Link Dump 06 // Space Exploration Edition

April 23, 2016 Reading time - 2 minutes

These are some of the many noteworthy links I’ve saved over the past few months. Going through my various bookmarks I realized I had a number of space related links so I decided to share them for a link roundup. If you are even remotely interested in space related things, you should enjoy at least 1 of these sites!

In Space We Trust
This is an interactive site that lets you relive the history of space exploration. I should warn you, it takes a little while to load but it’s well worth it. After browsing around on this site, I actually learned some interesting new facts—like in 1957 the first dog went into orbit! I wonder if he got lonely up in that space kennel.

No Man’s Sky (Preview)
I haven’t been this excited for a video game in a while. No Man’s Sky is a space survival/exploration game in which players can freely roam around an open universe which includes 18 quintillion randomly generated planets. In this video, lead developer Sean Murray gives a walkthrough explaining what it is you actually do in this game. It’s worth mentioning that the universe in the game is so expansive that 99.8% of all the planets will go undiscovered. If you don’t follow video games, just know this is pretty groundbreaking stuff.

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing in Real Time
On this site, you can watch the first moon landing in real time, with audio from Houston as well as the Lunar and Command Module. I imagine the hours of fun I’d have with this as a kid. Even as an adult I find it pretty cool as a temporary distraction. This is definitely worth checking out for a few minutes at least.
Bonus link: Appolo 17 in Real Time
Here is a site where you can view many lightyears a hit song from the past has travelled. Radio broadcasts actually leave Earth at the speed of light. It’s not a site I spent a lot of time on, but I did enjoy seeing how far back I could go in space to see how far the songs travelled. It’s a pretty cool little experiment that combines music with space exploration.

How Big Is Space
Another interactive site from BBC that gives an idea of how our solar system scales to other massive occurances that have taken place on Earth. Spoiler alert: It’s bigger than you can comprehend.

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” -Douglas Adams