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Tag: space

This short video on space and the possible future: in a word, perfection.

Like the link says: Watch this in the dark, full screen (definitely full screen), in HD, and with head phones. Truly gorgeous…

By Erik Wernquist, via io9.

I can’t even… So beautiful… So makes me wish I could go to space…

Wow (click on the image for a larger image).

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This is:

a near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view.

The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o’clock position at upper left. This mirror-like reflection, known as the specular point, is in the south of Titan’s largest sea, Kraken Mare, just north of an island archipelago separating two separate parts of the sea.

For a better look, please go to this link.

From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

The illustrations for “Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space” are gorgeous!

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Art by Ben Newman. From Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space (amazon), via Brain Pickings

Clouds and their shadows (epic when viewed from space) #gorgeous

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By Alexander Gerst, via Colossal

Love these space themed illustrations by Scott Campbell

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By Scott Campbell.

HEADLINE: Martians Build Two Immense Canals on Mars in Two Years!

From the The New York Times, August 27, 1911.

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Read the full story here. Via Futility Closet.

WANT: very cool astronaut figurine that doubles as a phone holder.

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Available for purchase here. Via Sweet Station.

Animals in spppaaaaacccceeeee!!!!! Minimalist homages to biodiversity in space.

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By Norbert Mayer, via Coolector

Feeling full of yourself right now? Watch this and you’ll be sorted. #wearepuny #NASA

Wow.



“When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter.

One of Juno’s sensors, a special kind of camera optimized to track faint stars, also had a unique view of the Earth-moon system. The result was an intriguing, low-resolution glimpse of what our world would look like to a visitor from afar.

The cameras that took the images for the movie are located near the pointed tip of one of the spacecraft’s three solar-array arms. They are part of Juno’s Magnetic Field Investigation (MAG) and are normally used to determine the orientation of the magnetic sensors. These cameras look away from the sunlit side of the solar array, so as the spacecraft approached, the system’s four cameras pointed toward Earth. Earth and the moon came into view when Juno was about 600,000 miles (966,000 kilometers) away — about three times the Earth-moon separation.

During the flyby, timing was everything. Juno was traveling about twice as fast as a typical satellite, and the spacecraft itself was spinning at 2 rpm. To assemble a movie that wouldn’t make viewers dizzy, the star tracker had to capture a frame each time the camera was facing Earth at exactly the right instant. The frames were sent to Earth, where they were processed into video format. “

Video and text via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Looks quite pleasant, no? Mars: 4 billion years ago.

By NASA Goddard, via @christina_ochoa

Love this little anecdote about astronaut John Glenn and the International Flat Earth Research Society

Found at Futility Closet and noted here for tagged archive.

In February 1962 John Glenn circled Earth three times on Friendship 7.

When he landed, he received a card from the International Flat Earth Research Society.

It said, “OK wise guy.”

Strange and surreal space themed animated gifs

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By Zach Dougherty, via Colossal.

Saturn is awesome. That is all.

Breathtaking…

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Data from Cassini. Image processing by Gordan Ugarkovic. Via Bad Astronomy.

These black and white (science-y) illustrations by @superjoshln are gorgeous

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By Josh Ln, via Thinx

European Space Agency can serve your imagery fix whilst NASA is down. #planetearthispretty

Colossal (and Devid Sketchbook) provides this awesome option.

Luckily there’s still at least one space agency still publishing photos of space (and space from Earth), the European Space Agency. The ESA has an incredible Observing the Earth archive that’s updated every week and each satelitte image is usually accompanied by a brief essay to explain a bit about what you’re looking at.

Now for the whoa part:

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Via Colossal (and Devid Sketchbook)

The Earth as if you were watching on the ISS. Timelapsed, gorgeous, inspiring, and obvious that our planet looks very delicate indeed.

So, this past weekend, I watched this video. A few seconds in, I stopped it, turned off the lights, plunked on a pair of headphones, and then expanded the view to full HD mode. Then, under these conditions, I watched it fully.

It’s hard to explain but I found this video very moving. Moving for all sorts of reasons, I suppose. It was beautiful, the Earth was beautiful, but it was also an inspiring glimpse of much needed perspective. The Earth looked so small, especially when backdropped against the cosmos, and for reasons I can’t fully explain, the Earth also seemed so delicate – like it was obvious why we need to take good care of it.

Chalk it up to just another example of an interdisciplinary crossroad. Here we have footage that had a perfunctory scientific and technological basis, and yet some of the “data,” the “observations,” the footage that was collected, when translated by a skilled practitioner, clearly had a power beyond those acts of hypothesis generation and hypothesis support.

This is an interesting dynamic – how beautiful pictures, beautiful sounds, or beautiful words can inform the scientific endeavour, although it’s a dynamic that doesn’t appear to have a lot of research behind it. So maybe it’s worth taking a closer look? Or maybe not? After all, does looking too deeply, working out measurements or concocting algorithms to explain why I feel the way I feel when I watch this video, would this result in a loss of that wonderful perspective, or would it allow us to do it even better?

Video by Bruce W. Berry Jr. Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. HT to @kejames.

That’s one small rocket launch for man, one giant leap for frogkind…

This. Is. Epic.

And all over the internet, but now also archived here at Popperfont if you ever need a graphic on (amphibians, natural selection, biodiversity, thrust calculations, insert keyword here).

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From NASA/Universe Today, via Atlantic.

I’m so cool, it’s ridiculous. An animated gif for the astronaut in all of us.

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By Adrijan, via Fresh Photons

I think we can all agree that nebulae are just pretty

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That is: “A nebula (from Latin: “cloud”; pl. nebulae or nebulæ, with ligature or nebulas) is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases.” (from Wikipedia)

Images compiled by Antony McAulay, via ScienceAlert

If you have some time to kill, you can even read up on a few of them…

Eagle Nebula, Carina Nebula, Cat’s Eye Nebula, Horsehead NebulaCrab Nebula, Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302), Eskimo Nebula, Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), Cat’s Eye Nebula, Dumbbell Nebula, Helix Nebula, Hourglass Nebula, Medusa Nebula, Orion Nebula, Rosette Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, Trifid Nebula

Digitally manipulated stellar scapes by Chris Keegan. #whoa

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By Chris Keegan

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