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  • The NASA Handheld Universal Lunar Camera (HULC) will be a modded Nikon Z9

    The NASA Handheld Universal Lunar Camera (HULC) will be a modded Nikon Z9

    NASA has partnered with Nikon to create the “Handheld Universal Lunar Camera” (HULC) for moon missions, based on the Nikon Z9. This mirrorless camera, with a possibly updated sensor, will withstand moon’s radiation. It’s a nod to Apollo’s Hasselblad cameras, which captured the groundbreaking lunar imagery of 1969.

  • Tracking Satellites in McMurdo at NASA’s Near Earth Network Ground Station

    Tracking Satellites in McMurdo at NASA’s Near Earth Network Ground Station

    One of the more interesting facilities at McMurdo station is NASA’s NEar Earth Network Ground Station. The facility is comprised of a server and management office in McMurdo proper, as well as a large satellite dish, covered with a radome, on the edge of Arrival Heights, just outside of town. From NASA: October 3, 2014…

  • Orion – NASA’s Newest Spacecraft

    Orion – NASA’s Newest Spacecraft

    Love this explainer video – can’t wait for the first full launch! As the flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears, the agency released Wednesday a video — called “Trial By Fire” — detailing the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems engineers will evaluate during the Dec. 4 flight. Orion is in the final stages…

  • The Coldest Place in the World: Dome Argus, East Antarctica

    The Coldest Place in the World: Dome Argus, East Antarctica

    NASA recently revealed that a spot in Antarctica just hit a record -135.3 degrees F below zero – that’s cold! In my time at the south pole, the coldest I experienced was -60F – not even close to the record. Fron NBC News: Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center…

  • An Astronaut at the South Pole: Dr. Scott Parazynski Visits The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

    An Astronaut at the South Pole: Dr. Scott Parazynski Visits The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

    Here at the south pole, we get lots of visitors – and many of them are extremely interesting. This past week I had the honor of meeting NASA Astronaut Scott E. Parazynski, MD. Dr. Parazynzki is now working as the Medical Director of the United States Antarctic Program. Having dinner with both Dr. Parazynzki as…

  • Learning About Space Suit Design With Astronaut Joseph Tanner

    Learning About Space Suit Design With Astronaut Joseph Tanner

    This past week, my brother Jason and I were fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in on a guest lecture at the University of Colorado Engineering Center by NASA Astronaut Joe Tanner. Joe spoke to us about the ins and outs of spacesuit design, and shared a bunch of his personal stories. A pic…

  • Infographic: Terraforming Mars

    Infographic: Terraforming Mars

    With the Curiosity Rover set out on its mission on Mars, we’re one more step closer to sending humans there. Here’s an interesting infographic from Discovery and NASA going over a possible budget and timeline for terraforming the red planet to create a habitable environment. Very very interesting….

  • Curiosity Rover Successfully Lands On Mars!!

    Curiosity Rover Successfully Lands On Mars!!

    Congratulations to the NASA/JPL-Caltech crew for successfully landing the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Rover on Mars! Here are the first images taken by Curiosity on the red planet.. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s statement: NASA is back on Mars – and getting ready for the next mission to the Red Planet! After an astounding 154 million…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • “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…

  • Visual Magnetic Fields – Magnetic Movie

    Coolest video/cg I’ve seen this week. With a combination of science and 3d Animation, Scientists from NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratory made this nifty movie which brings to life complex magnetic fields. Take a look and read the back story. Finally, make sure to turn the sound up. In addition to the trippy visuals, the crackle and pop…

  • 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…