Posts Tagged ‘earth’

NASA Releases 3.2 Gigapixel #GlobalSelfie

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A month ago yesterday, NASA invited everyone on Earth to step outside, snap a “selfie” and share it via social media using #GlobalSelfie as the hashtag. The goal was to create a giant mosaic of the historical “Blue Marble” photograph, using said selfies — and yesterday, NASA released the final product. Read more…

International Space Station Cameras Now Offering a Gorgeous Live View of Earth

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Rotating around the earth approximately sixteen times each day, the International Space Station is the venue from which many astronauts have been able to capture incredible photographs of our Earth. Taking it to the next level though is a project from NASA called the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment.
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Satellite Images Show the Earth’s Beauty in Intricate Detail

Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000

Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000

Taken by a collection of three satellites orbiting Earth — Landsat 7, ASTER, and MODIS — the images above and below are part of an incredible collection of photos that were captured from space purely for their aesthetic beauty, rather than the usual scientific reasoning. Read more…

NASA Names Its Earth Photo of the Year After ‘March Madness’ Style Tournament

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If you’re more into satellite photography than basketball, then March probably had you following along with an entirely different tournament than most of the US: NASA’s Tournament Earth 2014. Instead of pitting teams against each other, this tournament packed a bracket full of satellite imagery until a clear winner emerged. Read more…

Two Spectacular Photographs of a Volcanic Eruption as Seen from Space by Endeavour

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In September and October of 1994, the space shuttle Endeavour was orbiting 115 nautical miles above Earth while the Kliuchevskoi Volcano was spewing ash and dust into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Not in any position to do anything about it, the astronauts aboard the space shuttle did the only thing they could do… they took pictures. Read more…

Magic Lantern RAW Video Used to Expose the Moon and Saturn in the Same Shot

The time-lapse above by photographer Colin Legg does a great job of showing off the power of Magic Lantern RAW video while capturing a cool astronomical phenomenon at the same time. Read more…

Beautiful NASA Satellite Photo of the Great Lakes Over 80% Covered in Ice

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Taken on February 19th (and available in high-resolution here) the satellite image above shows what the great lakes look like when over 80% of their surface is covered in ice. The image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, and beyond being nice to look at, it shows just how harsh the last couple of months have been in North America.

According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), rarely do they see more than 80% of the lakes iced over. In fact, this amount of ice on the lakes (88% at its peak) hasn’t been seen since 1994. For more info or if you’d like to see more satellite images of the lakes covered in ice, head over to NASA’s Earth Observatory website by clicking here.


Image credits: Photographs courtesy of NASA

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Its First Photo of Earth from the Surface of the Red Planet

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Someday, when the first humans walk on Mars — after they’ve taken a commemorative “one small step for man” selfie, of course — they will turn their iPhone 27′s back towards Earth and snap a photo of their home planet that might look something like the image above. Read more…

NASA’s Iconic ‘Blue Marble’ Photo of Earth Turns 41 Years Old

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Backlighting can be all moody and subtle, but you can seldom go wrong with full-on, straight-behind illumination. Especially if your subject is the planet on which your family, friends and all of humanity happens to reside.

That’s what the trio of Apollo 17 astronauts — and soon, the whole world — discovered 41 years and two days ago today. Navigating towards the moon on Dec. 7, 1972,  the spacecraft had the sun behind it, providing a rare, fully illuminated view of the Earth. Read more…

NASA Releases First Ever Photo of Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth in the Same Shot

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Yesterday, NASA released a real treat for all the space photography lovers out there: a gorgeous, incredibly detailed photo mosaic of Saturn that also captured Venus, Mars and Earth (with everybody on Earth waving at the camera at that exact moment… not that you can see any them). Read more…