Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was on three spaceflights and is now back on Earth. As if that weren’t cool enough, he also has some awesome artistic talents – and photography is one of them. He has taken around 45,000 photos from space, which is pretty impressive. In this video from Big Think, he will tell you more about what it’s like and what it takes for an astronaut to take photos from outer space. He also goes through some of his favorites, He goes through some of his favourites, all of which show off the beauty of our home planet.
Last month, NASA launched TESS, a satellite that will search thousands of stars for Earth-like exoplanets. TESS has just sent back its first photo, and although it’s just a test image, it’s fascinating and gives you an idea of how big the mission is. The photo shows more than 200,000 stars, and four TESS cameras will cover more than 400 times as much sky during the mission.
It’s been 28 years since NASA’s Hubble telescope started delivering stunning views of the universe. To celebrate its birthday, NASA has released a fascinating video that takes you through the Lagoon Nebula, located in the constellation Sagittarius. Zooming in the Hubble Telescope footage reveals breathtaking views, full of magical colors and sights. So, play the video and let the journey begin.
In 2014, Rosetta spacecraft became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and bring back the first-ever photos of its surface. In this short video, someone has brought the frames together to create a sense of motion. And it makes the whole thing even more impressive.
Whatever your spin is on the SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy and the stunt of Starman and the Roadster, it put on our radar topics such as space and space missions, rockets, interplanetary travel or technological advances.
In my case, once footage of the car and Starman started to arrive and people wondered if it could be observed from Earth, there was just one thing in my mind: to find the answer to that question and if yes, to try take a picture – better yet, a video – of it.
NASA has treated us with plenty of amazing photos from space, and their New Horizons spacecraft has recently captured two record-breaking images. 3.79 billion miles from Earth, the spacecraft snapped photos of Kuiper Belt objects which are now officially the farthest images ever taken by a spacecraft.
With Space Oddity playing in the background, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy has made a successful launch on 6 February from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The live stream was reportedly followed by more than three million people, and this historic launch is the hottest news all over the world. In case you’ve missed the live stream, here are some of the best photos and videos of this historic event.
Next in our Photographer Spotlight series is Sara Wager.
Sara is a British astrophotographer currently based in Spain. She creates fascinating photographs of Deep-Sky Objects from our universe, including galaxies, areas of nebulosity and planetary nebulas.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has provided us with some spectacular (but also fun) photos so far. After capturing amazing Earth-like clouds, it has again captured a sight that might remind us of our home planet. The rover reached the top of Vera Rubin Ridge and captured photos that were stitched into a breathtaking panoramic landscape.