Space enthusiasts will know that this past summer, NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Space exploration has made monumental leaps since that first lunar stroll: Richard Branson has been pre-selling tickets aboard his space shuttle, Virgin Galactic, to the public, and Elon Musk is striving for a human colony on Mars. An actual ticket to space may be out of your budget, but there are a number of decent gifts to the scratch the reach-for-the-stars itch, either for yourself or your loved ones.
AstroReality LUNAR Pro 3D Printed Moon
The most precise 3D printed model of the moon. Amazon
For anyone obsessed with celestial bodies, this 3D-printed rendering of the moon is the perfect gift. Billed as the world’s most precisely made model, it features 0.006-mm-per-pixel precision and is based on data captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Each realistic model is hand-painted and comes with an augmented reality app that lets you explore the topographical features of the moon, which are hand-painted using applied colors and safe protective coating.
Chanasya Super Soft Solar System Galaxy Star Space Print Gift Throw Blanket
Snuggle up in space. Amazon
This super soft and large blanket, made out of microfiber, is the perfect addition to any space-themed room. It features a solar system print and is made by a small, family-owned company based in Austin, Texas.
The Illustrated Brief History of Time
A beautiful, illustrated version of the Steven Hawking classic. Amazon
Originally published in 1988, A Brief History Of Time was a bestseller and a seminal work of scientific writing. Many of Hawking’s observations have since been confirmed, like the discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE). The famed physicist wrote a new introduction and chapter on wormholes and time travel, and the illustrations and Hubble Space Telescope photographs help enhance comprehension of the ineffable, like the vastness of intergalactic space and the nature of black holes. A must-read for any space lover.
NASA Retro Vintage Space Shuttle T Shirt & Stickers
Rock your love for NASA with this vintage tee. Amazon
This unisex tee is perfect for sporting space enthusiasm. It’s made out of 100 percent cotton and has a vintage feel to it; it’s also machine washable and preshrunk. And it comes with stickers so you can extend that NASA pride to laptops and water bottles.
Take a look at the sky. Amazon
For a closer look at the heavenly sky, a good telescope is key. This astronomer’s telescope features a 400mm (f/5.7) focal length and 70mm aperture and a fully coated optics glass lens, which will let you stare at the stars and moon while protecting your eyes. It also comes with a smartphone adapter and wireless camera remote, allowing you to take breathtaking images. Also included: a tripod, a carrying bag, a one-year warranty, and lifetime maintenance.
Estes Tandem-X Flying Model Rocket Launch Set
3…2…1… blast off. Amazon
This kit lets you both build and launch a high-flying model rocket. It’s easy to assemble, so feel free to share with kids ages 10 and up. Launching the rocket requires adult supervision, but it hits the air like a dream: It can reach up to a whooping 600 feet. Note that the engine is not included.