Exploring the Martian surface in 4K is cool, but The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is about to raise it to an even higher level. Teaming up with broadcaster NHK, JAXA is developing 4K and 8K cameras that will be sent to Mars and take photos of its surface, but also explore its moons Phobos and Deimos.
The Earth hasn’t really been the best place to live on for the past year or so. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been fantasizing about moving to some other planet. Stunning photos from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest definitely make these fantasies even more vivid, and I’m happy to share with you this year’s winning photos.
A few weeks ago, The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) captured a groundbreaking image. For the first time ever, we can see not one, but two exoplanets orbiting a star similar to our Sun.
In February this year, ESA and NASA launched Solar Orbiter to study the Sun from up close. The probe has returned the first images, and they are the closest photos of the Sun that have ever been taken. They reveal miniature solar flares or “campfires,” a phenomenon that has never been observable in detail before.
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year never fails to present us with some extraordinary images of space. It’s no different this year. The shortlisted images of the 2020 competition have just been announced, and as always, they’re just splendid! I’m sure they’ll take your breath away just like they did mine.
We’ve already seen that astronauts can be darn good photographers. They show us what our world looks from “out there,” but it’s not just about the photographic skill. They feel the responsibility and motivation to document it. In this great video from MotivationHub, Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield talks about his images from space. He shares his motivation behind them and some more life wisdom that we all should listen to.
On 24 April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope started its journey, when the space shuttle Discovery and its five-astronaut crew took it from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was deployed into Earth orbit a day later and has been taking magnificent photos of space ever since. The photo Hubble took on its 30th birthday is nothing less impressive than others, and it shows the incredible beauty of starbirth.
Around this time last year, the National Science Foundation and Event Horizon Telescope captured the first-ever photo of a black hole. Thanks to the latest research, future images will get even more impressive. The scientists have discovered a new method that will allow them to capture black hole photos in even more detail and perfectly sharp.
What do you think, will humans get to conquer Mars? For now it still falls within the scope of fiction, but the actual plans to get there have been real for decades. Well, if it ever happens – there’s a hole on Mars where humans could find shelter. And NASA has recently published an epic photo of it.