Posts Tagged ‘space’

The Closest Color Photo of Pluto Ever Shot

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After a nine year journey towards the outer edge of our solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its first color photo of Pluto and its largest moon Charon. The photo above, captured “just” 71 million miles away from the dwarf planet, is the closest color photo ever made of Pluto.
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Experience a NASA Spacewalk Through the Lens of a GoPro Camera

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Want to see what it’s like to “walk” around in space outside the International Space Station? NASA wants to show you. The agency recently strapped GoPro cameras onto two astronauts to capture the wonder of spacewalks from their perspective.
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How Astrophotography Has Improved Over the Past 135 Years

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Want to see how much our ability to photograph space has improved over the past 135 years or so? Just check out the side-by-side comparison above. On the left is a photo of Jupiter from back in 1879 as it appeared in the book “A History of Astronomy in the 19th Century” by Agnes Clerk. On the right is a photo NASA shot in 2014.

What’s more, amateur astrophotographers can now capture photos of Jupiter and moon transit events from their own backyard using ordinary consumer cameras and smartphones.

(via Universe Today via Reddit)

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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SpaceX is Now Publishing Its Photos Into the Public Domain Thanks to a Tweet

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NASA is a government agency, so the photographs it creates are released to the public domain and can be used by anyone for any purpose. Now that private companies such as SpaceX are getting involved in space exploration and collaborating with NASA, the copyright of mission photos becomes a little more murky.

All that cleared up in a big way this past weekend: SpaceX is following NASA’s lead and will now be releasing photos to the public domain.
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These Space Photos Were Made by Scanning Things Found in a Kitchen

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For the past couple of years, photographer Navid Baraty has been experimenting with the idea of creating photographs of the universe without having to leave his home… and without having to point a camera up at the sky. His WANDER Space Probe series of images may resemble photos captured by NASA using its Hubble telescope camera, but the photos were actually created by putting ordinary kitchen items on an Epson flatbed scanner.
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Satellite Camera Being Adapted for Spotting Signs of Cancer in Photos of Skin

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A camera used on satellites to monitor vegetation from space may soon help save lives in the battle against cancer. The special camera will be capable of peering into human skin to see things that are invisible to the naked eye for the purpose of detecting diseases early.
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World’s Most Powerful Camera Accidentally Captures a Picture of Comet Lovejoy

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Until the 3.2-gigapixel LSST camera is launched in Chile, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera (also in Chile) is the world’s most powerful camera. While photographing the southern sky recently to study the nature of dark energy, operators of the telescope camera accidentally captured the photo above showing Comet Lovejoy.
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This Glorious 15-Second Time-Lapse Shows a Green Aurora Meeting a Blue Sunrise

Above is a 15-second time-lapse created with photos captured recently by NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore aboard the International Space Station. It’s a short but beautiful look at a shimmering green glow of the aurora meeting the blue glow of a sunrise peeking through Earth’s atmosphere.

The images show the northeastern United States, with glimpses of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. “#sunrise touches #aurora. All we need now are angels singing,” Wilmore writes.

(H/T Quartz)

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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