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  • Spread @10:59PM, 2016-09-22
    Tags: audio, , recording, , space   

    Bottling the Earthling Experience 

    Forty years ago, NASA launched a record of Earth into space. Now, it’s being released as a vinyl record for the first time ever.

    Source: Co.Design

  • Titus Toledo @5:29AM, 2015-03-01
    Tags: dust, , space   

    Everything is connected 

    NASA visualizes the 22,000 tons of life-giving dust that flows between Africa and South America. Polar opposites though they may be, the Amazon and the Sahara have a symbiotic relationship: the nutrients of desert dust blow across the Atlantic and feed the rainforest. This process is normally invisible to the eye, but NASA has visualized it in three-dimensions in a beautiful video.

    Read the rest from FastCoDesign

  • Titus Toledo @6:51AM, 2014-09-05
    Tags: laniakea, , space   


    “Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.”

    —Via Nature Video

  • Spread @12:12AM, 2014-02-21
    Tags: , laurie spiegel, , space   

    Music for Aliens 

    The composer Laurie Spiegel on what it’s like to have a work of hers wending its way into deep space:

    “I often think of those craft as sad and lonely, so very far from home, moving ever farther into the cold and the dark, sensing more and more hungrily for the slight, fading, low-level warmth of the increasingly dim sun. Yes, it is an amazing accomplishment for us humans, but it can also generate a feeling that a small part of us, the accumulated living habitation of this planet, has been propelled farther away from its home than anything ever should be. The rational part of my mind knows that I shouldn’t anthropomorphize, and see the Voyager as a being in exile or even as an extension of our own organic sensory systems. Possibly, my doing so is a carryover reaction from my horror and sadness when I learned of the Soviet dog, Laika, who died on the Muttnik (Sputnik 2) space mission that launched when I was 12. We know all too well what a double-edged sword our technological and information-structuring brilliance can be.”

    the golden record

    —Via The New Yorker and here to sample an excerpt of Spiegel’s “Harmonices Mundi,” her contribution to the golden record attached to the NASA Voyagers.

  • Spread @11:45PM, 2014-01-21
    Tags: space   

    Mysterious rock found by Mars rover 

    “It was a total surprise. We were like, ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled.” —NASA Scientist Steve Squyres

    —Via Yahoo News

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