Category: NASA

Earthrise: A Video Reconstruction : About 12…

Earthrise: A Video Reconstruction : About 12 seconds into this video, something unusual happens. The Earth begins to rise. Never seen by humans before, the rise of the Earth over the limb of the Moon occurred 50 years ago tomorrow and surprised and amazed the crew of Apollo 8. The crew immediately scrambled to take still images of the stunning vista caused by Apollo 8’s orbit around the Moon. The featured video is a modern reconstruction of the event as it would have looked were it recorded with a modern movie camera. The colorful orb of our Earth stood out as a familiar icon rising above a distant and unfamiliar moonscape, the whole scene the conceptual reverse of a more familiar moonrise as seen from Earth. To many, the scene also spoke about the unity of humanity: that big blue marble – that’s us – we all live there. The two-minute video is not time-lapse – this is the real speed of the Earth rising through the windows of Apollo 8. Seven months and three missions later, Apollo 11 astronauts would not only circle Earth’s moon, but land on it. via NASA

A Cold December Night : They say Orion always …

A Cold December Night : They say Orion always comes up sideways, and he does seem to on this cold December night. The bright stars of the familiar northern winter constellation lie just above the snowy tree tops surrounding a cozy cottage near the town of Ustupky in the Czech Republic. But Gemini’s meteors also seem to rain on the wintry landscape. The meteor streaks are captured in exposures made near last Friday’s peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower. They stream away from the shower’s radiant above the trees, near the two bright stars of the zodiacal constellation of the Twins. Comet Wirtanen, a visitor to planet Earth’s skies, is visible too. Look for its telltale greenish coma near the stars of the seven sisters. via NASA

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8&r…

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Launch Into History : Fifty years ago on Dec. 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center at 7:51 a.m. ES). (via NASA)

Satellite Captures Four Tropical Cyclones from…

Satellite Captures Four Tropical Cyclones from Space via NASA https://ift.tt/32yqDAC

Extraordinary Solar Halos : Welcome to the Dec…

Extraordinary Solar Halos : Welcome to the December Solstice, the first day of winter in planet Earth’s northern hemisphere and summer in the south. To celebrate, consider this extraordinary display of beautiful solar ice halos! More common than rainbows, simple ice halos can be easy to spot, especially if you can shade your eyes from direct sunlight. Still it’s extremely rare to see anything close to the complex of halos present in this astounding scene. Captured at lunchtime on a cold December 14 near Utendal, Sweden the image includes the relatively ordinary 22 degree halo, sundogs (parhelia) and sun pillars. The extensive array of rarer halos has been identified along with previously unknown features. All the patterns are generated as sunlight (or moonlight) is reflected and refracted in flat six-sided water ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere. In this case, likely local contributors to the atmospheric ice crystals are snow making machines operating at at nearby ski center. via NASA

An Infrared View of the M81 Galaxy via NASA ht…

An Infrared View of the M81 Galaxy via NASA https://ift.tt/2ZOK7iS

Station Crew Back on Earth After 197-Day Space…

Station Crew Back on Earth After 197-Day Space Mission : Russian Search and Rescue teams arrive at the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft shortly after it landed with Expedition 57 crew members. (via NASA)

Jessica Meir Climbs Aboard a Soyuz Trainer via…

Jessica Meir Climbs Aboard a Soyuz Trainer via NASA https://ift.tt/2HFmqDy

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft and Falcon 9 R…

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft and Falcon 9 Rocket : SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are positioned at the company’s hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ahead of the test targeted for Jan. 17, 2019. (via NASA)

Hurricane Dorian Seen From Aboard the Space St…

Hurricane Dorian Seen From Aboard the Space Station via NASA https://ift.tt/2Uq1OE8