Moving Archives: The Human Space Flight Collection

This film is comprised of 16,384 video clips from the The Human Space Flight Collection of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The clips are laid out in a 128 by 128 grid, organized by sonic similarity. The viewer is moved through this mosaic of sounds and images in various ways that highlight the underlying forms, textures, and atmospheres of the source materials. At its peak, the viewer will be experiencing about 4.5 hours of footage per second.


Visit the methodology page and source code for in-depth detail for how this film was created.

About this collection

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. All the films in the collection are created by NASA and depict human space flight. Since all films created by the U.S. government automatically enter the public domain, all of the source materials are in the public domain and can be used freely without restriction.

To make this film, I downloaded all the publicly available movies created by NASA in the Human Space Flight Collection of the Internet Archive.

Source list

Visit this film's complete source list that outlines where all 16,384 clips are sourced from.

About Moving Archives

This film is part of the Moving Archives film series by Brian Foo that immerses you in the patterns, rhythms, and textures embedded within thousands of hours of footage from public moving image archives.