Astronaut Story Musgrave's multimedia show about his
life and his experiences in space.
This company provides an on line store of DVDs with
a wide range of space documentaries, historical footage,
and other space related video. In addition, some productions
are enhanced with "high-quality computer generated
images matched to actual mission audio to provide
stunning realizations where video or film footage
The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has broadcast
many space related programs over the years.
"VideoCosmos is one of the worlds largest repositories
of archived film, video and still images, documenting
Soviet and Russian space history. The VideoCosmos
professional video library archive is the largest
in Russia specializing in Space exploration. The library
contains more than 2,500 hours of footage on Russian
Space and rocketry. Clients have included The BBC,
Discovery, PBS, Disney and a host of others."
Archives -DVDs of various space advocacy conferences
such as the annual NSS, Mars Society, and Space Frontier
" It's a view of Earth from space - seen
from a range of satellites, the space shuttle,
and the International Space Station."
A multimedia trip in photographs and music which
begins millions of light years into deep space
and travels back past galaxies and nebula, radio
sources and supernova remnants to our own small
planet Earth. The full download version runs for
12 minutes at 1280px by 1024px resolution and
also comes with high-quality MP3s, a screensaver
and 12 high-resolution wallpapers.
An online virtual reality universe that has grown to involve hundreds
of thousands of users with over 1000 unique worlds.
Included in this VR universe is a whole Mars world with spaceports and
"Originally designed in 1997 as a demo project for NASA, the virtual
world Mars has been open for colonization by Active Worlds' residents
since 1998; and is one of the more popular hang outs for adventurous
humans and extra-terrestrials alike." - Mars tour homepage.
AstroArts - Online
Simulators AstroArts is a Japanese site with
lots of astronomy related information, links and resources. This page
includes several astronomy programs including sunrise/sunset calculator,
Moon calendar, Planisphere and Orbit viewers for comets & asteroids.
- Solar System
The BBC Online offers a large and sophisticated space
site concerning the planets and general space exploration related
Observatory - NASA
Very nice educational site about earth observation. The Observation Deck
section allows you to build animations showing changes on the earth
as since from space over long periods. For example, look at the changes
York Times - Exploring the Solar System
These pages at the NYT (free registration to NYT site required) provide
lots of info about the planets, the Sun and other components of our solar
system. Including are some interactive programs (download of a plug-in
needed) that display:
National Geographic Interactive Space
Virtual Solar System - 3-D views in a "fly-by tour of the
sun and each planet in its orbit, observe close-up views of the planets,
extraterrestrial weather patterns, and more."
to Mars : Numerous 3-D panorama simulations of the Mars Pathfinder
mission to Mars.
Microsoft Windows 95/98 comes with a standard scheme
of colors, sounds, wallpaper, fonts, icons, etc. However,
one can modify and replace these with new colors, fonts,
icons, etc. that, one esthetically hopes, follow some
There are now numerous themes for just about every
topic, including space, available for download off the
web, often for free.
A theme manager will be needed to install the themes
for Win 95 & NT (Win98includes it already). Otherwise all
the sounds, colors, etc. would have to be setup individually
by hand. The Plus! packages include a theme manager
or you can get a third party manager such as XTheme.
Given below are some links to specific space desktop
themes plus some sites that hold large archives of themes.
One can search on these sites for "space"
to find other choices.
We also include some space related screensavers and
links to sites with large archives of screensavers where
you can search for more space related selections.
SPACE A multimedia trip in photographs and music
which begins millions of light years into deep space
and travels back past galaxies and nebula, radio sources
and supernova remnants to our own small planet Earth.
The full download version runs for 12 minutes at 1280px
by 1024px resolution and also comes with high-quality
MP3s, a screensaver and 12 high-resolution wallpapers.
In Windows, you can right click on an image and get
a menu with the item "Set as Wallpaper". This
will cause the image to be tiled across your desktop.
Some images look better than others as wallpaper. Here
are some sites offer various selections.
(Image Creator) - This shareware program from
Jess Diard allows you to "[c]reate photo-realistic-looking
images of deep space with Universe. Add star fields,
suns, nebulas, gas clouds, and global clusters over
the background color of your choice.." For Windows
- "media files from the web, Usenet and more".
... "use MediaGrab! to locate files by subject,
author, song name, band name, "..etc
Broadcast! -" locates all types of streaming
multimedia on the Internet. The number of Internet
radio and TV stations increases every day. You
can now access them all in one convenient application."
& Other Launch Videos
It is becoming common to attach a camera to the top
of a rocket and have it look backwards to record the
launching. This is used primarily as a diagnostic tool
to determine if the launch events occur as expected.
However, they also provide a very exciting way to view
a launch. Here are some sites that provide such videos.
Note: model rocketeers have long been attaching
still cameras to look back, and have recently been attaching
- links to sites that will broadcast upcoming launches
A lamented fact of life in today's space business is
that rockets still blow up far too often. Until we develop
that exhibit the reliability of modern jetliners, we
can expect to see many more such fireworks displays.
Here are some online video clips of rockets that met
sad but spectacular ends.