Earth Observation

Spectacular Ultra-High Definition Timelapse from the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson September 9, 2014

Holy moly! Take a look at this new 4K timelapse video from ESA created from imagery taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst. Before you watch, however, you might want to change your video viewing setting to as high as they can go. Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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The Place Where Earth from Space Looks Like a Floating Piece of Cardboard

by Nancy Atkinson June 24, 2014

As we’ve noted before, astronaut Reid Wiseman is sending out a bevy of tweets and pictures from his perch on board the International Space Station, but this recent image got our attention. “Can’t explain it, just looked oddly unnatural to me and I liked it,” Wiseman said on Twitter, leaving no info on what Earthly […]

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“Carbon Copy” Spacecraft Ready to Track Global Carbon Dioxide

by Shannon Hall June 12, 2014

On February 24, 2009, the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission — designed to study the global fate of carbon dioxide — resulted in failure. Shortly after launch, the rocket nose didn’t separate as expected, and the satellite could not be released. But now, a carbon copy of the original mission, called OCO-2 […]

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Believe It Or Not, This Stunning Blue Landscape is a Desert As Seen from Space

by Nancy Atkinson March 31, 2014

At first glance, this beautiful swirling view appears like clouds above a large body of water or possibly the eddies of ocean currents. Surprisingly, this is a desert, the Kavir desert (Dasht-e Kavir – literally ‘desert of salt-marsh’) in Iran, and the image was taken by one of the astronauts on the International Space Station. […]

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What Does the Grand Canyon Look Like from Space?

by Nancy Atkinson March 27, 2014

Can you spot the Grand Canyon in this picture? It is surprisingly hard to see. Astronaut Koichi Wakata took this picture on March 26, 2014 from the International Space Station, and thankfully he provided a clue: look in the bottom center portion in the photo. Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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