5 posts tagged NASA
IMAX: The Blue Planet (Full Documentary)
The IMAX film Blue Planet offers an eloquent reminder—and a cautionary warning—that the planet Earth is a delicate living organism, constantly reshaped and rejuvenated by the awesome forces of nature. The film targets a grade-school audience but will prove informative to anyone fascinated by our home planet’s evolution. Hurricanes, glaciers, volcanoes, thunderstorms, asteroid impacts, undersea furnace vents, and earthquakes are all explored as a system of interconnected forces that ensure the planet’s survival. The difference between this and other nature films is that the Earth’s delicacy is emphasized by stunning views from space, filmed in the IMAX format by NASA astronauts in orbit 200 miles above the Earth’s surface. With astonishing clarity, this orbital perspective supports the film’s ultimate purpose: to reveal the awesome beauty of the Earth, and to emphasize that we, the custodians of this miraculous gift, are also the greatest threat to the planet’s delicate health. Proof of man’s destructive influence offers a sobering reminder that our responsibility toward nature is perpetual, essential, and routinely abused.
Same Crew, New Ride
This is a printable version of NASA’s “Same Crew, New Ride” poster depicting an artist’s conception of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The poster features a NASA astronaut in the foreground with a vehicle launching toward the International Space Station in the background.
CCP is investing in the aerospace industry and helping multiple companies design and develop crew transportation systems that could be capable of flying to the space station and other low Earth orbit destinations. The program is meant to accelerate a United States-led capability to the station where critical scientific work is being performed for use in applications here on Earth.
CCP is expected to drive down the cost of space travel as well as open up space to more people than ever before by balancing industry’s own innovative capabilities with NASA’s 50 years of human spaceflight experience.
James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested [on Saturday] as part of the ongoing protests against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
That’s what I call putting your money where your scientific mouth is.
(via Discovery News)
God speed. Leave it to this country to either shut the scientists up or put them in jail in favor of company. I’m surprised not as much people are raging over this.
Irene Makes Landfall in North Carolina
The GOES-13 satellite saw Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. EDT after it made landfall at 8 a.m. in Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Irene’s outer bands had already extended into New England. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.
From 22,300 miles in space, Hurricane Irene looks serene and impressive. That’s how NOAA’s GOES satellite sees Irene today as it batters the eastern U.S. coastline, but it’s quite a different story on the ground.