Space

Ah yes… once again our venerable gortex, Knight of Ni and Member, delivers the goods in the beauty of the wonders of space department in his newspost Oh My God, Look at Saturn’s North Pole.

Suchly…

The image was compiled by space enthusiast Jason Major from raw images captured by Cassini this week on its latest ring-grazing orbit.

Major compiled the image from raw data that was posted to Cassini’s image archive yesterday. “If I see something interesting and it also happens to have been captures in visible-light color channels, I assemble a color version in Photoshop to see what the awesome level is,” Major told Gizmodo over Twitter DM. “That vortex pic was a 10.”


At a talk I attended at the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference in San Francisco last December, Hampton University planetary scientist John Blalock reaffirmed that while Saturn’s north polar vortex is indeed blue, the rest of the hexagon is definitely yellow these days.
“When we look from 2012 to 2016, [the] hexagon is maybe a little brighter, but the interior and especially the doughnut region [at the center] looks brighter,” Blalock said, adding later in the talk that the “brightening is consistent with an increase in the production of photochemical haze products in the upper atmosphere.”
gizmodo.com…

twitter.com…
Saturn’s Pole is blue and there’s nothing we can do ..dan der dan der dan dan.

Gortex always has the heads up on this sort of thing. For this I thank him.

peace

 

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together—by Hand

This is from Wired magazine via Russ Hudson, who will receive PentaProps™!

IF YOU SHOULD one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably obscure any window-seat vistas of its deep valleys and soaring mesas. “The best way to see the planet’s surface would be to take a digital image and enhance it on your computer,” says planetary geologist Alfred McEwen, principle investigator on NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment. He would know: In the past 12 years, the powerful HiRISE camera has snapped 50,000 spectacular, high-resolution stereo images of the Martian terrain from the planet’s orbit, creating anaglyphs that anyone can view in 3D using special glasses. The highly detailed stereograms depict the planet’s surface in remarkable detail—but 3D glasses aren’t always handy, and still images can only convey so much about Mars’ varied topography.

To fully appreciate the Martian landscape, one needs dimension and movement. In the video you see here, Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet—no glasses required.

For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle. He began by colorizing the photographs (HiRISE captures images in grayscale). He then identified distinctive features in each of the anaglyphs—craters, canyons, mountains–and matched them between image pairs. To create the panning 3-D effect, he stitched the images together along his reference points and rendered them as frames in a video. “It was a very slow process,” he says.

Read the rest …

I’m lovin’ it!

I want to GO there … and if I can get myself on one of Elon Musk’s upcoming ships I WILL!

Full circle, eh?

Or something like that…

Peace

Nice, huh?
This image of another round rock, taken by Curiosity on Sol 1555, has been debayered, enlarged and cropped, by, I imagine, LookingAtMars, Member, who posted it and said it had been.

Yes, there are others, too!

You can find most of them here.

I found this particular one here.

Here is the link to the pic.

Peace

 

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Things to see on Mars: “go home, Erosion, you’re drunk!”

— Charles W Shults III

Indeed!

Ha!

I am just glad we are starting to see some good stuff again.

Makes sense there would be more goodies ‘round the edges, eh?

Gotta get this image number…

Peace.

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A world o’ wonder, I tell ya.

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Great, eh?

Actually, the important thing here is that the pattern of interest is easily discernible in the full, uncropped view.

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It must be so cool up there.

Reminds me of the Old Man In The Mountain in New Hampshire. I was sad when he passed and glad I had the chance to see the old coot.

Let’s all push for finding out for sure on schedule or better, okay?

It’s the right thing to do.

Peace.

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The International Space Station passing in front of the Moon in broad daylight, taken by an Astrophotographer in Romania.

Credit: @Maximilian Teodorescu

Yes, WHOA!!!
I mean talk about mad skills!
Madonne!
I am flabbergasted.
Enjoy.
Peace.
Exciting news!
This is turning me on.
This sort of thing will snowball the longer we look.
As I noted on top of the Kikots page, a planet has been found that is close and very similar to here.

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A new earth has been found at a neighborly star. I like that. A nice-looking artist’s impression is above.

So earlier I see this thread on ATS reporting the reporting of a considered conclusion that this place is a lot like here.

It’s only four light years away.

