This fantastic and uber-iconic image was taken on March 1st, 1982, by the Soviet spacecraft Venera 13. Venera had just landed on Venus and taken the first color images from the surface before it melted into a puddle shortly thereafter. Communist technology! Impressive that it lasted as long as it did.
The control panel that got us to the Moon!
Now that’s a thing o’ beauty, Cap’n!
The power of American engineering and know-how.
“There is no such thing as an unsolvable problem.” – Sergei Korolev, the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer
“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Beautiful, isn’t it?
Thought you all would enjoy this beautiful picture of the area known as Monoceros, the Unicorn. It’s an area of star formation. The star forming region is known as NGC 2464, about 2,700 light years distance from Earth. The image covers an area of the sky that is 3/4 of a degree or 1.5 full moons.
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The wonders of nature.
Those wonders will never… ever… cease to astound because nature never ends. No matter where, no matter when.
The very last image transmitted by Opportunity Mars Rover, on Sol 5111. Credit: NASA
My God! It’s full of stars!
Such a sad thing.
A Black Hole is an extraordinarily massive, improbably dense knot of spacetime that makes a living swallowing or slinging away any morsel of energy that strays too close to its dark, twisted core. Anyone fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to directly observe one of these beasts in the wild would immediately notice the way its colossal gravitational field warps all of the light from the stars and galaxies behind it, a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.
Thanks to the power of supercomputers, a curious observer no longer has to venture into outer space to see such a sight. A team of astronomers has released their first simulated images of the lensing effects of not just one, but two black holes, trapped in orbit by each other’s gravity and ultimately doomed to merge as one.
Sharpless 2-308: Star Bubble
Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to a blue hue. SH2-308 is also known as The Dolphin Nebula.
The wonders of Nature…
We have a new Virtual Science Center being created. This is the first gallery, devoted to some of the results of the research that I have done. I also have a few links that you will enjoy with this.
And some material about the book…
Enjoy, join us in our venture, and let’s have some feedback. This is a project we can all get behind!
Hey, hey, it’s my good friend Charles! An awesome dude who doesn’t get anywhere the recognition that he should… Ooh, I remember from years ago when he ran the best Mars forum the interwebs have ever seen. Seriously, it was fanfreakintastic. Such good people. Such good memories. And not a drop of woo!
So glad to hear that the findings from all those years are getting a place of their own. I pray it catches on, especially with the young folks. It’d be just grand!
Saturn V second stage with 5x Rocketdyne J2 engines, LOx and LH.
This’ll really get you out there.
SN 1572 is a Type Ia supernova.
HiPOD 14 Jan 2019: The Source of Dunes in Chasma Boreale
This image shows dunes during the summer, when they were free from the seasonal layer of carbon dioxide ice that covers the region for much of the year. These dunes, which are near the head of the largest trough in the North Polar cap (called Chasma Boreale), were formed by strong winds blowing down the canyon toward its mouth.
Date: 13 August 2010
Altitude: 319 km
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Lovely… ooh, I want to go there so badly.
Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater on Mars
Image: NASA/JPL via space-pics.
Love Mars so. I want to go.
Elon Musk @elonmusk Verified account
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the
@SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.
Elon Musk @elonmusk Verified account
This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.
Now that’s a stylin’ Starship test flight rocket if I ever saw one!
The future is bright.
We’ve seen the far side quite a few times – from orbit…
These are the first ever images taken from the ground on the far side of the Moon.
Captured by the Chinese Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP)’s history-making Chang’e-4 spacecraft.
This is simply FanFreakin’tastic!
Such wonderfuil things are coming!
by MDM Photography via brecbc123
IC 63 Ghost Nebula Located 550 light-years away from the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen.
This image made available by NASA on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 shows images with separate color and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA via AP)
Read more at: NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman
A new picture returned from Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the little world to be two objects joined together – to give a look like a “snowman.” The US probe’s images acquired as it approached Ultima hinted at the possibility of a double body, but the first detailed picture from Tuesday’s close flyby confirms it.
Ultima Thule… the most distant object that our current human civilization has ever checked out – at 4.1 billion miles out from Earth.
I think it’s lovely.
Read more at Phys.org’s NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman.
Images by NASA via AP
Spectacular. Bravo dear Space Cowboys, we love you so!