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Take a Little Trip

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NASA wants us all to get out and see the worlds! And by way of encouragement, they have created some travel posters to showcase some of those worlds! (No word on how to actually get there, but I am sure PanAm is working something up.)

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Digital Monkeys

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Unless you have been living under a rock, or perhaps have a cold empty heart devoid of emotional excitement for space adventures (coincidentally, space is also a cold empty void), you probably noticed NASA very recently conducted a successful test launch and recovery of the new Orion capsule. (Still not to be confused with this other, more atomic Orion.) Once upon a time, such tests would have been conducted using happy, energetic little monkeys, but now we live in a digital, monkey loving world, a world where we could likely take bets on who will receive sentient being legal status first, a computer or a monkey. NASA went the computer route, sending a robo-monkey to shoot video out the Orion window. Most of that was streamed ‘live’, but not the critical phase involving superheated plasma during re-entry. Luckily the digital monkey had a nice steady hand, so hit the jump and check out some plasma!

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Watch $200 Million Burn

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The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a new rocket system. During a launch last night from the Mid-Atlantic Spaceport at Wallops Island, VA, only its fifth, something failed causing this spectacular explosion. Luckily, no one was injured, but it does appear there is significant damage to the launch facility.

The explosion occurred approximately 15 seconds into the flight.

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By the Light of the Moon

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The passion that those who feel ‘the Apollo record is full of anomalies and inconsistencies’ still surprises me at times. The idea that it is easier to believe that hundreds, if not thousands, of folks involved with NASA and the Apollo program pulled off the greatest hoax in history and managed to keep the secret, even to this day, than it is to believe those same hundreds and thousands put forth their best effort and took risks and accomplished one of the biggest technological challenges of the last century, well it quite honestly astounds me.

Yesterday I came across a video from computer graphics company NVIDIA that purports to: “Explore the truth behind the iconic Buzz Aldrin moon landing photo. See how modern graphics innovations can shed new light on a 35-year-old conspiracy theory.
Learn more about Maxwell, the new GPU architecture powering the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970.”

It is a piece of advertising for their new gear, but I think re-creating a 45 year old scene rock by rock digitally is quite an interesting tech accomplishment, and if they get a little bit of advertising by aiming the ad at a controversy that has arguably gained traction in the age of the internet, well there you go. The video has been on YouTube for less than a week, and the amount of comments, many of which argue very strongly against the assumptions made by NVIDIA and discussing how it in no way proves anything, are quite impressive. Even more fascinating to me, the first comment links to a site, aulis.com, that has quite the discussion about those Apollo program ‘inconsistencies’. One of the recent posts is also a discussion of how NVIDIA attempted to rope a skeptic in for exploitation, for one assumes just this video advertising campaign. But the skeptic in question was not fooled, oh no. Conspiracies within conspiracies, Egad!

Hit the just to see the video, and decide for yourself if you want to believe!

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Gumdrop Meets Spider

Apollo 9 will probably never be remembered by the general population like Apollo 13 (thank you Forrest Gump) and Apollo 11 (thank you Walter Cronkite). However, it was an important step before man could walk on the moon. It was in the crawling phase and merely orbited our blue marble. Apollo 9 was […]

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I Heard You Like Space

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My kids happen to all be huge fans of the Disney Buddies franchise. Now, I would imagine side of you probably missed out on the whole Buddies thing and have no idea what I am talking about, so let me briefly explain. At some point in the 90s, Disney made a movie about a dog, a golden retriever to be specific, that could play sports. And then he could do more things, which meant more movies. Then, they hit on the true genius of the form, the only thing cuter than a golden retriever doing human things and talking–golden retriever puppies talking and having adventures. To date, there have been something like 12 Buddies movies made (I have no idea what the actual number is, but it is seriously a bunch, they are trying to give The Land Before Time a run for their money), and one of those movies just happens to involve space. And a Russian space dog that gets rescued from Mir. Also, one of the friends from the Drew Carey show lives on Mir and is crazy Russian cosmonaut!

My point with all this being, the dogs in said film wear cheesy, fake looking space suits. But there have been actual dogs sent to actual outer space wearing actual pressure suits! And now, thanks to to victory of capitalism over communism, you have the chance to own one! You will have to hurry, because the auction it’s this weekend! And in Berlin.

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Spaceship!

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Did you ever look at those guys at your school with a giant binder full of collector cards for baseball, basketball, football, rugby, water polo, etc, and wonder, “Why are these guys so lame?” And, maybe just a little, want something much more interesting to collect and trade? Back in the decade of decadence that was the 1980s, a company know simply as Waddingtons had you covered with the Top Trumps presents Spacecraft! Real life space travelling machines, fictional flights of fancy, even UFOs, as sorts are represented. The full 34 card set is presented after the jump, so check it out and find your favorite!

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Shaky Saturday

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Since we find ourselves in the midst of the Apollo 11 Moon mission this weekend, it seems appropriate to start out with a video of a high tech vibrations analysis test on the Saturn V rocket! On October 14, 1966, a full Saturn V and Apollo spacecraft were stacked inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, and tested by being rocked back and forth. This was to check stability and measure stresses which might result from winds at the launch pad. Check it out after the jump!

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What Goes Up

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The world has been launching satellites into orbit since October 4, 1957, and as you might imagine, they don’t all just stay up there. Instead of just reading through boring list of numbers witg up and down counts, a gentleman by the name of Leon Friedrich has been so kind as to put together the little grarpical animation video you’ll find after the jump. What goes up, sometimes does come down!

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Saturnday Morning

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Saturday morning has always been about cartoons, so tv, which in the future of which we live means internet videos. And therefore, let’s watch a video! this particular video was created by one Chris Abbas by compiling still images collected by the Saturn Cassini probe, and setting it to some mildly darkish Nine Inch Nails (purely instrumental, no singing, in the event you aren’t into the resonating Reznor). To me it has a nice 2001 type vibe, which might be a little melancholy for Saturday morning, but hey, that’s why it’s Saturnday instead!

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