NASA’s Perseverance rover made its successful landing on Mars yesterday. It even sent the first photo! And speaking of photos, NASA has launched a really fun tool to let you play pretend you visited Mars and took a selfie. Because what’s a (space) travel without a selfie, right?
On 30 July 2020, NASA launched its Perseverance rover to Mars. And yesterday, the whole world watched the rover’s landing with great excitement. Perseverance landed successfully, and other than tears of joy, it gave us something else – its very first photo of the Martian surface.
The researchers at the University of Arizona captured some stunning photos of the largest canyon in our solar system. It’s the Valles Marineris canyon on Mars, which is around five times longer and four times deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Hubble has taken quite a lot of stunning images over its three-decade-long existence. And recently, it took managed to capture a photo of the asteroid 16 Psyche in the most detailed image so far. What’s special about it? Well, one of the things that make it special is that it contains iron and nickel worth around $10,000 quadrillion. For comparison, that’s 70,000 times the global economy.
Living on Earth in 2020 was quite a challenge, to put it mildly. But when you move 400 km away from our home planet, it looks peaceful, quiet, and stunningly beautiful. NASA recently shared 20 top photos of Earth made by the ISS astronauts to remind us that our planet is actually a wonderful place. At least from afar.
Exploring space requires a whole lot of high-tech gear. But there’s something you’ll find on space missions that also connects all of us on DIYP: cameras. In this video, Scott Manley guides you through the history of cameras in space. From 1961 to the more recent years, these were the cameras astronauts used to capture iconic space photos.
Despite five repair missions it has gone through, the Hubble telescope has made it to the age of 30. NASA already share the stunning photo it took on its birthday back in April, but the celebration isn’t over yet. To mark Hubble’s 30th anniversary, NASA has added 30 more breathtaking photos to the already impressive collection.
Images of space are valuable for researchers to find out more about our solar system, our galaxy, and way beyond. But us regular folks enjoy them as well because they’re often quite an eye candy. The European Space Agency’s Gaia observatory has just released the most precise and detailed 3D map of the Milky Way to date. It doesn’t only look gorgeous of course, but it also takes the astronomers to both the future and the past of our galaxy.
There are plenty of epic astrophotos that were taken from Earth. Sometimes even from a photographer’s backyard. Astronomer Jean-Luc Dauvergne visited Pic du Midi observatory in the French Pyrenees and took some photos of Mars. As a result, he created “the best global map of Mars” shot from the surface of our planet.