Operating Manual to Space Ship Earth

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By James Hancock in Video on Wednesday 11 June 2014

I love Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Operating Manual to Space Ship Earth. Fuller is not technically an architect but I really dig his overarching way of thinking about things. There seems to be a groundswell of popular interest in this way of thinking about philosophy/design/politics/urban planning that is super exciting. Maybe it’s got something to do with […]

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Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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Pretty psychedelic, that’s how Earth looks when you view it from space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s book, Earth from Space, contains 150 images of, well, our home planet’s terrains, as seen from space. Some, like the zappy one of the Gulf of Bengal’s Sundurbans mangroves, look positively trippy.

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How one man caught an exploding meteor on camera

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 5 December 2013

Photographer Scott Rinckenberger had been out in the American West for 5 weeks working on his fall landscapes project. For the entire duration, from dusk ‘til dawn, he’d capture thousands of images of the great outdoors; from the Olympic rainforest to the Tetons, from Yosemite to Zion. Though he’d taken plenty of great photos, he still wasn’t satisfied until he took, in his own words via PetaPixel, ‘a single transcendent image; an image that would make me want to burn my camera, a la Jimmy Hendrix’.

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Beautiful time-lapse video of the Milky Way

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Star gazing in the city can be a pretty unrewarding thing to do. With all the light pollution, you’ll only be able to spot a few stars on a clear night. So from here you have two options: 1. Go camp out on a mountain 1. Watch the following video and realize you should have […]

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Failed astronaut shoots for the stars, builds his own spacesuit

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Thursday 26 September 2013

A 45-year-old anthropologist who couldn’t cut it for NASA’s aviation program decided to raid his neighborhood hardware store and the Internet for parts to build his very own space suit from scratch. It looks pretty cool. We guess the next step is to actually test it in space, or at the very least, Hawaii. This […]

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Remarkably gorgeous images of disasters, seen from space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 27 August 2013

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell just how deeply steeped disasters have set in until we take a huge step back and look. In this case, NASA’s images from space are especially key photographic eyewitnesses, whether it’s Hurricane Sandy wrecking havoc to northeastern US states in 2012, or the recent haze from Indonesia’s Sumatra fires surrounding […]

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Illustrations of planets, split apart

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 August 2013

German design studio For Real did a series of illustrations centering around the physical anatomy of the planets in the solar system and cheekily dubbed their client as ‘The Universe’. The works are pretty cool, showing planets with viscous liquid cores escaping from the bellies of their spherical hosts. The world can get messy — […]

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Fact: It’s a lot cheaper to go into space dead than alive

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 14 August 2013

While we’re talking about exorbitant prices for a ticket to go into space, a company based in San Francisco is now offering the opportunity of, er, the end of a lifetime, to get a space burial for a wallet-friendly US$1,990. The memorial spacecraft carrying a ‘symbolic portion’ of the cremated ashes will orbit Earth for […]

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Intergalactic Travel Bureau: For that trip to outer space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]

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X-rays of spacesuits

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Part of a collection at Smithsonian Institution, check out these incredibly detailed x-rays of a 1971 spacesuit worn by Alan Shepard, as well as a 1964 helmet and boot. Oh, spacesuits, we see right through you.

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Lightning storms, seen from space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 29 July 2013

Astronaut Karen Nyberg captured some images of a morning storm in Southern California from her office in the International Space Station, and looking at these, as well as some other images by other astronauts of storms in Africa, we know we really want to go to space.

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Amazing time-lapse video of the night sky

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Between April and October of 2012, photographer Randy Halverson documented the constantly-changing night sky through long-exposure time-lapse video. He filmed these shots of the ground and sky in South Dakota and Wyoming, and throughout this gorgeous video, you can see stunning footage of the Milky Way galaxy and even Aurora storms. Nature is pretty amazing.

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NASA’s brilliant response to 7-year-old boy who wants to go to space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Wednesday 24 July 2013

This is brilliant: when 7-year-old Dexter Walters scrawled a handwritten note to NASA saying he would like to be an astronaut and go on a Mars mission one day, NASA’s public outreach division wrote back with a charming response that concluded with, ‘keep reaching for the stars’. They also included a bunch of full-color stickers, […]

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What’s the worst that could happen on a Mars mission? Extreme boredom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

For all the unpredictable challenges get thrown in the way of astronauts as they zip off into outer space in the direction of Mars, the word is out that boredom is one of the biggest threats to a manned Mars mission.

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