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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...

Royal Observatory, Greenwich: How do we measure 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 contains a lot of informa...

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...

Outer Space: sequences from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions

Using image sequences from NASA’s Cassini Solstice and Voyager missions, filmmaker Sander van den Berg has illuminated Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, moons, space and a bunch of other stuff....

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...

They Might Be Giants: What is a Shooting Star?

One of the kiddo’s favorite songs from They Might Be Giants’ Here Comes Science — after , of course — here comes What is a Shooting Star? (Hint: A shooting star is not a star, it&#...

Raw Footage of Jupiter from Voyager 1 (1979)

This raw movie footage was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it raced towards Jupiter in February 1979. Clearly visible is the constantly changing attitude of Voyager’s scan plat...

EsoCast: The Violent End Stage of Star Formation

EsoCast showcases a new Hubble image of a giant cloud of hydrogen gas illuminated by a bright young star. The image shows how violent the end stages of the star formation process can be, wit...

Riding a Space Shuttle Booster with enhanced sound

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the fo...

NASA: A Guided Tour of How the Moon Evolved

It’s another super detailed Moon tour!!! The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team and the folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center bring us more fascinating information about the ...