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Category: Space

NASA HiDyRS-X Camera Reveals New Detail in Rocket Plumes

NASA HiDyRS-X Camera Reveals New Detail in Rocket Plumes
If you have ever seen photos of NASA rocket boosters in flight or in testing, you know that all you really see is a bright orange flare. It’s impossible to make out much in the way of detail.

$500 Nikon Coolpix Captures 83X Optical Zoom of the Moon

$500 Nikon Coolpix Captures 83X Optical Zoom of the Moon
This is a pretty impressive video demonstration of the incredible 83X optical zoom lens on Nikon’s COOLPIX P900 digital camera, which can be had for just over $500 these days. Its zoom is so good, it can fly you to the Moon, just like a real astronaut… who is on Earth, holding a camera. In the video demos here, you can see the camera zooming in on the surface of one and only Moon.
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This LEGO Spaceman is Made of LEGO Spacemen

This LEGO Spaceman is Made of LEGO Spacemen
A LEGO fanatic by the name of aido k created this cool tribute to LEGO Space. It is a classic blue space figure created from a whole bunch of classic space figures. If you are going to build a large LEGO spaceman, you might as well make it from many small spaceman minifigs. This is a render, but it’s still pretty damn cool.

Rocky Rocket Spaceship Chair: Blast off Indoors

Rocky Rocket Spaceship Chair: Blast off Indoors
Rich kids get all the cool toys – like Circu’s Rocky Rocket spaceship chair. It is a rocket shaped chair that you can climb into and pretend that you are blasting off to get away from the rest of us peasants on Earth. It has a red velvet interior as well as lighting and music systems that are controlled through a smartphone app.

Make Your Own Rocket Lamp and Blast Off

Make Your Own Rocket Lamp and Blast Off
This amazing table lamp shows the power and majesty of a rocket taking off. You can’t buy it, but if you think it looks awesome, as I do, you can make one yourself. If you want to try to DIY, you’ll need this model kit, a bunch of polypropylene pillow stuffing for the clouds, as well as the instructions outlined on Tinkerings.

Mail Your Friends the Universe in an Envelope

Mail Your Friends the Universe in an Envelope
My God, it’s full of stars! Yes it is. These star-filled envelopes will let you send an entire galaxy to your friends and loved ones. All they have to do is pour the contents out and look inside. As long as your friend doesn’t tear it to shreds, they will have a fun geeky treat once they hold it up to a light source and see an astronomically-accurate group of constellations.

Planetary Plushes Let You Smush the Solar System

Planetary Plushes Let You Smush the Solar System
Do you love space? Enough that you want to hug and squeeze the heavenly bodies in our solar system? Well, now you can hug at least two of them. Currently, Planetary Plushes come in Jupiter and Pluto.

USPS Debuts Views of Our Planets Stamps: Planet Express

USPS Debuts Views of Our Planets Stamps: Planet Express
To celebrate NASA’s many discoveries, the USPS has just debuted some new stamps with images from outer space. Space fans are going to love sticking some of these on postcards or just keeping them as collectibles, since most of us don’t send snail mail these days. The stamp set is called Views of Our Planets.

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space
A company called Star-ALE hopes to create the most awesome aerial display ever seen in the skies over Tokyo as part of the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic games. Fireworks just won’t do for a celebration of such epic proportions.

Spaceteam Shouting Card Game: Shuffle Fibrous Data Receptacles

Spaceteam Shouting Card Game: Shuffle Fibrous Data Receptacles
Henry Smith’s Spaceteam – a cooperative game about fixing a spaceship that’s quickly falling apart – is one of the best party games on mobile devices. It’s free, it’s funny and it’s fast-paced. The game’s only downside is that it requires all players to have both a mobile device and the app.

Planet Lollipops: How Many Licks Does It Take to Get to the Center of the Universe?

Planet Lollipops: How Many Licks Does It Take to Get to the Center of the Universe?
If you ever wondered what the Sun might taste like, here is your chance. This is a set of ten handmade lollipops with encapsulated images of planetary objects in our solar system. The set includes the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, even Pluto. Each lolly has its own flavor card in the box of ten so you know what they will taste like.

Planetary Fleece Blankets: Global Warming

Planetary Fleece Blankets: Global Warming
ThinkGeek flattened the Earth, along with Mars and Jupiter to come up with these cool and cozy fleece blankets. Each blanket measures 60″ in diameter and is based on images taken by NASA. Order the blankets from ThinkGeek for $30(USD) each.

NASA Sends Compact Workout Machine to ISS for Testing

NASA Sends Compact Workout Machine to ISS for Testing
Astronauts have to work out for at least two hours per day or they can experience muscle or bone density loss. I can only assume not working out for a few days means that their bodies will quit on them in the exact way that Rigby’s did in that episode of Regular Show where he refused to eat a salad. While the ISS has space for larger bits of workout gear, the Orion capsule set to eventually take a crew to Mars won’t. 

Cosmic Exploration Poster Shows Man’s Space Efforts in One Graphic

Cosmic Exploration Poster Shows Man’s Space Efforts in One Graphic
You might want to cue up that sappy music from the short-lived Star Trek: Enterprise show for this story. This poster is a giant graphic that shows some of the myriad spacecraft humans have sent into space from 1959 through 2015.

LEGO Earth, Sun and Moon Orrery : LEGOrrery

LEGO Earth, Sun and Moon Orrery : LEGOrrery
An orrery is one of those mechanical representations of the Solar System that normally has objects to scale so you can see how they orbit each other. This LEGO orrery has none of that scale BS to deal with and skips all planets but Earth, the flat center of the galaxy.

NASA Curiosity 360º Video Wants to Take you to Mars

NASA Curiosity 360º Video Wants to Take you to Mars
The Curiosity Rover is still up there right now cruising around the surface of Mars doing its sciency stuff. It’s picking up dirt, checking it for microbes or water, and taking some really cool selfies. The latest video that NASA has offered up from the Red Planet is one that Curiosity shot. It’s not actually a video because the Mastcam video camera can do 720p at only 10 fps and that sucks.
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