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Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual

Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual
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With the Ares I-X a success, boning up on your LEM skills may not be a bad idea; the Apollo 11 Owner’s Manual will teach you how to do burns, orbital rendezvous, and moon landings.

The Astronomer’s Dream

The Astronomer’s Dream

To call The Astronomer’s Dream trippy is a galactic understatement, but we’re slack-jawed over its amazing details; you can support indie director Malcolm Sutherland by buying the DVD.

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Galactic Suites

Galactic Suites

Galactic Suites plans to open the first space hotel in 2012; $4.4 million buys you a 3-day stay (with 15 sunrises/day), a velcro-covered suit, and 8 weeks of training on a tropical island.

Escalation: Shattered Horizon

Escalation: Shattered Horizon

The ragdoll death animations are a bit silly, but space combat looks (and sounds, thanks to “audio simulation files”) absolutely epic in this Escalation trailer for Shattered Horizon.

Now That’s A Suit!

Now That’s A Suit!
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Suits often have astronomical prices, but this Now That’s A Suit! t-shirt takes things to orbital heights: pinstripes pale in comparison to $2 million and 300 pounds of pressurized awesome.

DIY: Lunar Lander

DIY: Lunar Lander

Cobbled together from junk parts, Iain Sharp’s real-life, analog version of Atari’s 1979 Lunar Lander game is out of this world; it’s powered by a pair of old PCs and Sharp’s own software.

When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

Spitzer Science Center’s When Galaxies Collide may be cheesy, but Felicia Day rocks as she dismantles the brainless Hollywood-ization of science; bonus points if you catch the Whedon quip.

Mobile App: NASA

Mobile App: NASA
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That’s one giant leap for iPhone/iPod users: the NASA app is a must for space travel enthusiasts, with mission updates, pictures via IOTD and APOD, videos and Twitter updates.

Trailer: Shattered Horizon

Trailer: Shattered Horizon

The deadly void of space has never looked more beautiful with this nearly soundless trailer for Shattered Horizon; 100% in-game footage, it’s packed with sweet zero-g combat.

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.

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.

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Backpack Telescope

Backpack Telescope
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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.

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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.

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
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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.

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