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Mercury Space Exploration Mission Preparing for Launch
This video footage from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou shows the three BepiColombo spacecraft modules being ’stacked’ in launch configuration – destination the nearest planet to the Sun: Mercury.
BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. The mission comprises two science orbiters: ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter and JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter. The ESA-built Mercury Transfer Module will carry the orbiters to Mercury using a combination of solar electric propulsion and gravity assist flybys. It is the first European mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in the inner Solar System, and the first to send two spacecraft to make complementary measurements of the planet and its dynamic environment at the same time.
The mission is scheduled to launch on Saturday 20th October 2018 at 01:45 GMT.
NatureFootage Superb Underwater Film of Bait Ball
A bait ball, or baitball, occurs when small fish swarm in a tightly packed spherical formation about a common centre. It is a last-ditch defensive measure adopted by small schooling fish when they are threatened by predators. NatureFootage has just released a clip of this phenomenon.
GoPro Releases Hero7
This is Hero7 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. With HyperSmooth stabilisation, you get smooth, gimbal‑like video—without the gimbal. And with TimeWarp, you can capture mesmerising, stabilised time lapse video as you move through a scene.
New World War One Film Colourises IWM Footage
Peter Jackson, best known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has created a new film using original footage from Imperial War Museums’ extensive archive, much of it previously unseen, alongside BBC and IWM interviews with servicemen who fought in the conflict.
Global ImageWorks is Strong on Civil Rights
The Civil Rights Movement was a decades-long movement with the goal of securing legal rights for African Americans that other Americans already held. Global ImageWorks has stills and footage from the height of the campaign in the 1960s.
BBC Launches Short Form Content Hub
The BBC has launched a new global platform for short-form content, BBC Reel. The hub has been created by BBC Global News, an independent branch of the broadcaster supported by commercial revenue, and will feature a mix of recycled archive videos and newly commissioned content.
StormStock Films Rare “Moon Rays”
Rare, nocturnal anti-crespucular "moon rays" behind a severe storm in Kansas. Cinematographer Martin Lisius, a world expert on filming severe weather captured these unusual sky effects recently.
Unusual Footage of Tame Foxes
Wild animals are...wild. Cats, dogs, cattle, horses have been bred over thousands of years to live alongside humans. Foxes are not domesticated – see some unusual footage of an experiment in wildlife training.
Japanese Rover Sends First Video From an Asteroid
Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21st September 2018. They sent back stills and a short burst of colour footage from the surface of the asteroid – the first time this has been done.
WPA Shows Archive Footage of Anita Hill Misconduct Testimony
As the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh come to halt over sexual misconduct allegations made against the judge by Christine Blasey Ford, readers are reminded of the history repeating itself 27 years earlier with the sexual harassment allegations levied against then-nominee Justice Clarence Thomas by Professor Anita Hill, and the need to take such allegations seriously.
Orson Welles Movie Restored
“The Other Side of the Wind” has been rescued from oblivion. The film, shot between 1970 and 1976 was unfinished at the time of Welles’ death in 1985, and has now been restored and will premiere on Netflix on November 2nd.
New John Lennon Footage Discovered
Here we have John Lennon performing in the studio with his fellow Beatle George Harrison and the Plastic Ono Band. The song? A funked out version of "How Do You Sleep?" from Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, recorded and released in 1971.
Typhoon Mangkhut in Honkong – Terrifying Footage
Hong Kong and other areas of East Asia have suffered a pounding from the world's strongest storm this year, Typhoon Mangkhut, which has hit China, after pummelling Hong Kong and killing dozens in the Philippines.
Thrilling Filming of Whales Playing in 4K
Epic drone footage of humpback whales cavorting off the resort of Umdloti Beach, on the South African East Coast, has just been posted on Youtube, showing what appears to be a mother and calf playing together in the coastal waters.