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Evolution of the ISS

Evolution of the ISS

They grow up so fast: watch the International Space Station as it evolves, piece by piece, starting with a single module in 1998 to today’s multiple solar-paneled behemoth.

Early Spacecraft Models

Early Spacecraft Models

And it all started with clay and paper clips: LIFE Magazine gives us a peek at early spacecraft models and tests by both NASA and the Russian space programs in the 1960s and 70s.

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Game Teaser: Naumachia

Game Teaser: Naumachia

One year after its debut teaser, AureaSection has released a second Naumauchia teaser in glorious HD; it’s a space combat game with up to 8 players and is due out later this year.

Video: Hubble How-To

Video: Hubble How-To

Thanks to its recent tune-up, Hubble has unloaded a slew of new space pictures lately; Hubblecast shows how they use a freeware Photoshop plugin called FITS Liberator to process images.

Backpack Telescope

Backpack Telescope

Weighing just 3 1/4 lbs, this Backpack Telescope is ideal for long hikes in search of perfect stargazing spots: it includes a padded nylon pack, 70mm refractor, and 19′ tripod.

Carl Sagan Auto-Tune

Carl Sagan Auto-Tune

Auto-tuning is arguably played out, but this Carl Sagan music video (feat. Stephen Hawking) is the trippiest, space-time bendingest tour of the cosmos we’ve ever taken.

Amateur Space Video

Amateur Space Video

It can’t beat Project Icarus’ $150 budget, but BEAR (Balloon Experiments with Amateur Radio) brings back something much cooler (albeit dizzying): actual HD video from space.

How Many People In Space

How Many People In Space

Single-use websites are all the rage nowadays, but we couldn’t help having an existential pale blue dot moment with How Many People Are In Space Right Now; RSS feed here.

Gigagalaxy Zoom

Gigagalaxy Zoom

Shot with a Nikon D3 and composed of 1,200 photos, the Gigagalaxy Zoom Project is an 800 million pixel image of our Milky Way; download a smaller 18 million pixel image here.

Project Icarus

Project Icarus

We’re still waiting for our own flight to space, but MIT students recently sent a camera 17.5 miles into near-space using a prepaid GPS cellphone, hand warmers and a styrofoam beer cooler.

Refurbished Hubble PIcs

Refurbished Hubble PIcs

The Hubble telescope is 19 years old, but you wouldn’t know it from this new set of photos snapped after recent upgrades; it sports a new Wide Field camera and spectrograph.

Fortis Cargo Watch

Fortis Cargo Watch

Inspired by a Swiss sci-fi film of the same name, Space-themed watchmaker Fortis’ CARGO Spacematic features an asymmetric 40 mm high-grade steel case and sapphire crystal.

Free: Moonbell

Free: Moonbell

Moonbell isn’t quite a game–it uses topographical data from Japan’s Kaguya satellite that lets you play the Moon’s surface like a record; choose from Orbit Play and Free Scratch modes.

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Robot: Le Petit Prince

Robot: Le Petit Prince

It came from Earth: Le Petit Prince is a slightly creepy, four-legged robotic greenhouse designed to seek out nutrients on Mars; it’ll talk to other robots wirelessly for optimal locations.

Video: Big Bang Briefly

Video: Big Bang Briefly

Big Bang Briefly is the most important video you’ll watch today, and possibly ever: it explains your existence and that of the entire universe, and all of it in just over two minutes.

NASA: Planetary Smash-Up

NASA: Planetary Smash-Up

NASA apes Roland Emmerich with this Planetary Smash-Up video; it was created after the Spitzer Telescope recently detected evidence of a collision around a star 100 light-years away.

Dev Diary: DS Extraction

Dev Diary: DS Extraction

While the teaser for Dead Space: Extraction was mostly atmospheric, this developer’s diary does an excellent job fleshing out the game, both in terms of gameplay and storyline.

Experience The Planets

Experience The Planets

Experience The Planets is an ongoing art project that visualizes our solar system through the eyes of artists; it’s developed by Greg Martin, who knows a thing or two about space art.

TubeSat Kit

TubeSat Kit

Launch your own satellite with the TubeSat Kit; price includes a 0.75 kg module with solar panels and antennas, a ride aboard a NEPTUNE 30 rocket and a few weeks in low earth orbit.

Butterfly Effect: EVE

Butterfly Effect: EVE

EVE Online has been around for awhile, but this Butterfly Effect trailer does a brilliant job explaining its emergent, sandbox-style gameplay; that, and it’s a feast for the eyes.

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Citizen Cosmosign Watch

Citizen Cosmosign Watch

Part of Citizen’s Campanola Collection, their latest Cosmosign is an astronomical marvel with a real-time chart of 1,027 stars,166 galaxies, sun and constellation positions.

AG-7 Space Pen

AG-7 Space Pen

Fisher’s AG-7 Space Pen is as close to the moon as you’ll get, as it contains Kapton foil used on the Apollo 11 Command module; translation: part of the pen flew around the moon.

Apollo Landing Sites

Apollo Landing Sites

For the first time in years, NASA has released new pictures of the original Apollo moon landing sites–complete with the lunar modules and even astronaut footpaths; thanks, Shawn!

Restored Apollo 11 Video

Restored Apollo 11 Video

The moon landing festivities continue with restored Apollo 11 footage, courtesy of NASA; it includes everything from Neil’s first step to the raising of the American flag. Thanks, Scott!

We Choose The Moon

We Choose The Moon

The JFK Library celebrates the 1969 moon landings with We Choose The Moon, a website which will recreate–down to the minute–Apollo 11’s journey; it starts 7/16/09 at 8:02 am.

Apollo: Eyes of Astronauts

Apollo: Eyes of Astronauts

Celebrating the July 20, 1969 moon landings’ 40th anniversary, Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts includes 21 astronauts’ favorite photos and a foreword by Stephen Hawking.

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