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Scarab Lunar Rover

Scarab Lunar Rover

The racing stripes make it look like a soapbox racer, but CMU’s Scarab Lunar Rover is all business: able to work in light or dark using 3D laser scanners, it features a 1 meter coring drill.

Gameplay: Black Prophecy

Gameplay: Black Prophecy

This seven minute gameplay video of Black Prophecy starts off slow, but the action really heats up around 4:30 and doesn’t let up; register for the space MMO’s upcoming beta here.

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LEGO Space Shuttle

LEGO Space Shuttle

Looking almost like the real thing, this LEGO Space Shuttle consists of 65,000 bricks and took two Japanese builders 1,590 hours to complete; it stands 4 meters up to the tower.

EVE: Day of Darkness II

EVE: Day of Darkness II

Day of Darkness II is an amazing fan-made video for EVE Online; it’s the result of two years of work by player Dire Lauthris and details the heroic delaying action of a Caldari admiral.

ISS Fly-by in HD

ISS Fly-by in HD

This magnificent HD video of the International Space Station was shot by the Discovery on a fly-by; the ISS is now the second brightest object in the night sky thanks to new solar panels.

Space Junk! T-shirt

Space Junk! T-shirt
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Frakking awesome: we’re digging the hot gradient line art on black stylings of this Space Junk! Tee, which is packed with references to Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001 and BSG.

Mars on Google Earth

Mars on Google Earth

Google Earth 5.0 also comes with enhancements for the other (red) planet: Mars will get nearly-live imagery from the Odyssey and Reconnaisance Orbiter as well as 3D viewing.

Citizen Astrodea Watch

Citizen Astrodea Watch
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You’ll need a 10x magnifying glass to use Citizen’s Astrodea watches, but it’s mana from the starry heavens for astronomers: it features 1,109 stars that slowly spin in real time.

Pterodactyl w/Machine Gun

Pterodactyl w/Machine Gun
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There’s nothing like naming your own constellations while drunk: Pterodactyl With A Machine Gun is an irreverent glow-in-the-dark tee with gems like “Nondescript Polygon” and “Utah.”

Video: Happy Up Here

Video: Happy Up Here

Fans of Space Invaders, your day has come: Rokysopp’s “Happy Up Here” music video breathes life into our favorite pixelated alien baddies, who then proceed to lay waste to a city.

A Simple Plan T-shirt

A Simple Plan T-shirt
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A must for any retro arcade fan, Neil Gregory’s A Simple Plan t-shirt shows that all space invasions start off easily enough; just be sure you can survive the inevitable hail of pixels.

Trailer: Jumpgate Evolution

Trailer: Jumpgate Evolution

This trailer for Jumpgate: Evolution reminds us of EVE: Online, but that’s not a bad thing: more space-based MMOGs are always welcome, and this one should be out in June.

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan’s prescient prose really resonates in this amazing short by Michael Marantz; it’s titled The Pale Blue Dot, after Sagan’s 1994 book and Voyager 1 photo of the same name.

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Skylon Spaceplane

Skylon Spaceplane

The ESA will be giving 1m euros to UK-based Reaction Engines for the Skylon; the jet- and rocket-engine spaceplane is designed to take off and land on conventional runways.

Trailer: Battle for Terra

Trailer: Battle for Terra

The humans are the bad guys in Battle for Terra, an animated flick due out May 1st that pits us against some uber cutesy aliens; the plot is a mashup of Titan A.E., Wall-E and A Bug’s Life.

Apocrypha Intro: EVE

Apocrypha Intro: EVE

A haunting soundtrack, epic spaceship-filled vistas and the occasional Star Wars-style screen wipe: this intro does a good job selling EVE Online’s Apocrypha expansion, due out 3/10.

Dead Space: Extraction

Dead Space: Extraction

Wii owners with a hankering for polymorphic alien infestations won’t have to wait much longer: Dead Space:Extraction is a FPS prequel of the original and will be on shelves Fall 2009.

Photos: NASA’s Constellation

Photos: NASA’s Constellation

Boston.com’s The Big Picture has a fantastic collection of photos from NASA’s Constellation program, which will replace the Shuttle and send us hairless apes to the Moon and Mars.

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
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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
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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.

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