These images captured by satellite Landsat 5 show the Earth in all its glory and awesomeness. Landsat 5 has been in orbit for 29 years, and has orbitted the Earth more than 150,000 times and sent nearly 2.5 million images. Looking at these images, we can be sure there is no artist even half as good as mother nature.
Mars, as we know it looks like a barren red planet apparently ignorant of all the fantastical theories us Eearthlings may have of it. Software engineer Kevin Gill decided to visualize what Mars would look like, if it were plush with water bodies and atmosphere. The result apparently, would be strikingly similar to the Earth.
We’ve only recently seen a night-time view of earth as captured by NASA satellites. Well, this is like that, but different. This set shows the same region of the earth, the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula to be specific, and displays what it looks like from space during different phases of the moon cycle. The images were all captured in 2012 and show a nice touch to the moonlit nights of our little blue marble.
NASA is now showing off its new Space Suit that will probably be pressed into service by around 2015. And well, it seems to be obviously much like Buzz Lightyear’s space suit in Toy Story. NASA’s concerns although weren’t to make the astronauts look adorable, but more in favor of practical advantages. The new suits have a rear entry hatch that lets astronauts just slip in and close the rear hatch.
NASA and NOAA have released a series of composite images that show the Earth shining in the night. These high quality images are sharp enough to capture light from wildfires, and sensitive enough to even include lights from boats. The images were captured separately over a course of 312 orbits and when stored, required a space of 2.5 terrabytes. These high quality images were captured using the VIIRS, Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.
An obscene quantity of data passes through the tubes at Google’s data centers. Captured for a new website, these images form a project called Where the Internet Lives and while not technically correct, that phrase is pretty close. We’re just smitten by the sheer expanse of these data centers. The set moved through eight data centers of the internet giant.
The image you see here shows Nacreous clouds, observed on January 6, 2011. These clouds appear about 80,000 feet above ground in the stratosphere and are observed in polar regions where the stratospheric temperature goes as low as -100 degrees Fahrenheit (-73 degrees C). This image was captured from Antarctica. The beautiful looking clouds do also have a sinister purpose, they are the site of chemical reactions that break down ozone, and contribute to the ozone hole.
The giant cosmic eye here is the Helix Nebula is a combined image created by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer. Located 650 light years from us in the constellation of Aquarius, the nebula represents a dying star known as a planetary nebula. This is what scientists expect the sun to look like, 5 billion years from now, as it goes the planetary nebula way.