Mapa de Avistamiento desde ISS Image locations (latitude and longitude) are approximate, based on (1) description in tweet text, (2) general "look" of geography, and (3) "reasonable fit" in Google Earth &/or ArcMap. The routine is: (1) read tweet from @Cmdr_Hadfield, @AstroMarshburn, or related to ISS Missions 34 & 35; (2) determine lat-long; (3) fill-in a Google Drive spreadsheet with date, tweet description (& date-time Atlantic), tweet source, tweet URL (same as clicking the short URL in the tweet), photo URL (by right-clicking the photo, one can "copy image URL"), and lat-long; (4) when this map opens, it reads the spreadsheet and displays a click-able satellite icon at each lat-long. Using the map: A similar map for Missions 36-37 with @AstroKarenN and @astroluca tweets is bit.ly/karenluca (new window). To see subsets of these presented in story-map format, try bit.ly/CanSpace and bit.ly/ListSpace (new window). These were developed (from same CSV file) by Mike & Mark of Esri Canada (new window).
Incredible Time-Lapse Video Gives an Astronaut’s View of Earth If you were an astronaut, this could be the view each day from your office window. You can thank astronaut Ron Garan for stitching together this breathtaking seven-minute time-lapse sequence, which sums up his 6-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Garan, who writes a blog called Fragile Oasis and has taken hundreds of photos from space, returned home from the ISS on Sept. 16. The space station travels at roughly 17,500 mph, orbiting our planet once every 90 minutes, so there’s plenty to see in the video. Viewers can delight in the incredible footage of auroras glowing in the upper atmosphere, cities lights shining at night, and brief flashes of lightning striking the Earth. The final minute shows the planet growing larger as the astronauts make their way back to Earth, eventually parachuting safely down.
Astronaut Video Shows Spectacular Auroras From Space Stunning NASA videos are giving an astronaut's-eye view of spectacular aurora displays in the Southern Hemisphere. One video stitches together photos taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Sept. 17, as the orbiting lab cruised over the Indian Ocean near Australia and Madagascar. It shows the aururoa australis, also known as the southern lights — the counterpart to the northern lights. In the video, part of the space station is visible at the top of the frame, including the station's solar panels, which can be seen at the top right. As the outpost glides over Earth, the ethereal auroral lights — a striking show of natural beauty — is set beneath the space station, one of the world's most complex engineering achievements. [Above the Aurora: An Amazing Space Fly-Over]
Born to be Viral: How to walk on Mars MacGregor Campbell, consultant When the first people set foot on Mars, what will be the most efficient gait for them to use? To find out, Australian artist Adam Norton is strapping people into his Martian gravity simulator and getting them to perform laps (see video above). The design is based on NASA lunar gravity simulators used before the Apollo moon landings to investigate how astronauts should safely move around in low gravity. They found that it was easier to bounce than walk. Since mass and horizontal inertia are the same as on Earth, but the force pulling down is much less, you don't need to take as many steps to get around.
NASA Supercomputers & Universe Structure, History & Evolution Scientists have generated the largest and most realistic simulations of the evolving universe to date with the aid of NASA's powerful supercomputer, dubbed Pleiades. By running the "Bolshoi" simulation code on Pleiades, researchers hope to explain how galaxies and other very large structures in the universe have changed since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. [Video of the Bolshoi universe simulation] International Space Station Time Lapse Over Earth Funny Videos, Free Games, & Funny Pictures Sign up | Login International Space Station Time Lapse Over Earth [+] This has to be fake - everyone knows the Earth is flat! [–] This has to be fake - everyone knows the Earth is flat!
Time-lapse Tuesday: Milky Way forms in fine detail Sandrine Ceurstemont, video producer This epic time-lapse shows the Milky Way forming and evolving over 13.7 billion years (see video above). Developed by a team led by Piero Madau from the University of California in Santa Cruz and Javiera Guedes from the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Zurich, it's the most detailed simulation of a galaxy's evolution yet made. Unlike previous attempts, the massive galaxy that appears closely resembles the Milky Way - with its central strip of bright stars surrounded by spiral arms swirling in a flat disc.
Peering Inside the Flame: Fusion Imaging of the Final Space Shuttle Launch Peering Inside the Flame: Fusion Imaging of the Final Space Shuttle Launch Click image for full resolution. A fused launch image of STS-135.