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.
NASA has recently published new photos of Jupiter taken by Juno spacecraft over the past year. Just like previous times, the photos will leave you in awe. The latest images of the planet look like abstract watercolor paintings, or “ink in water” art, and the amount of detail in them is striking.
We common mortals are probably not very likely to walk in space anytime soon. But astronauts on the International Space Station have made this 360-degree video to get us as close to spacewalks as we can get at the moment.
Two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin, filed the launching of five nano-satellites outside the ISS with a 360-degree camera. As The Verge writes, it’s not clear what camera they were using. But whichever camera it was, their footage lets you see the spacewalk with the eyes of an astronaut.
Thanks to NASA, we’ve seen plenty of splendid photos and videos from space. Recently, they ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 cameras, which have the value of almost $350,000. As they say from Nikon, a part of the cameras will be used in the astronaut training facilities, and another part goes to the International Space Station. From there, they will be recording intra- and extravehicular activities.
As you probably already know, NASA makes their photo library publicly available. Thanks to this, from time to time there are devoted artists and space geeks who turn the images from NASA into something new and beautiful. This time, photographer Sean Doran took still photos of Jupiter and turned them into a mesmerizing animation.
The photos taken by Juno spacecraft are awe-inspiring on their own, but the video adds a totally new dimension. Have you ever tried to imagine yourself orbiting around Jupiter? This video makes you feel like you do, and it’s simply wonderful.
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.
What do the names Walter Schirra, Walter Cunningham or Donn Eisele mean to you? Do you see them only as the astronauts from the Apollo 7 mission, or there’s something else? Other than being heroes and the makers of history – they also made great photos, some of which became iconic.
Dutch designer Simon Phillipson issued a book Apollo VII – XVII to pay a tribute to these astronauts and the photos they took. It features 225 photos from the space missions, all taken by astronauts. And in this article, we’ll present you with some of them.
Sometimes real stories go beyond anything we can imagine. And this one from Damn Interesting podcast certainly exceeds any fictionous photography tale one can conceive. It involves espionage, camera coffins, secret film formulas and faxing a photo of the moon.
During the cold war the US initiated a Project Genetrix a secret project executed to gather intel from the closed border USSR. Project Genetrix launched huge 200-foot-tall, 100-foot-wide helium balloons into the air around strategic locations in Europe where the wind was supposed to carry them over the USSR where they will take photos and eventually exit the USSR air space to be collected by a friendly plane, mid air and have the film sent to the US for the intelligence force to decipher. This may sound like a kids play nowadays (and it is), but back in ’56 we did not have no gopros.