Posts Tagged ‘esa’

Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives at Comet After a 10 Year 4 Billion Mile Journey, Sends Back Photos

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After a decade of travel, the European Space Agency‘s Rosetta spacecraft has finally reached it’s destination. Launched in 2004, Rosetta’s goal was to arrive at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P), which it has finally done, after racking up 6.4 billion kilometers on its odometer.

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Hubble Telescope Shoots Some Accidental Light Painting Thanks to a Tracking Glitch

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The Hubble Space Telescope recently decided to make a foray into light painting when it created the image you see above (full res below). A total accident caused by a glitch, the final image turned out more like modern art than the typical awe-inspiring photography we’re used to seeing from Hubble. Read more…

ESA’s Gigapixel Camera Now In Space, Will Map the Milky Way in Unprecedented Detail

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You think 41 megapixels is a lot? Try 1000 megapixels! That’s how much resolution the camera attached to the ESA’s Gaia satellite is packing; a satellite that, as of yesterday, has left the Earth in its quest to photograph things that have never been photographed before at a resolution as of yet unheard of in space photography. Read more…

Hubble Photographs Messier 15, One of the Densest Clusters of Stars Ever Discovered

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Once in a while we peer into the heavens and show you a photograph that even the richest and most gifted of photographers can’t match. And that’s the case today, because what you see above is a photo of the Messier 15 (or M15) cluster of stars taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Read more…

Beautiful Satellite Photographs of the Earth, Courtesy of the ESA

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Well, thanks to the US Government shutdown, space photography lovers who frequented site’s like NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day are left looking for other outlets. Thankfully, there are plenty out there, not the least of which is the space imagery archive of the European Space Agency, or ESA.

NASA may be experiencing a 97% workforce cut, but the ESA is still very much up and running, and their Observing the Earth and Space in Images webpages will give you plenty to browse through until Congress gets its act together. Read more…

Amateur Astrophotographers and Hubble Tag Team to Create Galaxy Photo

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The space agencies that run the Hubble Space Telescope may have some of the most powerful photographic equipment at their disposal, but every now and then they can still use a little help from amateur astrophotographers.

Amateur astrophotographer Robert Gendler created the beautiful photograph above showing the spiral galaxy M106 by compositing existing imagery captured by the Hubble telescope with his own photos captured from Earth.
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MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Astronauts on the ISS Use a ‘NightPod’ to Stabilize Their Low-Light Photos

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Astronaut photographers on the International Space Station have been beaming quite a few photographs of Earth as of late, but have you ever wondered how they manage capture relatively sharp photographs of Earth’s cities at night?

The speed at which the ISS hurtles around our planet is indeed a major challenge for low-light photography, and astronauts in the past have tried to overcome it by using high-speed film or by doing some manual tracking (which is very hit-and-miss). Luckily, space shooters nowadays have a new special tool up their sleeve: the NightPod.
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Beautiful Composite Photographs from 50 Years of Space Exploration

Over the past decade, photographer Michael Benson has worked as a self-assigned curator of the past 50 years of NASA’s interplanetary space exploration photography. His big idea is that the images produced during this period form an important chapter in the history of photography, so he wants to select and repackage images in a way that can appreciated by the general public. After browsing through massive numbers of RAW photos shot by space agencies, Benson composites and colorizes them into gorgeous wide-angle views showing what the locations would look like if the viewer were standing where the probe was.
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Europe to Launch Massive Gigapixel Camera into Space

A 268-megapixel sensor might suffice for photographing the stars through a telescope, but apparently a sensor many times more powerful is needed for photographing alien planets from space. The European Space Agency has just finished building the largest camera ever to be used in space: a camera over three feet wide with a gigapixel sensor composed of 106 separate CCD sensors. Just to give you an idea of how powerful the camera is: it will be able to measure the width of a strand of hair from over 600 miles away, and the thumbnail of someone standing on the moon.
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