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…

Click for big­ger ver­sion at

My Love Affair with Space on

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…