Yonder

Further Up Yonder

A time-lapse video made by Giacomo Sardelli using images from NASA and messages from astronauts, urging us to work together to realize what they see: one planet without borders. Subtitles here.

Startrails

Startrails

Lincoln Harrison spent hours at night out in the freezing Australian winter to take these amazing long-exposure shots of stars. You can buy prints of his photographs on Red Bubble.

Stuck in the Sound: Let’s Go

Stuck in the Sound: Let’s Go

French indie rockers Stuck in the Sound are back with another video that’s just as good as its track. The moral of the story for Let’s Go might be to be careful what you work for. (Thanks Hadrian)

LAIKA

LAIKA

A loving animated tribute to Laika the dog – the world’s first true astronaut, who was launched into space Sputnik 2 way back in 1957 – with the kind of ending we wish had really occurred for the mutt.

Seventies Space Colony Art

Seventies Space Colony Art

Back when the Apollo Missions were still fresh in the mind, NASA’s Ames Research Center was hard at work conceptualizing what the future of space exploration might be. Where’d our imagination go?

Asteroid Impact Simulator

Asteroid Impact Simulator

Purdue University’s ImpactEarth! lets you find out what could happen to our planet if it were struck by an asteroid (or a humpback whale ice sculpture). Where’s that hyperspace button when you need it?

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100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars

An incredible interactive visualization of 100,000 stars you can view in your Chrome web browser. Also works in other WebGL browsers, but your mileage may vary. Zoom with your scroll wheel.

Disk Gallery Simulation

Disk Gallery Simulation

NASA silently simulates the birth and evolution of a disk galaxy over a 13.5 billion year period – though we get to watch it in just over 2 minutes. Needs a Pink Floyd backing track, though.

Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Cinematographer Matthew Givot and friends shot this stunning time-lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, a slow journey through the streets of LA. Best watched in full-screen.

Red Bull Stratos: Helmetcam

Red Bull Stratos: Helmetcam

Watch it before it gets yanked down – Here’s an unofficial snippet of Felix Baumgartner’s dizzying jump from 128,000 feet – shot with his own high-definition helmet-cam.

Red Bull Stratos: 1:350 Scale

Red Bull Stratos: 1:350 Scale

In case you missed today’s momentous jump, sit back and enjoy this low-budget scale replication of Felix Baumgartner’s epic flight – courtesy of some LEGO minifigs and Vienna’s ModelMaker Fair.

Red Bull Stratos: The Jump

Red Bull Stratos: The Jump

The complete live footage captured from Felix Baumgartner’s death defying balloon flight to over 128,000 feet, and his extraordinary skydive back to Earth. We dare you not to be moved by this.

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