Breathtaking collection of images at The Atlantic
: Viewing the Earth From Space
Scott Carpenter has died at 88.
As the commander of Aurora 7
in 1962, Carpenter was the second Mercury astronaut to orbit the Earth. He is best known for having wished his friend John Glenn "Godspeed
" as the latter launched into orbit. [more inside]
Remember the Chelyabinsk meteor
that exploded over Russia earlier this year, injuring hundreds and giving us dozens of spectacular dashcam videos? It may have friends
In a recent episode
of Mad Men
titled "Lady Lazarus
," Pete Campbell has an existential crisis when he sees a picture of the Earth from space, but were there color pictures of the whole Earth in October 1966? First some background... [more inside]
Earth Faces 12% Chance of "Catastrophic Solar Megastorm" by 2020
The last gigantic solar storm, known as the Carrington Event, occurred more than 150 years ago and was the most powerful such event in recorded history. [more inside]
The Blue Marble
is a famous photograph of Earth, taken by the crew of Apollo 17 on December 7th 1972, as they traveled to the moon.
On January 23th, 2012, the Suomi NPP satellite
snapped a similar, high definition photo, called Blue Marble 2012
. By sure to check out the other side of the Marble
, how the photos were taken
and a PDF that describes the NPP project
Is the Earth getting lighter?
BBC Radio's More or Less
("the mathematical icing on the cake of life") talks to some of the Naked Scientists
from Cambridge about whether the Earth is gaining or losing mass, revealing some surprising and interesting facts.
Between August and October this year the crew of the ISS used a special low-light HD camera to visually capture the earth as it passed beneath them. The result, edited together by Michael König and set to music, is jaw-droppingly spectacular
It may be redundant to tell you to set Vimeo to full-screen mode before playing, but do so - you won't regret it. Post intended as something of a sequel to this.
Some related channels on Vimeo: The World In HD, HDTime, Slow Motion & Timelapse Theatre.
"On 12th April 2011 it will be 50 years to the day
since Yuri Gagarin
climbed into his space ship and was launched into space. It took him just 108 minutes to orbit Earth and he returned as the World's very first space man. To mark this historic flight we have teamed up with the astronauts onboard the International Space Station to film a new view of what Yuri would have seen
as he travelled around the planet. Weaving these new views together with historic voice recordings from Yuri's flight and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, we have created a spellbinding film to share with people around the World
on this historic anniversary." [more inside]
32 images of the earth from the blackness of space
, many with spacewalking astronauts in the foreground, presented in a Big Picture style. (via
) [more inside]
Time lapse footage of Earth
taken by Don Pettit during his time on the International Space Station. [more inside]
In the year 2182 -- 172 years time -- there's a 1 in 1000 chance
that we might be hit
by a very large asteroid. With two centuries advance notice, will we be able to develop effective asteroid deflection techniques
? [more inside]
On July 17th, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
(WISE) satellite completed its first survey of the entire sky viewable from Earth
. After just seven months in orbit, WISE -- a precursor to the planned James Webb Space Telescope
-- has returned more than a million images that provide a close look at celestial objects
ranging from distant galaxies
. The first release of WISE data, covering about 80 percent of the sky, will be delivered to the astronomical community in May of next year
, but in the meantime we can see some of the images and animations that NASA has released to date: Galleries (containing just a small selection of images)
. Videos and Animations: 1
, 2 [more inside]
Go buy a helmet
because Astronomers calculate there is a tiny chance that Mars or Venus could collide with Earth. [more inside]
. On the 40th anniversary of the NASA's Apollo 8 mission
[caution: weird JFK animation], which answered Stewart Brand's
-inspired question "Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?"
with an unforgettable image of a seemingly fragile and isolated blue planet
editor Oliver Morton -- author of a new book
on photosynthesis called Eating the Sun
-- disputes the notion that the Earth is fragile and isolated. "The fragility is an illusion," he writes. "The planet Earth is a remarkably robust thing, and this strength flows from its ancient and intimate connection to the cosmos beyond. To see the photo this way does not undermine its environmental relevance -- but it does recast it."
Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth.
