- first video ever for the boards of canada
directed by melissa olson
from "campfire headphase
" /and/ the upcoming ep "trans canada highway
" which is launched on 06/06/06. video has sequences of previously discussed space giant leap
Vintage arcade artwork.
In free, vector goodness. For collectors restoring a piece of arcade history and enthusiasts who want to create some great art to hang in the den. Who doesn't want a giant Q-Bert
on their wall?
There was a lovely total solar eclipse
over parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia yesterday. See the photo galleries from Spaceweather
, various Flickr users
, and the International Space Station
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.
This so reminded me of ...... Salvage (1979) (TV)
Andy Griffith stars as a junkyard owner who builds a space ship from his scrap pile in order to retrieve valuable parts left on the moon by American Astronauts.
on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Here's hoping space tourism can pick up the pace a little.
Ground-based astronomy could be impossible in 40 years because of pollution from aircraft exhaust trails and climate change, an expert says.
Amateur and professional astronomers rejoice , point your telescopes at RA: 03:21:39.71 Dec: +16:52:02.6 to watch a new phenomenon that could turn into a supernova explosion
Mars Spirit rover finds something strange.
Scientists are puzzled.
I'm no scientist, but when I saw the photo
, "natural phenomenon" wasn't the first thing to enter my mind.
Galaxy Dynamics GRAVITAS is an ongoing project to visualize and animate the dynamics of galaxies using supercomputer simulations.
Fancy way to build a satellite -- spend millions of dollars hiring engineers to carefully construct your orbital gem
, then millions more on a massive rocket
to loft it into space. BORING. Easy way to build a satellite -- shove a radio into a spacesuit and toss it off a space station. Meet SuitSat 1.
The New Horizons spacecraft
will be the first man-made object to visit our controversial
sibling planet. An Atlas V
will be used to launch the craft to the fastest speed
that man has ever hurled an object to the heavens. Due to this and the small size of Pluto
, the probe will only be capable of one flyby.
Today is the first day in the launch window
that the rocket is hoped to be launched.
Stardust@home. The Stardust spacecraft
(discussed recently here
) should land in Utah early Saturday
, carrying in its hold a sprinkling of grains of interstellar dust. Researchers are seeking the public's help
in pinpointing the submicroscopic bits of dust. Participants will sift through the hundreds of thousands of pictures of the roughly square-foot collector plate.
Hyperdrive and a possible Unified Theory.
New Scientist article about a paper and proposal to NASA outlining development parameters and possiblities for a faster-than-light anti-gravity propulsion system, based on some rather interesting physics theories originated by a guy named Heim. You mean you've never heard of the Millenium Falcon? (via
Terrorists not allowed in space
(the FAA would like to regulate commercial space flights)
West Australians were treated to a spectacular light show last night when a meteor streaked across the sky
. LQ video
also available. Via ABC News
was a man ahead of his time. His epic 'novel' Star Maker
(1937) considered the emergence of genetic engineering, the outcome of the many worlds interpretation and delved deeper than any book before or since into the consequences of evolution on the cosmos. His fans have included the likes of Arthur C Clarke
, Jorge Luis Borges and Virginia Woolf
. Even his greatest detractor, C.S.Lewis, wrote an entire Cosmic Trilogy
in response to his imaginings. Yet despite Stapledon's magnetic prose
and extraordinary influence on speculative fiction
his name remains largely forgotten by the world
. Yet his words still resonate with insight: "Did not our life issue daily as more or less firm threads of active living, and mesh itself into the growing web, the intricate, ever-proliferating pattern of mankind?"
A Dutch television producer, who previously brought you Big Brother, now produces a show for British commercial television were you witness the training of three lucky guys to become astronauts and their subsequent launch into earth's orbit for 4 days.
They are trained in a Russian facility and are launched with a Russian rocket. There is only one catch: it's all fake. When they leave their orbiter to make a space walk they will be welcomed by their family and friends, and find out
If I were one of the contestants I'd go postal after this. But of course these contestants were specially selected to be prone to suggestion, so they will probably just forever hide in corner so they won't hear the constant mockery..
and The Good Earth
: pretty picture shows. (flash)
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
Explore our local chunk of space. Here
is a scale view of the Solar System, and here
one can take a quick trip around it. Use the guidebook
to plan your trip (but beware the pop-up ads). Don't forget to bring a camera
and snap some photos
Live tracking Thusday: Where are the interstellar probes
? (and the objects in orbit
?) Where is the lightning in Europe
? Where is the fleet
? Where is my flight
? Where is tomorrow now
? Where is your God now
? Where is the magnetic north pole today
? [J-track prev.]
