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The scariest thing you’ve ever done: Chris Hadfield at TED2014The scariest thing you’ve ever done: Chris Hadfield at TED2014

Posted By Ben Lillie

Or, asks retired colonel Chris Hadfield to the crowd at TED2014, “What’s the most dangerous? And, why did you do it?” For Hadfield, an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and a commander of the International Space Station for 3 months, it was to ride a rocket ship into orbit. Watch Chris Hadfield’s TED Talk >> […]

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6 talks to watch this Moon Day6 talks to watch this Moon Day

Posted By Nia Ashley

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. Moon Day is held every July 20 to commemorate this momentous feat. 43 years later, humanity is still looking to the sky, mesmerized by lunar bodies. However, it is not just Earth’s moon we’re studying anymore. With better satellites and […]

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Say cheese, world. Saturn is watching.Say cheese, world. Saturn is watching.

Posted By Helen Walters

In her 2007 TED Talk, “This is Saturn,” planetary scientist Carolyn Porco blew some minds with images taken by Cassini, the robot spaceship launched in October 1997 to study and photograph Saturn and its accompanying moons. Gleaning “oohs” and “aahs” from the assembled TED audience, she concluded with a stunning shot of a backlit picture […]

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Planck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universePlanck satellite data: What it can tell us about the universe

Posted By Karen Eng

Today—March 21, 2013—the much-anticipated cosmological results from the Planck satellite have been released. In a recent blog post on her own website, TED Fellow and cosmologist Renée Hlozek describes why this is a big day for astrophysics and cosmology. We asked her to explain what the excitement is all about. “Planck is the ‘next generation’ satellite that measures the tiny fluctuations in […]

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New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”New playlists: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

Posted By Tedstaff

TED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?” Ancient clues Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and […]

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Can we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes howCan we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes how

Posted By Dan Powell

It’s a humbling day to be an Earthling. Just sixteen hours before the highly-anticipated flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14, the skies above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia were shattered by the explosion of an incoming meteor. Although fortunately nobody appears to have been killed by the blast, more than 1,000 people reported injuries, mostly from flying glass and […]

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TIME Magazine reveals the 25 Most Influential People in Space — among them, 5 TED veterans

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In TIME’s end-of-the-year “New Space Discoveries” special, the magazine picked “The 25 Most Influential People in Space” — from telescope innovators to planet hunters. Of those included in the list, we couldn’t help but notice that five had given TED Talks. Below, check out what each had to say on the TED stage. 1. Andrea […]

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What does one wear for a stratosphere jump? A talk from the man who designed Felix Baumgartner’s safety suitWhat does one wear for a stratosphere jump? A talk from the man who designed Felix Baumgartner’s safety suit

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Last Sunday, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a helium balloon from over 24 miles in the sky, and shattered world records by freefalling from an altitude of 128,100 feet to Earth. With the jump, Baumgartner became the first human to break the sound barrier, reaching an astonishing peak speed of 833 mph and […]