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The planet Saturn, observed by the Cassini space probe in 2013. (NASA)

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Apollo 17 Site - 2D Zoom-In

Starting from a full moon image made from Apollo imagery then a zoom diving deep into the Taurus-Littrow Valley the landing site of Apollo 17. Pushing deeper into the animation reveals the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys data of the Apollo 17 Camelot crater.

Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI)

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Haiyanthe most powerful typhoon in recorded history.


isn’t that fucking amazing?

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Image description: This is an animation of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), eight days after a record-setting solar flare sent a shower of charged particles towards Earth. From Earth, this glowing ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky.

Image captured by NASA IMAGE satellite courtesy of NASA Space Place.

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NASA's Massive Free E-Book Collection ›

Behold, the hundreds of free e-books about space history contained on this webpage.

From old favorites like The Difficult Road to Mars: A Brief History of Mars Exploration in the Soviet Union and Wind Tunnels of NASA to experimental work like Aerospace Food Technology and Life in the Universe: Proceedings of a conference held at NASA Ames Research Center Moffet Field, California, June 19-20, 1979, this is one of the best collections of space arcana you’re likely to find.

Who could resist Exploring Space With a Camera? Or Rockets and People, the autobiography of rocket designer Boris Chertok and a key history of the Soviet space program?

These books were placed online over the last decade, so some of the formatting leaves something to be desired. Many of the works have been broken up into tiny pieces, forcing one to click through page after page. But this is a singular information repository, a storehouse for our fascination with flight.

What these works also show is how central the space program made and found itself during the 20th century. NASA could convene PIllsbury and the chefs on nuclear submarines to talk about food. Computing and solar energy were both pushed along by NASA’s interest. The Space Race was a proxy skirmish in the Cold War. And, of course, all sorts of ideas from the era leaked into the way NASA thought about things: freedom and America and gender and aesthetics and the future.

Oh, and don’t miss a personal favorite, We Freeze to Please: A History of NASA’s Icing Research Tunnel and the Quest for Safety. A page turner.

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Planned NASA Missions Through 2030


Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…

NASA has just released a raw edition of Friday’s photo of Earth and the moon, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.

From out there, we look like stars. 

Just a tip, NASA: We’re gonna have to give it a better name than “N00213959.jpg”. Maybe “Pale Blue Sparkle”?

(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)


Earth: Our Green Home

Launched on October 28, 2011, satellite Suomi NPP was flung into a sun-synchronous orbit around earth by a Delta II rocket and has since gathered large amounts of highly detailed data about the amount of vegetation on Earth’s surface. NPP is a mission partnered by both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has been gathering data on the amount of vegetation on Earth through images in visible and near-infrared light. The satellite was able to incorporate the data into the Normalized Difference Vegetational Index (NDVI) which is used to measure the photosynthetic potential of vegetation across the world, as well as plant growth, and biomass production. Some quarter of the Earth is covered in vegetation, while the rest is blue ocean.

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Naked continent? See Antarctica without ice
NASA’s new map combined radar, sound waves, and electromagnetic instruments to peer beneath Antarctica’s ice.

pretty mountainous