Space

Trippy ’70s Soviet Space Magazine Covers

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Since 1933, Technology-Youth magazine has been nurturing the young’uns with up-to-date news and wisdom on science, technology, medicine, agriculture, and logic. Then, in the ’70s… whoa. Sure, a bevy of international intelligentsia contributed to the magazine — including theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer, “quantum mechanics creator” Werner Heisenberg, and iconic physiologist Ivan Pavlov — but would you look at these covers?! Fantastic. We plucked a few space-themed issues from a gigantic batch uploaded by Socialism Expo because they inspire the strangest illustrations by far. See Soviet spacemen wrestle with mysterious, tentacled alien plants. See Soviet spacemen donning futuristic crystal suits float in iridescent space-travel bubbles. See Soviet spacemen blast off into space, their triumphantly raised fists morphing into Red Stars, because they’re Soviet spacemen, dig? 
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10 Fantastic Pre-Spaceflight Films About Space

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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.
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Watch a Gorgeous Time-Lapse Video of Earth from Space

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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.
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15 Fictional Spacecrafts We’d Like to Call Home

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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!
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Gorgeous Photos of National Parks Seen From Space

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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.
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Beautiful Victorian-Era Illustrations of Space

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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.
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