One of the great explorations being undertaken by mankind at the moment is the great planet hunt, the quest to find other habitable planets. For the last 15 years scientists have been indirectly identifying exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system), planet candidates that are to be studied further.
Most of the hunt so far has seen planet hunting satellites spotting the twinkle of planets and the wobble of stars. In an effort to directly photograph these planet candidates NASA has developed what is possibly the coolest looking satellite in years. Unfolding like an incredibly sophisticated origami project the NASA satellite transforms to look like a gigantic metallic flower.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the NASA star shade in action, a work in progress but spectacular none the less. Sit back, relax and hit the big red play button to initiate program.