Today seems like a good day to share the space-related news I’ve saved up, as I sit here watching the Orion launch NASA TV.

The first 3D object has been printed in space

History was made on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth.

This is an excellent step forward for space travel – our first steps toward an on-board replicator! I think the best part of the story is that the part they made was a piece for the machine itself.

RadioIIS – Listening to Earth from Space

RadioIIS combines the live HD video stream from NASA’s High Definition Earth Viewing experiment, and using their database of audio streams from around the world, plays the “nearest” audio stream at that moment, allowing you to hear the music of a place as the ISS floats overhead.