Animation Director Andy Martin has been creating an alien a day at his Tumblr, Illustrated Aliens, and then uses those illustrations to help compose a monthly animated short about what their planet is like. Above, his January 2013 planet, Planet One, where the musical inhabitants get together and get a bit more than they bargained for.
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Via kqedscience, this is a tour of two of our closest galaxies: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. They are between 163,000 and 200,000 light-years away and hold a few hundred million stars like our sun. HD full screen.
These images are from astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Pennsylvania State University, who used NASA’s Swift Ultraviolet/Optical satellite telescope to create the highest resolution, wide field surveys in ultraviolet light.
Astrophysics Research Scientist Dr. Emily Rice, Hubble Image Processor Zolt Levay, and Astronomer David W. Hogg discuss the mix of technology, data, and inspiration that we use to make images of space come to life.
The Canadian Space Agency has one of the better summary videos about Expedition 34/35’s return to Earth from the International Space Station. Watch CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crewmates Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko climb into the Soyuz spacecraft, separate from ISS, and parachute down before getting extracted out of the amazingly small capsule that brought them safely home. Regarding Hadfield’s historic trip, CSA tweets:
144 days on the #ISS, 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. What a ride!— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 14, 2013
They also conducted over 130 science experiments, a record amount for the Station.
Our gravity must feel strange after five months of floating.
Pale Blue Dot, a 2-D animation by London-based studio ORDER.
A visual response to Carl Sagan’s famed ‘PaleBlue Dot‘ piece where he muses on our planet’s appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe. The most distant photograph ever taken of Earth.
More Must-Watch: these Carl Sagan-inspired videos.