Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

Mind-Blowing Saturn Photo Mosaic Made from Pictures Taken Earlier This Month

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The NASA spacecraft Cassini has sent back some incredible imagery of the planet Saturn over the years, much of which is being put to use to create an IMAX movie. But thanks to the work of a Croatian software developer, we now have a full, breath-taking, high-resolution photo mosaic of Saturn in all its glory as it looked on October 10th. Read more…

One Millionth Leica and Modified Nikon F3 NASA Camera up for Auction at WestLicht

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Each year, the WestLicht Photographica auction house puts some incredible historic cameras on the block and lets us mere mortals “oh” and “ah” at them before some collector with deep pockets plunks down hundreds of thousands of dollars to take them home (where they will, of course, be used daily right?…).

There’s always special items going up for auction — remember Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1931 Leica IIIa with which he shot his iconic V-J Day kiss photo? That camera sold for almost $150,000 — and the 24th camera auction set for November 23rd is no different. Read more…

Super-High Resolution Video of the Moon Rotating Created from LRO Pictures

Short and sweet, the video above is also impressive. Although it might seem banal enough — what’s so special about a video of the moon going through a full rotation? — what you’re looking at is a super-high resolution time-lapse that shows all of the Moon, including the part that’s never visible from Earth. And it was all made possible by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read more…

Frog Photobombs NASA Launch Photo

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Check out this photograph NASA captured recently during the launch of its LADEE spacecraft. Notice anything unusual? If you’re thinking that the strange dark spot seen in the middle of the smoke plume looks familiar, you’re right — that’s a frog.
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Iconic NASA Space Walk Photos Continue to Inspire

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One of the key challenges in environmental portraiture is finding the right balance between subject and setting. Zoom in too close, and you lose the magic of location. Too wide, and it’s not a portrait anymore.

There are times, however, when you have to forget the rules. Like when you’re orbiting 150 miles above the Earth and one of your colleagues is about to take the first ever untethered space walk. Read more…

Beautiful Photo of NASA’s LADEE On Its Way to the Moon Behind the NYC Skyline

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Earlier today, we shared the news that NASA has officially joined Instagram, and just in time to share some photos of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (or LADEE) launch on Friday. Well, NASA weren’t the only ones taking pictures that day, and one of the cooler pictures that came out of the launch is the pic you see above by former NASA photographer Ben Cooper. Read more…

NASA Officially Joins Instagram, Already Uploading Awesome Space Photography

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Although there’s no shortage of accounts on Instagram where you can see some great space photography courtesy of NASA, the space agency just upped the ante by officially joining the social photo sharing platform itself. Read more…

NASA Curiosity Rover Captures Photos of a Solar Eclipse on Mars

We’ve shared some amazing eclipse photos taken from Earth, we’ve even shared some amazing eclipse photos taken of Earth, but today marks the first time we’ve ever had the chance to share eclipse photos taken from the surface of a different planet. Read more…

Peer Into Early Astronaut Spacesuits With These X-Ray Photographs

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When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out onto the surface of the Moon, it wasn’t technically a military triumph, but it might as well have been. On July 20, 1969, the United States effectively routed the Soviet Union in the Cold War conquest of space. The suits that the astronauts wore, with the Stars and Strips splashed across the left shoulder, left no doubt as to who the victors were.
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Breathtaking Photo of Venus Crossing the Sun During Last Year’s Transit

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Last June, something happened that won’t be happening again until the year 2117: Venus eclipsed the Sun. Of course, seeing as Venus is both small and far away from us, the event wasn’t an actual eclipse, but rather a “transit.” The small dot that is Venus made its way across the Sun for the second time in 8 years and the last time for more than a century.

A lot of photos and time-lapses came out of that event — a couple of which we shared with you here — but this one has to be one of the most incredible we’ve run across. Read more…