As if sound weren’t already a mesmerizing mystery of the universe, scientists are now using it to chart the stars. By recording the light observed by the Kepler telescope before it broke, songs can be created that translate the optical characteristics of stars into ominous rhythms. This is an artistic perception of the cosmos, but also an interesting way to detect exoplanets and determine where stars are in their stellar cycles. (more…)
Despite what the media may portray, global warming is a real threat to our survival on this planet. Even worse, we’ve catalyzed global warming since humanity started developing powerful combustion machines during the Industrial Revolution. YouTube’s ClimateReality has given us simple, reproducible proof that our planet is actually warming. This demonstration is that proof. (more…)
On August 5, 2012, humanity’s biggest Mars rover touched down on the planet’s rusty red surface.The rover would set new records for the frontier of space exploration and was intended to read Mars‘ geological story. Its name was Curiosity, and it was sent to find out if Mars could have hosted microbial life. This is a time lapse of its interplanetary experience. (more…)
Out of all the violent and inhabitable planets in our solar system, we occupy the tiny photogenic dust mote called Earth. And we humans haven’t personally made it very far into our solar system either- we still have to send robots to do our science. But on August 2, 2005, MESSENGER, a space probe developed to research the volatile planet of Mercury, returned to us spectacular footage of Earth. This footage allows us to virtually experience 230,000 miles departure from our planetary home. (more…)
Have you ever wanted to travel to space? Well, it’s probably out of your financial reach, but this clip will allow you to get as close as possible to riding a space shuttle. From the launch pad to the beautiful view outside Earth’s atmosphere, finally can we get an idea of what it takes to get to space. (more…)
Religion, war, and economic return; these three facets of human society are apparently the biggest movers of our species. In this Big Think clip featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, the three motivations are applied to modern culture and the possible endeavor of colonizing Mars. Optimistically, Tyson thinks that religion is irrelevant, war unnecessary, and economic return the most realistic for our next potential martian mission. Could our journey to another planet really be so benign? (more…)
Observing our big blue planet rising above the horizon of what used to be a mystical lunar figure had an obvious and profound impact on culture, and that couldn’t be more apparent in Tyson’s argument. As soon as we started to think about Earth as a collective, interconnected system instead of a classroom globe with borders and labels, we actually started to work together for the benefit of the entire planet. (more…)
It’s about time someone created a commercial for America‘s greatest endeavor in space exploration. This unofficial spot created by science popularizer and international speaker Reid Gower is simply awesome. In the background you can hear Justice’s Genesis, but the images are as stunning as the purpose of space exploration itself. The Mars Rover, Hubble’s eXtreme Deep Field, and even a cool shot of the space shuttle launching to a beat that makes you bob your head. Mr. Gower, this video is badass. (more…)
“We choose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” JFK’s famous words still resonate clearly today. Although we don’t allocate the necessary funds to the epic purpose of space exploration, the spirit Kennedy articulated is what still drives this planet toward 21st century innovation and curiosity. (more…)
As we should all know, Neil Armstrong was the first person to step foot on the moon. This was arguably the most cosmically significant milestone in mankind’s history, and it’s only fitting that Melodysheep remixed one of Armstrong’s return interviews. From the universe of potential adjectives Armstrong could have chosen, the song harps on the Earth being “blue and beautiful.” These words are simple, yet powerful. (more…)
The footage we received daily from the International Space Station (ISS) shows astronauts with a diverse selection of meals with many different preparation options. That wasn’t always the case, however. As you can see this in this retro video from the 80′s, NASA had to go through quite a trial-and-error process to ‘perfect’ what astronauts eat in space. (more…)
In the 1950s, the soviets launched what would be the deciding factor for our efforts of space exploration. The factor was called Sputnik, and it was simply a radio transmitter inside a gutted missile. It successfully reached low-earth orbit, and signaled the changing tables between America and Russia. Almost immediately, our insecurity against our newly space-borne enemies fueled us to reach the moon and settle even higher ground. (more…)
As we already know, Earth is but a pebble in our solar system and space is generally an unfriendly place. On Saturn, the Cassini satellite captured images of a storm literally 2 times larger than Earth itself. This monster monsoon has 300 mile per hour winds and measures at 1,250 miles wide.
