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Raymond Loewy's NASA Designs Are The Space Future That Never Was

From 1967 until 1973 NASA employed the services of Raymond Loewy, a legendary figure in the design world. Loewy’s firm produced over 3000 designs for NASA during this time. And everything they produced for the space agency would fit perfectly in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — like the Loewy space taxi pictured above.


Beautiful Long Exposure Photo Of The Lunar Eclipse Rising Over China

Image Cache: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day is featuring this long exposure photo of the lunar eclipse rising over the city of Chongqing, China, captured by photographer Zhou Yannan on 8 October. The zooming tail effect as the Moon went out of the eclipse is fantastic.


NASA Will Use UAVs To Hunt Down Baby Forest Fires

Finding forest fires when they’re big is relatively easy — you can see them from space. Or, y’know, just follow the burning smell. But if firefighters can identify a burn when it’s just started, it’s obviously far easier to nip in the bud. Sounds like a job for our old friend Mr Drone.


I'll Never Get Tired Of Breathtaking Flyby Videos Of Earth From Space

I can’t even begin to imagine how incredible it must be to be an astronaut and see Earth from space like this. It can’t ever get old, right? I mean, I’m amazed every time I see one of these flyby videos and I’m just watching on YouTube.


The Arctic Is Losing 300 Per Cent More Ice Than The Antarctic Is Gaining

A common argument made by climate change deniers is the fact that the antarctic ice shelf hit a record high earlier this year. But that argument doesn’t hold water (so to speak).


How NASA Will Launch And Test Its New Spaceship On December 4

Video: NASA has published a cool video showing how the first test of Orion — the spaceship that will take us to the Moon and Mars — will be. The Orion spaceship will be launched on top of a Delta rocket on December 4.


Engineers Install Orion Spacecraft's Launch Abort System

Briefly: Engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida install one of the most important assemblies into its new Orion spacecraft: the launch abort system. Orion will carry astronauts to parts of the Solar System not yet explored by humans — like Mars. [NASA]


How The Alien Surfaces Of Our Solar System Look, Side By Side

With Rosetta hanging out so closely with an asteroid, we’re getting better views than ever before of what the surface of an asteroid looks like. But compared to one another, how do the surfaces we’ve visited in our Solar System stack up?


Humans First Saw The Far Side Of The Moon 55 Years Ago

The side of the moon that faces Earth is familiar to anyone who’s stood outside at night. But it wasn’t until this day in 1959 that mankind was able to glimpse the dark side of the moon, thanks to a grainy-yet-distinct photo sent back by the Russian spacecraft Luna 3.


Giz Explains: Why The Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed — be it 20km/h or 20 billion kilometres per hour — we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it’s lights out for you, permanently.


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