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 @timeturnerjoneshttp://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 @hikaymmhttp://www.vingle.net/posts/589045
"Life in the universe, human nature and the source of creativity" - a video by E. O. Wilson posted by @handregrubhttp://www.vingle.net/posts/605029
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 @handregrubhttp://www.vingle.net/posts/608149
"Interstellar -- why, why, WHY?!" by @McDooglehttp://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 @timeturnerjoneshttp://www.vingle.net/posts/629142
"Guardians of the Galaxy: JJ Abrams Style" posted by @timeturnerjoneshttp://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?