Floating in Space

Floating in Space

Wonder at the science of the final frontier — celestial objects, cosmic phenomena, and the vast reaches of mystery they inhabit. Visit other planets and the moon with long uninterrupted views taken from authentic NASA missions and imbued with 2.5D perspective.

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Floating in Space
  • Liftoff

    A thrilling compilation of rocket launches transporting USA astronauts into space. A pure adrenaline rush extending from Project Mercury in 1958, through the Gemini Program, the Apollo Program, and the Space Shuttle Program. Such advances in space flight over the past 60 years have brought astron...

  • Hubble

    The Hubble Telescope has given humanity its greatest vantage yet on the universe. This video features images and narration (edited for brevity) provided by NASA highlighting Hubble's spectacular discoveries.

  • Earth

    Home! Earth, the 3d planet from the Sun, formed 4.5 bya and weighs 6.58 billion trillion tons. Earth is not a perfect sphere, but an oblate spheroid, “squashed” a little at the North and South poles. The equatorial diameter is about 7,926 miles, but the polar diameter is 7,899.86 miles. Earth’s s...

  • Apollo 16

    Apollo 16 was the tenth crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, administered by NASA, and the fifth to land on the Moon. The astronauts braved an extended stay on the lunar surface, with a focus on science, and the use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

  • Uranus

    The 7th planet from the Sun, Uranus gets its light blue color from methane gas in its atmosphere, which absorbs red light and reflects blue. 1.8 billion miles from the Sun, Uranus is the closest of the Ice Giants.

  • Mercury

    Visit Mercury, the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System. Its orbit around the Sun takes 87.97 days, the shortest of all the planets in the Solar System. Named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger of the gods, Mercury has 'mercurial' temperature swings from extreme heat to ex...

  • Apollo 15

    Listen in as U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin perform operations on the Moon for hours! Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon, touching down in the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Footage courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Spa...

  • Sun

    The 4.6-billion year old fiery colossus is a near-perfect sphere of plasma that could fit a million Earths. For once, it's safe to stare. Imaging technology enables us to see many aspects of the Sun. This video contains the latest technology giving the highest resolution images of the star's surf...

  • Saturn

    Visit Saturn, the 6th planet from the Sun and the 2nd-largest in the Solar System. The gas giant has over 80 moons and the most extensive ring system of any planet in the Solar System. It is more than 95 times the size than Earth, but only one-eighth as dense. It would float in a large enough poo...

  • Pluto

    Visit Pluto, an icy dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. It was the first Kuiper belt object to be discovered and is the largest known dwarf planet.

  • Jupiter

    Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined.

  • Apollo 11

    Listen in as U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin perform operations on the Moon for hours. Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon, touching down in the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Footage courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Spa...

  • Mars

    Visit Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries the name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which ...