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Incredibly Rare Russian Moon Soil Samples Head to Auction

Incredibly Rare Russian Moon Soil Samples Head to Auction
Only a handful of men have ever walked on the Moon, and a very limited amount of soil and rock samples have ever returned to Earth. The rarity of these samples means that the vast majority of them are owned by the US and Russian governments –  as the two nations that put men on the moon.

Planetary Glass Ornament Set: Spruce, the Final Frontier

Planetary Glass Ornament Set: Spruce, the Final Frontier
Spice up your Christmas tree this year with this Planetary Glass Ornament Set. Because your old ball glass ornaments are boring and not spacey enough. These ornaments mixed with some Star Wars or Star Trek ships and a Doctor Who TARDIS will make your tree into a science-y sci-fi scene that will have Santa excited to visit again next year.
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LED Space Fleece Blanket Keeps You Warm and Blinky

LED Space Fleece Blanket Keeps You Warm and Blinky
It’s starting to get cooler here in Colorado already. Mornings at altitude already require a jacket. That means that before you know it I’ll be channeling my dad and yelling at people about turning the furnace up too high and urging them to use blankets instead.

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Can Survive Inside the Corona of the Sun

How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Can Survive Inside the Corona of the Sun
The sun is a crazy hot place. Just step outside in any of the summer months in Texas and you know this is true. The other day we talked a bit about the NASA Parker Solar Probe and how it would eventually become the fastest man-made object ever.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Could Hit Speeds up to 430,000 mph

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Could Hit Speeds up to 430,000 mph
NASA has been talking about how hard it is to get a probe or satellite to the Sun. Apparently, it would take 55 times more energy to get to the Sun than to Mars according to scientists.

Orion Nebula Blackout Blind Blinds You with Science

Orion Nebula Blackout Blind Blinds You with Science
The sun comes up REALLY early here in Colorado. I thought it was like 10 am last weekend, and it was only 6 am. I blame the house behind me with the mirror tint on the back windows, and the fact that Colorado is roughly 16 inches from the surface of the sun.

2001: A Space Odyssey Plush Dave Bowman: My God It’s Full of Stuffing

2001: A Space Odyssey Plush Dave Bowman: My God It’s Full of Stuffing
Can you believe that it’s been 50 years since the science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in theaters? It’s a far more esoteric movie than Star Trek or Star Wars, which is probably why there isn’t much in the way of merchandise to collect.

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets

Elon Musk’s Latest Idea? Fly People Around the World on SpaceX Rockets
To be honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to Elon Musk’s “big ideas.” Sure it’s cool that he’s made some insanely fast electric cars at Tesla, but the cars have suffered from lots of reliability and build quality issues.

How Star Trails Look from the ISS

How Star Trails Look from the ISS
If you’re in a dark enough place, and are patient enough to shoot lots of long exposure photos, you can capture some impressive star trail photography right here on Earth. The result are images which basically show the movement of the Earth relative to the stars around us.

The International Space Station Has an Adorable Camera Drone

The International Space Station Has an Adorable Camera Drone
Astronauts get all the cool robot toys, and the folks on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion now. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the “Int-Ball,” a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew in their zero-gravity environment. It looks cute enough to be in a Wall-E movie.

Eclipse Telescope Lets You Stare at the Sun and Keep Your Eyes

Eclipse Telescope Lets You Stare at the Sun and Keep Your Eyes
You may or may not know that on Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a solar eclipse. The coolest thing about this eclipse is that it will be viewable for some people in the US.

Guy Made His LEGO Space Shuttle Fly

Guy Made His LEGO Space Shuttle Fly
We love to make LEGO builds around here, but when an aerospace engineer plays with LEGO, he makes them fly. I’m talking about engineer Adam Woodworth, who made his LEGO Space Shuttle lift off. Set #1682, aka Space Shuttle Launch, was released way back in 1990.

NASA Shows off Cool Rover Concept Vehicle

NASA Shows off Cool Rover Concept Vehicle
NASA has shown off a concept for a slick, futuristic Mars Rover. It has a shiny black body and huge wheels. In fact, it looks a lot like the Batmobile. Also like a toy truck that you might have seen in the 1980s.

Motorized Solar System Lets You Play God

Motorized Solar System Lets You Play God
If you like to learn about space, the planets and stars, this desktop Solar System might be just for you. It’s motorized allowing the planets to orbit around a glowing lamp sun. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a reasonable facsimile of our little corner of the universe. The mechanism that powers the Solar System is designed to allow you to see the relative orbital periods of inner versus outer planets.

Heat-Activated Total Solar Eclipse Stamps Reveal What’s Blocking the Sun

Heat-Activated Total Solar Eclipse Stamps Reveal What’s Blocking the Sun
Most US Postal Service stamps are pretty, but boring. I recently got some Wonder Woman stamps that looked awesome, but once the initial excitement wore off, they were just stamps to me once again. Well, the USPS has something really interesting to offer now.

Glowing Constellation Dress Will Make You a Super Star

Glowing Constellation Dress Will Make You a Super Star
This is a very cool dress. It’s varying shades of blue and black and has stars all over it. In fact some of these stars make constellations. What makes it extra cool is that the constellations glow in the dark when the lights are off.
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