Posts Tagged ‘space’

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…

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…

Is This the First Toy Camera Photo Taken from the Edge of Space?

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We’ve seen cameras sent to the edge of space to take pictures, and we’ve even seen toys photographed at the edge of space. What we had never see, however, was a toy camera photo taken from the edge of space — until now that is.

The photo above was the result of a summer-long project by a class at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, and it’s the first Holga toy camera photo taken from the Stratosphere. 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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Amazing Time-Lapse of Earth Captured by Spacecraft Leaving Our Planet

In August of 2005, one year after being launched into space, the NASA spacecraft MESSENGER performed a gravity assist swing-by of our little blue planet. As it drifted away from Earth on its way to Mercury, MESSENGER proceeded to capture hundreds of stunning photos, many of which have been compiled into this amazing time-lapse view of Earth. Read more…

Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in Space

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Hey aspiring storm chasers — want to dramatically improve your lightning shots? Try getting an elevated view. Like about 400 miles up. That’s the approximate orbital height above Earth of the International Space Station, which is producing an impressive library of images showing what lightning looks like from way above.

The latest (shown above), captured July 21 by astronaut Karen Nyberg, shows an early-morning storm lighting up the clouds over Southern California.
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Cassini Snaps New Photographs Showing Earth Next to Saturn’s Rings

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Were you smiling a lot Friday afternoon? Hope so, because that’s when you and your 7 billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session from the Cassini spacecraft. Orbiting above Saturn almost a billion miles away, the craft turned its camera towards to Earth to capture some spectacular images of our planet foregrounded by Saturn’s rings.

It was the first time in nine years that Cassini has been in orbit and taking scheduled photos of our planet, prompting NASA and friends to promote a “The Day That the Earth Smiled” event via social media.
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Portraits Created from Pictures of Space Taken by the Hubble Telescope

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Spanish visual artist Sergio Albiac is offering the world a chance to meld with the universe in an innovative project that combines portraiture with images from the Hubble space telescope.

Albiac calls his “Stardust” project “an experiment in generative portraiture.”
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In Saturn’s Rings: A 4K Film Made Entirely from Real NASA Photographs

The tagline for the 2014 IMAX movie In Saturn’s Rings simply states: “This is Real.” And it’s a tagline that bears repeating to yourself over and over again as you watch the preview footage above.

A fly-through put together from over one million real photographs — many taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft — the movie promises to contain zero CGI. And above, we have the first teaser for the film, available in 4K as long as your monitor can handle it. Read more…

Company Plans to Send 28 Tiny Satellites Into Space to Collect Aerial Photos

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There are a couple of different types of imaging satellites currently orbiting our planet. On one end of the spectrum are specialized satellites that gather very high-resolution imagery in which you can identify objects as small as 3 feet across. On the other are the lower resolution satellites that beam down photos of larger areas.

California company Planet Labs wants to fill the space in-between, by providing an affordable middle-of-the-road option for companies interested in using it. To that effect, they’re planning on launching 28 tiny, mid-resolution satellites called “Doves” into space before the year is out. Read more…