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Spaceman

Spaceman

Danny Lacey’s short film follows a seemingly ordinary man who found notoriety after claiming he was abducted by aliens as a boy. In the end, there are more questions than answers, but we still appreciated Lacey’s style and storytelling approach.

Operation Avalanche (Trailer)

Operation Avalanche (Trailer)

“This is like one of those good lies. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.” Operation Avalanche is a satirical mockumentary by Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller (The Dirties) about two young and ambitious CIA agents who end up helping NASA fake the Moon landing.

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One Year on Earth

One Year on Earth

NASA used the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), to capture images of our planet over the course of a year – once every 2 hours at a distance of 1 million miles – then assembled them into a time-lapse. Scientist Jay Herman narrates and explains their mission.

Red Bull Stratos Re-sounded

Red Bull Stratos Re-sounded

Mario Wienerroither spins off his musicless music videos to make a silly dub of Felix Baumgartner’s world record freefall. But it’s still one of the craziest things we’ll ever see in our lifetime. Dude jumped from space! Space!

Volcano from Space

Volcano from Space

Back in 2009, astronauts on the International Space Station captured this amazing perspective of Russia’s Sarychev volcano erupting, as a massive plume of ash and smoke ascended towards the heavens above.

Infinitiude

Infinitiude

Scott Portingale’s stunning short film is an abstract look at the evolution of matter and energy, created using a mix of time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography. Incredibly, the images were were made with fluids and handmade props, not CGI.

Alaskan Skies 360º Time-Lapses

Alaskan Skies 360º Time-Lapses

Photographer William Briscoe shoots stunning 360-degree VR time-lapse videos of the Milky Way, Aurora Borealis and epic sunsets in the skies over Alaska. The colors and motion are spectacular, but we wish that today’s tech could capture the kind of detail a non-VR clip could.

Why We Should Go to Mars

Why We Should Go to Mars

“500 years from now… they will remember what we [did] to make their civilization possible.” In a 2014 talk about a manned exploration of Mars, aerospace engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin gave a rousing response as to why we should take on such a costly quest.

Mars (Trailer)

Mars (Trailer)

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s upcoming Nat Geo miniseries looks ahead towards the first manned mission to the red planet. The story takes place in 2033, but is peppered with interviews with some of today’s most visionary and notable scientists and business leaders.

A Song About Rockets

A Song About Rockets

(PG-13: Language) YouTuber Exurb1a schools us on the history of rockets with the rapid-fire lyrical patterns of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic tune I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, though we wouldn’t exactly call what he’s doing “singing.”

Tiny1 Astronomy Camera

Tiny1 Astronomy Camera

The Tiny1 is a compact camera designed to take pictures and videos of the night sky. It has a backside illuminated 4MP CMOS sensor, a removable IR-cut filter and proprietary noise reduction. It can also be used as a normal point-and-shoot and has optional lens adapters.

SpaceX Falcon 9 POV Ocean Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 POV Ocean Landing

SpaceX just launched a communications satellite to space using its Falcon 9 rocket. For the third time in a row, the rocket’s first stage booster landed in the ocean on a drone ship. This brief time-lapse from an onboard camera shows the booster’s descent.

Entropy

Entropy

Director Tim Cahn’s animated short film merely shows us a rocketship as it leaves the burnt out remnants of Earth and heads towards a mysterious space station. Despite its lack exposition, it will draw you in, and make you wonder what led us here.

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How Far Can We Go?

How Far Can We Go?

Our smarty pants friends at Kurzgesagt examines the idea of human exploration, and some of the currently known limitations of space travel, physics, and our own bodies which prevent us from traveling to an unfathomable portion of the great unknown.

On a Rocket Launch to Space

On a Rocket Launch to Space

Awe-inspiring GoPro footage of the launch of UP Aerospace’s SL-10 rocket, as it shot up to an apogee of 396,000 feet, with speeds as high as Mach 5.5. The payoff for the dizzying ascent are some of the most spectacular near space images we’ve ever seen.

Blue Origin: Landing POV

Blue Origin: Landing POV

Amazing first-person footage of the Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft as it makes its way through Earth’s atmosphere and safely lands on the ground 339,178 feet below. We loved hearing all the sounds it makes on its journey. See just how fast it was coming in here.

MOON Lunar Globe

MOON Lunar Globe

A scientifically accurate 1:20M scale model of the Moon with a light ring that simulates sunlight. You can make the light ring revolve manually or choose from one of two automatic modes: a 30s cycle or a real-time cycle that starts with the current lunar phase.

The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

Kursgezagt sums up the risks and benefits of building a space elevator. It presents a myriad of technological and engineering problems, and we can’t afford to screw it up even once. But its resulting cost savings might be too enticing for us to pass up.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ocean Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ocean Landing

On 4/8/16, after four failed attempts, SpaceX finally managed to land the first stage booster of its Falcon 9 rocket into a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The rocket deployed SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship, which carried supplies to the ISS. Skip to 27:15 for the landing.

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

Blank on Blank animates the thoughts of the late, great astrophysicist as he discusses our tendency to treat Earth as the of center of the universe, likely a big mistake if and when we ever do encounter beings from another world. From a 1985 interview with Studs Terkel.

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Docking with the ISS

Docking with the ISS

A time-lapse of the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft docking at the International Space Station last year. TMA-16M ferried astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko to the space station for their one-year mission.

Deliver Us the Moon

Deliver Us the Moon

An exploration and puzzle game where you play an astronaut on a last ditch mission to save Earth. You’re sent to humanity’s bases on the Moon, where something appears to have gone horribly wrong. Coming to Windows, Mac and Linux.

How Far is Planet 9?

How Far is Planet 9?

Earlier this year Caltech astronomers shared mathematical observations that point to a ninth planet orbiting the Sun. Because we’re terrible at visualizing large numbers, Mark Rober made this simplified scale to show just how far Planet 9 is from us and the Sun.

First Contact

First Contact

(PG-13 Language) Earth finally makes contact with an alien race, but it turns out the guy on the other end of the line thinks our human representative is a telemarketer. Then the alien decides to have a little fun with the caller.

Gorilla in Space

Gorilla in Space

We’ve always been under the impression that astronauts had to pack light, but one silly piece of cargo found its way onto the International Space Station – a gorilla suit. Unless that’s a real gorilla, and he already ate astronaut Scott Kelly. Today’s official hashtag: #SpaceApe

Audi R8: Commander

Audi R8: Commander

The extended version of Audi’s big Super Bowl 50 spot is a tribute to the space program, David Bowie, our elders, and awesome sports cars all in one, as a retired astronaut is lost until he gets a chance to drive Audi’s 205mph R8 supercar. Wouldn’t we all like that chance?

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