The Solitude Of Space Exploration Should Be Turned Into A Tablet Game

Video: There might not be anything more awesome than going to space. It’s an incredible achievement and the idea of exploring the unknown is fascinating. But as this short animation called Solus by Zac Dixon for Identity Visuals shows, it can get quite lonely. Watch it, it’s nearly as good as any feature.

SpaceX Is Testing Autonomous Space Rocket Landing Ships

Elon Musk’s list of crazy/brilliant inventions is getting pretty lengthy, but he’s decided to add to the list with the Saturday afternoon unveiling of “X-wing config” wings for the Falcon 9 rocket, and a self-piloting ship to act as a landing pad for the reusable rockets.

Briefly: A Radar Image Of Tokyo

This radar image of Tokyo was acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite earlier this year. The data is so accurate that it can monitor ground movements down to a few millimetres — which helps urban planners know where they can and can’t build. [ESA]

The FX Team Behind Gravity Will Explain The Universe Using Magic Leap AR

The visual effects team that made Gravity look so God damn great is planning to “tell the story of the universe”, using Magic Leap’s augmented reality technology to create an immersive live show next year.

Why We Should Keep Trying To Time Travel

H.G. Wells coined the term “time machine” all the way back in 1895, just a decade before Einstein published his groundbreaking paper on special relativity that would begin show how time travel is possible. The fascination with using technology to look into the past or the future hasn’t faded in the last century. And as the thought experiment endures, you have to wonder: When will we finally do it — and why?

Gizmodo Visits NASA: The Domes Where NASA Drives Spacecraft Of The Future

Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie “The Domes”. Step into one of them and suddenly you’re standing on the surface of Mars, or you’re flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learnt to fly, drive and design better space vehicles.

The Most Accurate, Highest Resolution Video Of Earth Ever Made

This Earth video created by James Tyrwhitt-Drake using footage from the Elektro-L weather satellite — a Russian satellite that takes one 121-megapixel image of Earth every 30 minutes — is the highest resolution video of our home planet ever created. Watch it in all its 4K glory here.

Gizmodo Visits NASA: Taking Virtual Reality To A Whole New Level

We’ve seen how NASA recreates the vacuum of space right here on Earth, but what about the gravity of space? What about the forces of inertia? When large objects move and behave so differently, how to you train for a mission so you know what to expect when you get there? Like this.

Gizmodo Visits NASA: Inside Chamber Where NASA Recreates Space On Earth

Inside Building 32 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas sits Chamber A, a marvel of engineering, cleanliness and design. It’s also the closest you can come to being in space without strapping into a rocket.

The UK Is Crowdfunding A Trip To The Moon

A team of plucky Brits has decided to make its way to the moon — using funds gathered from the public via Kickstarter.

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