The evolution of Mars imaging from orbit: Mariner 4 (1964)
, Mariner 6
and Mariner 7 (both 1969)
, Mariner 9 (1971)
(all NASA), Mars 5 (1973)
(USSR), Viking 1 (1975)
, Viking 2 (1976)
, Mars Global Surveyor (1996)
, Mars Odyssey (2001)
(NASA), Mars Express (2003)
(ESA), up to this spy-quality shot of an active avalanche
taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2005)
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Mar 5, 2008 -
ENVIronmental SATellite is on its fifth year in orbit. To celebrate, ESA has assembled four galleries with selected images from the 500 tearabytes of data that has been collected to date.
The pictures are of very different types, covering a wide variety of information, for example clorophyll concentration, global wave height, and an interferogram of the Bam earthquake.
I personally think the ‘maximum water vapour mean’, in the atmosphere gallery is beautiful.
Unfortunately the galleries are in flash so you cannot save the pics directly.
posted by Catfry
on Mar 1, 2007 -
On September 2nd at 10:41 p.m. PDT the ESA's Smart-1
will crash into the moon
. While no one is certain how bright the impact will be, some believe it may be visible to amateur astronomers. We've discussed this before
, but tonight's the night!
posted by quin
on Sep 2, 2006 -
The hunting of American Bison
got a renewal today. The first hunt of the buffalo, in 15 years, began with a Belgrade, MT, boy killing a bull with 4 shots
, shortly after the hunt began. The 15 year hiatus on hunting Bison in Montana was contentious, if not downright nasty
, but that's over now. Montana has allowed Bison hunting outside Yellowstone park, and it's been a media show
. Of course, this really pisses some folks off
, to which hunters claim, "It's like the hunter's become the hunted
". The mountain west of the US has become a battle ground of flowing ideas
, with man against nature, and man against man. The Endangered Species Act, the very thing that has lead us to this event, is under siege
. People begin to notice when critters die.
Welcome to Bison Hunt, 101
posted by Wulfgar!
on Nov 16, 2005 -
Road trip to venus!
The Venus Express
on Nov. 9th, 2005 from Baikonur
, the historic spaceport in Kazakhstan
. It is the first Venus probe sent by the ESA
, and you can follow it's progress
on the six month journey to the planet.
begin in 1962 with Mariner 2
, the first space probe to fly by another planet and other flights, including the Russian Venera 7
, which was the first probe to land on another planet. The Soviets took quite an interest in Venus and dominated the exploration of the planet
through the '70s and '80s. A lot of the images recorded by those early craft have been reprocessed with modern technology
In the early '90s the Magellan
spacecraft spent several years mapping the surface of Venus
, providing us many
images and 3D maps
of the planet
As for Venus Express
, it's goal is to spend two years making detailed studys of the planet's clouds and atmosphere
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 13, 2005 -
Instead of liquid water, Titan
has liquid methane. Instead of silicate rocks, Titan has frozen water ice. Instead of dirt, Titan has hydrocarbon particles settling out of the atmosphere, and instead of lava, Titanian volcanoes spew very cold ice.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Jan 21, 2005 -
Art goes to Mars.
This may be the very first art that our species sends into space, unless you count the little naked folks on the Voyager plaque, or broadcast television. In a somewhat bold move, they've chosen shock artist putter-of-sharks-in-formaldehyde Damien Hirst
. Is it me, or would the chosen painting be much dorkier if this were NASA rather than the European Space Agency? Like a duck or something.
posted by condour75
on Nov 30, 2002 -