Tag Archives: Space

  • Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]

    Comet Lovejoy and Chile at night

    Comet Lovejoy and Chile at Night (ISS 12/26/11)
    This busy night time panorama was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members from the International Space Station on Dec. 26, 2011. Comet Lovejoy streaks through the star-filled sky just to the right of center. The land mass is the coast of Chile, looking southeast, with several coastal cities in the capital city region near Santiago. A 28-mm focal length was used to record the image.
    Photo Credit: NASA


    As Comet Lovejoy was visible from Earth during the Christmas holiday it became known as “The Great Christmas Comet of 2011”, and because its appearance was announced on the 16th anniversary of the SOHO satellite’s launch it was also nicknamed “The Great Birthday Comet of 2011”.

    Comet Lovejoy is a periodic comet, classified as a Kreutz Sungrazer. It was discovered in November 2011 by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. The comet’s perihelion took it through the Sun’s corona on 16 December 2011, after which it emerged intact and continued on its orbit to the outer solar system.[8 pictures]

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  • Spectacular Photos from the ISS by cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin [50 pics]

    Spectacular photos by Cosmonaut Yurchikhin:

    Spectacular photos by Cosmonaut Yurchikhin: 

    Triggerpit staff: “Purple sea around a what looks like an atoll. The image is very powerful and we would very much like to know where this is so we can plan our next vacation trip.”
    From Laura in Comments below: “Nikumaroro or Gardener Island of the Phoenix Islands, Kiribati – identified with Google Image search for similar images”
    Photo Credit: Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and the Russian Space Agency Press Services


    Presenting the Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, and his fantastic photographs from the International Space Station.

    Cosmonauts are the Russian equivalent to Astronauts and this Russian Hero has been in space not once or twice but three times. In 2002 he flew on the Shuttle STS-112, and he later, twice went on the ISS in 2007 and finally in 2010. During his 2010 stay he was ISS-24 flight engineer under Astronaut Douglas Wheelock whom we have features on Triggerpit a year ago. Cosmonaut Yurchikhin was also the Commander of the Soyuz TMA-19 that brought himself, Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker safely back to Earth.

    All photos below are taken by Astronaut Yurchikihin and posted with the permission of the Russian Space Agency.

    Unfortunately Cosmonaut Yurchikhin does not provide captions to many of the photographs and we have no idea what the photos are on. So we would like to ask you readers to send us you guesses to any photo with a tile ending with a colon “:”. Please post your suggestions in the comment section at the bottom.  [50 pictures]

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  • Earth from the ISS, photos by Astronaut Ron Garan [35 pics]

    In March 2011, Astronaut (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) Ronald J. Garan boarded a Soyuz spacecraft and started his incredible 6-month mission to the ISS. Even if we have seen many astronauts go up we still think each and everyone of them are heroes, their sacrifice enormous and the results spectacular.  

  • Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

    Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Holden Crater

    Holden Crater southern ridge
    Spiky rocks hide the sun which light up the starshape thin clouds. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com


    The outstanding digital rendering techniques of the Dutchman Kees Veenenbos have been featured in National Geographic and on NASA pages . The images he rendered are made with a landscape program called Terragen. He has worked with this program already since 1999 in different versions. Most are made with digital elevation models of NASA, from different satellites like the Mars Global Surveyor for example.

    He made a lot of images for National Geographic, Mars images, but also of good old Earth and other planets in the solar system and even extra solar planets.

    We have put together a collection of his fantastic made images of recent and ancient Mars (with water and ice). All artwork are copyright Kees Veenenbos and we have been give special permission to use them for this article. The originals can all be found on his website: www.space4case.com (all data originate from NASA). [29 pictures]

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  • Colorful Planet Mars -A barren but still exciting landscape [43 Pics]

    Colorful planet Mars: Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma

    Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma
    Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


    The following photos of Planet Mars shatters the idea of an all “red” planet. Mars also has many many hidden, very colorful treasures. The landscape shown is like a post apocalyptic Earth. Or perhaps more what our own planet would look like if we removed almost all life. Nevertheless the Mars landscape is breathtaking and make me daydream of what it would be to build a new civilisation on Mars – starting from scratch. That would be something…

    HiRISE is the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The spacecraft is currently orbiting Mars approximately 13 times an (Earth) day. The Primary Science Phase (the main “mapping” phase of the mission) officially started on November 8, 2006, and lasted for two (Earth) years. Extended Science Phase(s) (ESP) are expected to continue as long as the spacecraft and camera remain healthy.

    HiROC (the HiRISE Operations Center) is where the day-to-day action takes place. Images are planned, the camera is commanded, data is downlinked, processed, and distributed. They’re located at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
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