10 Fantastic Pre-Spaceflight Films About Space

Between the death of Neil Armstrong this week, the recent death of Sally Ride, and all of the high-resolution postcards from Mars that Curiosity has been busy sending back to Earth, we’ve had space on our minds quite a bit lately. Generations of scientists have been captivated by the prospect of space travel, but prior to the first human actually leaving the Earth’s atmosphere in 1961, it was up to science fiction to imagine what that experience might be like. Film offered the perfect medium for envisioning the desolation of hurdling towards the stars, the exotic landscapes of faraway worlds, and the alien creatures that we might encounter there. We’ve put together a list of ten classic sci fi films that predate cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space. From the realistic to the campy, science fiction film remains one of the most imaginative genres. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we looked at photos chronicling the Space Shuttle Program. We got to know Brooklyn band Prince Rama, who will be performing at DUMBO Summer Friday. We wondered who would buy a five-pound replica of fat, square watermelon, and other weird stuff. We sang “Baby Got Back”… Read More

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Watch a Gorgeous Time-Lapse Video of Earth from Space

Spotted by The Daily What, “This Is Our Planet,” a time-lapse video compiled by 18-year-old Croatian filmmaker Tomislav Safundžić using images from NASA’s Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, is a real stunner. And the craziest part about it: this mind-blowing footage is real! This isn’t CGI. We don’t know about you, but watching it makes us want to drop everything and start saving up for one of those insanely expensive commercial flights to space — which is exactly what we vow to do every time that astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson makes an appearance on The Daily Show. Click through to take this thrilling ride over our planet yourself. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we got to know Your Sister’s Sister actor and producer Mark Duplass a little better. We found out that we’re all related. We questioned if male critics were being fair to Lola Versus. We learned what kind of car would aid us during the zombie apocalypse. We… Read More

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15 Fictional Spacecrafts We’d Like to Call Home

Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s first go at sci-fi since his epic cult classic Blade Runner took a genre-defining look at the modern metropolis of the future, hits theaters this Friday, and we couldn’t be more excited. Even though we’re no closer to a world overrun by flying cars and human-like androids, we still fantasize about a day when Venus is a viable getaway option and adorable lifeforms from other planets drop by to chat over a bag of Reese’s Pieces.

To satisfy our insatiable curiosity for all things futuristic, we thought we’d take a look at the interiors of some of the most notable space stations, space hotels, and intergalactic battleships in film and television and ponder the question: could we ever really live in space? If space architecture looks anything like the stunning, luxurious, and playful production design of these decidedly livable spacecrafts, our answer is a definite yes. From the decadent, spacious interiors of The Fifth Element’s Fhloston Paradise Hotel to the well-executed mix of old and new on the creepy Solaris space station, click through to check out the best of livable design in places not on this Earth. Maybe Richard Branson has the right idea after all! … Read More

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Gorgeous Photos of National Parks Seen From Space

This morning, we’re feeling a little bit patriotic, especially after The Rumpus led us to this great series of photographs of American national parks taken from space over at Wired. Some of the space snaps are obscenely gorgeous, with rich colors and dynamic patterns spreading out to create a natural tapestry that has us searching for our hiking boots and, um, making sure to recycle. Oh beautiful for spacious skies, indeed. Click through to check out some of our favorite airborne photos of national parks, and if your adventuresome spirit is less than sated, head here to see even more. … Read More

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Beautiful Victorian-Era Illustrations of Space

Considering that NASA just released the highest resolution image of Earth that the world has ever seen, it’s kind of hard to imagine that once upon a time we had to rely on artists to show us what the planets might look like. While these early illustrations were based on astronomical observations, and in many cases, are surprisingly detailed given how crude the available technology, we think they function even better as works of art. Click through to check out a selection of recently-digitized drawings by 19th-century artist (and Harvard College Observatory employee) E.L. Trouvelot, and head over to LiveScience to view the full gallery. … Read More

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The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt to Star in a Live Video Game

We’ve been having warm and fuzzy feelings about Stephin Merritt ever since the Magnetic Fields’ ’90s revival track “Andrew in Drag” hit the internet, but turns out the oddball frontman just as keen on the future as he is on the past. In collaboration with D.I.Y. video arcade collective Babycastles, the Museum of… Read More

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Vintage-Inspired Exoplanetary Travel Posters

Spotted by Coudal, this series of posters by Netherlands-based designer Vincent Vermeij has us contemplating a future vacation to Gliese 581D. Inspired by the idea that life beyond the Earth is increasingly likely, and the hope that these distant planets remain as pristine as ours was before we left our ecological footprint, Kong started mulling over the idea of exoplanetary travel. “It would be like the time that each holiday was a trip to the unknown,” he writes. “A discovery. As on these posters from the 1930s, countries and cities that you knew only of images and hearsay. The images were innocent and exotic. Pure.” And perhaps, even more importantly: “Maybe the beauty of those exoplanets make us realize that our own Earth is just as them, a floating oasis in time and space. We should treasure this paradise called Earth.” Click through to check out the collection, and if you like over to see, grab a print of your favorite poster at Society6. … Read More

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Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Photos from Space

The crew from several expeditions on-board the International Space Station shot a series of stunning images that have been edited into a mesmerizing time-lapse video by Michael König. The progression shows the crew’s surreal orbit over earth at approximately 350 kilometers, and it’s truly breathtaking. The night flight takes you across Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia, above Central Africa and the Middle East, and beyond. Music from Jan Jelinek (“Do Dekor”) helps set the mood, but the photographs definitely speak for themselves. Drop into sweet infinity below. … Read More

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