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Free: The Space Game

Free: The Space Game

The Space Game is a simpler, space-going version of Harvest, both of which are a variant of Tower Defense style games that rely on energy relays and resource extraction.

Video: Satellite Collision

Video: Satellite Collision

Journalists have been abuzz over Tuesday’s Iridium and Russian satellite collision; Analytical Graphics (AGI) has released a video showing the impact and subsequent debris clouds.

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Trailer: Asteroid Cowboys

Trailer: Asteroid Cowboys

So-named because of the high-energy lasso you use to fling objects around, Asteroid Cowboys is a crazy mix of Bionic Commando and Asteroids; it’s due out this year on PSN and XBLA.

Omega Apollo 11 Watch

Omega Apollo 11 Watch

Neil Armstrong wore a Speedmaster watch during the first moon landing, so it’s fitting Omega will be releasing a 40th anniversary edition with Hesalite crystal and Apollo 11 patch.

Milky Way Transit Map

Milky Way Transit Map

Created by Harvard’s Samuel Arbesman, this Milky Way Transit Authority map was inspired by a reading of Carl Sagan’s Contact and applies subway mapping on a galactic scale.

Space War Commander

Space War Commander

Generic name notwithstanding, Space War Commander is a slightly more involved version of StarBaron; it’s basically an RTS with overtones of Master of Orion. Demo here.

Space Origami Set

Space Origami Set

Spacecraft meets papercraft with this Space Origami set, which includes 120 sheets of folding paper and a 32 page book with instructions for rockets, shuttles and astronauts.

Free: Vectoroid

Free: Vectoroid

Vectoroid may be nothing more than a bunch of lines and points, but this homage to Asteroids is a literal blast with upgrades, enemies, hit points and a gun that never stops firing.

25 Days of Hubble Pix

25 Days of Hubble Pix

Taking the twelve days of Christmas to new heights, Alan Taylor of Boston.com has selected 25 days worth of stunning Hubble photographs; watch him reveal the last few here.

Rendezvous with Rama

Rendezvous with Rama

Anyone who uses a cellphone owes something to late author Arthur C. Clarke; we think this student film for his epic Rama series is a fitting ode to an all-around amazing gentleman.

Aurora Borealis from ISS

Aurora Borealis from ISS

It’s no secret the folks at the International Space Station have the best scenic views on (and off) the planet; check out this spectacular aurora borealis footage shot by Donald R. Pettit.

Moon Dust-DNA Watch

Moon Dust-DNA Watch

That’s no moon: Romain Jerome is at it again with his Moon Dust-DNA series of watches, which use real moon dust as well as rocket and spacesuit parts from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission.

Free: StarBaron

Free: StarBaron

Those of us still waiting for a true Master of Orion successor should check out StarBaron; it’s a space-themed RTS that isn’t too complex, making it ideal for a lunch break romp.

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Eve: Quantum Rise

Eve: Quantum Rise

This Eve Online trailer for the Quantum Rise expansion lays it on thick, with “breaking news” of a surprise invasion. The real star of the show: enhanced stability and gameplay tweaks.

Free: Physics Invader

Free: Physics Invader

Physics Invader may not look like much at first, but it’s actually been coded to simulate physical laws, complete with falling debris that can block your shots (and act as impromptu shields).

X3: Terran Conflict

X3: Terran Conflict

It’s been two years since the X3 series has seen an update; X3: Terran Conflict is available at Steam as a standalone expansion, and judging from the sweet trailer above it’s a winner.

Trailer: Naumachia

Trailer: Naumachia

The trailer could be clearer, but we like what we see with indie-developed Naumachia, a multiplayer space-combat sim; they’re currently working on the alpha and looking for investors.

Skyscout Planetarium

Skyscout Planetarium

The Skyscout Planetarium is a dream fulfilled for backyard astronomers everywhere; just point this handheld unit at the sky, and using built-in GPS it’ll identify the nearest star or planet.

ExoMars Rover

ExoMars Rover

The ESA continues to handily best NASA in terms of style with its ExoMars Rover, which has more bling than an Escalade at a Lakers game. It’ll arrive at the Red Planet in 2014.

Legos In Space

Legos In Space

Above: snapped by a weather balloon shortly after it popped, 18.5 miles up. Tethered to it were several Lego projects built by students, profs and hobbyists. The projects parachuted back down.

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