When Falcon 9 attempted its soft water landing it recorded video, sadly not in the best condition
. But SpaceX released the video to the public in the hope of recovering more. The NASA Space Flight forums released a description
of how they restored the video
Dreams are real
[YT, 3:01, cats]
: is a documentary film set in the not too distant future, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda.
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
If Doom and Nethack lived in Estonia and had a baby, it'd be named Teleglitch
, a recently released pixelated action roguelike that will completely murder you if you're not very
careful about how you explore its procedurally-generated corridors, fighting off former coworkers, crafting spare parts into new stuff and hunting for ammo and food and clues as to what the hell went so terribly wrong at the Militech R&D facility on Medusa 1-C. The game has a 4-level demo
(Windows and Linux, Mac
too apparently) which will probably kick your ass plenty all by itself. [more inside]
Mars Curiosity Rover.
A short film by Dan Winters
, narrated by members of the team that sent Curiosity on its way. [more inside]
Derek Smart has been making games for over 20 years. He sold his first games in plastic baggies at hobby stores. Yet his longevity is somewhat of an anachronism. Many gamers today don't even know who is is, in spite of the fact that his games have sold well enough to keep his company in business since 1992. And the games themselves, well they're mostly terrible. Especially his first, Battlecruiser 3000AD. The Verge
takes an in-depth look at the hotheaded perfectionist millionaire game developer whose impenetrable
, terminally overhyped
games sparked one of the most legendary flamewars in internet history
Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, and Peter F. Hamilton discuss their books with fans
(video). The Hydrogen Sonata
, the 10th of Bank's Culture books, will be released October 12th,
read the first chapter here
. Meanwhile it's 20 years since Reynolds first started work on Revelation Space
Views from the ISS at Night (Vimeo)
- Knate Myers assembled this video from a series of time-lapse videos taken aboard the ISS. Plus, one of my favorite movie soundtracks!
Naturally, go full-screen HD for best experience. [more inside]
In the late 1970s the UK's Anglia Television ran a respected weekly documentary series: Science Report.
But when the show was cancelled in 1977, the producers decided to channel Orson Welles in their final episode. The result was Alternative 3
. Over the course of the hour, the audience would learn that a Science Report
investigation into the UK "brain drain" had uncovered shocking revelations: man-made pollution had resulted in catastrophic climate change, the Earth would soon be rendered uninhabitable, and a secret American / Soviet joint plan was in place to establish colonies on the Moon and Mars. The show ended with footage of a US/Soviet Mars landing from May 22, 1962. After Alternative 3 aired, thousands of panicked viewers phoned the production company and demanded to know how long they had left to change planets. [more inside]
Chilling amateur home video of the Challenger disaster "Obviously a major malfunction."
Those words have always haunted me, but to hear them here, echoing across a PA system as shocked onlookers come to terms with what they have just seen, they carry even more power than they did when they were just an anonymous voiceover on a TV shot.
Beautiful HD video, with enhanced sound, of STS-117 and STS-127 booster rockets launching and returning to Earth
Between August and October this year the crew of the ISS used a special low-light HD camera to visually capture the earth as it passed beneath them. The result, edited together by Michael König and set to music, is jaw-droppingly spectacular
It may be redundant to tell you to set Vimeo to full-screen mode before playing, but do so - you won't regret it. Post intended as something of a sequel to this.
Some related channels on Vimeo: The World In HD, HDTime, Slow Motion & Timelapse Theatre.
Time lapse videos can be breathtaking, lovely, and a joy to watch… but they can also show you something you may not have thought about before. Before I even read the caption for Murray Fredericks’ video called "IRIDIUM", I knew it was filmed in the southern hemisphere. Can you guess how? [more inside]
Incredible, stunning, beautiful and humbling. Time lapse videos from Hubble.
Year On Earth
breaks it down, explaining the complicated mechanics involved in trying to determine how long a year really is, why seasons and ice ages happen, and how not all years are created equal.
- A surprisingly groovy look at the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in a full length documentary that contains a lot of rare and not often seen footage of the preparations and launch of the first manned mission to the moon. Warning: Also contains lots of theramins, trippy optical effects, faux bohemians and some really blowy narrative.
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.
Video and audio from a camera mounted on one of the side solid rocket boosters during the launch of STS-124.
As the camera is initially facing the main booster, there's not that much to see (except water vapor collecting on the lens and interesting-looking changes in the main booster's surface) until around 1:50, when the booster rocket is jettisoned. After that, enjoy the ride from space to splashdown, but watch out for flying debris! Here's the view from the other booster
, without sound. More onboard STS cameras, previously. [N.B. -- Adjust volume accordingly, it gets loud! Looks even better in high-quality and full-screen modes.]
Fire in the sky
- a meteor burns up somewhere over Western Canada. Really impressive video here
, another video
, TV news with more footage here
“Thirty-six characters from different stages of life - representations of different times - interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. I had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece”[ source]
: Zbig Rybczynski
on the making of his award winning (and much imitated
) animation "Tango
"(YT, mildly NSFW)
Have you ever wondered what a solar eclipse would look like from space? The STEREO
(Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) has just sent back its view (awe-inspiring video included).
It has also sent back some gorgeous pictures
of our sun (and the McNaught Comet). For more media, check out the other galleries
(including some 3D images). For more about the project, see NASA's STEREO homepage
. Be sure to also stop by the Johns Hopkins University STEREO Page,
where you can download a mission guide (pdf), view animations, watch a video of the launch,
or even make your own papercraft STEREO model (pdf).
You can also learn more in six minute segments with their series of short educational videos.
Four years ago today
the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated shortly upon reentry. Here is a sad, but, fascinating real time video recreation of the final moments
, compiled from various sources including Nasa radio transmissions.
Human Space Invaders
4 hours of shooting
= 3 minutes of video
[16 MB QT]
[Site in French, video without words]
- first video ever for the boards of canada
directed by melissa olson
from "campfire headphase
" /and/ the upcoming ep "trans canada highway
" which is launched on 06/06/06. video has sequences of previously discussed space giant leap
West Australians were treated to a spectacular light show last night when a meteor streaked across the sky
. LQ video
also available. Via ABC News
The space shuttle (and NASA) return to flight
tomorrow at a scheduled launch time of 1551 ET, weather permitting. They had a laundry list of things to fix, and of course, they've fixed all of them... except the three that actually killed the last crew
They're launching nonetheless, and NASA TV will be covering it
, with a couple of lists of
mirror site links.
I wish them well.
I LOVE YOU I WANNA LOVE YOU TENDER
. You could be my only sweet surrender. I would never bring you any kind of sorrow. (38 Mb QT)
With all this talk of wars in distant countries, it's easy to forget that there's exciting things going on just 300 million km from your back porch. NASA has provided 90 second videos of the first 90 sols of the Spirit
[5MB .mov] and Opportunity
rovers [5MB .mov].
Next Best Thing to Being There.
A Quicktime Mars Rover Simulation.
Video of Nasa's Delta II rocket launch (RealVideo)
The camera was mounted on the rocket facing down towards earth and the resulting footage is amazing. There's a Windows Media version at MSNBC