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.
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.
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.
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, […]
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.
Astronauts just get the best views. Mike Massimino and Don Pettit captured some breathtaking video footage of the aurora enveloping Earth in space from the International Space Station — and it’s splendid. Tip: the two deliver a droll, run-on commentary with so little wonder in their voices, you’d be better off turning off the sound […]
We all have bad days; in fact, today could have been one of them. If it helps, this brilliant website puts the events of today into perspective. It really opened my eyes to the reality that today isn’t forever and if things have not gone the way you want, there many (many) more ‘todays’ to […]
We love it when stuff get a shot at life after life. The Miele Space Station, an architectural structure made out of nothing but disused washing machines, is the perfect poster child for this. With six modules and one head, the Miele Space Stations is mobile, versatile and flexible — apparently it has already done […]
We wouldn’t have guessed it by looking at these images. Charles Morgan Smith’s photographic series Emissio appear to be nebulae in intergalactic space, while they are really iridescent oil spills on road surfaces, with the pictures formed using conventions of Hubble images. Smith’s intention is for the photos to show the relationship between the everyday […]
Google Earth has taken things to new heights. Now mere earthlings can view a 3D Google Moon and Google Mars. Thanks to old photos and satellite shots, we can explore 360 degree views of these strange landscapes from the comfort of home. And the best part? You can get a tour with narration by Bill Nye the Science […]
Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog on Slate never fails to fascinate, and one of his recent posts really jumped out at me. Blame it on the picture that came with it, showing a malevolent-looking 1,250-mile wide behemoth hurricane on Saturn taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It’s 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on […]
This incredible video was made by NASA and shows three years of the sun in just three minutes. Each day is captured in two images, and throughout this video, you can see how the sun’s activity has increased in just three years. The video also shows interesting solar phenomena including two partial eclipses of the […]
Ebay is a strange, strange place — it essentially hosts a bunch of stuff that people have and want to get rid of. Recently I’ve become quite fascinated with looking at its listings of space toys from before 1970. These are future-themed toys from the past, so it makes so much sense to actually see […]
NASA may have an outstanding space program, but they’re not too bad in the design department either. During the 1960s, hundreds of manuals, guidebooks, covers, and posters were created to promote NASA and their events. The posters are filled with vintage typography, classy artwork, and retro colors. The covers are set to be auctioned off […]
Ground control to Major Tom… but first, you need a space helmet. Etsy seller Jenn Mann has created a LED-lined acrylic space helmet that lights up in 16 different colors. The visor opens up and closes all the way to the back if you ever feel the urge to make direct contact with aliens or […]