Posts tagged space

Holuhraun Lava Field.
Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

Holuhraun Lava Field.

Taken by a NASA Landsat over Iceland.

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!
It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.
I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.
Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!
Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!

It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.

I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.

Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!

Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.
Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.
This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.
In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.

Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.

This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.

In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.

New satellite can see through smoke.
The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.
Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.
DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

New satellite can see through smoke.

The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.

Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.

DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

Video: NASA test firing of their new 3D printed rocket.

NASA was able to reduce the number of components in this rocket’s injector from 163, down to just two, by using a printing technology called “selective laser melting”.

Tropical storm Marie, from the ISS.
Taken by Alexander Gerst.

Tropical storm Marie, from the ISS.

Taken by Alexander Gerst.

8 Bit Future’s back (from the future?)
A few issues with 8bitfuture.com over the last couple of weeks have been resolved. My hosting provider completely disappeared, taking 6,000 websites with it by the look of things on their Facebook page, so the domain is now handled through GoDaddy which should be a bit more reliable, if not more expensive, but a good lesson that when it comes to the internet, you get what you pay for.
The image above is from a 2010 proposal to send ‘tumbleweed probes’ to Mars, where they could be moved around by wind instead of driving on six wheels like the currently active NASA rovers there. Video of the rovers here.
Another interesting space story this week is about the state of Curiosity’s wheels, which are currently developing large holes that could put the extended mission in jeopardy. The short version is that NASA didn’t realise just what kind of rocks they’d be dealing with, but the rover could continue indefinitely if they take it to more soft sandy areas. Below is a photo of a replica wheel, tested to breaking point here on Earth. Interesting to see it with a human - I never realised how big the rover was until seeing one of it’s wheels! Check out the full story here at Gizmodo.

8 Bit Future’s back (from the future?)

A few issues with 8bitfuture.com over the last couple of weeks have been resolved. My hosting provider completely disappeared, taking 6,000 websites with it by the look of things on their Facebook page, so the domain is now handled through GoDaddy which should be a bit more reliable, if not more expensive, but a good lesson that when it comes to the internet, you get what you pay for.

The image above is from a 2010 proposal to send ‘tumbleweed probes’ to Mars, where they could be moved around by wind instead of driving on six wheels like the currently active NASA rovers there. Video of the rovers here.

Another interesting space story this week is about the state of Curiosity’s wheels, which are currently developing large holes that could put the extended mission in jeopardy. The short version is that NASA didn’t realise just what kind of rocks they’d be dealing with, but the rover could continue indefinitely if they take it to more soft sandy areas. Below is a photo of a replica wheel, tested to breaking point here on Earth. Interesting to see it with a human - I never realised how big the rover was until seeing one of it’s wheels! Check out the full story here at Gizmodo.