On 16 June current year, the ISS astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough went on a spacewalk. They were on a mission to install a new solar array for the ISS, and they were even caught on camera from Earth (kind of). But if you’d like to get a closer look at the recent spacewalk, ESA has announced two timelapse videos showing the two astronauts in action.
On 25 June, astronauts Shane Kimbrough from NASA and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet were on a spacewalk outside the ISS. Little did they know that they would photobomb an image of the ISS transiting the sun. Photographer Joel Kowsky took a series of transit images and it turned out that the two astronauts were there exactly at that time.
As you may already know, the International Space Station orbits the Earth really fast. For example, if you were to capture its transit in front of the Moon or the Sun, you’d only have around one second to get the shot. But what does that speed look like from up there? With his recent photo, Thomas Pesquet tries to put it in a perspective.
Juno spacecraft has brought us some of the most incredible photos of Jupiter over the last few years. It recently flew close to Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede, and it’s the closest any spacecraft flew to it in more than 20 years. During its flyby, Juno took some photos, and as usual – it didn’t disappoint. The first two images were sent back to Earth and they give us a wonderful and detailed look at the icy mammoth.
How cool it would be to own a lens that traveled to the moon? Well, it’s possible now as a rare Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 is up for an auction. It’s one of only ten of these lenses in the world, responsible for some iconic shots: photos from the Apollo missions, as well as iconic footage from Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.
Thanks to NASA’s Mars rovers, we’re learning more about the Red Planet. But they allow us to enjoy some remarkable photos, too. Recently, the Curiosity rover captured a rare sight on Mars: clouds. Even though this landscape photo looks like it was taken on Earth, it’s actually a rarely seen cloudy day on our neighboring planet.
Since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope has produced some amazing imagery. But a new picture was just released to celebrate its 31 year anniversary that’s just incredible. The giant ultra-bright star, AG Carinae, exists 20,000 light-years from Earth. It’s 70 times larger than our sun and around a million times brighter than our Sun.
But right now – at least, from our perspective 20,000 light-years away on Earth – it’s in a battle with itself. Its huge mass has gravity pulling everything inwards while radiation is pushing everything outwards with a level of force that we mere mortals can’t even begin to comprehend. It sure does result in a beautiful image, though.
NASA has recently released an intriguing photo of sand dunes on Mars. It shows blue dunes on the so-called Red Planet. Although it’s a false-color image, it still looks surreal and captivating, and the story behind it is pretty interesting.