space

In honor of Cowboys and Aliens we salute the coolest space cowboys we know – the crew of Serenity.

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Conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein, “Plan of the City” showcases the architecture of New York City blasting into outer space towards a new settlement on Mars. You can find more on the short film here.

PLAN OF THE CITY

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Here’s some footage of the liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour‘s final flight to International Space Station.

Endeavour Lifts Off on its Last Mission

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Time-lapse of an entire night taken from the ALMA Array Operations Site (AOS) in Chile.

ESO ALMA Antenna Time Lapse #1 [720p]

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Ooooh. Ahhhhhh. From Henry Jun Wah Lee comes this beautiful timelapse video of the Persid Meteor Shower (taken in Joshua Tree National Park from August 12-15 of this year) set to music by Sigur Ros.

Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way

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Hubble 3D

by Cap'n Carrot on August 20, 2010 · 1 comment

in Film

What is it about space that so captures our imagination? Is it the vastness that seems to becon, almost tease us, upward and outwards to explore its seemly endless wonders, or is it simply how it allows us another perspective in order to see how small and relatively unimportant one tiny blue dot is in the grand scheme of things? Whatever the reason, since man first turned his gaze to the sky we’ve been captivated with that final frontier just outside our grasp.

Since it’s launch two decades ago the Hubble Space Telescope has been responsible for several breakthroughs in the areas of astronomy and an increased understanding of the known universe. The new IMAX documentary Hubble 3D gives us a short history on the telescope, and its early struggles, before exploring the final service mission of to repair the telescope by the Atlantis crew.

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General Motors may be getting their ass kicked around the block on the auto-industry, but you have to admire the smarts in pursuing robotics as a model. Think about it: They’ve got factory after factory filled with robots patiently waiting for SkyNet to send out the “KILL” command, so why not get on their good side by developing even more hardcore ‘bots? Yup, GM & NASA* have been working together to build more dexterous and agile robots capable of operating in the cold, hard embrace of space. I’ll be kind and just assume it’s for a better reason than that they couldn’t figure out how to outsource space-walks south of the border. Check out a clip of our future lords in action:

via Wired

That’s some seriously cool stuff, though I question the whole “Not only have we made a robot, but we went ahead and gave it the cudgel with which it will crush our fragile skulls” thinking…

*Wow, that’s not like a perfect combination of inefficiency, huh?

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