Posts Tagged ‘space’

NASA is Asking You to Help Them Sort Through Over 1.8 Million Photos from Its Archives

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NASA needs our help. Unfortunately it doesn’t involve leaving the Earth’s atmosphere or otherwise experiencing space as astronauts do. It does however involve hundreds of thousands of photographs astronauts have taken while circumnavigating the Earth.

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ESA’s Disposable Space Camera Will Record and Transmit Its Own Death Upon Re-Entry

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The European Space Agency has designed a disposable piece of equipment affectionately referred to as the Break Up Camera. As you could expect from the name, the sole purpose of the camera is to capture it’s own death.

How will it capture its own death though? With the help of a dedicated Infrared camera, hooked up to a storage device that will be contained in a ceramic-shielded Reentry SatCom.

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This is What a Meteor Shower Looks Like from Space

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The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak this week, and astrophotographers the world over will be gazing up at the skies, cameras contending with a very bright moon in the hopes of capturing some bright streaks across the sky.

And while some of them will undoubtedly succeed in capturing some stunning shots, there’s one view not a single one will be able to get… the view of a meteor shower from above. Read more…

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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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…

Remarkable 4-Year Hubble Time-Lapse of a Star’s ‘Light Echo’ Rippling Out in Space

Haters can hate on the click bait words all they want, because the video above is all-but-literally mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and all the rest. Captured over the course of 4 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, it’s a time-lapse that shows a very unusual star’s ‘light echo’ rippling out through space in the most spectacular fashion. 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…

Scientists Capture Cosmic Explosion from 12.1B Years Ago, Right After the Big Bang

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All photographs show a moment that is already gone, but the image you see above is unlike any other, because, while recently captured, it shows a cosmic explosion that took place approximately 12.1 billion years ago. 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…