We have lots to say about the new movie Passengers, and with good reason. It's an incredibly weird movie, especially considering what you might expect from the trailers. But from a purely science fiction design standpoint, it's undeniably beautiful, and the director told us one of its little secrets.
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Video: It's one of the most recognisable props in pop culture history, so it's only fitting that the Smithsonian recently spent almost two years restoring the USS Enterprise model used in the original Star Trek TV series. The paint work alone was a painstaking process, as detailed in this new behind-the-scenes look at the restoration.
Video: I want to know more about the world in this short animation Entropy by Tim Cahn. I want to know why the spaceship is leaving Earth. I want to know what the space station is doing all the way out there. I want to know who's there. I want to know where the ship is headed to. I want to live in this world. But in the stillness of the short, we only get to see the beautiful imagery of a spaceship leaving Earth so we have to fill in the blanks ourselves.
Video: Whip 'em out. Which science fiction movie has the biggest spaceship or station or cube thing or star planet? MetaBallStudios made this CGI video detailing the ships across movies like Star Wars and Interstellar and 2001: A Space Odyssey and even included video games like Mass Effect and real life like the ISS to see who's the biggest.
Video: One of our favourite artists, Scott Park, illustrated the spaceships and vehicles in the original Star Wars trilogy to scale and it's just so good. You get to see how a Stomtrooper compares in size to a Tauntaun to an X-34 Landspeeder to a TIE Fighter to the Millennium Falcon to the Death Star and everything else in between. We put the wonderful illustrations together in a nice little lineup for you guys to see.
Video: SpaceX just got its first crewed spaceship contract from NASA for the Crew Dragon spacecraft and it's set to bring us back to space on American spaceships after so many years without. Along with the Boeing Starliner, the Crew Dragon will start making crewed space flights in 2017. For reference, the last flight of the Atlantis was in 2011. So it's been a while!
Artist Scott Park managed to do the incredible: he drew nearly all the identifiable spaceships and vehicles and animals used in the original Star Wars trilogy and laid them out in one awesome poster you can buy. There's basically everything you love and know here: the Millennium Falcon, both Death Stars, TIE Fighters, AT-AT, and more.
Orbiting the Earth is a bit like living in a minefield, with millions of tiny flecks of space junk whizzing about at thousands of miles per hour. If a rice-sized pellet whacked into the International Space Station, it could pack the punch of a hand grenade, causing precious oxygen to seep into space.
Last week we posted this incredible infographic about the speed of science fiction ships. While the speeds are fun to compare and speculate about, let's get to the Heart of Gold of the matter: What is your fictional craft of choice?
We all make mistakes, and we can only assume that Etsy seller FableBedworks was in a rush when they posted this phenomenal transforming rocket ship murphy bed on their online store. Why else would they mistakenly refer to it as a "childrens bed" when there are certainly more than enough adults who would love a creation like this in their bedrooms?
This is one of the most amazing craftsmen I have ever seen. He doesn't only make the exterior of his sci-fi ships using just paper but also the guts! The level of detail is amazing — some look like perfect resin models but it's only paper. Behold the X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Viper Mk2, 2001's Orion and many more!
Humanity has been obsessed with exploring the stars for millennia, it just took a little while for us to obtain the means of actually doing so. In his new book, The Art of Space, author Ron Miller explores both how we developed the technology necessary for space travel and how that technology has steadily migrated from science fiction to science fact.
It's not as well known as the Enterprise, but the USS Reliant played a pretty major role in what's considered to be the best Star Trek movie of all time: The Wrath of Khan. And while the ship might have been destroyed in that film, it lives on in this 27-inch long replica that's as close to owning the actual ship model used in the movie as most Star Trek fans will get.
For years there have been countless toys and models letting you take a peek inside ships like the Enterprise from Star Trek, or the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. And now browncoat-wearing Firefly fans finally have a beautifully-detailed model of Serenity to put on their mantles as well — or just secretly play with while their family's aren't looking.
Christopher Becke, a high school physics teacher, made this outstanding size comparison showing what the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko would look like next to famous spacecrafts from science fiction. His images show the comet next to ships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.