Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Iconic Space Photos Are Actually B&W: Here’s How NASA Colorizes Hubble Shots

Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is only able to capture black-and-white photos? In order to capture a maximum amount of information in their space photos, NASA captures multiple black-and-white images using different filters in the camera. These images are then combined in post to create the iconic color photographs that you see published by the space agency.

The video above shows how NASA goes about colorizing the photos by compositing the individual shots.
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This NASA Time-Lapse Shows 5 Years of Our Sun’s Life in 3 Glorious Minutes

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory began observing the sun on February 11, 2010, capturing more than a photo per second for 24 hours a day since then. The 200+ million photos and 2,600 terabytes of data captured provide a “unprecedentedly clear picture” of what happens on the surface.

The time-lapse above was released in honor of the project’s five-year anniversary. It’s a highlight video that packs the best photos from the last 5 years of sun watching into a glorious 3-minute experience for the public to enjoy.

(via NASA via CNET)

NASA Creates Movie Parody Posters Featuring Its ISS Expedition Astronauts

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The image above may look like a poster for the upcoming Star Wars movie, but it’s actually a portrait NASA just released of its Expedition 45 crew. It’s a long-standing tradition of the space agency for its crews to pose for a wacky photo shoot for posters that are often parodies of popular Hollywood movies.
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Forgotten Moon Camera Found Tucked Away in Neil Armstrong’s Closet

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After Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, passed away in 2012, his widow contacted the National Air and Space Museum. Carol Armstrong had discovered a white cloth bag in one of Neil’s closets, and it was filled with items that looked like they had been used in space. Among the contents was a forgotten camera that had been used to capture images of the first moon landing.
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This Image from 1974 is the First Satellite Photo of the Contiguous United States

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What you see above is the first satellite photo of the contiguous 48 states of the United States. It was created in 1972 for NASA by a US agriculture department division, and comprises 595 cloud-free photos captured by NASA’s first Earth Resources Technology Satellite.

All the photos were captured from the same altitude of 560 miles and at the same lighting angle, allowing the images to be seamlessly stitched together into a giant 10×16-foot photo map of the US. You can find a larger version of the image here.

(via Internet Archive via Laughing Squid)

This Photo Zoom Take Us a Billion Times Closer Onto Saturn’s Largest Moon

Ten years ago, on January 14, 2005, NASA landed its Huygens probe onto the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. To commemorate the event, NASA released the above video that takes us on a 1,000,000,000x journey from a zoomed out photo of Saturn and the moon and into the closest photos captured by Huygens.
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NASA Recreates the Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ Hubble Photo 20 Years Later

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On April 1st, 1995, the Hubble Telescope captured a photograph that became one of the most iconic space photos ever captured. Titled, “Pillars of Creation,” the image shows the gigantic columns of interstellar gas and dust of the Eagle Nebula 6,000 light years away.

Now, 20 years after that image was created, scientists have recreated that image using the same space telescope (shown above).
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What 100 Million Stars Looks Like: NASA Releases a 1.5 Gigapixel Photo of the Andromeda Galaxy

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NASA has released the largest and sharpest photograph ever made of the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest spiral galaxy to ours that contains an estimated 1 trillion stars. The new image (above is a crop showing a portion of it) weighs in at 1.5 gigapixels (i.e. 1.5 billion pixels); it’s so big that you would need 600HD televisions to display the entire digital photo.
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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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Dan Winters Gives an Emotional Talk on Shooting the Final Space Shuttle Launches

In 2011, when the end of NASA’s shuttle program was announced, photographer Dan Winters decided that he would photograph the final three launches and compile those images into a book.

That book, Last Launch, was released in 2012, and is well worth the $33 if would cost you to pick it up for yourself on Amazon. But, of course, sometimes the story behind the images is just as powerful than the images themselves, and Winters recently opened up about the entire experience on stage at WIRED by Design. Read more…