Watchmaker MB&F isn't as well-known as Rolex or Timex, but that's because the company's unique creations — like a TIE Fighter-shaped music box that plays the Star Wars theme — are made for die-hard collectors. Its latest creation is a rocket-shaped pen inspired by the moon landing, and I'm desperately trying to justify its $US20,000 ($26,230) price tag.
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Video: One of the most impressive aspects of the Apollo space program was how NASA worked around the limitations in computer power. The smartwatch on your wrist eclipses what the Apollo space craft's computers were capable of, so NASA's engineers often had to rely on clever ingenuity to solve difficult problems.
Video: The Project Apollo Archive on Flickr is truly one of the great treasures available on the Internet. You can easily get lost in the stunning imagery and wonder about what exists beyond our world. It's also an incredible resource for artists to turn those static pictures into gorgeous videos with 3D effects. My jaw is agage in total awe of this video, Apollo, which shows the magnificence of space travel. We have to go back.
Video:This is just awesome. Stop reading and start watching the video below. Tom Kucy used 3D effects and motion to bring the recently released photos from NASA's Apollo Archive to life. The photos that document the most amazing feats of human history now feel like they're moving videos. It is so completely awe-inspiring.
Ever come across a gorgeous Hubble image, or an article showing some of NASA's cool new Mars lander tech, and wish you could remember where those lovely photos live? Rejoice, space nerds: NASA is making your life easier than ever, with the launch of a new mega gallery where you can browse all of the space agency's astronomical eye candy.
I didn't know about this fun factoid: On March 13, 1970, the Grumman Aerospace Corporation — manufacturers of the Lunar Module — sent a $US312,421.24 bill to North American Rockwell — who made the service module that malfunctioned in the Apollo 13 mission — for towing services. Why, you ask? Here's the story.
When Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, they left flags and footprints, yes, but also dozens of scientific instruments. Among them was a network of seismometers originally meant to study moonquakes. Forty years later, data from these seismometers are still helping physicists understand how to detect elusive gravitational waves — a challenge even with our fancy modern technology.
By now, you've probably seen those Metal Earth foldable models in toy stores and at checkout stands all over the place. They're this generation's flat-packed foam gliders, but as you can see from this incredibly intricate Apollo Lunar Lander model, they require far more patience and skill to assemble.
For a brief period in the American saga, the astronaut was the man of the moment. No profession commanded as much awe and admiration. Widely regarded as the personification of all that was best in the country, the first astronauts were blanketed with the adulation usually accorded star quarterbacks, war heroes, and charismatic movie stars. Yet this was never part of NASA's agenda.