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).
10 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed - Knowledge Salad We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk! Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of! (Too lazy to write a good introduction!) Image Resources at the NSSDC General Image Services Specialized Image Services Planetary Spectacular Space Station Moon Dash: Big Pic Jan. 6, 2012 — The right place at the right time... that's all it took (along with some great camera skills!) for a NASA photographer at Johnson Space Center in Houston to capture some fantastic photos of the International Space Station (ISS) passing across the face of the moon! BIG PICS: Spectacular Space Station Solar Eclipse Transit The image above, made from a series of photos captured on Jan. 4, shows the ISS making its trip across the sky. This time its voyage took it directly across a waxing gibbous moon. The ISS is currently about 248 nautical miles above the Earth, traveling at a staggering 17,000 mph (28,163 km/hr).
SkyServer DR7 Tools for Visual Exploration The visual exploration tools built for the SkyServer make it easy to visualize and explore detailed astronomical data in regions of the sky covered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. One can specify regions of interest by central position and size. An underlying web service then combines the relevant images to form a JPEG mosaic* at the requested wide range of resolutions. Iberian Peninsula at Night The city lights of Spain and Portugal define the Iberian Peninsula in this photograph from the International Space Station (ISS). Several large metropolitan areas are visible, marked by their relatively large and brightly lit areas, including the capital cities of Madrid, Spain—located near the center of the peninsula’s interior—and Lisbon, Portugal—located along the southwestern coastline. The ancient city of Seville, visible to the north of the Strait of Gibraltar, is one of the largest cities in Spain.
Orbital Piloted Assembly and Experiment Complex, OPSEK Above: Artist rendering of the proposed orbital assembly workshop, the successor to the ISS, as it was envisioned around 2008 by Russian engineers. Instead of being a research lab, the new station was conceived as an assembly point for missions to Mars and lunar expeditions. Russia's next-generation transport ship can be seen approaching on the left. Copyright © 2009 Anatoly Zak A concept of the Russian successor to the ISS Russian-American cooperation on the development of the International Space Station, ISS, created great hopes for the future of the manned space program, but also left a bad taste in the mouth of both sides.
Hubble's Hidden Treasures 2012 Since 1990, Hubble has made more than a million observations. We feature many of these on spacetelescope.org, and the most stunning are in our Top 100 gallery and iPad app. But there are thousands of pictures in Hubble’s science archive that have only been seen by a few scientists. We call these images Hubble’s hidden treasures — stunning images of astronomical phenomena that have never been seen and enjoyed by the public. Every week, we search the archive for hidden treasures, process the scientific data into attractive images and publish them as the Hubble Picture of the Week.
AAAS News Release - "SCIENCE: Dust Scooped From Asteroid Confirms Source of Earth-Bound Meteorites" Researchers got their first up-close look at dust from a small, stony asteroid after the Hayabusa spacecraft scooped up the dust from the asteroid’s surface and brought it back to Earth. Analysis of the dust particles, detailed in the 26 August issue of Science, confirms a long-standing suspicion: Most common meteorites found here on Earth, known as ordinary chondrites, are born from these stony, or S-type, asteroids. Since chondrites are among the most primitive objects in the solar system, the discovery also means that these asteroids have been recording a long and rich history of early solar system events. “Science is very excited and pleased to be presenting these important scientific analyses,” said Brooks Hanson, the journal’s deputy editor for the physical sciences. “The first samples that researchers collected beyond Earth were from the moon, and the first analyses of those samples were also published in Science.