List/Grid Tag Archives: Space

What if Other Planets Replaced the Moon?

Space enthusiast Ron Miller wondered what if other planet’s replaced moon? He turned his curiousity into a surreal series of retouched images where the moon is replaced by one of the other seven planets. Miller left the real distance from the Earth to the moon (around 240,000 miles) and kept the chemical makeup and lustrous color of each planet. “We’re pretending, of course, that Venus would still have the same atmospheric conditions if it were in essentially the same orbit as the Earth.” – says Miller about gaseous planet Venus Great perspective on imagening how large other planets are compared to the moon. Moon… Read more »

Spectacular Landscapes of Earth from the European Space Agency

European Space Agency has a fascinating archive of  images called Observing the Earth. Updated weekly it brings breathtaking shots of our planet‘s beauty taken by many different satellites from space. From a fast look the gallery gives a feeling of abstract paintings while actually spotlighting the incredible reality.

Picture of the Day: NASA Released View of Earth from Saturn

This photo was taken on July 19,  2013 from the Cassini spacecraft. The wide-angle camera has captured Saturn rings along with our planet Earth, which is 898 million miles (1.44 billion kilometers) away in this image and appears as a blue dot at center right. You can notice the moon as a fainter protrusion off Earth’s right side. The other bright dots nearby are stars. According to NASA this is only the third time ever that Earth has been imaged from the outer solar system.

30 Epic Photos of Earth Snapped from Space by Commander Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut commander Chris Hadfield, currently living on board during his stay on board the International Space Station, has been showing off his photography skills from space through his twitter account. His photos demonstrates how beautiful our home planet can be loved and respected with all its nature and urban locations that we all can relate to. Here are 30 of our favorite photos posted by Hadfield: An ancient crater in the hard rock, blasted by sand, NE Africa. Maybe a meteor crater?   Antipodes Islands, looking like an island flag   Aurora dances above a ribbon of dawn   The Nile flowing into the delta… Read more »

Picture of the Day: NASA Freshly Released Image of the Sun

This breathtaking image is a result of composing 25 separate images of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013 made by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly where the sun is captured every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The work presented here is based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1.08 million F). The result image is extremely stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph. The images have… Read more »

Astronaut Wringing A Wet Towel In Space Will Make Your Jaw Drop! (video)

This video has been taking its share of going viral online over the past few hours, coming to us from the International Space Station. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently commander on the International Space Station, demonstrates what happens when you wring out a soaking wet towel in zero gravity. It’s definitely a reaction I didn’t see coming. Check it out: The science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The students from Fall River, Nova Scotia won a national science contest held by the Canadian Space Agency with their experiment on surface tension in… Read more »

Astonishing HD images of the Sun Shot from the Photographer’s Backyard

Pointing a telescope towards the sky from his backyard in Buffalo, NY, Alan Friedman, using special filters attached to his camera, captures some of the most lovely details of the Sun’s boiling surface. The raw images are colorless and often blurry requiring numerous hours of coloring, adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details, the results of which hardly resemble what I imagine the 10-million degree surface of Sun might look like. Instead Friedman’s photos appear almost calm and serene, perhaps an entire planet of fluffy clouds or cotton candy. From his artist statement: My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of… Read more »

Winter On Mars Like Never Before

Autumn and winter temperatures bring changes to the Red Planet as the carbon dioxide atmosphere turns to dry ice frost that clings to the surface. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its powerful cameras to capture detailed pictures and measurements of wintry scenes – of nature’s beauty at work – on Mars. The long streaks that stripe the walls of this crater are gullies In the Martian winter, frost can build up in the gullies, especially on the cold slopes that face the pole. These gullies are active. Frost causes the gully activity in some as yet unknown way. In fall and winter,… Read more »

DigitalGlobe’s Top 20 Satellite Images in 2012

In the beginning of December 2012, DigitalGlobe has announced the launch of their annual Top Satellite Image of the Year 2012 event, where experts have dug through the trillions of pixels photographed by their satellites and found 20 images that they think are especially amazing. It has been left to the audience to decide which ones is thought to be the most interesting, aesthetically pleasing and/or astounding. Where a voting is taking place on DigitalGlobe’s Facebook page album Top Image Contest – 2012 album. And the 5 out of 20 images with the most “likes” will make it to the final round. They will then… Read more »

A Bubble in a Water Drop

A stunning snap at the International Space Station of astronaut Andre Kuipers watching a bubble in a drop of water while enjoying the weightless environment. The photo was taken days before his return to Earth last July. Kuipers was previously featured on our blog for his stunning Earth from space gallery.

An Illustrative Tribute to Neil Armstrong

A couple of days ago the world has lost American astronaut Neil Armstrong, who made “one giant leap for mankind”, becoming the first person to walk on the Moon. in July 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off in Apollo 11 on a nearly 250,000-mile journey to the moon that went down in the history books. They were on the moon’s surface for two hours and a half. Armstrong passed away at age 82 due to complications from a recent heart surgery. Graphic designer Nico Encarnacion, 21, based in South Korea, created this sweet tribute in memory of Armstrong. He… Read more »

An Arctic View of Our Blue Marble

For the first time, NASA captures an image of the whole volume of our home planet looking down at the North Pole. At an altitude of 828 Km (512 miles), Earth looks different than the image we’re used too of the eastern and western hemishperes snapped from the orbital plane of the planet. This view shows the UK and Greenland clearly, Europe, most of Asia, northern Africa and north America. The Arctic view of the Blue Marble is not a single photo,  according to NASA, it took 15 orbits of the  recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument, to gather the pixels… Read more »

Waterway to Orbit by James Vernacotola

Photographer James Vernacotola captured this stunning long exposure image in 2010 of Space Shuttle Endeavor launch from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in Ponte Vedra, Florida; about 115 miles from the launch pad. This launch was extra special because it was NASA’s last scheduled night launch of the space shuttle program. The brilliance of the moment and location of the photo is without a doubt captivating and unique. It was featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Air & Space/ Smithsonian and as an honorable mention in the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.

Space Race – Just how big is our Cosmic Neighborhood?

A remarkable info-graphic released by BBC Future, showing just how amazingly gigantic our solar system is, in contrast to it being just a tiny corner of the universe. What is the most distant man-made object? What is the farthest traveled by a human being? What is the farthest traveled by a piece of Lego? And perhaps most importantly – how long would these journeys take if you were a passenger on the Star ship Enterprise?

Astronaut Andre Kuipers Shares Stunning Images of Earth from Space

In space, 28,000 km/h, 400 km above Earth, Dutch astronaut and physician Andre Kuipers is currently on a 191-days research mission at the International Space Station. Lately, he’s been sharing with the world some of the most amazing views of our beloved home planet up from his perspective. Don’t feel surprised to know that the breathtaking imagery is shot using only his Nikon D3S and not a sophisticated satellite photo-snapping device. The spectacular views of the universe’s constant activity and the spectrum of colors it offers is absolutely magnificent.

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