To flickr and beyond. I’ve been a space nut for as long as I can remember. Fascinating collection of all the shots from the Apollo missions in one place. Lots of iconic shots are familiar but it’s the ‘outtakes’ that are the most interesting. Not many camera manufactures can claim to have been to the moon and back – but Hasselblad can.
Love this little gem of a film from Boston-born, Amsterdam-based Director, SG Collins. In a little over 13 minutes, the film covers everything I’m interested in – NASA, the Apollo program, Kubrick, photography, cinematography – and why people believe their own bullshit. A viewing was recommended by my good friend Lisa Chase (thank you for bringing this to my attention Lisa x). If you’re interested in other projects by Collins, please check out his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_7Ma93pG8KTZOr_cw002w
This 360-degree panorama from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is centered southward toward a planned science waypoint at “the Kimberley,” with an outcrop of eroded sandstone in the foreground. It combines several frames taken by the Navigation Camera (Navcam) high on the rover’s mast, during the 574th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (March 18, 2014).
The mission’s prime science destinations are on the lower slope of Mount Sharp, which is on the horizon of this scene. North is at both ends of the panorama, which is presented as a cylindrical projection.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover and the rover’s Navcam.
You are looking at a photograph of a tiny patch of the Universe as it appeared in the heavens over 13 billion years ago. To put that in perspective – light travels at approximately 10 trillion kilometres in a year. The light emitted from these galaxies travelled 13 billion of those light years before hitting the imaging sensors aboard the most sophisticated telescope every made by man. It’s called the Hubble Space Telescope and it is the ultimate time machine. Positioned in low earth orbit since 1990 by the Space Shuttle, it has been busy clicking away at the cosmos and delivering spectacular photography of an immense universe ever since. As Douglas Adams wrote in the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” To add to the mind-boggling aspect of the photograph above, it is just a small fraction of the visible night sky, roughly measuring one-tenth of the diameter of the moon. Next time you are angry or upset at some seemingly calamitous event in your life – you may find it helpful to look up at the night sky. It puts things in perspective. Humbling indeed.