Category: Aerospace & Defense

  • Attending US Space Camp in 1992

    Attending US Space Camp in 1992

    Here’s another gem found in the course of my family VHS file digitization project. In grade school, I went to US Space Camp along with a bunch of my classmates. The triumphant beginning of my lifelong love for everything space and science. My parents paid for not only Space Camp, but also to have this…

  • Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

    Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

    From NASA JPL, a great video overview of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s descent to the martian surface: Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiositys Seven Minutes of Terror – YouTube.

  • Infographic: Spaceships to Scale

    Infographic: Spaceships to Scale

    Thanks to Science journalist Ananyo Bhattacharya for this awesome infographic of past, current and future space vehicles, drawn to scale. Found via BoingBoing. Cool – got call out from @BoingBoing http://t.co/nFlBuHsR << Je suis arrivé (ht @BL_Owens) — Ananyo Bhattacharya (@Ananyo) June 19, 2012

  • First Look – Flight of the Orion

    First Look – Flight of the Orion

    NASA: Flight of the Orion… from Full {Circle} Werks on Vimeo. This short animated film depicts the flight and orbit of the NASA's new spacecraft that will take humans far beyond low-Earth orbit. We used some original Apollo audio samples and created some bespoke effects, music and atmos to create a complex audio collage from…

  • Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures

    Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures

    In honor of the Space Shuttle Enterprise arriving in NYC, here’s an interactive superzoom of the inside of Space Shuttle Discovery… Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures.

  • Richard Cook Speaks About The Mars Curiosity Rover: “From A to Z: Getting Curiosity to the Launch Pad”

    Richard Cook Speaks About The Mars Curiosity Rover: “From A to Z: Getting Curiosity to the Launch Pad”

    Looking for something to watch to disconnect from the family for a while? Here’s MSL Deputy Project Manager Richard Cook’s excellent lecture “From A to Z: Getting Curiosity to the Launch Pad“, in which he covers the entire process of designing and deploying the Mars Curiosity Rover, now on its way to Mars. Out of…

  • Infographic: End of the Space Shuttle program

    Infographic: End of the Space Shuttle program

    In honor of the Space Shuttle’s last flight, here’s an interesting infographic from the Washington Post.

  • Launching Apollo 11 at 500fps

    Launching Apollo 11 at 500fps

    Spacecraftfilms.com presents an ultra slow-motion HD video of Apollo 11’s Saturn V launch from 1969, transferred from 16mm film. The footage shows intense heat effects from the launch, captured at 500 fps and providing a detailed 8-minute clip. The video, narrated by executive producer Mark Gray, encapsulates a mere 30 seconds of the actual event.

  • First Orbit: Commemmorating 50 Years of Spaceflight

    First Orbit: Commemmorating 50 Years of Spaceflight

    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit around the earth, documentarian Christopher Riley gives us this film: First Orbit. A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin’s original…

  • 50 Years of Spaceflight, 30 Years of the Space Shuttle

    50 Years of Spaceflight, 30 Years of the Space Shuttle

    Today, in commemoration of the Space Shuttle, NASA published this interesting infographic, and launched an interactive Space Shuttle site. Since 1981, NASA space shuttles have been rocketing from the Florida coast into Earth orbit. The five orbiters — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour — have flown more than 130 times, carrying over 350 people…

  • Infographic: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

    Infographic: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

    Another interesting infographic, this time from Space.com:

  • SXSW Panel – U.S. Military’s Mad Science Revealed

    SXSW Panel – U.S. Military’s Mad Science Revealed

    Panel – U.S. Military’s Mad Science Revealed, presented by Christie Nicholson and John Pavlus Summary: For more than 50 years the mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—aka DARPA, the outrageous research arm of the Pentagon—have been launching the most disruptive technologies on earth, living up to their mantra of “high risk—high payoff.”…

  • “Ascent – Commemorating Shuttle” Launch Documentary

    “Ascent – Commemorating Shuttle” Launch Documentary

    Ascent – Commemorating Shuttle is a new video from the NASA Glenn Research Center, and shows off incredible, slow motion footage from launching the Space Shuttle. This is possibly the most interesting collection of launch footage I’ve seen yet. Most of the footage is captured from “engineering cameras”, which site at strategic points on and…

  • News from the Moon – Lunar Ark and the Mythbusters

    News from the Moon – Lunar Ark and the Mythbusters

    Two interesting pieces of “News from the Moon” lately. First, European Space Agency scientists, at a conference in Strasbourg last week, discussed the possibilities of building a “Lunar Doomsday Ark” on the moon. The concept is to have a repository of all the necessary information needed to rebuild civilization on earth, should a catastrophic event…

  • Apollo 11 CM “Columbia”

    Apollo 11 CM “Columbia”

    This weekend, I chilled in Washington DC… Saw Jason and Chris, went to the Smithsonian, Eighteenth Street Lounge, mopped, etc.. good, relaxing weekend. You might also note that I’m very into space and NASA and the Apollo program. If you look closely at the photo, you’ll notice I’m holding a Fisher AG-7 Space Pen, the…