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Best picture ever taken of Earth. Ever.

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Science,

Earth Blue Marble

What you see above is the highest resolution picture ever taken of planet Earth, recently uploaded to Flickr by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The images took months to piece together, using thousands of true-color images in an attempt to minimize cloud coverage in the final picture, providing a better view of the land masses.

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.

You can see the images in larger resolution, as well as an alternate view, over on the Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr page.

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NASA and ASTER Make New Topographic Map

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Science,

Topographic Map and Japan have teamed to give a better view of the planet. Working with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the US space agency made a digital topographic map with 1.3 million images taken by the Terra satellite with the Japanese ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) and were then pieced together. The map covers more than 99% of Earth’s land mass and fills in details that may have been missed by the space shuttle Endeavor alone.

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NASA Probes Successful

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Science, Transportation,

MoonThank goodness all is well with NASA’s LRO and LCROSS. The LCROSS is already streaming video back to earth and will crash land on the moon Oct. 9 to look for water on the South Pole. The LRO just completed the last of its four engine burns and has settled into a comfortable orbit. It will be compiling 3D maps of the surface for about a year. All told, it will provide more data than any other mission.

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NASA Launches Moon Probes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science,

Atlas Liftoff

Although a space shuttle mission was canceled because of a hydrogen gas leak, NASA successfully launched its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on an Atlas V rocket along with a Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite yesterday. Sent off at 5:32 p.m. ET, the LRO, scheduled to reach its destination June 23, has a mission is to look for potential landing sites for astronauts while the LCROSS will be looking for evidence of water on the moon’s poles.

 

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Earn Money from NASA as a Pillownaut

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Science,

Pillownaut

Always wanted to be a astronaut but would never pass the high standards? You can still hang with NASA as they are willing to pay volunteers $160.00 per day for lying down and playing games or surfing on a laptop. Travel and accommodations are also provided, as is a bedpan, because you cannot leave your bed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The project, referred to as Pillownaut, is meant to study the effects of micro-gravity.

 

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Hubble Gets New Facelift in Part by Hubble Huggers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science, Transportation,

Atlantis Take Off

NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope is about to receive its final upgrade, one that they hope means another 5 years of use. Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts took off today, but it almost didn’t happen. Hubble Huggers such as Fernando Ribeiro, who founded the site SaveTheHubble, were undoubtedly partially responsible. He collected about 5,500 signatures on a petition to reverse a decision by NASA to postpone a Hubble repair mission after the 2003 Columbia disaster. NASA credits the support as part of the reason it changed its mind.

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Colbert Officially Gets His Name in Space

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Late Night, Cable, Video,


Okay - so it didn’t go exactly like he had hoped. But Stephen Colbert’s efforts weren’t entirely in vain.

On last night’s episode of , astronaut Sunita Williams crushed Stephen’s dreams when she announced the official name of NASA’s new space module. Instead of calling the node “Colbert,” the administration instead opted for “Tranquility.”

But to appease the disappointed host and all his voters, the administration made sure to name something after him. Now astronauts at the space station will “jump on” a “C.O.L.B.E.R.T.” every day. To find out exactly what that is, cue the video to the 3:41 mark.

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NASA To Announce Node Name on Colbert Report

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Science,

Colbert NodeRemember how we told you to vote Colbert for the new ISS node? They may not select his name for the capsule, but NASA got so much hype that Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams is going to announce the winner on the show. Colbert had this to say about the hoopla surrounding his nomination, “I certainly hope NASA does the right thing. Just kidding, I hope they name it after me.”

More than a million entries were received in total. Tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 11:30 p.m. EDT for the results.

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NASA to Announce Module Name on Colbert Report

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Late Night, Cable,

Stephen ColbertAfter weeks of waiting, the time has finally come. On tonight’s episode of , NASA will officially reveal what the new international space station module will be named.

This announcement is of particular interest to fans of the Comedy Central program because they played a role in the final decision. After comparing the adminstration’s previous four suggestions - Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise and Venture - to organic teas, host Stephen Colbert encouraged his viewers to submit write-in votes. When the naming contest ended, ‘Colbert’ had bested the 2nd place finisher by 40,000 votes.

Unfortunately, Stephen’s personal victory won’t guarantee him bragging rights in outer space. Although opinions were solicited, NASA reserved the right to pick the final name. So how does Colbert feel about the matter? “I certainly hope NASA does the right thing. Just kidding. I hope they name it after me,” he said in a statement.

Astronaut Sunita Williams will be the guest on this evening’s show.

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Colbert Nation to Earn a Place Among the Stars?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Television,

Stephen ColbertNASA wasn’t prepared for the power of the Colbert Nation. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently held a naming contest for the new room of the international space station. Apparently, the government agency never heard about the late night host’s influence over his fans.

When caught wind of the write-in invitation that NASA instigated to get ideas, the host urged his viewers into action. NASA picked the name Serenity for the new room - but votes for Colbert outnumbered the choice by 230,539 votes.

NASA, of course, has the final vote on naming the room…but a quarter million fans isn’t exactly the set you want to anger. John Yembrick, spokesman for NASA, says the room will be named in April and that the name winning the most votes will also get “the most consideration.”

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