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International Space Station

Time-lapse: Earth

Sat 12 October 2013, 2:58pm

Tweet As the Guardian’s GrrlScientist says, “Wow. Just wow.”  And, “Oh, I recommend “full screen” mode.” Indeed. Adds – If you watch closely you can see Ireland and the UK pass underneath at around 2mins 30secs in. Time-Lapse | Earth from Bruce W. Berry Jr on Vimeo. Video credits Music: “Manhatta” composed and performed by […] more »

“Will Comet ISON fizzle … or sizzle?”

Sat 19 January 2013, 2:45pm
Comet C/2012 S1 Oct04 2012

Tweet Science at Nasa has a great assessment of the potential for Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) to become the ‘Comet of the Century’.  Worth watching. Just remember – “comets are like cats: they have tails, and do whatever they want to do.” But as the Science at Nasa assessment notes “Comet ISON is probably at least twice […] more »

“I have no sensation in my head of lying down…”

Wed 9 January 2013, 5:22pm

Tweet I don’t normally do science posts… I usually differ to others more knowledgable than I, but this tour is just compelling from the international space station… It starts in the Japanese laboratory… more »

Further Up Yonder

Fri 21 December 2012, 9:09pm

Tweet Stunning views of the Earth accompany this seasonal message from the crew of the International Space Station. more »

Aurora Borealis over Europe

Thu 17 May 2012, 8:19pm

Tweet Another wondrous view of the Aurora Borealis as captured by the crew of the International Space Station.  This time as a backdrop to the equally wondrous sight of Ireland and the United Kingdom under night-time conditions [0-18s].  Video via NasaCrewEarthObs. This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. […] more »

“awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement”

Sun 25 March 2012, 4:37pm

Tweet After a brief scientific explanation of the phenomena, this video from LittleSDOHMI delivers some wondrous recent views (March 3, 4 and 10) of the Aurora Australis from the International Space Station.  With music! [Video credit: NASA ISS/JSC/ Science@NASA] And here are those stunning clips by themselves. [All videos courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis […] more »

“It’ll be back in about 600 years…”

Fri 13 January 2012, 3:55pm

Tweet In this short video ScienceAtNasa takes an informative look at the surprisingly robust sun-grazing Comet Lovejoy. And here’s the stunning video from the crew of the International Space Station again. [Video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center] more »

ISS Commander: “the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space”

Fri 23 December 2011, 7:53pm

Tweet Having, unexpectedly, survived its solar close encounter, Comet Lovejoy is providing some spectacular views for early morning observers in the southern hemisphere.  Spaceweather has a growing collection of images. But the most spectacular view has to have been the one captured by the crew of the International Space Station (ISS).  Wow!  [Video courtesy of the […] more »

Wow, indeed.

Fri 28 October 2011, 11:55am

Tweet Via Tom Chivers at the Telegraph blog. [Video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center] This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 18, 2011 from 07:09:06 to 07:27:42 GMT, on a pass from […] more »

Aurora Australis, from space

Wed 21 September 2011, 5:09pm

Tweet As noted by the BBC, Nasa have released a short video of the Aurora Australis “created from a sequence of still shots taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station. The images were acquired on September 11, 2011 as the ISS orbit pass descended over eastern Australia.”  Wondrous. more »

Hurricane Irene: “one scary big storm…”

Fri 26 August 2011, 8:44pm

Tweet As Hurricane Irene heads for the North Carolina coast, US President Barack Obama cuts short his family holiday in Martha’s Vineyard, by a day, warning the public that “All indications point to this being a historic hurricane”.  The Guardian report adds that “Obama’s wife and daughters will travel back as planned on Saturday”.  [Image credit: […] more »

“Good catch, Ron!”

Fri 19 August 2011, 3:21pm
Perseid meteor photographed from International Space Station

Tweet Whilst Earth-bound observers of the annual Perseids meteor shower had to contend with a full moon this year, others had a more privileged view.  Like Nasa astronaut Ron Garan, orbiting on the International Space Station, who captured this stunning image of a fragment of the Swift-Tuttle comet burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. [Image credit: NASA Image ISS028-E-24847].  Science […] more »

Space Shuttle Time Lapse

Thu 21 July 2011, 5:07pm

Tweet Stunning time lapse footage from orbit with the Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis foregrounding a magnificent view.  Via the NasaExplorer channel.   Segment 1: NASA’s Shuttle Discovery (STS131), while docked to the ISS, captured these images on April 12, 2010 as it moved from the night side of the Earth to the daytime. In the […] more »

Johannes Kepler “will tumble, disintegrate and burn”

Tue 21 June 2011, 4:54pm

Tweet ESA’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), Johannes Kepler, the first operational version, was launched on 16 February this year.  At a total mass of 20 tonnes it was Europe’s heaviest spacecraft. As well as delivering its payload to the International Space Station, on 2 April Johannes Kepler successfully manoeuvred the complex to avoid a collision […] more »

Endeavour’s last visit to the International Space Station

Wed 8 June 2011, 6:48pm

Tweet The BBC flagged up the stunning first-ever detailed image of a Space Shuttle docked at the International Space Station – Endeavour’s final voyage.  Now NasaTV have released the video.  The video was shot by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that undocked from the station on May 23. He, Russian […] more »

Endeavour’s Final Voyage – Redux

Mon 16 May 2011, 1:22pm
Mission STS-134 patch

Tweet The scheduled April launch was scrubbed due to technical problems, but the final preparations are underway for the 25th and final launch, after 19 years in service, of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-134.  Launch is scheduled for 1.56pm [BST].  Via the NASAKennedy channelAnd a reminder that Endeavour’s final cargo, for the International Space Station, includes a 7-tonne particle […] more »

Endeavour’s Final Voyage

Fri 29 April 2011, 4:51pm
Mission STS-134 patch

Tweet Following the final flight of Discovery, the next Nasa Space Shuttle to be retired, after 19 years of service, will be Endeavour. But first there’s the not insignificant matter of its 25th, and final, flight – Mission STS-134.  Lift-off is scheduled for 1547 local time (1947 GMT; 2047 BST) from the Kennedy Space Centre.  And […] more »

Final Flight of Discovery

Thu 24 February 2011, 7:50pm
STS-133 mission patch

Tweet After a number of postponements due to technical problems, the Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to lift-off for the last time from the Kennedy Space Centre tonight at 9.50pm [GMT]. After 38 missions to date and more than 5,600 trips around the Earth, it’s the final flight of Discovery - on Mission STS-133.  They’re heading to the International Space Station […] more »

If all else fails, hit it with a hammer…

Sun 8 August 2010, 3:04pm
ISS Expedition 24 Patch

Tweet Or, as I was tempted to title this post, “Floating in a tin can…”  ANYhoo…  Having eventually fixed the toilet in the US segment, last weekend [31 July] the crew of the International Space Station were forced to reduce power, and suspend scientific experiments, when half their cooling system suddenly shut down. Trouble arose on Saturday […] more »

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