In just a few hours the Mars Curiosity Rover will be on the surface of Mars. During the seven minutes of terror that will precede touch down, many things must work perfectly. The first critical piece is the parachute.
Today marks one year since Atlantis roared on Launch Pad 39A en route to the International Space Station. It was the last of the 135 launches in the history of the space shuttle program. Here is an amazing video that shows them all at the same time.
Sometime in 1889, Emile Berliner recorded the first album in the history of the world. Then, that record by the father of the gramophone was destroyed. Today, Patrick Feaster, a sound historian at Indiana University, recreated the album using just a printed photograph of the album. His technique defies belief.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of my favorite movies ever, which is why I imagine our first contact with aliens like the video above: all pretty light and pretty music and pretty choreography.
Despite their age—they have been flying since the 1950s—the B-52 Stratofortress is still the backbone of the US Air Force's strategic bombing force. These jet-powered beasts can deliver up to 70,000 pounds of weapons to any target around the globe. That includes nuclear weapons, of course.
There's something about this animation that mesmerizes me. Like a lava lamp, but better. It's as if Earth had an invisible heart beat showing through the surface temperature of our oceans. Beautiful.
On August 5, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet. Or that's what we all hope, because it will be the craziest landing in the history of space exploration.
New York is a titanic animal made of more than eight quadrillion hungry cells. Cells that love delivery food—any kind, any time of the day or night. This video shows part of its food network, its pizza circulatory system.
It may be warm and nice or rainy and miserable outside but, most probably, you have office weather in your office cubicle. Wouldn't you rather be in one of these dream vacation houses now? They have to be the most relaxing and beautiful buildings on Earth. Or at least in the top 10. Dream on.
I thought I was tired of these space videos, but this one feels quite different from the many ones I've seen before. It may be the way it's framed and cropped, or the post-processing, or the whimsical Moby soundtrack, or everything combines, but it left me in awe once again.
Not only this image wins the internet for the most amazing image of the Venus transit, but to me it's also one of the most impressive images in the history of astronomy and space exploration. The scale and the feeling left me in awe.
See those explosions of light against the backdrop of our ever-spinning Earth? They are meteors burning through our planet's mesosphere, captured from the International Space Station in a time lapse made of 316 still frames by astronaut Don Pettit.
Unless someone discovers the fountain of youth in the next few decades, almost everyone alive right now won't see another Venus transit after today's. That's why everyone is watching it, from astronaut Don Pettit at the International Space Station's cupola to every telescope on Earth to a navy of space vessels in…
The transit of Venus over the Sun is tomorrow and it has already appeared in NASA's SOHO wider field coronagraph's field of view. It's the proton torpedo heading into the Sun. The one getting away was fired from a cloaked Klingon ship. Or perhaps it's Mercury.
Check out this video made with images created by NASA. It shows Earth's night sky during the next four billion years, with the Milky Way on a head-on collision with Andromeda. The destruction of our galaxy as we know it will be so beautiful.
The transit of Venus is one of the rarest astronomical events in our solar system. It happens in pairs, every century. This awe-inspiring video shows the first of this century's pair, which happened in 2004. The next one is about to happen—on June 5, 2012.