Sunday, January 8, 2012

Photographing the ISS, you can do it!

Taking pictures of the International Space Station seems like something that normal human could not done, but that is very possible, even from your own backyard!

If  you have the right equipment, here is explanation by NASA photographer Lauren Harnett. She took photos with the moon as the background.

Here is list of equipment that you need (you can always make change, this is only equipment what was used to take these photos, you can substitute your favorite gear):

  • Digital Singe-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera
  • 600 mm lens (or the largest you have)
  • 2X telephoto lens converter (amplifies lens)
  • Trigger cable (minimizes camera shake)
  • Tripod (heavy duty works best)
  • Sandbag (keeps tripod stable)

Steps for photographing the Space Station with the moon you can find HERE (official NASA website).

The International Space Station can be seen as a small object in upper left of this image.
This image was taken on Jan 4. in the skies over the Houston area, flying at an altitude of 390.8 km (242.8 miles)
Photo credit: NASA

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Aliens in meteorites?

NASA astrobiologist Dr Richard Hoover says he found microscopic fossils in not one but three asteroid fragments that are among the oldest in the solar system. He concludes that they are the remains of life that existed in deep space on the cosmic bodies that produced the meteorites in the first place. He researches a freshly sliced fragment from the meteorite which could not have been affected by any contaminents.

The claims are published online on a website of the Journal of Cosmology which has become famous for going boldly where others do not dare. There are many skeptics, but a keen supporter to Dr Richard in his researches is Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the Astrobiology Centre at Cardiff University.

Of his own claims, Dr Hoover said: "I believe these findings indicate that life is not restricted to Earth, but is broadly distributed, even outside our solar system."

Maybe this is the way that life on Earth started to develop?

Image of fossils in the Orgueil meteorite (Journal of Cosmology)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Testing New Rover - Curiosity

Curiosity's stunt double takes a whirl around the Mars Yard.
On this video, you can see the look and design of new NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.
It will be, for sure, the best rover ever! Take a look!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sun-Earth Day

Celebrate Sun-Earth Day, today, March 19, 2011

Today is the SUN-EARTH DAY 2011.
Here you can read more about it and enjoy in Sun-Earth events.

The Sun

Friday, March 18, 2011

Employees Assemble for Historic Photo

Employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, took a few moments to assemble for a historic photo. Thousands of workers stood side-by-side to form an outline of a space shuttle. The event was organised in honor of the Space Shuttle Program's 30-year legacy. Here you can see image of it, and HERE you can watch the whole video.

 It's interesting, take a look! -> VIDEO

Print-screen from video