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)
isn’t that fucking amazing?
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.
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.
Naked continent? See Antarctica without ice
NASA’s new map combined radar, sound waves, and electromagnetic instruments to peer beneath Antarctica’s ice.
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
NASA Lunar Science Institute, We Originated in the Belly of a Star (