NASA has their rich media library available to the public, and they made it easier than ever for the users to access and search. Sophia Nasr, an astro-particle physicist, has created a true-color image of polar vortex on Saturn’s North Pole. A young scientist used three raw images taken by Cassini and merged them in Photoshop to create an image that shows what we would see if we were orbiting Saturn in a spacecraft.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to work with some very interesting historical media. A retired NASA engineer friend contacted me having found a box of photographic films in his desk drawer. Turns out the box contained two partial rolls and several cut slides of 70mm film from the 1971 Apollo 15 mission! What a find!
According to my engineer friend, these are not unpublished images. They are, however original films from the customized Hasselblad EDC (Electronic Data Cameras) medium format cameras used on the lunar surface, and include numerous images of the astronauts, the Lunar Module — the “Falcon” (LM-10), and Lunar Rover (LRV).
It’s difficult to compete with timelapses like this. NASA gets a viewpoint from which the vast majority of the world will never be able to shoot. While we may not be able to shoot it ourselves, though, thankfully NASA do make much of their content available for free. For us to use, for our own projects. And they just recently made their entire library public.
This timelapse film, edited by SmugMug Films was posted to Nikon Europe’s YouTube channel to help celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Compiled from a range of NASA footage, this film showcases Nikon in Space. Nikon has a very rich history when it comes to photography from space, and it’s no surprise they’d want to show it off.
No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.
When we hear about “probes” flying around space, we probably think of something fairly small. We’ve all heard them on sci-fi TV shows. “Sent out a probe”, and off flies a little drone-like object. Well, not NASA’s Juno probe. This thing is as big as a basketball court. Launched in 2011, the probe took five years to reach and then settle into orbit around Jupiter, 415 million miles away.
Juno orbits in an extremely wide arc, resulting in a brief fly-by of the gas giant every couple of months. The original plan was for this to happen every two weeks, but some sticky valves put that idea to rest. Juno completed its fifth pass on March 27th, creating and streaming images back to Earth. And the processed full colour results are amazing.
The GEOS-16 satellite lifted off in November last year. The satellite contains an Advanced Baseline Imager, which boasts images of earth at four times the resolution of any other satellite. Scientists, meteorologists and regular weather & science enthusiasts around the world have been itching to see those first images. Well, now they’re in and they look amazing.
Below is a “full-disk” image of the earth. It comes in at a rather sizeable 117.4 megapixels, and the satellite can produce one of these every 15 minutes.
NASA has used computer models to simulate airflow for decades. It lets them test to see how aircraft will react to drag, friction and countless other forces. All important factors when it comes to designing the next generation of vehicles. At NASA’S Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, the technique was recently used to check out the airflow around quadcopters. Specifically, the DJI Phantom 3.
Unlike NASA’s typical rocket powered aircraft, quadcopters rely on four spinning motors with propellers to generate thrust. This thrust needs to generate enough lift to raise both the quadcopter and its payload (perhaps a gimbal and camera) off the ground. The simulations show just how complex the air motions are from the propellers, due to interactions with the X-shaped frame during flight.
For all the space-loving guys out there, NASA has brought the Universe closer to us than ever. They wanted to provide the public with the fun, yet educational materials that will help us explore both the universe and our home planet. So, they launched the official GIPHY and Pinterest pages to bring the universe closer to the worldwide Internet community.
If you’ve ever seen a rocket engine in action, you probably noticed the bright flame that emerges from the back of it. In fact, that bright fire was probably just an overexposed blob. Nasa’s new High Dynamic Camera system – the HiDyRS-X uses HDR techniques to show that wonderful flame in all its glory. It does so using a special sensor with built in HDR abilities.
First here is the high speed movie of the rocket engine:
Have you ever seen an f/0.7 lens? Stanley Kubrick used one regularly.
If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco right now, you can pay a visit to the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition (it’s curently playing at the contemporary jewish museum). If not, former Mythbuster Adam Savage takes you on a filmed tour.