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Redditor Captures A Rare Fireball Meteor on Video

Saturday 10.18.2014 , Posted by
2009 Leonid Meteor Ed Sweeney

Ben Lewis recently enlisted the help of astronomy loving Redditors to identify a mysterious looking cloud he captured while filming the night sky. What he found out was surprising. He’d managed to accidentally capture a rare sky event – a giant bolide meteor, or fireball, as it burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. Even more rare, was that he framed it beautifully in the tree foliage above. The video below does a good job showing the red cloudy streak the meteor left in its wake. [Read more...]

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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more...]

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Origami Could Be A Solution To One Of Space Exploration’s Greatest Problems

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded. [Read more...]

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This Artist Launched Plants Into the Stratosphere

Sunday 07.20.2014 , Posted by
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Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight. [Read more...]

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Party Beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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For some of us non-astronauts, the closest we will get to outer space is to be in the presence of something that has been in space. That’s why attending or hosting an event at the California Science Center Los Angeles is pretty flipping awesome. In the Samuel Oschin Pavillion, the space shuttle Endeavour, which spent 296 days in space, floats overhead as people beneath celebrate Earthly accomplishments like weddings and corporate parties. Check out the videos below to see how awesome the lighting looks in this space ship’s retirement home. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different. xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors. [Read more...]

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A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
1 A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut by Tim Dodd

Many of us have had childhood dreams of becoming astronauts, creating space ships out of refrigerator boxes and imagining ourselves flying through space. Photographer Tim Dodd never let his childlike wonder disappear and still has fun playing astronaut. After placing the winning (and only) bid for a Russian high altitude space suit in an RRauction, Dodd began enlisting the help of fellow Redditors to help him come up with amazing ideas for an astronaut suit photo shoot. After months of putting his ideas into action, he has finally released his series, which he calls “A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut” on r/Space. Among the pictures are hidden “Easter Eggs” that will delight Space Geeks of all ages- see how many you can spot! [Read more...]

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We Are All Made of Stars: Gorgeous Black Light Photography

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff,” said Carl Sagan in Cosmos. Russian photographer Daria Khoroshavina brings this quote to life with this beautiful conceptual series we are all made of stars. Using body paint, glitter, and black light, her subjects appear to be made up of stars. Also into retouching and cinemagraphs, Khoroshovina used a Canon 6d/50mm 1.4 for this series but also owns some vintage zenit cameras with a bunch of helios lenses. [Read more...]

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This Lux Planetarium Watch Tracks the Orbits of the Planets

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you need a little perspective on where you are in your day, this might be the watch for you. Called the Midnight Planétarium, it features six of the solar system’s planets and an astounding 396 moving parts to make them orbit accurately. From Mercury’s quick 88-day orbit around the sun, to Earth’s 365 day trip (you knew that right?), the watch finishes with Saturn and its 29.5 year circle around the sun. Blazing a circle on the outer ring is a shooting star. [Read more...]

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Minimalist Illustrations of the Animals That Have Traveled to Space

Friday 01.10.2014 , Posted by
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Thirteen years before a human ever traveled to outer space, on June 11, 1948, a heroic rhesus monkey named Albert made the journey, paving the way for future astronauts. Sadly Albert died of suffocation during the flight, but he was the first of many test monkeys. Before Albert only fruit flies had been sent to space, but he was the predecessor to monkeys Albert II through Albert VI, Gordo, Able, Sam, Miss Sam, Ham, and Enos among several other animals. Based in Budapest, Hungary, designer Norbert Mayer gives an illustrated history lesson on our animal friend space travelers in the images below. [Read more...]

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