Returning to Earth from the International Space Station

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 18 November 2013

We’re a few years away from civilian space flights, so the next best thing is experiencing the dramatic return to earth through video. Released this week by the European Space Agency, this video features landing footage and interviews with former astronauts to give you an insider’s look at the ‘undocking, reentry, and landing of the […]

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All of the water on Earth as a planet

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 17 July 2013

How big would a planet be if it was formed by all the water on Earth? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the answer is, well, positively puny. Stretching at just 860 miles across its diameter, this hypothetical planet is unexpectedly small, especially when we think so much about the planet Earth as a water […]

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Here is Today: a website that puts bad days into perspective

Jack Larbalestier Reader Find

By Jack Larbalestier in Cool Websites on Friday 7 June 2013

We all have bad days; in fact, today could have been one of them. If it helps, this brilliant website puts the events of today into perspective. It really opened my eyes to the reality that today isn’t forever and if things have not gone the way you want, there many (many) more ‘todays’ to […]

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Timelapse GIFs of satellite photos show Earth changing over three decades

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 22 May 2013

Google recently announced on their blog that they’ve been working with the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA and TIME to release compilations of Earth images taken from space for the interactive Timelapse project. These compiled images include Lake Urmia drying up, Las Vegas’ urban growth, Dubai’s coastal expansion with its Palm Islands, Alaska’s Columbia Glacier retreat […]

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Earth as Art: photos of earth from space look like abstract paintings

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Wednesday 27 February 2013

At first glance, these vivid images look like abstract paintings. But look again and you’ll realize that they are actually photographs of earth from space. The satellites used to take these photographs break up the image into ‘spectral bands’, which separate the light (both visible and invisible) into different wavelengths, resulting in these surreal images. […]

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29 years of amazing images of Earth from space

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 28 December 2012

The Landsat 5 was the longest-operating Earth observing satellite that orbited our planet over 150,000 times during its 29 years in space. During those 29 years, it captured over 2.5 million images of Earth. Here are some of the beautiful images that the satellite captured during its mission in space.

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Trillions of photos taken from Earth’s orbit over 15 years

Jonathan Terhaar Contributor

By Jonathan Terhaar in New Art on Friday 21 December 2012

Taking advantage of the phenomenon know as geosynchronous orbit, artist Trevor Paglen worked with anthropologists, scientists and other artists to construct a photographic disk device that he sent into Earth’s orbit to take trillions of photos over a 15 year period. That’s how I understand it, anyways. The installation is called The Last Pictures and […]

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