Category Archives: Cool Pictures

Most Famous Photo

Apollo 8′s Earthrise picture has been cited many times as one of the most important photos ever taken. In celebration of its anniversary NASA put together this description of how it happened, talked about in this article. They seem to … Continue reading

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More Microsatellites!

Looks like a fleet of them are going up soon to provide frequently-updated views of the Earth. As usual with tech reporting, it should be taken with a salt lick of skepticism. The concept is pretty cool, but downlink rates … Continue reading

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First Photo from the Moon…a Dud?

Well, it’s the first Moon Day I’ve seen pass with some notice on Facebook. Don’t really know if I just added some new friends who comment on it, if more people thought of it (maybe due to Neil Armstrong’s passing?), … Continue reading

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Be sure to Wave at Saturn

Tomorrow at 5:30PM ET, Cassini will be taking a picture of Saturn with the sun in the background. Earth will also be in the picture.

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Unintentional Fireworks Display in Russia

Russia’s Proton rocket is having a bad streak. In the last two years, five rockets have failed, though four of the failures happened with the upper stage engine. These failures are obviously troublesome, but they happen out of sight of … Continue reading

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Dang! Missed it

Looks like a meteor lit up the skies around the East Coast last night. Excellent timing, considering the Congressional hearings on planetary defense this week. Reminds me of a time when there was a Congressional hearing on funding for space … Continue reading

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Second time is the Charm

I went out on Tuesday to try and snap a picture of PanSTARRS, and came up empty. Turns out, I didn’t wait long enough and wrongly expected the comet to be visible to the naked eye. Last night, I went … Continue reading

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Comet Watch: December

Comet Ison could put on quite a show, or it could be another in a string of dud comets that have potential to grace our skies, but flame out somewhere along their approach. We need to learn much more about … Continue reading

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Asteroids (and Comets!) to Scale and Proportional Brightness

Emily Lakdawalla has your fix of solar system debris our robots have visited. She comments that she could include 4 Vesta, but she’d need to make the image 3x larger and some of the smaller asteroids would be tough to … Continue reading

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A Non-Controversial Self Portrait

While politicians have gotten into trouble taking pictures of themselves, I don’t think Curiosity’s will cause a flap.

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