WATCH // NASA’s R&D back catalogue

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Say goodbye to many, many, many, many hours of your life – once you’ve clicked the link, you’ve signed the contract to be engulfed by HUGE numbers of videos charting NASA’s aerospace tests.

From Mars Rovers to SCRAM Jets, Super Guppy’s to Buzz Aldrin’s pitching arm, this newly released YouTube archive is something to behold.

Below are a few of our favourite picks (so far!):

Two of the iconic SR-71A aircraft were loaned from the U.S. Air Force for use in NASA’s high-speed, high-altitude research. Just Look At It!!! These were the last remaining airworthy Blackbirds before retirement in 1999.

‘Aerospace Appreciation Night’ at the Lancaster Jethawks saw Apollo 11 Astronaut ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (ie. A Solid Gold Frickin’ Legend) throws out the first pitch in a style that suggests he thought he was still on the moon.


Space Shuttle Endeavour atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flew over many Los Angeles area landmarks on its way to retirement in 2012, including the Coliseum, the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Disneyland, Dodger Stadium, and downtown Los Angeles.

22 seconds of some of the Cold War’s most protected secrets – NASA’s high-speed experimental research aircraft.

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