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Our Strange Sky: Canadians Launch a Lego Man Into Space, Films it All. Awesome Journey, Eh?

They claim to have more video on how they did it and extended footage in the works. We’ll keep an eye on their Facebook page for these bits.
Official site http://www.facebook.com/legomaninspace

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Our Strange Sky: The Plains Milky Way of South Dakota

Notes on experiencing this video to the fullest:

1) Wait until the dark of night.
2) Find the darkest corner of your house/apartment/cave hole.
3) Set the video to fullscreen
4) Enjoy

We love what Randy Halverson sees in Our Strange Sky.

During the month of May, I shot Milky Way timelapse in central South Dakota, when I had the time, and the weather cooperated.

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This was all shot at night. If you see stars and it looks like daylight, it is actually moon light. 20+ second exposures make it look like daylight.

Official Site: http://dakotalapse.com/

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Art-Out Moment: Chinese Space Posters are Colorful, Filled with Babies

See more posters and learn the history behind them at Chinese Posters.net.
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Friday Night Movie: The Sagan Series Continues, “Life Looks for Life”

Reid Gower’s pro-space travel/NASA video series has a part 2. See part 1 here.

It appears that someone, Mr Gower perhaps, has begun a Facebook page called The Sagan Series. It’s focus thus far has been to collect the two space fan videos in one place. The series Facebook currently has 1845 Space Bastards in the “Like.” let’s see if we could raise that number to a million, yes?

Sidenote: It’s occurred to us that we’ve not been very science-y of late. Of course there are plenty posts in draft status. We just haven’t made the time to give the posts all the love they require. Time to change that tactic.

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A Fine Ship: Dassault Aviation’s Civillain Suborbital Spacecraft

Dassault Aviation wants to put civilians in space, too, and it plans to accomplish that with this air-launched reusable hypersonic vehicle. Based on NASA’s X-38 experimental plane, this one will launch off the wing of a commercial aircraft flying at about 25,000 feet, rocketing its six passengers at Mach 3.5 up to 62 miles high.

via dvice, dassault aviation

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Our Strange Sky: STS-131 Discovery Launch

On Flickr, NASA on The Commons has opened. Creative Commons photos made available to generate more exposure for NASA and, we’re guessing, space travel in general.

Obviously, we’re all for this.

STS-131 Discovery Launch

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Stephen Hawking Ruffles Feathers and Remains Future-Fearful

Earlier this morning for some reason, Stephen Hawking upset some people with his Burly Man words.

Stephen Hawking says universe not created by God
God did not create the universe, the man who is arguably Britain’s most famous living scientist says in a forthcoming book.

In the new work, The Grand Design, Professor Stephen Hawking argues that the Big Bang, rather than occurring following the intervention of a divine being, was inevitable due to the law of gravity.

In his 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking had seemed to accept the role of God in the creation of the universe. But in the new text, co-written with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, he said new theories showed a creator is “not necessary”.

Stephen Hawking just declared that Gravity is God!

See what we did there?

We have some notes for those so ready to jump on Professor Hawking’s words and shout across the world because you think you need to be heard, too.

Religious right. Calm down. Just because one brilliant scientist aired his beliefs about the universe and everything in it does not mean it invalidates your faith in whatever. Not everyone has to believe what you believe for it to be valid.

Atheists. Settle down. The universe, and multi-verse, is a big place. It’s where we keep all our stuff. There’s no need to get all culty, know-it-all, froth at the mouth and point fingers while dancing the I-told-you-so dance. There’s bound to be something out there that challenges you straight to your mortal core. Want to lay odds on that thing being unexplainable?

There’s no reason for science and religion to exist separately. Others far wiser than our humble self have postulated on this. We don’t have it all figured out any more than you. (Though at times you’d be hard pressed to believe that.) There’s no filling a cup that’s already full. (Stop those snarky typing fingers. That phrase did exist before James Cameron thought to throw it into AVATAR. )

Are your feathers unruffled now? Good.

Now look below to let Stephen Hawking freak-out your future.

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The Solar System in 30 Megapixels. Beautiful. Stunning.

French Artist Licoti has created an amazingly detailed piece of art depicting our solar system. The file, which you can download for free here, is 30,000 pixels wide and weighs in at a whopping 18megs.

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