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Music: ‘Fill My Heart’ by Two Steps from Hell
Editor: David Peterson
This montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station is collected from many taken in Expeditions 29, 30 and 31.
The previous sequence, ‘All Alone In The Night’, highlighted night sequences and spectacular aurora light shows and intended to give a feeling of flying through space.
The goal with this sequence was to bring a bit more attention to the station itself, including the humans aboard it, particularly Don Pettit (appearing in the final shot) who took many of the sequences in this montage.
0:03 - Bosnia & Herzegovina to Ukraine
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 55446-55591
0:08 - South Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Liberia
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 154281-154472
0:16 - Greece and Turkey
Mission ISS031, Frames: 26008-26202
0:24 - South Pacific Ocean, near Peru
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 48993-49186
0:32 - Turkey to Syria
Mission: ISS031, Frame: 76590-76782
0:39 - Libya to the Mediterranean
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 25782-25972
0:47 - Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Madagascar
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 50818-51010
0:54 - Pacific Ocean, south of Japan
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 117700-117772
0:58 - Pacific Ocean, facing North passing Hawaii
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 101027-101674
1:02 - China, Japan, Pacific Ocean
Mission: ISS030, Frames: 112458-112553
1:06 - South Pacific to North Atlantic, across Colombia/Venezuela
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 75421-75513
1:10 - South Pacific to South Atlantic, across Chile/Argentina
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 42147-42242
1:14 - South Pacific to North Atlantic, across Colombia/Venezuela
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 48140-48199
1:17 - Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand to USA
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 66043-66136
1:22 - Southern Chile to Angola, facing south
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 49203-49277
1:25 - Iran to Australia
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 180064-180120
1:29 - North America to South America
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 180172-180222
1:33 - Pacific Ocean to Chile/Argentina/Brazil, facing south
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 48094-48139
1:37 - South Pacific/Japan & North Pacific
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 154164-154204,154205-154256
1:40 - South Pacific to South Atlantic, across Chile/Argentina/Brazil
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 44598-44645
1:44 - South Pacific to North Atlantic, across Chile/Argentina/Brazil
Mission: ISS030, Frames: 159064-159113
1:48 - India/Thailand/Indonesia/Australia/New Zealand
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 177704-177764
1:52 - South Pacific to South Atlantic, across Chile/Argentina/Brazil
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 37675-37735
1:56 - DR Congo/Zambia/Mozambique/Madagascar/Indian Ocean
Mission: ISS030, Frames: 21632-21819
2:03 - Lovejoy Comet over Australia
Mission: ISS030, Frames: 14225-14455
2:11 - Moon rising over China
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 27699-27763
2:13 - Moon rising over Pacific Ocean, south of Japan
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 27468-27526
2:14 - Moon rising over Taiwan & Philippines (with Don Pettit)
Mission: ISS031, Frames: 27802-28017
LGF Pages author Shiplord Kirel had a post about this earlier, but I just have to do one too because this image created by the Cassini imaging laboratory (CICLOPS) is historic — as an instrument created by humans looks toward the Sun from the orbit of Saturn, with the giant planet eclipsing the Sun’s rays. That’s some truly impressive backlighting.
Click to enlarge, or click here to see the giant 9000x3500 pixel image.
For more details on this mind-blowing photograph, Phil Plait’s post is a must-read: Saturn: Incredible Mosaic of the Ringed Wonder.
See that tiny white dot at lower right of the planet, between the hazy outer ring and the first inner ring? That’s you.
The latest photos from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn are truly spectacular. This composite true-color image was created by an amateur image processor, Gordan Ugarkovic.
Click the image for a larger version, or go to the NASA page for a giant-sized 4000 x 3200 pixel image, suitable for a desktop background even if you have a ridiculously huge monitor: High Above Saturn | NASA.
Today, a spacecraft designed by human beings left behind our familiar neighborhood and entered the vast interstellar void. Rebecca J. Rosen has a post at The Atlantic with the following amazing Soundcloud audio file - the distant cry of other solar systems, measured by the oscillations of our private star.
It’s not enough for them to fund and support a massive public relations campaign to convince the American people to look the other way, as the effects of climate change become increasingly obvious.
Now the Republican Party wants to destroy the scientific agency that studies the causes of climate change for clues on how to stop the onrushing train: US Lawmakers Seek Deep Cuts to NASA Climate Research.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives want NASA out of the climate-change business.
A bill floated by leaders of the House Science Committee seeks to restore “proper balance to NASA’s science portfolio” by slashing roughly US$500 million from the agency’s Earth science division, which received $1.785 billion this year. The move is part of a broader push by Republicans to replenish NASA’s planetary science division, which has seen drastic cuts in recent years.
But the severity of the Earth science cuts even shocked Steven Squyres, a planetary scientist at Cornell University in New York, who led the planetary community’s 2011 decadal survey. He told lawmakers today that the proposed cut to Earth science research is “alarmingly deep”.
A look back at the best views of our planet from space in the last year, including true color satellite images, Earth science data visualizations, time lapses from the International Space Station, and computer models.
NPP “Blue Marble”
Time-lapse from International Space Station
NPP daytime view followed by night views
River Outflow to the Kara Sea
Bylot Island Comparison
Crop Circles in the Desert
Crack in the Pine Island Glacier
Tiny Shrimp, Big Changes
Petermann Ice Island 2012
United States Active Fires 2012
Gulf Stream Sea Surface Currents and Temperatures
Daily 2012 ozone hole
Daily Sea Ice during Aug & Sept 2012 with Winds
Circulation of Ocean Currents around the Western Antarctic Ice Shelves
Hurricane Sandy’s winds
Aerosols from GEO-5 Nature Run Collection
Moonset time-lapse from International Space Station
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Saturn’s north polar hexagon basks in the Sun’s light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn’s signature rings, which appear to disappear on account of Saturn’s shadow, put in an appearance in the background.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera on Nov. 27, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 750 nanometers.
The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 403,000 miles (649,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 21 degrees. Image scale is 22 miles (35 kilometers) per pixel.