Here is the OP of the thread (Sorry ATS, but hardly anybody clicks things around here. You’ll see.)

Proxima B ‘may have oceans’, says French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

vinifalou
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posted on Oct, 6 2016 @ 02:01 PM

Hi, there!
We all know the potentially Earth-like Planet that was found in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our neighbour sun, in August this year, Proxima B
So, looks like scientists are as interested as we are on this guy.

A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an “ocean planet” similar to Earth.

The planet orbits within a “temperate” zone from its host star Proxima Centauri, some four light years from us.

“Contrary to what one might expect, such proximity does not necessarily mean that Proxima b’s surface is too hot” for water to exist in liquid form, said a CNRS statement.

Ok, it’s just a “may be”, but if they’re dropping these infos, it must be something!

Proxima Centauri is smaller and 1,000 times weaker than our Sun, which means Proxima b is at exactly the right distance for conditions to be potentially habitable

“The planet may very well host liquid water on its surface, and therefore also some forms of life,” the statement said.

They dropped a few numbers and calculations, that you can all check in Here, but this got my attention.

“In this case, Proxima b would be covered by a single, liquid ocean 200 km deep,” said the CNRS.

“In both cases, a thin, gassy atmosphere could surround the planet, like on Earth, rendering Proxima b potentially habitable,” it concluded.

Source

Oceans.
Atmosphere.
Say no more!
This feels good. This is exactly the sort of stuff I need to make it through.
“Cap’n, there be whales here!”
Peace

Mars is raising some eyebrows again and for this I am grateful.

It’s been a long time!

Actually, the poster noted that the irascible Tom Van Flandern had seen these forms back in 1999 (on the bottom picture) and had them on his site.

He was a cool one. Wonder what he’s up to.

Could this be natural? Of course. But it has so many of the features that it’d need to have if it wasn’t and it is in such a confined area… the heart sings!

And hey, I guess we’ll all be going up there soon (Go Muskies!) so maybe we will get to see this place for real, up close and personal. Note to self: It is worth staying alive for. Even if it’s just rocks.

But hooodoggy, it sure looks good from up here, doesn’t it?

They need to get that hi res 30cm per pixel camera overhead pronto! C’mon NASA! That’ll fix it!

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Imaged in April 2009 via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s CTX Context Camera, here’s a cropped image showing a small section of the area, slightly contrast-enhanced.

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The big picture from whence the top one is cropped, imaged via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX Context Camera in April 2009.

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Above image acquired by the MOC camera on the Mars Global Surveyor in 1999. It is at a slightly lower resolution.

There’s a nice discussion at  Strange Terraced Features on Mars Reminiscent of Megalithic Structures.

It is where I first saw this.

 

NASA has released spectacular images of Juno’s first close flyby of Jupiter. The flyby was a success and the results are intense.

Bravo to the heroes who are our Magellan, our Columbus. Just look at this stuff and let your mind fly.

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Going in then leaving the area.

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Whoa. Nice! This one is when the probe was just 4,200km above the planet.

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The South Polar aurora in infrared.

The pictures show the swirling clouds of the gas giant at both its poles – views that no previous mission has managed to acquire in such detail.
Juno captured the data last weekend as it made its first close approach to the planet since going into orbit in July. The flyby took the spacecraft just 4,200km above Jupiter’s multi-coloured atmosphere. The 6MB of data gathered by Juno is still being analysed, but principal investigator Scott Bolton said new things were already obvious. “First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” the Southwest Research Institute scientist said in a Nasa statement. “It’s bluer in colour up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms. ”

There is no sign of the latitudinal bands or zones and belts that we are used to – this image is hardly recognisable as Jupiter. “We’re seeing signs that the clouds have shadows, possibly indicating that the clouds are at a higher altitude than other features.”
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Fabulous.

ratan600This is excellent!

Maybe it will happen in my lifetime. God, I hope so.

SETI researchers say an intriguing radio spike was detected last year by the RATAN-600 radio telescope. (Credit: SAO RAS)

SETI researchers are buzzing about a strong spike in radio signals that seemed to come from the direction of a sunlike star in the constellation Hercules, known as HD 164595.

The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an extraterrestrial source – but it could also be a case of earthly radio interference, or a microlensing event in which the star’s gravitational field focused stray signals coming from much farther away.