The technique is seemingly simple: Focus, Frame, and Fire. The size of the camera, however, is simply intimidating. ISS Commander and now photographer Chris Hadfield uses these skills and equipment when taking pictures of our home for us humans back on the ground. From the Sahara to the sun glinting off of rivers and lakes, Hadfield has enamored crowds of online viewers by capturing stunning scenes of our planet from above. (more…)
We all know what happens when you wring out a washcloth on Earth: The water falls to the ground and the towel or cloth is left dry. Onboard the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield demonstrates that this is not the case for space. (more…)
The Kepler mission has stumbled upon even more planets potentially similar to Earth, only adding to the long list of possible planets with life. These new planets orbit stars called Kepler 62 and Kepler 69, 62 being 1,200 light years away and 69 about 2,700 light years away. Around Kepler 62, we’ve found two Earth-like candidates all close to Earth’s size and rocky surface characteristics. Kepler 62e and 62f, as they are called, have years that are 122 days long and 267 days long. Around 69 however, we’ve found the smallest planet around a sun-like star in Kepler’s history. (more…)
Obama met the media at Kennedy Space Center this April in celebration of the third anniversary of his first visit. Like a true politician however, he did an articulate job of making it seem like America is invested in our space program. He exhibited the Orion spacecraft which is planned to intercept an asteroid by 2021 and wowed the reports by letting them get a first-person view of the actual work being done. (more…)
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has solved the problem of gripping rocks in zero-gravity environments. They’ve developed what they call an omni-directional anchor which employs “microspines,” or multiple tiny claws, to lift even a 13 kg (28 lbs) rock! This will potentially revolutionize examination of extraterrestrial geology. In this video, you can even see a successfully completed drilling procedure- upside down!
International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield is back answering more questions about daily life of astronauts. This time he’s addressing how they sleep onboard the ISS. Astronauts like Hadfield don’t actually use blankets or pillows, but instead only a vertical sleeping bag. They don’t need traditional bedding because the zero-gravity environment supports their body without effort. After he jumps into his feety pajamas and slips into his fabric cocoon, he demonstrates the true surreality of a human sleeping in space. (more…)
If you didn’t already know, Earth day is on April 22nd. NASATV is celebrating the occasion early by compiling some awesome footage of Earth in its natural beauty. As you witness the expansive horizons, beautiful mountain ranges, and eye-opening time lapses of cosmic neighborhood, it’s hard to feel apathetic. (more…)
Forget traveling directly to the asteroid- that’s too expensive. Today, NASA Chief Charles Bolden proposed a plan for an asteroid “lasso” mission that will bring a 500-ton rock to low-earth orbit for human exploration by 2025. (more…)
Most “Earth from Orbit” videos only include a flyover of the planet. While those are naturally astonishing, NASA compiled the best of their footage into what they call Earth from Orbit 2012. This video features true color time-lapses and multiple data visualizations which really help you grasp the scale of Earth’s global systems. Those scientists in the International Space Station have sure been working hard!
Chris Hadfield is back with another transmission from low Earth orbit. This time he’s demonstrating one of the most common daily tasks: brushing your teeth. Normally you would just flip on the faucet, wet your brush, and get to work. In space however, flowing water would actually be dangerous. Hadfield has to muster a ball of water from a package to soak his brush, and worst of all, he has to swallow the toothpaste.
The International Space Station (ISS) is racing in low Earth orbit at 17,300+ mph. This time-lapse is what it’s like to live from that far away perspective. It reveals the raw planetary nature of our home and the problems that make everyone human. Videos like these help us understand how we share our atmosphere, land, and even existence together on this rock that we’ve seemingly mastered. This video was deemed so powerful that it was featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day.