Project of the Day—Far Beneath the Ship is a sci-fi short about “a doomed mission to mars, and the value of manned space exploration, based on a real life speech Nixon never gave.” Confused? President Nixon preemptively wrote a speech in case the Apollo 11 astronauts got stranded on the moon. They didn’t. The speech was revealed in 1999 and has been circulating since. The film repurposes the ideas in that speech to create a narrative about a doomed astronaut on his first trip to mars in 2001.
Shoot the Moon is a documentary about two men that want to build an elevator into space.
Project of the Day—The Space Less Traveled is a documentary about Edgar Mitchell of the Apollo 14, who was the sixth man on the moon. The film focuses on Mitchell’s life after his trip, and how his interests, which include cosmology, extraterrestrials, and the paranormal made him “an outsider to many, and an icon to others.”
On Tuesday, a bonsai tree boldly went where no bonsai tree has gone before.
Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo, launched two botanical arrangements into orbit: “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai tree suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, and irises.
Pair this with that time Anamanaguchi sent a slice of pizza into space and the past couple of years have been good for orbital art. After being launched from the site of Burning Man in Nevada, the botanical rigs traveled to about 90,000 feet before descending back to Earth, where they were found around five miles from the launch site. —MN
Have the various space agencies ever left plants suspended in the vacuum for extended periods of time, and if so, do you have information on what happens to them?
On Tuesday night, two Kickstarter-funded satellites were launched into orbit from the International Space Station. Two of the satellites, ArduSat 1 and ArduSat X, began their journey on Kickstarter in 2012, and are now recording data in the solar system. Big ups to the astronauts, and 676 backers who helped make this a reality!
Project of the Day — Astronomy Diary 2014, a pocket-sized book packed complete with everything a stargazer needs to know.
More spaceships! From my new book DRAWINGS.
Jake’s been posting a lot of new illustrations. Highly recommend following along here.
Saturn V.II Build—Day 153
B-Basic Body (continued)
After a much longer than anticipated break, I am finally resuming the construction of the 1/100 Saturn V.II rocket.
Since my last post:
-Posters and prints were silkscreened
-Hundreds of packages were sent all over the planet
-There is a…
Last year Paul Sahre ran the Saturn V Relaunch project. As part of it, he’s been running this project blog, where he shows you how to build your own rocket.
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Final Frontier Design's civilian space suit is 90% complete. The team hopes to begin testing at the end of the month and build at least four suits this summer. Lookin' sharp!
The force is strong with this one.
Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!
DIY space race?
"Have you ever dreamed of having your own spacecraft?" An inspiring piece in The Verge on the grassroots space race and the pioneering work of several Kickstarter creators.Inside an old storage warehouse in an abandoned shipyard in Copenhagen, Kristian von Bengston and Peter Madsen have been building a one-man rocket ship they intend to send on a 15-minute, parabolic trip to the edge of space and back.
Von Bengston and Madsen’s non-profit, private space agency is called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and is probably the most extreme do-it-yourself project in the world. Von Bengston is an aerospace scientist and former NASA contractor. Madsen is an engineer who founded a DIY collective that built three submarines as a hobby.
Copenhagen Suborbitals has no government grants, no investors, and no academic affiliation. Instead, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from ordinary people around the world who donated in exchange for a part of their dream.
Four new projects with clever ideas and modest goals caught our attention over the weekend. Standing out as great examples of Kickstarter ideas on a tight budget, these creators are all seeking less than $1,250.
Created by 24-year-old artist and writer Sam Maiden, Reboot is the first issue of a new comic-book collaboration. Maiden describes his true love as writing and producing comics, and his Kickstarter project is his first attempt to realize his dream in print.
Dalek v Enterprise is a highly ambitious lark: A race to the stratosphere between the spacecrafts of Doctor Who and Star Trek. Creator Karlos Fandango’s previous Kickstarter project successfully sent a TARDIS to space and back — despite an unexpected detour up a tree — and he says that this new sci-fi adventure will be his last in the series.
Sling piping-hot dim sum as fast as you can — it’s Dim Sum Robot #1: Mecha Food Cart Action! This delicious little game puts you in charge of a robot food cart as you prowl the city, fly across buildings, and launch dumplings to happy patrons from across the street.
Repeat creator Ray Sumser is an artist obsessed with cartoons. His ongoing project to catalog the “cartoon universe” has been entirely inspired and funded by his Kickstarter backers.
It’s always exciting to see so many creators realizing little dreams in a big way. Discover more small projects on Kickstarter right here.
Creator Dan Cohen just announced that his documentary project, Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope, will air on PBS beginning January 31.
A dream come true for the filmmaker, Cohen says: “Thanks to your support through our Kickstarter effort, millions of Americans will see this inspiring film.”