In any case, the blip is interesting enough to merit discussion by those who specialize in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI – including Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster, who brought the case into the public eye this weekend.

Gilster reports that the signal spike was detected more than a year ago, on May 15, 2015, by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya. That facility is in the Russian republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, not far from the Georgian border.

The apparent source of the signal, HD 164595, is interesting for a couple of reasons: It’s a sunlike star, about 95 light-years away from Earth, and it’s already known to have at least one “warm Neptune” planet called HD 164595 b. “There could, of course, be other planets still undetected in this system,” Gilster says.

Source: They’re not saying it’s aliens, but signal traced to sunlike star sparks SETI interest

A more detailed article: An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules

The professional SETI researchers are really taking it quite seriously so we all need to keep an eye and an ear out for updates!

Hey, here’s Giorgio!

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Imagine what’s out there!

Do it!

Imagine who’s out there!

Enjoy!

Peace

New Horizons’ Extreme Close-Up of Pluto’s Surface (no audio)

NASA.gov Video Published on May 27, 2016

This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time. This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 – now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe. With a resolution of about 260 feet (80 meters) per pixel, the mosaic affords New Horizons scientists and the public the best opportunity to examine the fine details of the various types of terrain on Pluto, and determine the processes that formed and shaped them.

The width of the strip ranges from more than 55 miles (90 kilometers) at its northern end to about 45 miles (75 kilometers) at its southern point. The pictures in the mosaic were obtained by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) approximately 9,850 miles (15,850 kilometers) from Pluto, shortly before New Horizons’ closest approach.

Note: Video is silent/no audio.

Oh my, my, is this not sublime?

Sublime, this IS!

Hats off to the NASA boffins responsible in any way, shape or form for the pleasure I just got in being able to actually watch such a thing.

I know we’ve been doing it for a long time—but it still thrills me and they have been going to some very cool paces lately.

Pluto being one and proving to be just as amazing as it might have been!

Great place to pick up some nitrogen, cheap, too.

I wonder what sort of critters hang out up there?

Lets go see, eh.

And put a couple mics on them rovers, NASA, eh, what!

Link to full image

PentaProps™ to gortex Knight of Ni

Enjoy.

Pratinama.

This is crop from a notorious Mars Rover photo that shows what appears to be a carving that looks like it should be in Egypt. It’s about 5 feet high, if the measurements are true, and they likely are. Note also the plastic looking rounded edge object near the center. Also interesting is that this is the first such photo I’ve worked on where the color data was deleted from the released data so I had to add my own rather than bring them out of suppression… that doesn’t sit well with me.

The blurb above is at the store and has a lot of emotion in it.

Pretty this planet is.

NASA UHD Video: Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space in Ultra-High Definition (4K)

Space Videos Space Videos Published on Apr 17, 2016

NASA Television’s newest offering, NASA TV UHD, brings ultra-high definition video to a new level with the kind of imagery only the world’s leader in space exploration could provide.

Using time-lapses shot from the International Space Station, showing both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena that occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere

Bringing you the BEST Space and Astronomy videos online. Showcasing videos and images from the likes of NASA,ESA,Hubble etc.

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Nice and relaxing.

Just the ticket!

The music is Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major.

Hey, maybe Canon should have a new 8K kinokam™  called D Major!

Hahahaha!

Of course youtube is far from 4K, but hey, it is lovely, innit, mate?

Peace.

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The ALMA image showed gaps in the disk, presumably caused by planet-like bodies sweeping out the dust along their orbits. This image, showing in real life what theorists had proposed for years

The new VLA images revealed a distinct clump of dust in the inner region of the disk. The clump, the scientists said, contains roughly 3 to 8 times the mass of the Earth. “We believe this clump of dust represents the earliest stage in the formation of protoplanets, and this is the first time we’ve seen that stage,” said Thomas Henning, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA).

“This is an important discovery, because we have not yet been able to observe most stages in the process of planet formation,” said Carlos Carrasco-Gonzalez from the Institute of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics (IRyA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “This is quite different from the case of star formation, where, in different objects, we have seen stars in different stages of their life cycle. With planets, we haven’t been so fortunate, so getting a look at this very early stage in planet formation is extremely valuable,” he added.

