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Space: the next frontier!

I haven’t written on the blog in a very, very long time, but what better opportunity to do so than a monumental space achievement!

Look at this video. Simply amazing. This is real footage! This rocket went to space, came back and landed itself on its own on this unmanned floating barge in the middle of a choppy ocean. This makes it reusable, and thus dramatically lowers the cost of sending things to space.
The 14-year old private company behind this feat – the vision of one man – has done what no space agency has ever done in 60 years. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” said Isaac Newton, and thus SpaceX builds on decades of innovation & expertise in space technology by governments agencies like Roscosmos, NASA & ESA, to take us beyond and break new ground.
A revolution is taking place in terms of how we access space, and who can access space. What an exciting time to be alive!

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The Martian: a promising upcoming scifi movie!

The Martian is coming out in November, and it’s looking very promising!

The movie stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut on Mars who must survive until a rescue mission can be put together. The movie, directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus, etc.) is based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir.

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Wanderers

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Yesterday I discovered this must-watch video. A futuristic short-film, beautifully crafted, based on digitised real images of real Solar System locations and narrated by Carl Sagan’s hypnotic voice. The end result? a beautiful, inspiring video.

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Bringing space back to people

This weekend I discovered Ambition, a mind-blowing short film. Ambition brings the story of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to the screen. If you don’t know about it, Rosetta is a space probe that was sent 10 years ago to rendezvous with a comet, and after recently arriving, in a few weeks will drop a probe on its surface to study the origins of water on Earth (thought to come from comets). It’s a truly audacious mission that had never been attempted before.

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Space as if you were there – a collection of jaw-dropping space videos

Year after year, space probes we send travelling in our Solar System send us back amazing images of our planetary neighbours. With bigger probes packed with more sensitive cameras and detectors, space has never been closer to your home. These videos will make you feel like you’re there. And perhaps one day you will be. In the mean time, sit back, relax, click on HD and fullscreen and enjoy.

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