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Space Video: Around Saturn

(WARNING: this video may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy)

This video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012, published through the Planetary Data System between June 2005 and June 2013

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'Optimus Prime' Describes Hubble Telescope Successor's Transformation [NASA]

The James Webb Space Telescope will be folded up for its launch to an orbit nearly a million miles from Earth.

Voice actor Peter Cullen (Transformer’s Optimus Prime) describes how its ‘transformed’ to a working telescope and the science it will perform.

Nerdy Engineer: Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd

An Engineering Manifesto by the first man on the moon. “Science is about what is. Engineering is about what CAN be.”

From “The Engineering Century”, delivered at the National Press Club on February 22, 2000. Audio used with kind permission from the NPC and C-SPAN.

Animated by Jorge Cham -
Produced by PHD TV, Allison Okamura and Maria Yang

What Space Smells Like

According to many astronauts, space smells like metal and fuel. Other say they’ve picked up notes of grilled meats. When wondering about the smell of space, who better to consult than an astronaut?

Not that they’ve experienced it first hand, either — space is a vacuum, so they would be dead — but they have taken more than a whiff or two of the residue on their space suits.

It’s generally agreed that the aroma is slightly acrid, but not unpleasant. One space traveler even said the scent took him back to the summers of his youth when he worked as an arc welder.

The smell is mostly attributed to dying stars, traces of which are reportedly everywhere — comets, meteors, space dust — you name it. Not only does the aromatic byproduct of the explosions spread, it tends to linger.

The hydrocarbons responsible for the intensity and breadth of space’s olfactory signature are also found in terrestrial products like oil, coal, and some foods.

NASA has commissioned the replication of the smell, so someday we may all get a chance to breathe in some space splendor.

NASA/IBEX Provides First View of the Solar System’s Tail

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, recently mapped the boundaries of the solar system’s tail, called the heliotail.

By combining observations from the first three years of IBEX imagery, scientists have mapped out a tail that shows a combination of fast and slow moving particles.

The entire structure twisted, because it experiences the pushing and pulling of magnetic fields outside the solar system.

A Day in the Life of a Fake Astronaut

Kate Greene, crewmember of the HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission, shows us around the domed habitat where she’s been living for the last 2 months.

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The Beauty of Space Photography [Off Book - PBS Digital Studios]

Space presents a fantastic mystery to human life. Unfathomably large, with characteristics that defy our experience and understanding, the stars have perplexed and amazed humanity for our entire recorded history, and likely before.

In the present, astrophysicists and astronomers are aggressively studying the universe in an attempt to solve critical scientific and philosophical questions.

One of the primary tools for measurement and observation is imaging using cameras connected to powerful telescopes on Earth and in space. And although it’s not the primary motivation for photographing space, beauty is one of the most intriguing byproducts.

Images of space communicate the grandeur of the universe, and spark essential curiosities about what may be out there waiting for us once we make our way into the stars.

Emily Rice, American Museum of Natural History
Zolt Levay, Space Telescope Science Institute
David Hogg, New York University

Special thanks to NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute for the beautiful Hubble photos.