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Full Moon from Wikipedia

Full Moon from Wikipedia

I am a huge space enthusiast so when I saw a few of my favorite sites posting the new video from NASA showing the first video from GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) showing the far side of the moon, I figured I should share it as well.  I find the video to be quite stunning although I find the lack of alien moon bases on the back side of the moon to be rather disappointing.  I was really hoping for a large colony of aliens to be living on the back side of the moon.  Oh well.  Maybe someday!

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If there is one thing I am a huge fan of, it is space exploration.  On average, I would say I spend an hour or two every day just learning about the universe outside of our little blue dot.  Well, also being a fan of LEGO, I got really excited when I saw this awesome and massive 19′ tall LEGO Saturn V Rocket.  This amazing LEGO build was created out of 120,000 LEGO bricks by Ryan McNaught and it will be on display at the Melbourne (AU) town hall on January 21 and 22, 2012.  I’ve never wanted to visit Australia more than I do right now.

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19-Foot LEGO NASA Saturn V Rocket

19-Foot LEGO NASA Saturn V Rocket

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Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)

I’m sure few of you realize this, but I am generally very hesitant about posting videos on Global Geek News for reasons ranging from my hatred of Flash to bandwidth reasons to the viewing problems on mobile devices.  But, every once in a while, I come across a video that is so awesome that I make an exception and post it.  This is one of those times.  Back on January 29th, 2010, popular Comedy Central personality Stephen Colbert sat down and did an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy in front of a large audience and even though the video of it is nearly an hour and a half long, it is definitely worth watching.  The interview part doesn’t start until about the 6 minute mark but if you are at all interested in science, space, technology or just want a few laughs, you NEED to watch this video.  It is both hilarious and inspiring.

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[Source:  Hayden Planetarium]

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This image of the Endeavour crater was taken f...

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Its common knowledge that I have a major fascination with all things space related but what you probably didn’t know was that I once wrote for my high school newspaper and spent much of that time covering the latest news from the various robots driving around on Mars.  Actually, it was mainly an excuse to waste time on space.com but I still did what I was told to do.  Well, NASA has put together an awesome little video of pictures that the Opportunity rover has taken on Mars during its 3 year trip from the Victoria crater to the Endeavour crater.  Check out the beautiful sand in the video below!

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Space-Shuttle-Atlantis-Lancering

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Yesterday morning, I woke up at 3:30am to watch the final space shuttle reentry.  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you know that the return of the Space Shuttle Atlantis wrapped up the Space Shuttle program yesterday morning.  As sad as that is, this amazing video has been made because of it.  If you were like me, you watched NASA‘s official video feed of the reentry but until the few seconds before landing, there wasn’t much to see other than a big screen in mission control that was updating where Atlantis was along its flight path.  Well, that was the boring video because the awesome view was captured by videographer Noe Castillo in Cancun, Mexico.  This spectacular video shows Atlantis streaking across the sky for its final reentry.

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If I ever get the money, I would love to have a nice 14″ telescope for viewing the skies at night because if there is one thing I really love, its space.  I can’t get enough of looking at objects in space that are a huge distance away.  One of the issues that I would face if I ever had a couple thousand dollars to spend on a telescope that size would be where to put it and how to mount it.  Well, one Doctor Who fan has sovled that problem for themselves by building a TARDIS to house their telescope setup.  When they want gaze into the heavens, they just pull off one side and roll the rest of the TARDIS out of the way.  Seems like the perfect setup to me!  For more details about the setup and pictures, check out the source link below the picture.

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TARDIS Telescope Shed

TARDIS Telescope Shed

 

[Source:  Duncan Kitchin]

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