A man made object has exited the boundaries of our solar system for the very first time. NASA says the 36 year old Voyager 1 spacecraft is now out of our solar system, and at a distance of 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. There have been several claims over the past year of Voyager having left the solar system, but this one is official.
Seeing Tony Stark work through gadgets and 3D Modeling is quite a treat. Turns out, the movie was simply taking inspiration from Elon Musk who might be a time traveler come from the future. He combined a gesture-sensing Leap Motion controller with an array of different display technologies to create the modeling setup you see here. Used for the Space X project, the system allows engineers to work through and zoom to take closer looks at their models without ever having to touch a mouse.
South Pole of Mars is a region of permanently frozen ice, that happens to get additional layers of frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice) every winter. As the summer progresses, much of the dry ice goes away, but the water stays. Bill Dunford rendered this image of the Martian South Pole using various images captured by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter.
See Vsauce explain the scientific reasons behind why we get bored.
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, space exploration was kicking all kinds of ass. In those decades, humans would set foot on the moon within just 65 years of humans learning to fly airplanes. Of course, the space industry and the world at large was abuzz with action. The drawing table saw a lot of work as space shuttles were required, and these renderings show what developed into the space shuttles we know today.
Now that Pixar is hard at work on Finding Dory, it is only natural that we revisit the earlier awesome movie, Finding Nemo. The Pixar animation team working on Finding Nemo had to take a graduate class in fish biology so that the movements and natural habitats of the fish depicted were very close to real. Pixar also developed software specially for the movie, which made the jellyfish scene as close to reality as possible. Apparently, had Pixar been that interested in keeping the movie close to real, it would have had an entirely different story line.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover completed a year on Mars this August 5. Martians being an unfriendly bunch didn’t quite show up for the party, and poor Curiosity was left alone on his birthday, working all day like the hardworking rover it is. NASA decided to play a little Happy Birthday tune for Curiosity, making use of the rover’s SAM (Soil Analysis at Mars).
Wi-Fi is a big part of our everyday connected life, yet our appreciation of this invisible force doing quite a lot of our work remains mostly ignorant. Former NASA employee Dr. Vogel teamed up with visual artist Nickolay Lamm (previously here and here) to depict the omnipresent wifi signals and waves into visual characteristics.
It is a long propagated idea that dogs live in a monochromatic world, identifying things by their hue and brightness. Researchers from the Laboratory of Sensory Processing at the Russian Academy of Sciences now say that not only are dogs capable of seeing color, they can make their choices based on the colors they perceive.
Humans have often looked into the sky and seen Saturn, but never have we known what our Earth would look from the vantage point of that planet. Well, now we do. As usual, it’s the pale blue dot in the sky. Saturn is 900 million miles from Earth, and the Cassini spacecraft has been hanging out with the beautiful ringed planet for a while now.