"Like giant, cosmic chutes between the Earth and sun, magnetic portals open up every eight minutes or so to connect our planet with its host star
. Once the portals open, loads of high-energy particles can travel the 93 million miles (150 million km) through the conduit during its brief opening, space scientists say." [Via]
From grainy stills
to gorgeous high-resolution portraits
, from intimate pairings
to stark contrasts
, and from old standbys
to little-known surprises
, The Planetary Society
's Earth galleries offer a rich collection of stunning photography and video footage of our world as seen from both planetary spacecraft
and geostationary satellites
. It is a vista that has inspired many a deep thought
in the lucky few that have seen it firsthand [previously]
. Oh, and the rest of the Solar System
is pretty neat, too.
30 Incredible Abstract Satellite Images of Earth
"From 400 miles away, the earth transforms into abstract art. The global landscape is impressionist, cubist and pointillist." Nice NASA images from 2000, downloadable as wallpaper.
Cities at Night, an Orbital Tour Around the World
was made when astronauts added stabilizers to the cameras on the orbital space station, allowing them to get sharp, crisp nighttime images.
The most widely-distributed photograph
in history may be The Blue Marble
, a shot taken in 1972 by an unknown crewmember on Apollo 17
. In 2002, NASA released a new Blue Marble photograph
, familiar to desktops everywhere, using a composite of many photographs. In 2005, Blue Marble: The Next Generation
offered even better views
and some spectacular animations
of the seasons from space. In the same spirit, the Discovery Channel just launched Earth Live
, which lets you see the dynamics of weather and climate through a well done interface.
Who Speaks for Earth?
"After decades of searching, scientists have found no trace of extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, some of them hope to make contact by broadcasting messages to the stars. Are we prepared for an answer?"
A Pale Blue Dot - An Unauthorized view.
Some time before he died in 1996, Carl Sagan recorded a partial audio version of his 1994 book "Pale Blue Dot". Often described as the "sequel" to Cosmos, the audio version of Pale Blue Dot is, at this moment, regrettably out of print.
This video is "episode one" of an unauthorized attempt at producing a series of videos based on Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" audio book combined with a soundtrack and appropriate video and still images intended to recall the feel of the classic documentary series "Ascent of Man" and "Cosmos"
Knowing that Sputnick went up in 1957, when would you guess the first photo from space
was taken? If your answer is "more than 10 years earlier", you'd be right
. (Previously 1 and 2)
Voyager's Golden Record
This is life on earth 1977 as it will appear when Voyager 1 meets life (ETA 40.000 years from now)... and finds a turntable.
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record
-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds
and images selected to portray the diversity
: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched
a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs
during its three hour flight, some
showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file
to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
Over half a million photographs of Earth taken from orbit by astronauts, from 1961 through the present. The ability of the astronauts to rapidly identify interesting phenomena allows them to capture events as they occur, like volcanic eruptions
, and hurricanes
, or take advantage of the angle of the sun to highlight specific features, like the pyramids
or Mount Everest
Artificial images of our real planet
: computer-generated Earth views
, all created
using various free tools and resources
, including the Blue Marble and USGS datasets, POV-Ray and the Gimp. CGI Mount Saint Helens vs
the real thing
. For truly artificial landscapes, see also the randomly-generated Landscape of week
from the same author.
Hi-res satellite photos of Earth
Four pages worth, desktop wallpaper sized.
is an interesting JAVA web-app offered by NASA which gives a 3D interactive display of over 500 satellites currently orbiting the Earth.
A beautiful photograph of Earth
Some eye candy to cheer up your Friday
NASA thinks we can find another Earth
in another nearby star. When we do, how can we possibly travel light-years to get there? It might not be as hard as you'd think . . .
Step above it all for a moment,
and take a look at stunning images of the planet as seen through the eyes of the Landsat-7 satellite. Select an area of the globe, or view an index
of the images.
It's big, it's bad, and it's due in 2019. Dammit, who's going to rock me to sleep tonight? [via /.]
Keo Satellite to Carry Messages to Earth's Future
A nonprofit French group hopes to launch a satellite on a 50,000-year spin around Earth next year, loading it with as many as 6 billion messages from humans eager to give the far-flung future a glimpse of the present.
Reflections on a Mote of Dust
"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam."
Carl Sagan "Pale Blue Dot"