The overview effect describes the incredible perspective shift that astronauts have experienced while looking down upon Earth from space. These macrocosmic views which make us look microscopic (e.g. Blue Marble, Pale Blue Dot) inspire us to reconsider our values, priorities, and place in the Universe.
Now in our cybershop: Russian space pens! These durable, water-resistant writing tools perform smoothly in zero-g environments and feature cores which can withstand temperatures of 6646° F (3675° C). Sold in sets of six at less than half the price of a Fisher Space Pen.
"The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today."
45 years ago today, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon. Now we’re ready to make the next giant leap to Mars. Learn how NASA plans to pave a path for manned / womanned missions to the red planet in the coming decades.
Nothing says “summer” like floating iridescent spheres!
Speaking of bubbles: “Supermoons" are neat and all, but did you know that we live inside of a superbubble which spans hundreds of light-years? Furthermore, our galaxy is cushioned between two immense bubbles of unknown origin which span tens of thousands of light-years. If your eyes could see gamma rays, these bubbles would engulf more than half of the visible sky.
The USGS has just released a gorgeous new geologic map of Mars, combining data from four separate spacecraft to paint a rainbow-like spectrum of terrain and texture upon the red planet.
See those four bulges on the left side of the spherical projection? Each of those four mountains, Olympus Mons, Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, and Pavonis Mons, are taller than any mountain on Earth, including Mauna Kea (which rises more than six miles from the ocean floor).
The most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have is now available in our online shop! Whether you need to dry off after an ocean planet adventure or evade The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, our luxurious all-purpose towels will not let you down.
"There are times when human language is inadequate, when emotions choke the mind, when the magnitude of events cannot properly be conveyed by the same syllables we use to navigate everyday life. The evening of June 30, 2004 was such a time.”
Ten years ago today, Cassini opened a new chapter in our understanding of the Saturn system. Celebrate with imaging team leader Carolyn Porco’s thoughts on that historic day and a look back at ten incredible discoveries that the spacecraft has brought us since slipping amongst Saturn’s rings.