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Earthrise

Earthrise

Captured by astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, Earthrise is not only one of the most iconic photos of all time, but it was the first time humanity was able to see our planet from a distance, providing a humbling sense of our place in the universe.

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Director Martin Nabelek’s CGI short film is short on story, but big on atmosphere, as we are left to ponder just what this space explorer is doing, and what the universe has in store for him. Be sure to check out the equally compelling VFX breakdown reel.

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Apollo 11 Table

Apollo 11 Table

Harow’s Apollo 11 table features an accurate scale model of part of the Moon’s surface. The craters were carved into fiberglass and then covered with resin. The table’s brass and aluminum alloy feet are based on the Lunar Module’s landing pads. Limited to 8 units.

The Spacesuits of FBFX

The Spacesuits of FBFX

Tested’s Adam Savage stopped by UK special effects costume house FBFX to check out some of the incredible spacesuits they’ve made for science fiction movies. The engineering, detail, and craftsmanship in each of these outfits is truly extraordinary.

Could We Build a Planet?

Could We Build a Planet?

It’s the stuff of science fiction at this point, but it’s certainly worth exploring the idea that building a planet capable of supporting human life could be an alternative to colonizing an existing, less hospitable planet. Life Noggin ponders this question in this all-too-short video.

Orrery Lamp

Orrery Lamp

The Orrery Lamp is a beautiful dimmable light inspired by its namesake. Although it’s not to scale, you can move the Earth and Moon models around the lamp to mimic the celestial bodies’ positions at any point in time. Available as a desk lamp or a floor lamp.

Black Holes Could Delete the Universe

Black Holes Could Delete the Universe

Kurzgesagt simplifies two thought experiments stemming from black holes. The universe being a “hologram” is too literal though. Saying that you can describe a cube by drawing a cube is not the same as saying that a cube is indistinguishable from a drawing of a cube.

Shadow of the Eclipse

Shadow of the Eclipse

Lots of us stayed outside to watch the big solar eclipse this week, but this isn’t the view any of us saw. Instead of looking up at the skies, the University of Wisconsin Madison time-lapsed weather satellite imagery to track the shadow of the moon as it crossed the US.

What Is a Moon?

What Is a Moon?

MinuteEarth teamed up with their sister channel MinutePhysics to dig into how astronomers define something as a “moon,” and how we probably need to have better size and movement parameters before every random speck of space dust is called the same thing.

Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres

Emic Films introduces us to Wanda Diaz-Merced, an astrophysicist and computer scientist from Puerto Rico who studies the stars not through sight, but through sound. Despite losing her eyesight due to diabetes, she’s as passionate as anyone else in her field.

Casually Explained: The Solar System

Casually Explained: The Solar System

Casually Explained stops talking about love and life for a moment to dish out some hard science. Fiction. Watch his breakdown of our celestial neighborhood, which includes Earth’s hot sister, Elon Musk’s homeworld, and yo momma.

Five Years on Mars

Five Years on Mars

See what NASA’s Curiosity Rover has seen over the last five years trucking along the surface of Mars, as it meandered its way across the Gale Crater. The map on the right of the video provides an overhead view of its trek, collecting data along a 6.1 mile-long path.

Is Space a Thing?

Is Space a Thing?

So is the vastness of space an actual thing, or is it merely the absence of things? It’s Okay To Be Smart explores this perplexing question that at first seems to be philosophical, but is really something that can be answered with science.

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LEGO Saturn V Modded

LEGO Saturn V Modded

After watching Adam Savage and his pals assemble the new LEGO Saturn V rocket, we already wanted one. But JK Brickworks went and made it even more droolworthy, adding LEDs to the engines, as well as a speaker that plays sounds from NASA’s Apollo missions.

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Adam, Will and Norm got their hands on the awesome LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V scale model rocket a bit earlier than us mere mortals. Watch them unbox, methodically knoll parts, and build the set. Assembly and story time start at 2:25.

Sturmanskie Gagarin 24 Watch

Sturmanskie Gagarin 24 Watch

Named for the first man ever in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, this substantial 45mm wrist watch features a rotating image of earth in the middle, as viewed from above the North Pole, as well as both 12-hour and 24-hour dials. Winding provides a 31-hour power reserve.

Jupiter Fly-by

Jupiter Fly-by

After NASA shared some incredible images it captured from its Juno mission Seán Doran took a series of images colorized by Gerald Eichstädt, and transformed them into a 2-minute motion video. Avi Solomon’s addition of music from Moonraker completes the effect.

Jupiter up Close

Jupiter up Close

As NASA’s Juno spacecraft orbits Jupiter, it’s sending back data and imagery that reveals new details about the gas giant. The planet’s poles are awash with constantly swirling cyclones, and its powerful magnetic field is even stronger than scientists had estimated.

Pioneer Plaque Reissue

Pioneer Plaque Reissue

Designer Duane King is making exact replicas of the plaques (same size and material) that were placed on board the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 space probes as a message to extraterrestrials. The laser-engraved plaques come with unreleased Pioneer stamps.

LUNAR

LUNAR

Motion designer Christian Stangl turned thousands of photos from NASA’s Apollo missions into an animated collage that provides a photorealistic recap of the moon landings. Music by Wolfgang Stangl.

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Spacewalk POVs

Spacewalk POVs

From the underappreciated corner of YouTube comes Johnson Space Center’s channel. NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center has been uploading awe-inspiring videos taken by astronauts working just outside the International Space Station.

SPACEPLAN

SPACEPLAN

If you’re looking for a new game to fill the voids of time while sitting in boring meetings, load up SPACEPLAN – a clicker game in which you launch an endless stream of potato probes onto a mysterious planet below. Available for iOS, Android, and Steam. Gameplay here.

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

Based on a proposal by LEGO Ideas members Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche, this model kit features a 3ft-tall (1:110 scale) model of the Saturn V, the most powerful rocketship ever built. It comes with a lunar lander and three astronaut microfigs.

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini’s Grand Finale

Launched in 1997, the Cassini space probe has been providing NASA with data about Saturn and the moon since 2004. It’s now running out of fuel. Erik Wernquist made this excellent CGI short film to sum up Cassini’s contributions and its final mission.

Nikon in Space

Nikon in Space

From the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 onwards, every manned space flight has had a Nikon camera onboard. Here are a few time-lapse videos made using Nikon cameras aboard the International Space Station. We recommend playing the video at 0.75x speed.

Alternative Skies

Alternative Skies

Ever wondered what our skies might look like if the Earth were somewhere else in the universe? Russia’s space agency Roscosmos created a series of images which envision some of the alternative views we could have – assuming our pesky atmosphere didn’t get in the way.

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