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Endeavour Over California’s Bay Bridge (ED12-0317-011)

Endeavour Over California’s Bay Bridge (ED12-0317-011)
Space Shuttle

Image by NASA HQ PHOTO
The space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA’s modified 747 carrier fly over Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, CA during its Tour of California, the last leg of its final ferry flight into history. After low-altitude flyovers of Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and numerous other communities and landmarks, the flight would conclude at Los Angeles International Airport where Endeavour would be turned over to the California Science Center for permanent exhibit, September 21, 2012. Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Thomas)

Endeavour launch
Space Shuttle

Image by Matthew Simantov
Space shuttle Endeavour launches from Kennedy Space Center

LC39 – Space Shuttle Launch Complex
Space Shuttle

Image by andreybl
Launch Complex 39 (LC 39), rocket launch site at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida…

…and one of the places where I really wished I had a good zoom lens :)

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Satellite dish at Hyde Park Corner

Satellite dish at Hyde Park Corner
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Image by inkiboo
What on earth is a Sky satellite dish doing on the side of the Underground sign at Hyde Park Corner?

Fires and Smoke in Mexico
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Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
NASA image acquired May 20, 2011

Many fires are burning all throughout Mexico as seen (as red dots) in this image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The image shows conditions on May 20, 2011 at 19:55 UTC (3:55 p.m. EDT).The highest concentration of red dots and smoke can be seen along the southwest region.

More than two dozen fires have mainly affected the cities of Benito Juarez, Lazaro Cardenas, Tulum, Othon P. Blanco, Solidaridad, Jose Maria Morelos and Bacalar, the Quintana Roo state government said, according to the EFE news agency.

Image: NASA Goddard/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Text: NASA Goddard, Melissa Quijada

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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Photos from JPL for Curiosity Landing

Photos from JPL for Curiosity Landing
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Image by jurvetson
a full scale model of the Curiosity rover. She’s huge. And hard.

We were guests of Scott Hubbard of B612 and formerly the “Mars Czar” at NASA. From his new book Exploring Mars:

“Chapter 1 Mars is Hard: The history of modern Mars exploration is a cautionary tale. The Soviet Union (and, later, Russia) has been singularly unlucky in exploring Mars. [They] attempted twenty missions to the red planet. Of that, only four were minimally successful, and none could be called fully successful.”

More photos below.

20111113 MSL 07
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Image by Apojove
The cylindrical object at the back of the rover is a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Using the natural decay of a Plutonium-dioxide isotope, it can provide the rover with a continuous supply of about 125 watts of electrical power.

Curiosity 2012-SOL84 v101
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Image by Claudio Costerni
Autoritratto del rover Curiosity su Marte (con 52 scatti) nel SOL84, 31 ottobre 2012

I have had not more than 1 hour of time to do this composition, and could have done better using the missing shots and doing more local optimizations.
The single shots posted by NASA-JPL have not all the same exposure and there are also abnormal reflections in the upper part of the rover that I have not removed.

But look at the parts of the rover in the lower left.
The stitching defects are much less obvious, you can make the comparison with the NASA version appearing here:
mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?Imag eID=4845
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Non ho avuto più di 1 ora di tempo per farlo, io avrei potuto fare meglio usando anche con gli scatti che mancano e con ulteriori ottimizzazioni locali.
Ma osservate le parti del rover in basso a sinistra.
I difetti di stitching sono molto meno evidenti, voi potete fate il confronto.
Le singole foto postate dalla NASA-JPL non hanno tutte la stessa esposizione e ci sono anche degli anomali riflessi nella parte alta del rover che non ho rimosso.

Ma guardate le parti del rover in basso a sinistra.
I difetti di composizione sono molto meno evidenti, confrontatela con la versione NASA-JPL.

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Atlantis Docked to ISS [1680×1050]

Atlantis Docked to ISS [1680×1050]
Space Shuttle

Image by Gray Lensman QX!
S115-E-05689 (12 Sept. 2006) — Although no astronauts are visible in this picture, action was brisk outside the space shuttle/space station tandem when this digital still image was recorded on Sept. 12. Astronauts Joseph R. Tanner and Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper participated in the first of three scheduled STS-115 extravehicular activity (EVA) sessions as the Atlantis astronauts and the Expedition 13 crew members join efforts this week to resume construction of the International Space Station.

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts115…

Last ever orbit of the Space Shuttle takes it over the UK
Space Shuttle

Image by IanVisits
Fly past over England at 9:25am for a landing in Florida at 9:56am.

