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Meteorite Over Chelyabinsk, Russia Caught on a Dash Cam

…a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling...

Hello Kitty goes to space

We’ve seen this experiment a few times before, but never with Hello Kitty “catonaut” in a Japanese rocket made by a 12-year-old. And perhaps not with such a glorious pop: NASA doesn’t have a loc...

How do astronauts wash their hands in space?

Life’s daily little details get interesting when you live in microgravity. For example, how do astronauts wash their hands in space? ISS Commander and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield de...

Mars: Dry Ice and Dunes

Watch the spring thaw of seasonal dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) on Mars, brought to us by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Oskar Fischinger’s Optical Poem

Optical Poem, an abstract piece of stop-motion history, was made in 1938 by German-born Oskar Fischinger, an avant-garde animator, filmmaker and painter. The familiar music is Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No...

A 25 minute tour of the International Space Station

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yur...

Further Up Yonder: A Message From ISS To All Humankind

Further Up Yonder: A Message From ISS To All Humankind by film student Giacomo Sardelli, using images and audio messages courtesy of NASA. The video’s transcript:  As the most forward...

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...