Posts Tagged ‘space’

How to feel small and insignificant….

January 28, 2010

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to travel across the known Universe? Check out the amazing video below and prepare to feel like a very small cog in an enormous wheel.

(Thanks to CL for this suggestion)


December 3, 2009

Riverford is a purveyor of excellent organic fruit and veg, delivered direct to your door and used as fuel to keep this particular TOTD contributor alive while surfing for exciting web sites. Perhaps they’ll soon be leaving a box outside the door of the International Space Station if their sponsorship of experiments to deliver farinaceous tubers into the stratosphere prove successful. We look forward to seeing the photos from SPUDNIK2.

[Thanks to CL for this suggestion]

50 years of space exploration

November 2, 2009

Following the successful test flight of NASA’s Ares I-X rocket on 28th October, it’s interesting to see this diagram that depicts the nearly 200 lunar, solar and interplanetary space missions that have been undertaken in the last 50 years.

There’s a better image here 

[Thanks to CL for this suggestion]

Walking on the Moon

July 21, 2009

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to step onto the lunar surface. Here’s a collection of video clips, pictures and articles from the BBC:

The University of Portsmouth Library also has a display on the Ground Floor of books and DVDs of the moon and lunar exploration.

If you feel inspired by this then why not try some moonwalking of your own? Here’s a step-by-step guide:,8599,1907320,00.html

Moon landing simulator

July 16, 2009

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. So, technically, we should be linking to a launch simulator. Instead, here’s a moon landing simulator based upon a 1979 arcade game by Atari.

Those with a more serious interest might want to visit the NASA site.


First Spacewalk

March 18, 2009

On this day in 1965 Russian cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov, performed the first extra-vehicular activity (EVA). This is more commonly known as a spacewalk or moonwalk. Here is a video of the walk:

And here is a more recent one:

Across the Universe

February 4, 2009

It is the first anniversary of NASA broadcasting the Beatles song ‘Across the Universe’ towards the Polaris star. Here’s NASA’s report on the event:

On a more sober note today is World Cancer Day to promote awarness of cancer in the hope of finding more effective treatments and a cure.


January 6, 2009

Christmas Eve 2008 saw the fortieth anniversary of the first Earthrise witnessed by astronauts on the Apollo 8 Mission. Here you can view archive footage of Earthrise:

For a closer look at the pictures have a look at the Apollo 8 Flight Journal from the NASA website:

Man in the Moon

September 24, 2008

Yesterday we recommended an application that put the whole universe on your computer. Today we’re focusing are virtual telescope at our Moon.

Here you’ll find a collection of lunar maps and charts that tell the story of the Apollo moon landings. This site really brings the moon landings to life.

Worldwide Telescope

September 23, 2008

TOTD has always had a secret desire to own a telescope. Unfortunately cost has always prevented it. Now, however, you can have a virtual telescope on your computer.

Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope uses imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes to allow you to seemlessly explore the universe.

This truly is a fascinating application, it’s easy to get lost in time and space.