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Go on a Snowflake Safari

The next time you're going out in the snow, take a magnifying glass with you and see if you can find an elusive 12-sided snowflake... and if you don't happen to see that one, take note of the ones you do find. Is it n...

This is What Outer Space Does to Your Body

NASA astronaut, engineer, and former football player Leland Melvin explains how the human body changes when it leaves the confines of Planet Earth. Your body may become taller, your heart might get smaller and change ...

The Rosetta Mission – A claymation tale of science & adventure

In August 2014, after ten years of traveling, the Rosetta space probe and its lander Philae made a historic rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and in November 2014, Philae landed/bounced onto the comet's...

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Can a "skwishy" baby toy help inform how next generation robots explore other worlds? Vytas SunSpiral's team at NASA Ames Research Center joined forces with Alice Agogino's Mechanical Engineering lab at UC Berkeley to...

Exploring the surface of a comet or asteroid with Hedgehog

When you're exploring a comet or asteroid, you've got to contend with a microgravity environment and some seriously rugged terrain, two huge challenges for a traditional rover. Enter Hedgehog, a jump, spin, and tumble...

Fast and Light to Pluto – The New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby

From The New York Times' Out There series, get a deeper understanding of the New Horizons spacecraft's mission, history, and July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto, a historic and illuminating glance at the last of our solar sy...

How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

Trek the Himalayan mountains & hear stories from Khumbu, Nepal

This commercial from Google Maps and Lonelyleap is beautifully filmed, showcasing the mountains of Khumbu, Nepal and the Sherpa people who live there. The Khumbu region of Nepal is at the base of Mt. Everest, known as...

Wanderers: Humanity’s Future Expansion into the Solar System

With narration by Carl Sagan, borrowed from an audio recording of his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, this is Wanderers, a bold science fiction short by digital artist and animator Erik...

The Captured Ice Moon: Voyager 2 and Neptune’s moon Triton

As NASA looks toward the New Horizons probe's July 2015 rendezvous with dwarf planet Pluto and its five known moons, they are also reviewing Voyager 2 data collected on the 1989 flyby of Neptune's moon Triton, seen he...

NASA’s Rover of the Future

Omni-drive and suit ports will be just two of the NASA rover features available to future astronauts as they explore Mars or near-Earth asteroids. This Rover of the Future is an ever-evolving Space Exploration Vehicle...

Eat! by Jeff Liu

On exploring the world, trying new things, and embracing curiosity, this is a CalArts third year film by Jeff Liu: Eat! In the archives: Acorn, Borrowed Light, Ceruza és radír (Pencil and Eraser), and Le silence so...

Testing a Space Rover Under Alaskan Ice

Someday it may be possible to explore below the icy surface of Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, Europa, and if this happens, it could be done with a technological descendant of this robotic rover: NASA JPL's Buoyant Rove...

Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station

If you’ve ever pretended to be on the Red Planet, you’re not alone. This is Crew 138 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a team of scientists who are re...

Meomi’s Eye to the Sky

Eye to the Sky by Meomi, a music video for the season 2 “Space” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba. Watch more made-for-kids videos. via Kiddley.

Testing with a Martian Dune Buggy – NASA JPL

NASA engineers take the Curiosity test rover to California’s Mojave desert to learn how to drive on Martian sand dunes. Mark your calendars: the Curiosity Rover is still on target...

The Kepler Mission and a Primer on How We Find Exoplanets

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has created a primer on NASA’s Kepler Mission. Kepler has found over 1200 planet candidates, 54 of them in the habitable or “Gol...

NASA: We Are the Explorers

Why do we explore? Simply, it is part of who we are, something we’ve done throughout history. NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” looks at that tradition of reach...