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Evolution of the Moon

Evolution of the Moon

NASA visualizes the events that led to the moon’s current state and appearance, with help from the data gathered by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Poor guy’s been through a lot.

The View from the ISS

The View from the ISS

Alex Rivest assembled publicly available videos and images gathered by the NASA Johnson Space Center to create this time-lapse video showing the lights both above and on our planet.

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If Earth Had Rings

If Earth Had Rings

Saturn’s rings are beautiful – at least from a distance. But did you ever wonder what the Earth would look like if it had rings? Roy Prol decided to show us. Reminds us of Halo for some reason.

We Stopped Dreaming

We Stopped Dreaming

Physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson once again voices his passion for space travel, arguing that beyond acquiring knowledge, manned missions encourage us to dream. A wonderful mashup by Evan Schurr.

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

Rovio staged a fun game announcement for the soon to be released Angry Birds Space with astronaut Don Pettit demoing real life trajectories from the ISS. Gameplay at 3:00 (Thanks juanjoli!)

Knittin’ Needles in Space

Knittin’ Needles in Space

When ISS astronaut Don Pettit whips out a pair of needles in orbit, he’s not making a blanket, he’s demonstrating the strange forces at work when you combine static electricity, water and zero-gravity.

Red Aurora Australis

Red Aurora Australis

Alex Cherney waited two years for the perfect conditions to take images of the Southern lights. The stunning mass of stars and meteorites is a wonderful bonus. Music by Psychadelik Pedestrian.

Space Cats

Space Cats

Image enhancement engineer Brant Widgeon helps bring us awe-inspiring astronomical images. But he doesn’t just have to clean up dust and specks – he’s got a much bigger challenge on his hands.

19-Foot LEGO Rocket

19-Foot LEGO Rocket

Ryan McNaught (as in “astronaught”) built this incredible Saturn V rocket from over 120,000 LEGO bricks. The 19 foot-tall spaceship even has a tiny NASA Astrovan to deliver its flight crew.

ISS Time-Lapse: Full Edit

ISS Time-Lapse: Full Edit

We’ve been pretty impressed by the previous footage shot from the International Space Station orbiting the Earth, but this 5 minute edit by Michael König is truly the pièce de résistance.

Aerostat

Aerostat

Page Stephenson worked with Intel, Xact Trax and the OMPA to create a retrievable balloon camera rig that takes breathtaking footage up to the edge of space. A parachute helps it survive the landing.

Free NASA Ringtones

Free NASA Ringtones

Space cadets, load up your phone with classic moments in space exploration, including gems like “That’s one small step for man…“, “The Eagle has landed.” and “Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Auroras from Space

Auroras from Space

An extraordinary view of the Northern and Southern Auroras captured from the ISS as it orbits the globe, making Earth look like some far-off alien planet. Another awesome clip here.

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Orbiting Earth Time-Lapse

Orbiting Earth Time-Lapse

This time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station gives us a quick glimpse into what flying over the planet would be like. Full screen and HD are a must for this ride.

Strelka the Space Dog

Strelka the Space Dog
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This adorable print is an homage to Strelka (“Little Arrow”), one of the animals sent into space by the Russians in 1960. Strelka and her partner Belka were the first ones to survive orbital flight.

Tempest Milky Way

Tempest Milky Way

The talented – and very diligent – Randy Halverson is back with another unbelievably amazing time lapse of the night sky, this time with bonus shots of storm clouds and lightning. Pictures here.

Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space

Astronaut’s Guide to Life in Space

Discover how astronauts slept like zombies and more in this 1980s NASA video presentation by astronauts about the nuances of daily living in space. Edited and shared to us by NPR.

Sagan Series 6: End of an Era

Sagan Series 6: End of an Era

A loving tribute to NASA, the end of the Shuttle program and decades of space exploration, set to the words of Carl Sagan, along with incredible, moving imagery from Earth and beyond.

Bloon Near-Spaceship

Bloon Near-Spaceship

Thought up by Zero2Infinity, the helium filled Bloon Balloon plans on providing relatively cheap cruises of the upper stratosphere in a specially crafted pod that can be launched from anywhere on the planet.

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map
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Scott Benson’s beautiful illustrated constellation map of the northern hemisphere is also a glow in the dark screenprint. It was inspired by the Nat Geo star chart he had in his bedroom as a child.

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Space Miami

Space Miami

In 1963, Aerojet-General built a rocket factory in the middle of the Everglades. They even made an Apollo rocket and fired it, but never won the NASA bid, and it now sits abandoned, rocket and all.

Year of the Moon

Year of the Moon

While we wish this were a time-lapse of the actual moon, we’re still mesmerized by this silent animation of the moon going through a full year of phases. Best served with a side of Philip Glass.

Space Invader Chair

Space Invader Chair

The folks at Dorothy came up with this prototype foam chair based on the original Space Invaders arcade game, sure to make all the time we spend pretending to save the world a little more comfy.

Gagarin Flying Tourbillon Watch

Gagarin Flying Tourbillon Watch

Bernhard Lederer’s Gagarin Tourbillon celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight; it has a minute long flying tourbillon that rotates counterclockwise in 108 minutes, the time it took to orbit the earth.

First Orbit

First Orbit

Christopher Riley collaborated with the ESA and the ISS to recreate and trace the path of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering journey into space 50 years ago, on April 12, 1961. Download it here.

Space Shuttle: New Views

Space Shuttle: New Views

We’ve seen plenty of Space Shuttle takeoffs over the years, but NASA’s solid rocket booster cameras show us amazing new perspectives we’ve never seen before. View the full 29-minute version here.

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