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Collages from Our Wildly Beautiful Universe

Tuesday 03.05.2013 , Posted by

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Welcome to a strange world where the ordinary laws of physics hold no ground and the imagination is free to conjure fascinating scenes of wondrous beauty. Galaxies seem to hide in ribbons of unknown wavelengths, doors open in familiar terrestrial objects, and Newtonian gravity is non-existent. Such is the impression I get while viewing the fantastic collages of Bryan Olson, an artist from North Carolina who dissects vintage paper-based imagery and reassembles it into the mysteriously foreign yet familiar worlds you see here. [Read more...]

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Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Mission Around Mars

Friday 03.01.2013 , Posted by

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A rich space tourist who earlier payed $20 million to visit the International Space Station, is now working to promote an even more ambitious project – a manned flyby around the planet Mars in 2018. Much like the Apollo 10 mission which proceeded the famous Apollo landing, this mission would be only intended to make a quick flyby of the red planet, in fact only spending about 10 hours at its closest point 100,000km above the planets surface. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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For those that missed it (and considering the massive impact few could), a huge meteorite hit earth last week in Russia. In the land of the dash camera, videos far and wide captured the very rare event in its full shining glory – a missile like streak through the sky and an incredible window breaking crash following soon after. For the Russian population the event was one that stirred memories of the not so distant past, one of the tree flattening Tunguska event in Siberia just over 100 years ago. That blast was the largest impact event on earth in recorded history. [Read more...]

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Mind-Blowing HD Photographs of the Sun

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like most of us, your parents told you not to stare at the sun… but photographer and novice astronomer Alan Friedman didn’t listen to that advice and we’re happy about it. Captured from the less than ideal location of his backyard in Buffalo New York, Friedman photographs the bright objects in the sky – the moon, bright stars, planets and the sun. This last object, the sun, is one that we all witness the power of each day and yet rarely get a good look at. [Read more...]

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Will We 3D Print the First Moon Base Using Lunar Soil?

Wednesday 02.13.2013 , Posted by

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It’s exciting that in recent years a host of serious projects are being launched, directed at the goal of colonizing another planet in the solar system. From the groundbreaking Curiosity rover exploring the surface of Mars, to the reality TV funded Mars One project, the world is pushing hard to put the first permanent inhabitants on the surface of another world. Now Enrico Dini, the inventor of a massive 3D printer called D-Shape, is teaming up with the European Space Agency and building innovator Foster + Partners in an attempt to solve one of the most challenging aspects of colonizing another planet: lifting a heavy habitat off earth and getting it there. [Read more...]

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Space Blogger: Chris Hadfield’s Photos from the ISS

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to imagine a blog published more remotely than Colonel Chris Hadfield’s… and yet he’s only about 200 miles away from many of us. That’s because he’s blogging from perhaps the most exclusive place around: the International Space Station (ISS). This Canadian astronaut is on his second trip to the massive station circling the earth, where he’s soon scheduled to take his and a Canadian’s first command of the ISS. Life is good. [Read more...]

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Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people! [Read more...]

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Star Wars Travel Posters in the Style of the WPA

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Back in the late 30s and early 40s the US Government spent an unprecedented amount of money furthering the arts as an effort to boost the economy during the Great Depression. Out of the Federal Arts Project branch of the Works Progress Administration came some of the most beautiful posters ever created for our National and State Parks, screen printed in the art deco stylings of the day. Now, Steven Thomas is channeling that gloriously creative time, creating travel posters for the famed Star Wars galaxy. [Read more...]

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How Far Away are Our Nearest Stars?

Thursday 12.20.2012 , Posted by

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With the recent announcement that their may be a habitable planet just 12 light-years away from Earth, the question keeps getting asked – just how far are the closest solar systems to our own planet? This graphic created by Space.com shows that – the closest stars and their accompanying solar systems – giving us a better perspective of what’s out there in the neighborhood for us to explore. [Read more...]

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The Way to Space: Images of America’s First Spaceport

Thursday 12.06.2012 , Posted by

Spaceport America, the first hub of Richard Branson’s impressive Virgin Galactic, includes basic operational infrastructure such as an airfield, launch pads, terminal / hangar facility, emergency response capabilities, utilities and roadways. The site will be capable of accommodating the activities of both vertical and horizontal takeoff space launch vehicles, serving as the base for pre-flight and post-flight activities, and providing a tourism experience for interested visitors and spectators. [Read more...]

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