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Awesomeness Round-up – 5/3/11

Here at Blueshift, we’re big fans of increasing the awesome. In fact, it’s pretty much our top priority when we’re picking the stories that we want to share (and why we call this the “awesomeness round-up,” and not “some random stuff we found”). So we really loved this video by Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers, explaining how NASA is increasing the awesome with a very small portion of your tax money!

To keep the awesome rolling, this week’s round-up will be all videos! So get ready for a playlist of last week’s most awesome space-themed news.

When we heard a rumor that an upcoming web feature was going to contain a clip from The Empire Strikes Back, we couldn’t wait for it to go live! It didn’t disappoint. Watch to find out why Swift and Hubble looked at an asteroid named Scheila to learn more about asteroid collisions.

If you’d like to get that video in another format (or other multimedia from the release), check out this page from Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio. The SVS has a huge archive of videos, animations, and still imagery from all of the things going on at Goddard. Check it out!

NASA announced the winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest! Here are the two top videos:

We’re very jealous of the fancy trophies that each winner got – they’re engraved with OPTIMUS PRIME himself! Congrats to all of the entrants and winners, there was a lot of creativity involved in this contest.

Finally, here’s a video from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, parts of which is being built right here at Goddard. MMS will look at the magnetic field of the Earth and the interactions that it has with energy from the Sun. Some of the events that it will study will include aurora and solar flares. It isn’t launching until 2014, but we’re excited about the discoveries that this fleet of spacecraft will undoubtedly make about the Earth’s busy magnetic field!

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