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The Moon in 4k resolution

Based on data gathered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA pieced together this high-resolution tour of the moon. At the two-minute mark they zoom in on a boulder in the middle of a 100-million-year-old crater, and it blew my mind. Tags: high resolution, moon, NASA, space

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Apollo 11 conversations on the way to the moon

As you can imagine, there was plenty of conversation between Earth and Apollo 11 en route to the moon. Nicholas Rougeux visualized the back and forth with an interactive timeline. During the historic mission to the moon and back, some of the most famous words ever said were transmitted between the Apollo 11 spacecraft and Earth. Between those icons moments was a great deal of chatter—mostly about technical matters but...

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All the astronauts and their spaceflights

556 people have gone to space. In an article on their changed perspectives, Jason Treat for National Geographic shows when these select few went on their travels. Tags: astronauts, National Geographic, space

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A daily high-resolution image of Earth

Planet monitors Earth with hundreds of satellites, and after six years, they’ve built out their pipeline to piece together a full image on the daily. At Planet, we’ve been pursuing Mission 1: to image the entire Earth’s landmass every day. I couldn’t be more excited to announce that we have achieved our founding mission. Six years ago, our team started in a garage in Cupertino. Mission 1 was the north...

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Tour of Saturn through Cassini, the satellite that crashes on Friday

About two decades ago, the Cassini satellite headed towards Saturn and has been orbiting the planet for 13 years. The satellite is scheduled to crash into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday so Nadia Drake and Brian T. Jacobs for National Geographic toured through the satellite’s best finds. This is quite the scroller and feels pretty grand. No matter how many times it happens, it still blows my mind that satellites are...

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Solar System in a bottle

From Little Planet Factory, a Solar System in a bottle made to scale: A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000. Much as in reality the entire bottle is almost entirely dominated by the volume (and mass) of the four gas giants while the four solid planets settle almost dust like in comparison at the bottom...

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New images of Earth at night

NASA just released a composite map of the world at night using satellite imagery from 2016. This is the first nighttime map since 2012, but the team behind the work hopes for bigger things with a more real-time system. For instance, daily nighttime imagery could be used to help monitor unregulated or unreported fishing. It could also contribute to efforts to track sea ice movements and concentrations. Researchers in Puerto...

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All major meteor showers, as seen from space

There are a lot of meteoroids circling around in space. Ian Webster visualized all of the major ones at once. Meteor showers on Earth are caused by streams of meteoroids hitting our atmosphere. These meteoroids are sand- and pebble-sized bits of rock that were once released from their parent comet. Some comets are no longer active and are now called asteroids. This visualization shows these meteoroid streams orbiting the Sun,...

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Explore the stars with this interactive Star Mapper

Jan Willem Tulp, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, produced the ESA Star Mapper. It shows nearly 60,000 stars in a combination of different scales and projections. Be sure to switch to “explore” mode and click on the play button to see a prediction for how the stars will move over many years. [Thanks, Jan] Tags: Jan Willem Tulp, space

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One-year time-lapse of Earth

x Time-lapse from space by NASA: On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency’s EPIC camera on NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home...

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