Posts Tagged ‘earth’

A Time-Lapse of Earth Created Using Photos Taken by Astronaut Alexander Gerst

Photographs captured from the International Space Station have gotten a lot of press in recent years, especially as social networking has helped to share them with a wider audience. Quite a few time-lapses have been made as well using those photos.

Usually those videos are created by video editors who combine all kinds of photos found on space agency websites. The video above is a bit different: it was created with photos captured by a single person: astronaut Alexander Gerst.
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Here’s the First True Color Photo of Earth Snapped by Japan’s New Himawari 8 Weather Satellite

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The Japan Meteorological Agency launched its latest weather satellite called the Himawari 8 this past October. A few days ago the agency released the first true color photo (shown above) captured with their new “eye in the sky.” Want a closer look? Here’s a massive 11000×11000 pixel version of the photograph.

From Above: Astronaut Don Pettit on the Experience of Photographing Earth from Space

Check out this gorgeous short film in which NASA astronaut Don Pettit shares what it was like to photograph Earth from orbit in the International Space Station. During his time aboard the station, Pettit became one of the most prolific astronaut photographers in the history of space exploration — one time he clogged up data transfers for three days with photos from a 30-minute shoot.
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An Interactive 3D Viewer for Earth Pictures Captured From the International Space Station

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More than 1.4 million photos of Earth have been captured from the International Space Station over the course of 41 expeditions. San Francisco-based developer Callum Prentice wanted a better way to browse the images and the locations they were captured over, so he created a nifty 3D web app called the ISS Photo Viewer.
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The Earth and Moon Captured Together by Chinese Spacecraft Camera

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Check out this amazing photograph of our planet with the Moon hovering in the background. It was published today by China’s State Administration of Science, and was captured by the country’s Chang’e 5-T1 spacecraft that did a flyby of the moon late last month.
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Chris Hadfield Explains How Zero Gravity Makes it Possible to Take Sharp, Hand-Held Long Exposures

Have you ever noticed how, in every photo of an astronaut using camera gear in the International Space Station, there’s pretty much never a tripod or monopod or special mount in sight? They’re always just handholding this massive camera with a 400mm lens attached.

So how, then, can they capture incredibly crisp photos of the Earth when they’re flying above it at 4.8 miles per second? In the video above, iconic Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares the fascinating answer. Read more…

Side-by-Side Pictures Show the Surfaces of Earth, Mars, Venus, Titan, the Moon and an Asteroid

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Oh the places you’ll go… Dr. Seuss may not have written those words to humankind as a whole, but he may as well have. As the ESA and its Rosetta Spacecraft prepare to land, for the first time ever, on a comet, this image serves as an awe-inspiring reminder of the places we’ve already been.

Namely: An asteroid, the Moon, Mars, Venus, Titan and, of course, our own mother Earth. Read more…

This is What Yesterday’s Equinox Looked Like from Space

Over the past 24 hours, the Earth has been experiencing its autumnal equinox. That is, the length of day and night across the globe was the same due to the sun hitting the earth at just the right angle to align its shade perfectly with the Earth’s spin axis.

And thanks to the photographic work of Russian satellite Elektro-L, we get an awesome (albeit quick) view of this bi-annual occurrence from a pretty spectacular vantage point: space.

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ISS Astronaut Captures the Thousand-Mile Shadows Clouds Cast on Earth’s Surface

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Hovering somwhere between 205 and 255 miles above Earth is the International Space Station, currently housing six intrepid explorers that are hurtling through space at roughly 4.8 miles per second.

And one of those individuals is Alexander Gerst, a geophysicist who spends a great deal of his time on the ISS holding a camera and putting it to use taking pictures of our planet. Read more…

SpaceBooth Will Help You Take a Selfie in Space… Sort Of

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A Belgian company called SpaceBooth is planning to launch its own little — and we mean really little — satellite photo both before 2015. Its mission? To give you the chance to have your photo taken with the Earth, Moon or stars as the backdrop… for free. Read more…