Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Did You Know: We Don’t Have a Clear Photo of Pluto, but Next Year We Will

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Pluto has had a rough existence. Discovered February 18th, 1930, the largest object in the Kuiper belt has gone through a number of classifications, eventually settling on “dwarf planet” at this point in time.

The interesting thing is, as much as we may know about this dwarf planet, we don’t have a very good idea of what it looks like. Scientists have yet to take a clear photograph of Pluto, but around this time next year (on July 14th, 2015, to be exact) that’ll change.
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45 Years After the Moon Landing, We Look Back at the Best Photos from Apollo 11

Apollo 11 goes supersonic as it continues to climb outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Apollo 11 goes supersonic as it continues to climb outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

It was 45 years ago, yesterday, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took on what is without a doubt one of the most important endeavors in the history of humankind. Packed together into one of the most incredible pieces of engineering to ever exist, the astronauts of Apollo 11 left Earth’s atmosphere, with hopes of being the first humans to ever step foot on the Moon.

To commemorate the accomplishment many thought was impossible – and to those who still do – we have put together a chronological collection of photos documenting the entire journey. Shared by NASA as part of their Project Apollo Archive, these images are just a few from the vast archive of medium format, 35mm, and 16mm frames captured throughout the Apollo missions.

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‘Cities at Night’ as Captured by Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

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Since 2003 astronauts have been snapping up photographs of our beautiful planet from the International Space Station. All of these photographs have been archived together into a resource called The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. It’s through the utilization of this resource, as well as a database compiled by Spanish Astrophysicists that a little project called Cities at Night exists.

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Video: Modern Day Earthrise in HD, as Seen by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter

Forget sunrises… what we need to see more of on Instagram and our Facebook newsfeeds is Earthrises. Of course, they’re a bit harder to capture, but spectacular footage like this high-definition video shot by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter can give even the most beautiful beach sunrise a run for its money. Read more…

Mesmerizing Slow Motion Shuttle Launch Compilation Set to ‘Armageddon’ Theme

By combining slow-motion footage of the STS-124 and STS-117 shuttle launches captured from a plethora of different angles, and setting the resulting compilation to the theme from the 1998 blockbuster ‘Armageddon,’ this video uploaded to the AmericasSpaceShuttle YouTube channel in 2011 pulls you in and won’t let you go. Read more…

NASA Packs 17-Ton Telescope in a Boeing 747 to Solve Catch-22 of Astrophotography

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NASA is known for using some impressive optics for its telescopes. But with amazing optics come some logistical limitations.

Ground-based lenses used by NASA can be as massive as needed, but are limited due to atmospheric distortion. Those used in space-based telescopes such as Hubble, on the other hand, must be much smaller, capable of being launched into space and fixed on-the-fly. This leaves NASA with a little Catch–22.

A Catch-22 they’ve managed to find an answer to in the form of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy): a Boeing 747 with a 17-ton telescope packed inside. Read more…

NASA Releases Updated Ultra Deep Field Image, Depicts 10K Galaxies

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In their seemingly never-ending effort to amaze us mere mortals, NASA has released yet another jaw-dropping Ultra Deep Field image. The above image is a composite created from only the best of the images captured between 2003–2012 by the cameras aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. Read more…

Previously-Unseen Photos Show NASA Using Hawaii as an Apollo Testing Ground

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How are these Apollo 17 astronauts riding around in their buggy on the moon without their spacesuits? You might wonder. Well, they’re not. This photograph, captured in 1971, shows the astronauts taking their buggy for some field training test drives on Hawaii’s Big Island. Read more…

Photo of the Massive Wildfire in Alaska, As Seen from Space

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When it comes to natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires, not even standard aerial photography can really cut it. To capture something that occurs on such a massive scale, you need a massive view, and so these disasters are often best visualized by NASA’s satellites. Read more…

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…