Fascinating promotional film for Irwin Allen’s TV series “Land of the Giants.” It begins with brief recaps of the producer’s previous shows: “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, Lost in Space” and “Time Tunnel.”During the “Time Tunnel” segment. there’s an appearance by the spacesuits from “Destination Moon.” Then the…
Upbeat music video with violins and kaiju! What’s not to like?
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April…
This short animated video by Neil Smith recounts the heady days of the Apollo missions using animated mission patches, appropriately stirring music, 3-D models and mission recordings.
In about an hour NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will conduct a spin table test of its LDSD test vehicle. Starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT you can watch it here.
On Tuesday a lone F/A-18 flew over the UC Berkeley campus at an altitude between 2.550-3000 feet. It was loud, I could hear it in my office and the last time I could here a plane from inside my building it was a 747 carrying the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The sound lasted for about ten seconds and I had nearly…
Art director and production designer Robert Kinoshita recently passed away at the age of 100. He was best known as the creator of Robby the Robot for the film Forbidden Planet (1956)and Robot B9 from Lost in Space. He also designed the title robot for the 1954 film Tobor the Great. You can read more about his life…
After a long week working in the lab, I read a review of "Big Hero 6" by Mercury News writer Tony Hicks and the opening made me smile.
On October 4, 2004 pilot Brian Binnie flew Spaceship One on the second of two qualifying sub-orbital flights to win the $10 million Ansari X-Prize for private suborbital spaceflight. There will be a webcast today at 1:00 pm PST to commemorate the event.
Updated: Charlie Jane has a story up on it now. apparently it will be one of the stand-alone movies.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Delta II launch on Friday. The DeltaII has launched nearly 50 GPS satellites and a number of prominent NASA scientific missions including the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers.
In an earlier post I talked about Thursday's announcement about the first test launch of SNC's Dreamchaser spacecraft, which is scheduled for Nov. 1, 2016. If you don't have time for the whole thing skip to the 7:25 mark to see SNC's concept video of the Dreamchaser. I really want to see this thing fly! Also Jason…
In a press conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the Sierra Nevada Corporation announced today that the first orbital test flight of its re-usable Dreamchaser spacecraft will be from Kennedy Space Center on November 1, 2016. From the SNC press release:
There's a hexagon around the north pole of Saturn ans NASA's Cassini probe has taken awesome images of it. from today's JPL press release:
This nearly 60 year old film about the discovery of element 101 or Mendelevium was recently found at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Read more about it here.
NASA and the Japanese space agency are working together on the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission. This short anime kind of tells that story. Make sure to turn on the closed captions. It helps a little. Global Precipitation Measurement
Bill Nye has a series of "Why with Nye" videos on youtube about NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. Check them out!
Yesterday Randy Schekman became the 22nd UC Berkeley faculty member to win a Nobel prize. The video show the highlights of his day including being awarded with the prestigious "NL" parking pass, a perk the campus has given to Nobel Laureates for the last 30 years.
Even with most of NASA shut down LADEE still made a successful orbital insertion today. Both Universe Today and Spaceflight Now have articles about it. And while we won't be hearing from NASA until the shutdown ends, here's a cool animated video of the orbital insertion created by Mike Loucks (@Astrogator_Mike) from…