Posts Tagged ‘space’

A Glimpse at Where Camera Gear is Kept on the International Space Station

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If you’re a photography enthusiast and ever have the good fortune of finding yourself floating around on the International Space Station, here are two words you should know: service module. Formally called the “Zvezda Service Module,” it’s the component of the ISS that houses all of the station’s life support systems, and is where the astronauts gather if there is any kind of emergency. But here’s the main reason you’ll want to pay the module visit: the fancy camera equipment used by the astronauts is stored on the walls!
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Underwater Volcano Photo Wins NASA’s March Madness-style Photo Tourney

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March Madness 2013 came to a thrilling end yesterday with Louisville beating Michigan in the college men’s basketball national championship game. Another (less publicized) tournament selected a winner as well: NASA’s first ever photo tournament. No, it wasn’t a contest in which photographers submit their best image. Instead, Earth 2013 was a tourney that pitted 32 of NASA’s photos of Earth against each other in a March Madness-style tourney.
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Time-Lapse Shows What Earth Looks Like to Astronauts on the ISS

We shared this time-lapse by photographer Bruce W. Berry yesterday in a post about NASA astronaut photography from the International Space Station, but we’d like to share about it a little more about it since it’s something that definitely deserves its own post.
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Photographs of Dried Whisky Residue on the Bottom of Scotch Glasses

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Photographer Ernie Button has a unique project called Vanishing Spirits in which he photographs the bottom of Scotch glasses once the whisky has evaporated way. The residue creates textures and colors that make the photographs look as though they’re images of otherworldly planets.
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The Pale Blue Dot: A Portrait of Earth Shot From More Than 4 Billion Miles Away

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Seeing as the Voyager-1 spacecraft has been in the news recently, here’s the story of a very special photograph that it took 23 years ago known as “The Pale Blue Dot”.

In 1990, 13 years after Voyager-1 left Earth on its mission to visit two of the gas giants and their moons of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, one last command was sent to the spacecraft as suggested by Carl Sagan who was then part of the Voyager-1‘s imaging team. That instruction was to turn back around and take one last photo of our solar system before continuing on its epic journey away from the Sun and the planets.
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Artist Uses Photoshop to Bring Beautiful Shapes out of Celestial Photography

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By using Photoshop on photos taken by NASA at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, London-based illustrator Chris Keegan is able to create beautiful images of people and creatures out of deep space nebulae.

The process begins a lot like those summer days as a kid lying in the grass and picking shapes out of the clouds — just replace clouds with celestial imagery. Once Keegan has picked out a shape, he takes the image into Photoshop and strengthens that shape until it will be recognizable to everyone. Read more…

Amateur Astrophotographers and Hubble Tag Team to Create Galaxy Photo

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The space agencies that run the Hubble Space Telescope may have some of the most powerful photographic equipment at their disposal, but every now and then they can still use a little help from amateur astrophotographers.

Amateur astrophotographer Robert Gendler created the beautiful photograph above showing the spiral galaxy M106 by compositing existing imagery captured by the Hubble telescope with his own photos captured from Earth.
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Astronauts on the ISS Use a ‘NightPod’ to Stabilize Their Low-Light Photos

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Astronaut photographers on the International Space Station have been beaming quite a few photographs of Earth as of late, but have you ever wondered how they manage capture relatively sharp photographs of Earth’s cities at night?

The speed at which the ISS hurtles around our planet is indeed a major challenge for low-light photography, and astronauts in the past have tried to overcome it by using high-speed film or by doing some manual tracking (which is very hit-and-miss). Luckily, space shooters nowadays have a new special tool up their sleeve: the NightPod.
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Iran Government’s Strange Photos of the Monkey It Sent to Space

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Earlier this week, Iran generated quite a bit of media attention after claiming that it had successfully sent a monkey to space and safely brought it back down to Earth. The tiny monkey was reportedly sent into sub-orbital space 75 miles above ground.

To prove its accomplishment, Iran distributed the above photograph of the monkey strapped into its little spaceship chair.
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A Time-Lapse Message From the ISS to All of Humankind

Photographs captured by astronauts on the International Space Station are in the public domain, so they’re often remixed into gorgeous time-lapse videos. Italian filmmaker Giacomo Sardelli went a step beyond many of the ISS time-lapses we’ve seen by adding in more than just epic music: he included short audio messages recorded by the astronauts who worked in the space station.
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