Tag: NASA

Dec 5, 2014

17 HQ Photos from NASA’s Orion Launch

17 HQ Photos from NASA’s Orion Launch

NASA took its first major step towards a manned mission to Mars today with the successful launch and landing of its Orion spacecraft. Orion completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. Orion blazed into the morning sky at 7:05 a.m.…

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Nov 6, 2014

Astronauts Put GoPro Inside Water Bubble and Film the Results

Astronauts Put GoPro Inside Water Bubble and Film the Results

During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size…

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Nov 5, 2014

Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feather Under the Conditions of Outer Space

Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feather Under the Conditions of Outer Space

Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space. The facility is home to the largest vacuum chamber in the world. The clip is a preview from Human Universe: Episode 4 on BBC Two.…

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Nov 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: Volcanic Eruption from Above

Picture of the Day: Volcanic Eruption from Above

Photograph by NASA In this incredible aerial photograph by NASA, we see an overhead view of the Sarychev Peak Volcano erupting on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is a stratovolcano covering almost the entirety of Matua Island in the Kuril Islands of Russia. It is a young, highly symmetrical stratovolcanic cone. During this particular…

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Sep 5, 2014

Astronauts in Space Give Video Geography Tour of Earth

Astronauts in Space Give Video Geography Tour of Earth

Watch Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio give a brief geography lesson as they hurtle through space at 27,600 km/h (17,100 mph) onboard the International Space Station.

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Aug 20, 2014

Picture of the Day: This was Just Taken from Space

Picture of the Day: This was Just Taken from Space

Photograph by Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid on Twitter) “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this. 10 minutes ago on the #ISS #aurora” Those were the words of astronaut Reid Wiseman who is currently aboard the International Space Station. He posted the photo above to Twitter last night at 6:04 pm ET (19…

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Aug 14, 2014

Picture of the Day: Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa

Picture of the Day: Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa

Photograph by NASA [NASA April 21, 2010] Perhaps the most impressive of cloud formations, cumulonimbus (from the Latin for “pile” and “rain cloud”) clouds form due to vigorous convection (rising and overturning) of warm, moist, and unstable air. Surface air is warmed by the Sun-heated ground surface and rises; if sufficient atmospheric moisture is…

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