Real life science fiction (from history)


A video highlighting scenes of real life science fiction. From astronauts running around the Skylab Space Station and using NASA space jetpacks to catch stray satellites, to real sci fi looking images of Saturn’s ring, and images of Ice on Mars.

Showing the history of space exploration, and the science of science fiction.

Other topics covered in this video include:
• Soyuz launches to the ISS as seen from the space station
• A history of the Skylab Space Station
• How the Rosetta space craft and Philae lander landed on a comet
• The first planetary asteroid defence test (DART)
• Images of Saturn’s rings, how they were formed, and photos of mountains on them
• Auroras as seen from the International Space Station
• Firing lasers at the Moon, and one day at Mars (the Lunar Laser Ranging RetroReflector experiment)
• The Global Seed vault, and the terminator gene
• Desert solar towers and how they work
• Scenes from SpaceX (the launch of Intelsat’s Galaxy Satellites seen from the drone ship, Falcon Heavy’s double booster landing, the 150-meter Starhopper test, construction of the Starship, and the Starship SN10 test landing)
• Images from Mars (an ancient river bed in Mawrth Vallis, a Martian avalanche, the floor of the Gale Crater, and sand ripples and a dune at the Martian Proctor Crater)
• Ice on Mars
• Olympus Mons and how it could still be active today
• The landing of the Mars Perseverance rover, and how it landed itself
• The MMU, the Manned Maneuvering Unit, a jetpack for space
• The construction of the International Space Station (ISS)
• Photos and videos of the space shuttle docked with the ISS
• Videos of the Lunar Rover
• Images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft of Jupiter
• Humanity’s Earth based telescopes (The Very Large Telescope, IRAM 30-meter Telescope, and the NOEMA Observatory)
• Views of the Universe from the James Webb Telescope images

A short outer space and space history documentary. Showing the best sci fi from real life.
See more of Venture City on my website:

Book recommendations from Elon Musk on artificial intelligence, future technology and innovations, and sci-fi stories (affiliate links):
• Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
• Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
• Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
• The Foundation:
• The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:

Other videos to watch:
• The End of the International Space Station (ISS TRIBUTE 2031)

• NASA 1958 – 2100 (Timelapse of past & future technology)

Narration by: Alexander Masters (

Additional footage sourced from:
NASA, ESA, University of Arizona, JPL
NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran
JSC Skylab

Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM)
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Svalbard Globale Seed Vault/Mari Tefre/Matthias Heyde/Riccardo Gangale
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Johns Hopkins APL
D. Scott

Crop Trust
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Amble, Random Tree – Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
Koza1983- PS10 solar power plant PS20
Elon Musk
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
MOLA Science Team
Malin Space Science Systems
Dave Scott
Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran
ESO/G. Hüdepohl/H.H.Heyer/Y. Beletsky/B. Tafreshi/Serge Brunier
MSFC/David Higginbotham
CSA/STScI/Webb ERO Production Team
Yourong Wang

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