The image has been released by scientists working with the Atacama Large Array and shows a young star known as HL Tau complete with a disk of dust and gas from which planets form.
HL Tau is believed to be as young as just a million years and the image released gives a tantalizing glimpse of planetary formation similar to our own solar system with one of the new planets at a similar distance from its star as Earth is from ours

gortex
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from the thread Scientists Image Planets Forming Around Nearby Star HL Tau

It is a beautiful thing, this image. This is confirmation of a basic tenet. In other words, this is HUGE!

Peace.

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Backlit Saturn – Seen from the Cassini Spacecraft

The Cassini spacecraft was sent by NASA and ESA to study Saturn and its moons. Two of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus and Tethys, appear in the bottom right of this image. So far, the spacecraft has found new storm systems on Saturn, active geysers on its moon Enceladus, liquid oceans on its moon Titan, and many other unexpected discoveries. Due to its elliptical orbit, Cassini is occasionally able to catch beautyful images of saturn backlit by our sun, as seen above.

Credit: NASA/JPL/ESA

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Historic Landing of Falcon 9 First Stage at Landing Zone 1

SpaceVids.tvSpaceVids.tv

Published on Dec 21, 2015

The very first Falcon 9 first stage has successfully landed at Landing Zone 1, formally Launch Complex 13, of Cape Canaveral after launching as part of the OG-2 return to flight mission from Space Launch Complex 40 just 10 minutes before landing.
VIDEO CREDITS: SpaceX

WoW!

I am so glad this has come about in my lifetime. I was beginning to wonder…

The event is historic because this is the first time an orbital rocket has ever landed after being launched.

This is huge. This is good.

We are one step closer to hanging out in space. That feels good.

How long before the Nostromo launches?

Peace.

New Horizons’ Best View of Pluto’s Craters, Mountains and Icy Plains
NASA.gov Video
Published on Dec 4, 2015
This movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby on July 14, 2015. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel – revealing features smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s diverse surface. The images include a wide variety of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains – giving scientists and the public alike a super-high resolution view of Pluto’s complexity.

Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

BRAVO to everyone involved in making the ability for this vid to exist a reality. See now, THAT’S Rocket Science! Really, thank you.

Nerds are awesome. Boffins, too. Ja, mon!

‘K, sorry, I’m ok now. Anyway, I stand firmly by my considered assertion that the farther out you go the weirder it gets.

And that suits me just fine.

Here is the photo featured in the video. It is stunning. Oddly, looking at it actually brought out the Fortean curmudgeon in me, bringing a smile closely related to one of my pet peeves.

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Nice huh?

Over at ATS, where I am terminally logged in, member gortex said

This stunning picture was released today showing Pluto’s icy crust and the Sputnik Planum’s flats in unprecedented detail , not bad for something 4.67 billion miles away.

That made me think of all those wide-eyed folks who ceaselessly complain of the notorious NASA “low-res” cameras. It’s especially common regarding Mars pictures. Well, there are a lot more of them available. Anyway, I see it a lot and it eally makes me wonder. About people.

Look at the detail there even just above this line at the bottom of the picture. It isn’t enhanced, it just is.

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The rover cameras as well, are nice, especially the new guy. Some of those hills are quite far away.

I was seriously impressed with the main Curiosity camera and son, it takes a lot to do that. I am jaded to the max. Been looking a lot over the years. These rovers have indeed found some fascinating things. For some reason the media only cover the paredolia-based items. Some of whichare pretty entertaining.

Since I am a bit ranty now for some reason, my biggest peee is that there are never any microphones on rovers. Not just ours, either, Vlad. Seriously. It has an atmosphere. Not a lot of one, but there is one. So—there’s sound.

Let’s hear it, yo!

Even at retail prices it’d be what, a few thou? For off-the-shelf existing science-grade pro audio pieces. American, even. Madonne.

Ah, well, on this imagery, it is good for me even just to think that, “Heck, we can really DO that!”

Okay, thanks for reading.

Peace.

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Photographic evidence of the new planet forming. Picture: Steph Sallum

 

Emily Moultonnews.com.au

IT IS being hailed as a major breakthrough, a world-first and proof of a long-held theory.

Scientists in Australia and the US have captured the first-ever images of a planet in the making — and they’re a little excited.

None of the nearly 1900 planets previously discovered and confirmed outside our Solar System (called exoplanets) are in the process of formation.