Endeavour Work at LAX (201209240016HQ)
Space Shuttle

Image by NASA HQ PHOTO
The space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop the Over Land Transporter (OLT) in a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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lune / moon

lune / moon
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Image by OliBac
dimanche 15 février 2009
sunday, february 15th 2009

brumeux !
misty!

GPM Core Observatory
satellite

Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
NASA engineers Rob Gallagher (left), Ken Smith (right) and Deneen Ferro (inside the spacecraft, center) work on the Global Precipitation Measurement mission’s Core satellite in the clean room at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Md.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Rebecca Roth

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international partnership co-led by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that will provide next-generation global observations of precipitation from space.

GPM will study global rain, snow and ice to better understand our climate, weather, and hydrometeorological processes.

As of Novermber 2013 the GPM Core Observatory is in the final stages of testing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The satellite will be flown to Japan in the fall of 2013 and launched into orbit on an HII-A rocket in early 2014.

For more on the GPM mission, visit gpm.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

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Fires in Eastern Siberia
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Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
NASA image acquired August 1, 2010

Intense fires continued to burn in the boreal forests of eastern Siberia on August 1, 2010. The fires are outlined in red in this image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The fires span the borders of Russia’s Chukotskiy, Magadan, and Koryakskiy provinces.

Burning in coniferous (evergreen) forests, the fires blanketed northeastern Siberia with thick brown smoke. The smoke hugs the ground near the fires, filling valleys, and soars over clouds farther away from the flames. On August 1, the smoke flowed north from the fires and over the Arctic Ocean. A wide view of the Arctic shows the smoke crossing the Bering Strait and clouding skies over northern Alaska.

This image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team here: rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2010213-0801/Russia….

To view more images from this event go to: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/event.php?id=44561

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

Caption by Holli Riebeek

Instrument: Aqua – MODIS

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MSL Powered Descent Vehicle 10

MSL Powered Descent Vehicle 10
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Image by Apojove
The figure to the left is a cleanroom technician. He is a 1:20 scale "miniland" figure who is useful for illustrating the size of the actual Powered Descent Vehicle. These technicians wear a full-body protective suit when working near the spacecraft to prevent contaminating it. These garments are sometimes referred to a "bunny suits."

Inaugural Float Move (201301200004HQ)
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Image by NASA HQ PHOTO
A replica of the Curiosity rover is transported on its way to Monday’s inaugural parade float staging area, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Washington. The vehicle will be featured in the parade honoring the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)

NASA Curiosity Lands on Mars: Cheering
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First and last

First and last
Space Shuttle

Image by Robert Scoble
The first Space Shuttle pilot, Bob Crippen, speaks to the NASA Tweetup while the last crew of the Space Shutte, of STS-135, gets strapped in and ready to launch.

Space Shuttle Enterprise
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Image by L.Richarz

Endeavour Offload at LAX (201209220015HQ)
Space Shuttle

Image by NASA HQ PHOTO
The space shuttle Endeavour is moved on the Over Land Transporter (OLT) into a hanger at Los Angeles International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
space exploration

Image by Pet_r
Cape Canaveral has extremely rich and exciting history of space exploration. As such it is more than worth visiting; many wonderful facilities are accessible for visitors of all ages. Seeing for yourself the real devices in which people dared to fly into space and to the moon is an unparalled experience. Visit www.ksc.nasa.gov for more info.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
space exploration

Image by Pet_r
Cape Canaveral has extremely rich and exciting history of space exploration. As such it is more than worth visiting; many wonderful facilities are accessible for visitors of all ages. Seeing for yourself the real devices in which people dared to fly into space and to the moon is an unparalled experience. Visit www.ksc.nasa.gov for more info.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
space exploration

Image by Pet_r
Cape Canaveral has extremely rich and exciting history of space exploration. As such it is more than worth visiting; many wonderful facilities are accessible for visitors of all ages. Seeing for yourself the real devices in which people dared to fly into space and to the moon is an unparalled experience. Visit www.ksc.nasa.gov for more info.

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front of the Space Shuttle

front of the Space Shuttle
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rear of the Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle

Image by shawnporter

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Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
space exploration

Image by Pet_r
Cape Canaveral has extremely rich and exciting history of space exploration. As such it is more than worth visiting; many wonderful facilities are accessible for visitors of all ages. Seeing for yourself the real devices in which people dared to fly into space and to the moon is an unparalled experience. Visit www.ksc.nasa.gov for more info.

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
space exploration

Image by Pet_r
Cape Canaveral has extremely rich and exciting history of space exploration. As such it is more than worth visiting; many wonderful facilities are accessible for visitors of all ages. Seeing for yourself the real devices in which people dared to fly into space and to the moon is an unparalled experience. Visit www.ksc.nasa.gov for more info.

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