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Melody Sheep: Our Story in 1 Minute

Our Story in 1 Minute: A tapestry of footage tracing the cosmic and biological origins of our species, set to original music. 

NASA: Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy’s Life History

This cosmological simulation follows the development of a single disk galaxy over about 13.5 billion years, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present time. Colors indicate old stars (r...

NASA: Magnificent Solar Eruption in Full HD

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, ...

The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop

The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop: At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott (pictured above) performed a live demonstration for the television cameras. He held out...

Complete MSL Curiosity Descent Interpolated HD

Want to see what it looked like for Curiosity as it hurtled toward the surface of Mars? After the heat shield separates, the car-sized rover, still protected by its back shell, continued to fal...

Neil Armstrong’s First Steps on the Moon: CBS covers Apollo 11

Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surface at 10:56pm EDT, July 20, 1969. Buzz Aldrin followed him 20 minutes after. This was the CBS Television coverage, anchored by legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite. Live...

A recap of Curiosity’s phenomenal landing on Mars

SCIENCE! Watching Mars Curiosity land last night was *extremely* exciting, but it was just as exciting to share it with the kid this morning. We watched two videos: the one above focuses on ...

NASA JPL: Phoning Home – Communicating from Mars

As of this post, Mars Curiosity is on her own, speeding quickly toward the planet’s surface and quickly toward its fate or future. From NPR:  Of 13 previous attempts to land space p...

NASA JPL: Martian Dune Buggy

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...

Saturn’s Mysterious Moons

Saturn’s Mysterious Moons, as well as other phenomenal data about our gas giants and what’s in their orbits, all gathered from Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Cassini. This video is eighteen-plus minutes of serio...

A Blast From The Past: Shuttle Through The Decades

A Blast From The Past: Shuttle Through The Decades One year ago today at 11:29 a.m. EDT, Atlantis launched into orbit at 17,500 mph. A bittersweet launch, it was the very last NASA shuttle mi...

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

I thought we couldn’t get more excited about Mars Curiosity’s mission to Mars, but then we saw this popular video about the rover’s “Seven Minutes of Terror" —  th...

NASA SDO: Venus crossing in front of the sun

Did you catch the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s videos of Venus crossing in front of the sun?  On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the ...

Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore?

Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? C.P. Grey gives a great animated explanation, with a bit of history and a lot of information about the scale and relationships of the types of planets (...

SpaceX: Falcon 9 & Dragon launch on a mission to the ISS

Early this morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX launched the first ever private spacecraft — the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — to the International Space Station on an unmanned missio...

Measuring the Universe

From the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Measuring the Universe! So how exactly do we measure things that are incredibly far away? Positioning over time, light, and math, math, math! This video ...

Science Friday: A Spacesuit Ballet

From Science Friday, behold A Spacesuit Ballet:  Of the suit he wore on the moon, Neil Armstrong wrote, “it was tough, reliable, and almost cuddly.” But that cuddly suit, made b...

Planetary Resources: Asteroid Mining Mission Revealed

Watching this Planetary Resources video about their mission to near-Earth asteroids makes me feel like I’m watching a made-up video from a movie set in the future. But once again, the fu...