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Director Rian Johnson’s Full-Length Spoiler: A Downloadable “Looper” Commentary Track | Fast Company

As he did with his previous film, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i>, Johnson has recorded a commentary track that is meant to be heard in-theater. (Of course, he strongly cautions against listening to it on a first viewing.) Considering that the new film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis has a much …

Star Wars

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Another commercial firm is about to enter the race to mine asteroids for profit.<p>Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called …

Space Exploration

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

The not-for-profit just raised “a few million” in funding. It’s nowhere close to the expected $6 billion pricetag, but it’s a start.<p>Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its …

Space Exploration

Strand-1, The Space-Bound Smartphone, Is Nearly Ready For Liftoff

The unmodified Nexus One, which powers the Strand-1 satellite, will be in orbit for six months and will send photos of Earth from space from its 5-megapixel camera.<p>The countdown to send Strand-1, the smartphone-powered satellite, into space has begun. SSTL, aka Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, …

Space Travel

Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finds a bit of space history.<p>When the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled Neil Armstrong and his colleagues to the Moon had done their brief but fiery job, they were simply left to tumble through the atmosphere. They then fell, discarded, into the Atlantic ocean, where all …

Space Travel

Watch: An Astronaut’s One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.<p>It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Space Travel

Photographing Star Trails From Space, At 17,000 MPH

ISS Astronaut Don Pettit offers a rare view from beyond the heavens.<p>Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great …

Space

Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars

Ladies and gentlemen: Voyager 1 has left the solar system.<p>According to a press release from the American Geophysical Union, the Voyager 1 space probe has passed beyond the heliosphere of our solar system. The discovery is being published as a scientific paper, but curiously NASA seems reluctant to …

Space

Space As A Creative Muse

Space Art? No. This is art about earth, as told through space.<p>In space, every gram of weight, every liter of oxygen, and every movement of the body has massive consequences. Which makes it no place for art, you’d think. But as <i>Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration</i>, a new show at …

Space Travel

A Rare, Stunning Glimpse Inside The World’s Space Programs [Slideshow]

Vincent Fournier’s crisp, detached pictures of space facilities straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.<p>Vincent Fournier has the dream job of anyone who ever fantasized about being an astronaut (but shrinked away from the zero-G simulator): For the past decade he has traveled to space …

Space

SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal

Elon Musk’s private space company has secured its first contract from the U.S. Air Force. Does this move SpaceX into an innovative new frontier of the 21st-century space race?<p>SpaceX has somewhat quietly landed a pivotal deal this week: Mission orders from the United States Air Force Space and …

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Milk And Koblin Reunite For Animation Platform “This Exquisite Forest” | Fast Company

As Milk told Fast Company earlier this year, <i>Forest</i> picks up where TJCP left off. That project allowed participants to add a frame to a collaborative version of a music video for Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave.”<p>Like TJCP, <i>Forest</i> is a web-based collaborative platform that allows people to join in an ongoing …

Animation

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

There is a lot of sunlight in our atmosphere. But we have no way to get power from it down to Earth, because a miles-long extension cord isn’t practical. But scientists are working hard on other solutions.<p>High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel | Fast Company

We will be able to put someone into space for less than the environmental price of an economy class ticket from London to New York and back.<p>It’s certainly happened with the 450 people who have been into space. They’ve all come back having seen this beautiful Earth, very committed to protecting it.

Space Travel

Think Your Job Is Hard? Watch NASA Crew's Riveting "7 Minutes Of Terror" Mars Landing

Before NASA’s Curiosity rover makes its descent into Mars’ atmosphere, it will have to get around a mind-boggling host of obstacles with brilliant technical precision, all of which are intensely recounted here.<p>Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, …

Red Bull Stratos Shatters Records–And Traditional Notions Of Marketing | Fast Company

By Teressa Iezzi10.15.12 | 8:00 am<p>For most brands, a risky marketing move consists of not testing the copy on that new ad, or using a new media channel despite the lack of rock solid metrics.<p>Red Bull’s idea of risk is that one of its sponsored athlete’s bodily fluids will turn into gas as he …

Content Marketing

From NASA’s Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon–and return him back safely–by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

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Giving Us Space: What You Can Learn From NASA About Content and Social Media

How NASA has created a steady stream of fascinating, accessible content to bring science and space closer to home.<p>With its impeccable production values, suspenseful music, and impassioned scientists, NASA’s YouTube video "Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror" almost …

NASA’s New Space Suit Lets Astronauts Dress In Seconds

Even the toughest, smartest astronaut looks silly getting dressed for space. But a new suit design will make the process near-instantaneous.<p>If you stepped into the vacuum of space in whatever you’re wearing now, you actually might be okay. You won’t pass out. Your blood won’t boil, nor would it …

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NASA’s Logo Redesigned To Be Truly Out Of This World

In 2010, a design studio proposed a fresh new logo to NASA. NASA passed, and we still wonder why.<p>The NASA logo of today–the “meatball”–is actually the organization’s original. It’s pure ’60s space-race fodder, and it’s served as the casual face of NASA since 1959, save for a two-decade stint when …

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A New NASA Tool Tracks The Slow Destruction Of Our Trees

All over the world, forests are disappearing as they are cut down to help fuel human development—often in places where no one is monitoring. Now a project using NASA satellites can help alert us to when the damage needs to be stopped.<p>It’s the holy grail for those hunting illegal logging: a …

Inside Sustainability Base: NASA’s Space Station On Earth | Fast Company

Designed by William McDonough + Partners and AECOM, the Sustainability Base is a LEED Platinum test bed for NASA technology (and other sustainable components) that come together to make a building that generates all of its power onsite, consists of materials that can be reused at the end of their …

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Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World’s Ocean Currents

Our oceans are every bit as turbulent as “Starry Night.”<p>We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?<p>NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this …

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NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

The Curiosity rover will get a $1.5 billion buddy.<p>NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this …

Space Exploration

New Satellite Images From NASA Show Ghostly Earth By Night

The photos, taken by a new sensor on board the NASA and NOAA satellite, show forest fires raging in Australia as well as man-made phenomena.<p>Scientists have dubbed it The Black Marble, but new images from NASA show just how much light is emitted from our planet at night. The pictures, taken by the …

Space

Why In The World Would NASA Throw An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon?

NASA’s thinking out of the box…er…orbit, and is gently mulling the idea of dragging an asteroid into lunar orbit. The business and science outcomes could be huge.<p>A seemingly crazy idea from the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California may in fact be just crazy enough to work (cue dramatic …

Space Exploration

Want To Colonize Mars? Applications Now Being Accepted

Mars One hopes to send people to the red planet by 2023.<p>Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Mars One, a non-profit agency, is accepting applications for astronauts to help build the first settlement on the red planet in 2023.<p>Astronauts will undergo a whopping eight years of training before …

Space

The Doctor Is Very In: Dr. James Truchard’s Quest For Endless Innovation

Dr. T cofounded the technology giant that is National Instruments out of his garage more than 35 years with a $10,000 loan. NI’s software and hardware is behind robotics and smart cameras to medical diagnostic equipment. Next stop, commercial space flight.<p>What do robotics, portable airborne wind …

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