The Moon, November 19, 1969. In the distance of this 3D red-blue anaglyph, Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean is taking photos of the Solar Wind Collector gizmo. Just another day at work.
They happen really fast, the sunrises. Sometimes you specifically set the alarm on your watch to go watch the sunrise. And as you pull yourself down into the floor - and that’s where the huge, bulging window is, that we call the cupola - and there’s the world glowing dark underneath you. And you start to see a few faint tinges of a sunrise coming as it starts to light the upper atmosphere, and then bam. The sun just pops into view, roars into view, because we’re coming around the world at it so fast.
And you can actually watch the sun move away from the Earth. And the light from it initially comes through the atmosphere. So the whole station glows with the light of dawn, with - all the big solar arrays glow blood red, and then orange. And then, as the sun clears the atmosphere, and it’s directly on us, then they settle down to sort of an iridescent blue. And then you can see the dawn come across the world towards you.
And then you go back to work and wait another 92 minutes, and it happens again. It’s not to be missed, and I tried to watch as many sunrises and sunsets as the work would allow.
"The 36-Hour War", LIFE 11/19/45
FACT OF THE DAY: mars is called the red planet because during the cold war it sided with the communists
breaking news: neptune comes out as the first openly gay planet
damn i was 100% positive it was gonna be uranus
Different views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
Celestial Bodies in The Voyager
ME & MY SHADOW — Astronaut Al Shepard took this view of the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 mission, February 1971. On the left is Shepard’s shadow; to the right is the Solar Wind Collector, touched by the shadow of the Lunar Module. (NASA)
We could be living inside a black hole. This head-spinning idea is one cosmologist’s conclusion based on a modification of Einstein’s equations of general relativity that changes our picture of what happens at the core of a black hole.
In an analysis of the motion of particles entering a black hole, published in March, Nikodem Poplawski of Indiana University in Bloomington showed that inside each black hole there could exist another universe (Physics Letters B, DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2010.03.029). “Maybe the huge black holes at the centre of the Milky Way and other galaxies are bridges to different universes,” Poplawski says. If that is correct - and it’s a big “if” - there is nothing to rule out our universe itself being inside a black hole.
In Einstein’s general relativity (GR), the insides of black holes are “singularities” - regions where the density of matter reaches infinity. Whether the singularity is an actual point of infinite density or just a mathematical inadequacy of GR is unclear, as the equations of GR break down inside black holes. Either way, the modified version of Einstein’s equations used by Poplawski does away with the singularity altogether.
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is a self proclaimed crafter. A week ago she made a stuffed dinosaur from scraps on the space station. The little T-rex is made form the lining of Russian food containers and the toy is stuffed with scraps from an old T-shirt. While many toys have flown into space, this is the first produced in space.
anyone else find it amazing that a DINOSAUR was the first toy made in SPACE?
Not pictured: a sudden but inevitable betrayal and the cursing of such.