2014: The Year of Space!

After losing a lot of traction in the public eye in the past few years, space seems to be making a comeback, folks! And thank goodness, because space is AWESOME. 2014 was definitely the year of space! Let's see what we had: The European Space Agency's Rosetta "Philae" probe made the first successful landing on a comet - and it was broadcast live! "Watch It Live!! First Spacecraft Landing on a Comet" by me http://www.vingle.net/posts/578893 "Rosetta Comet Landing Updates" by@timeturnerjones http://www.vingle.net/posts/580676 NASA's new Orion spacecraft completed its first spaceflight test: http://goo.gl/XBlkVY A very cool space simulation posted by@TeamWaffles: http://www.vingle.net/posts/609417 "Astronaut: Earth From the ISS" posted by@hikaymm http://www.vingle.net/posts/589045 "Life in the universe, human nature and the source of creativity" - a video by E. O. Wilson posted by@handregrub http://www.vingle.net/posts/605029 Movies: Wanderers, an awesome scifi short film by Erik Wernquist, posted by@hikaymm: http://www.vingle.net/posts/611146 Interstellar - a science fiction movie about a future in which the Earth is turned into a dustbowl and we have to go look for other inhabitable planets. "SPOILER ALERT: Let's talk about Interstellar!" (by me) http://www.vingle.net/posts/607269 "Interstellar and losing the magnetic chain of humanity" by@handregrub http://www.vingle.net/posts/608149 "Interstellar -- why, why, WHY?!" by@McDoogle http://www.vingle.net/posts/575116 Gravity - a nail-biting, extremely well-executed movie about the experience of astronauts in space. So much better than the description. The Rocket - an award-winning movie at the Tribeca Film Festival about a boy in Laos who dreams of building a rocket. I haven't seen this one, but now I want to! I included the trailer. It's not about space per se, but it is about the desire to reach up into the sky, so I think it counts. Under the Skin - A movie featuring Scarlett Johansson as a serial-killing alien. Edge of Tomorrow - A much better movie about soldiers in a vicious alien war who have to relieve the same day over and over until they can prevail. Jupiter Ascending - Mila Kunis as a toilet cleaner who is actually cosmic royalty. I haven't seen this one, but I probably will. Channing Tatum with pointy ears is super distracting, but hopefully it's not as silly as that makes it seem. Earth to Echo - kind of our 21st century ET attempt. A group of kids finds and tries to help a little robot-like alien. Guardians of the Galaxy - SOO GOOD! A rockin' movie based on the Marvel comic, in which a band of misfits rile things up in space as they try to save the universe. "JAM OUT to Guardians of the Galaxy!" by me http://www.vingle.net/posts/603160 "Bloopers from Guardians of the Galaxy" posted by@timeturnerjones http://www.vingle.net/posts/629142 "Guardians of the Galaxy: JJ Abrams Style" posted by@timeturnerjones http://www.vingle.net/posts/610861 There's so much more I could put in here, but it would get way too long - such as space video games, for example, or books about space. What are your favorite moments or things from 2014: The Year of Space?

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