Posts Tagged ‘space’

Godspeed, John Glenn: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

On Feb­ru­ary 20, 1962, perched atop an Atlas rocket, John Glenn was blasted into space at 17,500 miles per hour.  He splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean about five hours later, hav­ing orbited the Earth three times, the first Amer­i­can to do so.

Our most recent video for is a trib­ute to John Glenn, NASA, and 50 years of Amer­i­cans in orbit. I wrote it, Tara Fre­dette was cam­era­man, and Jim Fields edited.

God­speed, John Glenn…


My Love Affair with Space

On the eve of the final mis­sion of NASA’s – and the nation’s – 30-year-long space shut­tle pro­gram, I present to you a video love let­ter – my newest piece for Time Magazine’s web­site, wherein Tara and I jour­ney to Florida to wit­ness our first launch.  STS-133, in Feb­ru­ary, was the last mis­sion of space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery…

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Videos for Time Magazine

You can eas­ily access all the sci­ence videos I’ve made for Time Magazine’s web­site at this link – the results from a search on my name (Brian Malow) at

Vega Next 3 Exits

Oops…  I must’ve taken a wrong turn at Arc­turus…

Vega Next 3 Exits

From the Wikipedia entry on Vega:

Vega is the bright­est star in the con­stel­la­tion Lyra, the fifth bright­est star in the night sky and the sec­ond bright­est star in the north­ern celes­tial hemi­sphere, after Arc­turus.  It is a rel­a­tively nearby star at only 25.3 light-years from Earth, and, together with Arc­turus and Sir­ius, one of the most lumi­nous stars in the Sun‘s neigh­bor­hood.

Vega has been exten­sively stud­ied by astronomers, lead­ing it to be ter­med, “arguably the next most impor­tant star in the sky after the Sun”.[8] His­tor­i­cally, Vega served as the north­ern pole star at about 12,000 BCE and will do so again at around 14,000 CE. Vega was the first star, other than the Sun, to have its pho­tograph taken and the first to have its spec­trum pho­tographed. It was also one of the first stars to have its dis­tance esti­mated through par­al­lax mea­sure­ments.

Also:   Vega became the first star to have a car named after it when Chevro­let launched the Vega in 1971. 

Odyssey Moon Eyes Lunar X Prize

Odyssey Moon is mak­ing a bid for the Google Lunar X Prize:


From their web­site:

Odyssey Moon is the first team to com­plete reg­is­tra­tion for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pany made its first pub­lic debut on Decem­ber 6th, 2007, at the Space Invest­ment Sum­mit in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, unveil­ing its plans to make his­tory with the first pri­vate robotic mis­sion to the sur­face of the Moon and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The inau­gu­ral Odyssey Moon mis­sion will involve a unique small robotic lan­der designed to deliver sci­en­tific, explo­ration and com­mer­cial pay­loads to the sur­face of the Moon.

Good luck! The more the mer­rier!

There’s a promo video on their web­site but a longer ver­sion is avail­able on YouTube:


And the X PRIZE Foundation’s own video from last year explains their “incen­tivized com­pe­ti­tion,” inspired by the $25,000 Orteig Prize which Charles Lind­bergh won for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris:



Oops.  I think I took a wrong turn…