On 26 November, NASA’s InSight lander arrived successfully on Mars. It landed, opened its solar panels to recharge the batteries – and sent in the first “selfie” back to Earth. This is the first image taken by InSight, one of many more to come.
We’ve seen many awe-inspiring timelapses, photos, and videos of rocket launches shot from the Earth. But have you ever wondered what does it look like from space? In this timelapse captured from the International Space Station (ISS), you can see a rocket launch from an entirely new perspective.
The International Space Station holds a whole lot of camera gear. Especially Nikon camera gear, as a recent tweet from astronaut Alexander Gerst illustrates while cutting the hair of fellow astronaut Sergey Prokopyev. Behind them are two walls filled with various camera equipment. But have you ever wondered how much it costs to actually send it up there?
When the tweet was posted to Reddit, user ultrahello mentioned that it costs around $10,000 per pound to deliver items to the International Space Station. This means that the kit in the photo above, a Nikon D5 and 800mm f/5.6E lens with 1.4x teleconverter, weighing a little over 13lbs will have cost at least $130K to send up.
We’ve already seen some stunning footage and photos from the International Space Station (ISS). But now, NASA’s had the science “scaled up” and has published a UHD video from the International Space Station. This is the first ever 8K video from the ISS and it gives you an insight into what it’s like to be inside the ISS and view our beautiful planet from there.
Scientists have recently confirmed that there’s a massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, named Sagittarius A*. European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning video that zooms in all the way to the black hole. And while it’s kinda scary to watch it – it’s also hard to stop.
NASA’s Apollo Program was an audacious mission to send astronauts to the moon – a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy’s in a bold speech in 1961 that was an ongoing part of the Cold War. NASA’s use of photography aboard spacecraft originated during the Mercury Program when John Glenn carried two cameras during his Mercury-Atlas 6 program: 1) a Leica 1g for ultraviolet spectrascopic photos, and 2) a modified Ansco Autoset (which was a rebadged Minolta Hi-Matic by the Ansco Company) which took the first human-shot, color still photos.
Last December, we featured a timelapse from photographer and filmmaker Jesse Watson. The timelapse was of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch near Yuma, Arizona. Well, a couple of nights ago, another one launched and landed from California – the first time Elon’s launched and landed in California. Jesse went out to capture it again and this one’s just as incredible as the last.
Japan’s space agency (JAXA) recently successfully landed its MINERVA-II rovers on the surface of an asteroid. After sending the first photos back to Earth, now there’s also a video that shows the rocky surface of the asteroid Ryugu. It’s a short, but awe-inspiring clip that will spark your imagination.
Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has successfully landed its MINERVA-II1 rovers on the surface of an asteroid. And now, the first photos have been sent back to Earth. They let us take a peek at the surface of an asteroid and at its surroundings, and it’s something really awe-inspiring to see.