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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.
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Our Strange Sky: Father, Son Space Balloon Launch REMIXED

In October 2010, a father and son launched an iphone and HD camera into space to film low earth orbit.

We talked it up back then.

A Space Balloon Remix video set to a cut from Brian Eno’s 28 DAYS LATER soundtrack quickly followed. We just found out about that this year.

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ISS Crew Greets Puny Earthlings 2012 New Year with a Video…FROM SPACE

Six space station astronauts ushered in 2012 together: European astronaut Andre Kuipers, American Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American Dan Burbank, and cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Anatoly Ivanishin. According to NASA, the crew will also commemorate Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 7, 2012.

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Our Strange Sky: Astronaut Ron Garan Shares the Moon

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Our Strange Sky: Aurora from Atlantis

Astronaut Mike Fossum caught a beautiful photo of Aurora on July 27, 2011 from Space Shuttle Atlatnis last mission.
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Our Strange Sky: Snapshots of Endeavours Last Mission in Space. Also, Hot Space Docking Action.

Up above the sky so blue, astronauts are working hard on their experiments and observations.

Sidenote: Of all the things that have been written on this site, we swear “Hot Space Docking Action” is what we may future regret the most.

Endeavour’s Starry Night
Orbiting this island earth at 17,000 miles per hour.

Space Shuttle and Space Station Photographed Together
Thanks to a Russian supply ship, Space Bastards(like us) get the photograph we always imagined and have always seen in fiction.

If you want more of these images be sure to check out the NASA’s ISS gallery.

The supply ship was the Russian Soyuz TMA-20 which landed in Kazakhstan later that day. The above spectacular image well captures the relative sizes of the station and docked shuttle. Far below, clouds of Earth are seen above a blue sea.

A Last Landing for Space Shuttle Endeavour
Sad now.

All told, space shuttle Endeavour flew 25 flights since being deployed by NASA in 1992, spending a total of 299 days in space. Endeavour’s next mission will be a stationary one in the California Science Center.

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Our Strange Sky: The Many Views of Endeavour’s Last Launch

The Space Shuttle Endeavour launched for the sky for the last time 15 days ago. Trey Ratcliff scoped an inspiring shot of Endeavour worm-holing into the clouds. Stefanie Gordon with her handy futurephone caught the awesome sight of Endeavour blasting free from the top layer of clouds and shared with the world. And NASA shared a shot of their own from a shuttle training aircraft. You can watch a video of the launch here.

Endeavour returns to Earth Wednesday June 1, 2011.

Trey Ratcliff’s Dream of Endeavour

Even though I had my Nikon D3X set up on a tripod with my 28-300 lens, I actually shot this picture with my 50mm prime lens on my Nikon D3S! Everything did go according to plan, and I had run through the routine a few times before the launch. The plan was to fire away on my main body during the first 15 seconds or so. At that point, the D3X starts to have bufferring problems, so I switched to my Chewbacca-bandolier D3S. I pulled it up into a vertical orientation and rapid-fired just as the shuttle tore into the clouds.

As soon as the Endeavour worm-holed into the cloud layer, the strange staccato-bass of torn air came skipping across the water into the press area. The sound was not at all what I expected, but it was awesome dot com.

Stefanie Gordon’s Space Shuttle Twitpic

APOD’s Space Shuttle Rising Tribute

If you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time last week, you could have seen something very unusual — the space shuttle Endeavour launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour’s final launch.

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Focus: 30 years of the Space Shuttle Program Celebrated, Infogragphed. To End.

That fancy patch you see above is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle program and, sadly, its coming retirement.

On the morning of April 12, 1981, the shuttle Columbia, strapped to an enormous external fuel tank and a pair of solid rocket boosters, lifted off on its maiden voyage–and launched a new era in the Space Age. Never before had there been a spacecraft that could be used over and over again, that could land on Earth like an airplane–a glider, specifically.

That flight lasted 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, and 53 seconds, in which time Columbia traveled 1.07 million miles, reaching an orbital altitude of 166 nautical miles. The two-man crew consisted of shuttle commander John Young and pilot Robert Crippen.

To date, the five spacecraft in the shuttle fleet have conducted more than 130 missions and traveled a cumulative half-billion miles–that’s a lot of commuting into Earth’s orbit and back.

Informative infographic below the cut.
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Our Strange Sky: What Yuri saw 50 Years Ago, First Manned Spaceflight Remembered

On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human in space. His remotely controlled Vostok 1 spacecraft lofted him to an altitude of 200 miles and carried him once around planet Earth. Commenting on the first view from space he reported, “The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly“. His view could have resembled this image taken in 2003 from the International Space Station.

Lots of sites are talking about cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin‘s launch into Earth orbit 50 years ago. A launch that made him the first human in Earth orbit. Also, space.

Google’s got a special animated doodle in place. We’ve dropped a screen cap of it below. Maybe it will show up in their logo history tomorrow.

There’s the yearly worldwide celebration at Yuri’s Night.

New Scientist has a behind the scenes photo history of Yuri’s photo album.

And this year, there is an extra-special twist in honor of the 50th anniversary of that historic flight. “Yuri’s Night” 2011 will feature the world premiere — on YouTube, no less — of an experimental documentary film called First Orbit, by Chris Riley, co-director of In the Shadow of the Moon. Done in collaboration with the European Space Agency, First Orbit was shot aboard the International Space Station by ISS Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is an accomplished space photographer as well as an astronaut.

View the documentary below the jump.
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Our Strange Sky: International Space Station Expedition 27: Soyuz launch. Up, Up and Away!

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