Alt-soundtrack to “Silent Running” – 65daysofstatic

The instrumental “post-rock” band 65daysofstatic released the album Silent Running in 2011. It was originally performed live at the Glasgow Film Festival as an alternative soundtrack to the movie Silent Running. Funding for the making of the album was obtained via an Indiegogo campaign that raised nearly four times its original goal. It was released on vinyl copies to those who pledged to the campaign. A digital version is available on the band’s store page.

Find more info about 65daysofstatic at Wikipedia.

A couple of tracks from the album are available for listening on the band’s website.  And there is this video from the Indiegogo campaign:

65daysofstatic Silent Running Vinyl Release from 65daysofstatic on Vimeo.

Jimmy Buffet includes tribute to Neil Armstrong on new album

Jimmy Buffett‘s new album includes the song, The Rocket That Grandpa Rode, as a tribute to Neil Armstrong: Jimmy Buffett sings about ‘that rocket’ Neil Armstrong rode – collectSPACE

You can hear a sample of the song at Songs From St. Somewhere.

Buffet is a long time space fan and had another space inspires song called Beach House On The Moon.

Music video: Waltz Around Saturn

The music video  Waltz Around Saturn shows

highlights from Cassini’s exploration of the giant planet, its magnificent rings, and fascinating family of moons.

(WARNING: this video may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy)

The video is dedicated to the memory of Margherita Hack, astrophysicist and popular science writer (2013). She made me love the stars

music Dmitri Shostakovich – Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2 – Armonie Symphony Orchestra (thanks to Erica Alberti for suggestion)

image from Cassini–Huygens spacecraft mission to the Saturn system by NASA and European Space Agency

edit by Fabio Di Donato

This video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012, published through the Planetary Data System between June 2005 and June 2013 – If you want to know more about the mission please visit


Around Saturn from fabio di donato on Vimeo.

A week left to enter contest to name Space Shuttle replica at NASA JSC

The deadline nears for the Name the Shuttle contest sponsored by the NASA JSC visitor center:

One week remaining to submit entry for Space Center Houston’s
“Name the Shuttle” contest 

 Texas residents have the unique opportunity to name the Shuttle replica
that will rest atop the massive 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
at JSC’s Official Visitor Center

WHAT: Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), recently launched a free, statewide contest that gives one lucky Texan the opportunity to name the high-fidelity Shuttle replica that will sit atop the massive 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) as part of a new $12 million, six-story attraction currently under development. Residents can visit and submit an original name that symbolizes the spirit of Texas and its unique characteristics of independence, optimism and can-do attitude. The contest closes at noon CST, Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Full contest details are available at

WHEN:   Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at noon CST – contest closes
Mid-September – winner to be announced

WHO/WHERE:   Richard Allen, president of Space Center Houston, is available for media interviews to discuss the contest in more detail. Interviews can be scheduled by contacting Jack Moore at 281-244-2137 or                     

OTHER:         The state-of-the-art Space Shuttle attraction is slated to open in 2015 and will provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience exclusive to Space Center Houston. It will be the only place in the world where guests can climb aboard the huge 747 SCA and the Shuttle replica and experience the 30-year Space Shuttle program in the most dynamic, hands-on environment imaginable. The attraction will also expand Space Center Houston’s current educational programs, which aim to inspire students to consider careers in math and science.

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) education foundation with award-winning educational programs designed to inspire and encourage students to consider a career in math and science. Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theatres and is open every day with the exception of Christmas Day. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway; Houston, TX 77058. Please visit