It’s felt like too long since we posted something on space exploration. So we took a rummage around NASA’s Image Archive, which has been loaded up onto Flickr for all to see. This shot that we love is of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin [...]
Taking the Flight of the Conchords’ premise to its inevitable (and literal) conclusion, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” aboard the International Space Station and uploaded it to YouTube earlier today. (Which is like seven years ago in space time, I think.) The song, from the Bowie album of the [...]
Fashion gets everywhere, even space. As NASA shows in this wonderful collection of how their space suit has evolved over the years. We particular like the silver foil look that seemed to be so wildly popular in the 70s. Click the pic to see.
In the old days, Mars was peopled by one vast thinking vegetable, and the Moon was peopled by stick-wielding bat-men and moth-winged moon maidens. This series was taken from the Smithsonian Institute Image Collections. This portfolio of hand-tinted lithographs purports to illustrate the “discovery of life on the moon.” In 1836, Richard E. Locke, writing [...]
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has already explained how food tastes in space, and now he shows what its like to get a haircut aboard the “International Space Salon.” Click the pic to watch the vid.
With the successful landing of the Mars rover on the face of the red planet last year, NASA has released a fascinating video on how they went about doing it. The clip is taken from the IMAX movie “Roving Mars” from 2006 . Click the pic to watch the video.
The Man Who Sells the Moon is a short documentary by Simon Ennis that centers on Dennis Hope, a man who has been selling property on the moon since the 1980s and is also selling land on Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter’s moon Io. Article 2 of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 states that “no nation [...]
The International Space Station is, after the sun and the moon, the third brightest object in the sky. If you know where to look for it, you can easily see it — no telescope required. But where is it right now? You know who always knows where the ISS is? NASA. Several times a week, [...]
A map showing every meteor strike since 2,300 B.C. is now making the rounds after a recent spate of space rock related events. The map was created by Javier de la Torre, co-founder of data visualization company CartoDB. De la Torre used data uploaded to the Guardian’s website that originally came from the Meteorological Society. The data [...]
On April 23, 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke took his third and final jaunt on the moon. He and fellow astronaut John Young took the Lunar Rover exploring in the Descartes Highlands, and while they were there, Duke left a token on the surface of the Moon — a portrait of his family. The [...]