it's fucking space!

"We are made of star stuff, we are a way for the cosmos to know itself."
Carl Sagan
humanoidhistory:

September 17, 2009 — Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamaziki before a water survival training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (NASA)

humanoidhistory:

September 17, 2009 — Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamaziki before a water survival training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (NASA)

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for-all-mankind:

canadian-space-agency:

NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the ISS: “SpaceVine timelapse - @astro_alex (ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst) worked the arm and I pushed the “so long” button on Cygnus.”

Credit: Reid Wiseman/NASA

This is perhaps one of my all-time favourite videos/gifs. It shows how gracefully space flying is, and how Cygnus’ orbit takes it away from the space station. Complex orbital mechanics demonstrated beautifully.

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sagansense:

The Loneliness of the Long-Abandoned Space Observatory
Space observatories are among some of the most magnificent buildings devoted entirely to science — because their windows look out on the universe. And their distinctive shape makes them into poignant ruins. Here are some observatories whose views onto space have been lost to time.
Cointe Observatory, Liège, Belgium, designed by Lambert Noppius and built in 1881-1882.The Mohon del Trigo, built in 1902 in the Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, Spain. Abandoned since the 1970s.Warner & Swasey Observatory in Cleveland, Ohio, constructed in 1919 by Worchester R. Warner and Ambrose Swasey. It had a 9.5-inch refractor after its opening, but later a 24-inch Burrell Schmidt and a 36-inch Cassegrain telesope were installed. Due to the growing light pollution in the city a new observatory was built and the complex was sold in 1983. It’s abandoned since then.
The small Knightridge Space Observatory with a four-ton telescope, built in 1936 and 1937, Bloomington, Indiana.
The castle-like Pip Ivan Observatory, on the top of a mountain named Pip Ivan in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. It was erected in 1937 and it was used for only a year by Polish astronomers. The Red Army captured the building in 1938 and used it as a meteorological station. The complex is abandoned since 1944.The Felix Aguilar Observatory, Argentina.
The working and the abandoned Portage Lake Observatory, Dexter, Michigan, operated by the University of Michigan.Innisfil Observatory, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, built in 1975 by Heinz Lorenz, closed in the 1990s due to growing light pollution. The equipment was removed in 1997, and the building was converted to a house. Now it’s abandoned.An abandoned observatory in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. Construction started in 1989, but stopped a year later.
Main image: Abandoned Knightridge Space Observatory, Bloomington, Indiana
Source: io9

sagansense:

The Loneliness of the Long-Abandoned Space Observatory

Space observatories are among some of the most magnificent buildings devoted entirely to science — because their windows look out on the universe. And their distinctive shape makes them into poignant ruins. Here are some observatories whose views onto space have been lost to time.

Cointe Observatory, Liège, Belgium, designed by Lambert Noppius and built in 1881-1882.
imageimageThe Mohon del Trigo, built in 1902 in the Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, Spain. Abandoned since the 1970s.
imageimageimageimageimageimageWarner & Swasey Observatory in Cleveland, Ohio, constructed in 1919 by Worchester R. Warner and Ambrose Swasey. It had a 9.5-inch refractor after its opening, but later a 24-inch Burrell Schmidt and a 36-inch Cassegrain telesope were installed. Due to the growing light pollution in the city a new observatory was built and the complex was sold in 1983. It’s abandoned since then.
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The small Knightridge Space Observatory with a four-ton telescope, built in 1936 and 1937, Bloomington, Indiana.
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The castle-like Pip Ivan Observatory, on the top of a mountain named Pip Ivan in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. It was erected in 1937 and it was used for only a year by Polish astronomers. The Red Army captured the building in 1938 and used it as a meteorological station. The complex is abandoned since 1944.
imageimageimageimageimageThe Felix Aguilar Observatory, Argentina.
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The working and the abandoned Portage Lake Observatory, Dexter, Michigan, operated by the University of Michigan.
imageimageInnisfil Observatory, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, built in 1975 by Heinz Lorenz, closed in the 1990s due to growing light pollution. The equipment was removed in 1997, and the building was converted to a house. Now it’s abandoned.
imageimageimageimageAn abandoned observatory in Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania. Construction started in 1989, but stopped a year later.
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Main image: Abandoned Knightridge Space Observatory, Bloomington, Indiana

Source: io9

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canadian-space-agency:

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the ISS: "A wave to all children on this planet. Your dreams will shape this world!" September 1st 2014.
Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA

canadian-space-agency:

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the ISS: "A wave to all children on this planet. Your dreams will shape this world!" September 1st 2014.

Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA

(Source: twitter.com, via spaceexp)

This timelapse video was made from images taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. 

spaceexp:

Members of the next International space crew, US astronaut Barry Wilmore and Russia’s cosmonauts Alexandr Samokutyaev and Elena Serova pose near the space vehicle simulator in Star City, outside Moscow. The crew is to take off from Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS on September 26.

spaceexp:

Members of the next International space crew, US astronaut Barry Wilmore and Russia’s cosmonauts Alexandr Samokutyaev and Elena Serova pose near the space vehicle simulator in Star City, outside Moscow. The crew is to take off from Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS on September 26.

ryanpanos:

Paranal Observatory in Chile | Via

Paranal Observatory is an astronomical observatory located on the mountains of Cerro Paranal in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, at an altitude of 2,635 meters, about 120 kilometers south of Antofagasta and 80 km north of Taltal. Far from city lights, high above sea level, with more than 350 cloudless days a year, Atacama desert is an ideal location for ground-based astronomy.

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal is European Southern Observatory’s premier site for observations in the visible and infrared light, and at one time, was one of the most powerful optical array in the world. This groundbreaking observatory consist of four separate 8.2 m (320 in) telescopes and a large collection of instruments. Additionally, the four main telescopes can combine their light to operate as a single device.

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