Martian dust devils
(gif movies) NASA’s Mars rover Spirit has caught a bevy of dust devils racing across the surface of Mars
Cassini Flies by Tethys and Hyperion,
and the photos so far have been awesome
. I especially want to point out this fascinating view
, which, if you look at it closely
, reveals what appears to be a string of small impact craters, in a straight line over older terrain. What kind of meteor impact could have produced such an excellent formation of craters? Hyperion photos are coming. (Kokogiak's got backup
in case the JRUNS strike.)
Hi-res satellite photos of Earth
Four pages worth, desktop wallpaper sized.
You've read about
NASA's plan to use new post-shuttle launch vehicles to return to the moon
But what, exactly, is the US planning to do
on the moon? What would a semi-permanent moonbase look like? And why return at all? NASA's announced answers to these questions remain vague. But last year eleven sets of responses to these questions were offered to NASA in the development proposals submitted to NASA by eleven Aerospace concerns
, each of which suggested different designs, missions, and philosophies for NASA's return to the moon. Some common themes:
"Provide nationally assured access to orbital locations for the placement of observation systems" and "assured access to space for development of force projection systems and movements of logistics." (pdf link, p. 5)
"Commercialize space products and services" (pdf link, p.6)
Keeping the public inspired with "regularly placed program milestones." (pdf link, p.7)
It's interesting to compare the details of these proposals. But taken together, they raise a broader question: does NASA's fear that the public will lose interest in this commercializing, militarizing, moon venture reflect an awareness that that the vision
has finally been lost?
Ignition sequence starts ...
A spoken word documentary album of the flight of Apollo 11 to the moon. Dramatic - evocative - the right stuff. Provided by Hepcat Willy
Two Moons Passing in the Night.
Mars rover Spirit took these sequential photos of Martian moons Phobos and Deimos passing overhead in the night sky. Those rovers are still going strong!
Now that Discovery is home safe and well
, let's take a moment to remember some anxious moments 36 years ago, when President Nixon had a contingency memo
prepared to read in case that Neil Armstrong et al. were somehow unable to return to Earth. The forgotten memo
, written by William Saffire, is from the National Archives
Discovery is coming home...
Around now (6.06am EDT) STS114 is due to commence firing its orbital maneuvering engines for 2 minutes and 42 seconds and commence its entry of the atmosphere to return home to Edwards Air Force base. Florida was declared a "no go" both yesterday and today due to weather conditions.
Weather at Edwards is good
Landing tracks from NASA available here
BBC story with live video footage is here
Pilot Jim Kelly is handling the de-orbit burn, according to commentary and mission commander Eileen Collins will make the final approach and touch down at Edwards.
Best of luck, Discovery, I'm sure I speak for all when I say that all of our thoughts are with you.
Ecological impact of Space Shuttle launch exhaust.
Aluminum oxide powder, hydrogen chloride, and of course, water vapor, which can form noctilucent clouds
. The environmental impact is supposedly minimal.
Astronaut Steve Robinson
took a picture of himself that Escher
would've loved, when out fixing the Space Shuttle Discovery. Available in hi-res
, too (not safe for dialup).
Is there any purpose
to the kind of manned space flights
we seem to be concentrating on?
The Sky At Night
Every episode of the BBC science series made since the end of 2001 viewable online. Anything I know about the universe I learnt from Patrick Moore.
Discovery is in orbit, and STS-114 is well and fully underway. The fuel sensor problem
which had previously delayed the launch was not an issue this morning. Mission timeline
, mission updates
, and the Wikipedia entry
"I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords"
- in what looks like a thinly-veiled attempt at viral marketing, a company claims to be giving bloggers the opportunity to send a piece of their lives into space to potentially connect with extraterrestrials
Let's just hope that future generations will not have to endure this kind of thing
, next time a blogger decides to quit ranting on about themselves.
Rocks Among the Rings.
The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla has compiled some of the loveliest imagery of Saturn's ring-and-moon system from Cassini
. More on Saturn from the Planetary Society here.
Also see the Cassini at Saturn photoset
, from our very own kokogiak, and watch for updates on the latest Enceladus flyby
The space shuttle (and NASA) return to flight
tomorrow at a scheduled launch time of 1551 ET, weather permitting. They had a laundry list of things to fix, and of course, they've fixed all of them... except the three that actually killed the last crew
They're launching nonetheless, and NASA TV will be covering it
, with a couple of lists of
mirror site links.
I wish them well.