Using the most sophisticated and largest telescopes in the world, the teams were able to observe the process by which a planet forms and grows.

The telltale signs, according to the research findings published in the journal Naturetoday, were the accumulation of dust and gas particles on the said star known as LkCa 15.

This new planet is located 450 light years away from Earth.

According to University of Sydney Professor Peter Tuthill, who was part of the Australian contingent, said the images provided unambiguous evidence.

“This is the first time we’ve imaged a planet that is definitely still in the process of forming,” he said. “The difficulty had been that when you have indirect evidence, there are always alternate explanations that might fit the data.”

This sort of thing really gets my thoughts singing with a nice, big grin. Always has, like a lot of folks. Never fails, wherever they go.

This kind of achievement represents a glimpse of what we are capable of. Nice one, too.

it brings up the most delicious anticipation of what else we will find.

We need to get out there and explore. After all, it’s what we do. And I mean people along with all the droids. Cool though they may be.

Peace.

And remember, the further out you go, the weirder it gets.

Received in the mail, forwarded by a friend… spectacular photos!

View From The Top… By Astronaut Douglas Wheelock [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, shares pictures of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter.

Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as Astro_Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe. Athens shine brightly along the Mediterranean Sea.

‘Mystery Island’ ...located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar.

‘Mystery Island’ …located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar. Interesting features on the island and the unusual shape should be enough to help you discover this beautiful place.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe. The photo clearly shows the Strait of Dover. Paris is dazzling with the city lights. A little fog over the western part of England, particularly over London.

The moon is breathtaking.

The moon is breathtaking.

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas.

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas. In this photo, our ship is seen against the backdrop of the Bahamas.

Half of our journey is in darkness.

At a speed of 28,163 kilometers per hour (8 kilometers per second), we rotate the Earth’s orbit, making one revolution every 90 minutes, and watch sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. So half of our journey is in darkness. For the work we use lights on our helmets.

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings!

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings! I see blue skies, white clouds and bright blessed day.

Another spectacular sunset.

Another spectacular sunset. We see 16 such sunsets each day, and each of them is really valuable.

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens.

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens. Approximately 1930 km south of Honolulu.

Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean.

Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean.

Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset.

Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset. Downstairs in the setting sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl.

A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock.

A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia, but someday I hope that I will stand by this miracle of nature.

Morning over the Andes in South America.

Morning over the Andes in South America. I do not know for sure the title of this peak, but was simply amazed by her magic, stretching to the sun and wind tops.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history. River Nile flows through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Further, the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea, Jordan River, as well as the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece on the horizon.

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo, located in the Delta.

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo, located in the Delta. Far away in this picture, one can see the Mediterranean Sea.

Our unmanned ‘Progress 39P’ approaches the ISS for refuelling.

Our unmanned ‘Progress 39P’ approaches the ISS for refuelling. It is full of food, fuel, spare parts and all necessities for our station. Inside was a real gift – fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after three months of food from a tube!

View from the Dome.

I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. We said goodbye to the members of our group Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend, and they returned safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly dreams of returning home.

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS.

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS. When our work ends here, we go back home to Earth. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus. The rising sun is reflected from the Caspian Sea.

The flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world.

The flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world. This is part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia, photographed through the lens of 1200 mm.

All the beauty of Italy, a clear summer night.

All the beauty of Italy, a clear summer night. You can see many beautiful islands that adorn the coast – Capri, Sicily and Malta. Naples and Mount Vesuvius are allocated along the coast.

At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia.

At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia. The amazing beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seas combined in perfect harmony.

“Dome” on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet.

“Dome” on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fedor made the picture from the window of the Russian docking compartment. In this photo I’m sitting in the dome, preparing the camera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl.

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening.

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening. A clear autumn evening, the moonlight over the water and sky, dotted with millions of stars.

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean.

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean. The ancient land with a thousand years of history stretching from Athens to Cairo. Historical land of fabulous and alluring island … Athens – Crete – Rhodes – Izmir – Ankara – Cyprus – Damascus – Beirut – Haifa – Amman – Tel Aviv – Jerusalem – Cairo – all of them turned into tiny lights in this cool November night.

The beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds.

In this time of year you can enjoy the beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds. With our high-angle illumination, we were able to capture a thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset.

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock

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