December 25th, 2014
Alexander Gerst's Earth timelapses video is mesmerising. Watch it in full-screen mode on the biggest display you have: you won't regret it.
It's a beautiful video and well worth a look, but I did have just one small quibble when I first saw it…
Early in the video, I found myself getting frustrated that more than once we saw crew or supply vessels attached to the docking arm, with the arm moving to line them up to dock or undock. The thing was, each time the image would cut away to a different view before the capsule docked/undocked. Somehow it just didn't feel right to not get to see the full sequence. In fairness, I suppose the teasing build-up made it that much more gratifying towards the end when we finally got a shot of the docking arm moving a capsule into position and this time we stuck around long enough to see the capsule undock and move away from the ISS on the way back to Earth.
What I can't decide is whether Gerst was just being a savvy editor, deliberately including truncated docking sequences so as to build anticipation for the later full sequence? Or was I just being weird to have got so fixated on the docking sequences, whilst every other viewer would have been enjoying the gorgeous images of aurorae seen from above and nighttime lightning storms illuminating the land below them and clouds and cityscapes and so on?
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November 30th, 2014
Wanderers, or, Life in the Solar System. Someday.
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July 17th, 2014
It's good to get a sense of perspective about the size of the human race's footprint in our home galaxy. One day we're going to have to apologise to the rest of the Milky Way's residents for inflicting Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Baywatch on them, but by the time anyone else notices the chances are there'll be nobody left on this planet who even knows who those people were.
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July 2nd, 2014
xkcd: Surface Area
Space Without the Space
The Solar System's solid surfaces stitched together
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May 18th, 2014
A new Earthrise over the Moon, courtesy of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:
Be sure to follow the first link to see the whole image.
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April 7th, 2014
What if the Moon was a Disco Ball?
That looks so downright bizarre that we just have to make it happen some day. Think of the advertising potential.
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October 16th, 2013
Headline of the Week/Month/Year candidate, courtesy of Popular Science:
Space-Born Jellyfish Hate Life On Earth.
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June 7th, 2013
Zed Lopez noticed an interesting detail in this article, written prior to astronaut Chris Hadfield's recent trip to the International Space Station:
"The Larrivée Parlor on the ISS was purchased at the local Guitar Center in Southern Florida and there are actually two of them," Larrivée told SPACE.com. "The other stays on the ground at NASA so they know what's up there."
They really are prepared for a "We gotta find a way to make this fit into the hole for this using nothing but that." scene!
Which, when you think about it, makes perfect sense. It's just odd – or should I say, distinctly reassuring – to be reminded of just how careful NASA are, even now after so many astronauts have visited the ISS.
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