Driving records on alien terrains

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 21 May 2013

In honor of its Opportunity rover which has been doing some intensive Mars sightseeing for close to a decade, NASA came up with a infographic chart that showed the distances that have been embarked on by its other vehicles on terrains out there in space. The Opportunity has roved 35.760 kilometers around the rim of […]

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Photo of the biggest gamma ray burst ever in the universe

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Tuesday 14 May 2013

Gamma Ray bursts were first stumbled upon back in the 1960s. They built telescopes to pick up on secret thermonuclear tests by the Soviets and Chinese, but they also began picking up on Gamma Rays generated from huge explosions in outer-space. Though this confounded scientists at the start, they now accept that these explosions go […]

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Three years of the sun in a three minute time lapse video

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Thursday 2 May 2013

This incredible video was made by NASA and shows three years of the sun in just three minutes. Each day is captured in two images, and throughout this video, you can see how the sun’s activity has increased in just three years. The video also shows interesting solar phenomena including two partial eclipses of the […]

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Vintage NASA Space Program Posters to be auctioned off

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By Demi He in New Design on Monday 8 April 2013

NASA may have an outstanding space program, but they’re not too bad in the design department either. During the 1960s, hundreds of manuals, guidebooks, covers, and posters were created to promote NASA and their events. The posters are filled with vintage typography, classy artwork, and retro colors. The covers are set to be auctioned off […]

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

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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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Ladies and gentlemen, we are dining in outer space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 30 January 2013

The Fox Is Black pointed us to a part of the NASA website that has been unknown to us till now: it’s dedicated to the Space Food Systems Laboratory and includes a link to a fascinating photo gallery showing just what culinary delights NASA’s space crew partake in.

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NASA’s psychedelic shot of the moon’s gravity field

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 8 January 2013

NASA recently released a picture which shows variations in the moon’s gravity field measured by its Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) over three months in 2012. The red zones indicate mass excesses, the blue bits mean mass deficiencies, but really, what we get from looking at this image is is that the moon’s kind […]

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Collaborating with nature to form spectacular lights

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 22 December 2012

It boggles the mind sometimes to think about how beautiful the world is. Made possible with data captured in April and October 2012, this composite image from a NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric satellite shows us just how great we humans can be when what we do co-exists with nature in the form of […]

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ISS star trails around Earth

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 27 October 2012

Photo-journalist Christoph Malin stacked a bunch of NASA’s image sequences from the international Space Station to such magical effect that it makes us want to rewatch 1982’s TRON again. Light cycles are so cool.

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A coffee machine that costs $11,111

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Wednesday 10 October 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to spend a cool $11,111 on a coffee machine and still have to push a plunger to get your damn coffee, you now can. Ex-NASA and Apple engineers, Jeremy Kuempel and Matt Walliser, along with designer Joey Roth, are behind this space age unit. The machine, dubbed Blossom One Limited, contains a computer that works to create a coffee specifically to the users’ liking. This includes: temperature, agitation, coffee to water ratio, and even how long the water is in contact with the coffee. Users are also able to scan QR codes and download brew recipes. Sounds pretty cool, but we think we’ll stick with our simple espresso machine.

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NASA’s Mars science laboratory

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By Nathan Marsh in Cool Websites on Tuesday 2 October 2012

Curiosity is diligently trucking away on Mars, and NASA kindly posts all the raw images sent back to Earth online. I am enthralled by the gallery. Some are of Curiosity inspecting itself, but it’s mostly high resolution pictures of the dirt and pebbles of an alien world. It makes Mars feel familiar and tangible, and makes the distance from here to there seem all that greater. Stay tuned, more pictures are being radioed back from 154 million miles away.

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Space formations that look like Earth objects

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 29 June 2012

The New Yorker has complied a mind-blowing set of photos from NASA’s archive titled tentalisingly, ‘Space things that look like Earth things.‘ Seriously, Mickey Mouse has colonised Mercury? Should never have canceled our newspaper subscription.

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Revisiting NASA’s vision for the future from the 70s

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 1 May 2012

Way back in the 1970s, NASA used to have all these astoundingly epic conceptual visions of the future, as these artistic renderings show. Here we are, four decades later, where human settlements are still pretty earthbound. But these sci-fi dreams are still worth lusting after.

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Gateway to astronaut photography

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By Matt Wicks in New Photography on Thursday 26 April 2012

Does this count as travel photography? Hopefully one day we’ll all get to experience what a select few astronauts have felt floating up above our blue planet. Until that time, we have their photo mementos instead. Exploring this NASA site isn’t the easiest. And that‘s half the fun. It’s a pure lucky dip. Start in the collections and move onto missions.

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Breathtaking time-lapse video of the earth taken from space

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By Zolton in Video on Tuesday 24 April 2012

You’ll need to watch this closely to believe what you’re seeing. And what is it you’re seeing, you ask? Well, this is stunning footage of ‘the earth as it’s never been seen before in a combination of time lapse sequences taken from the International Space Station’. Sublime.

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