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Cosmic beauty

Post by Stardust on 3rd January 2017, 20:26

Beautiful images from the International Space Station.





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Re: Cosmic beauty

Post by Stardust on 3rd January 2017, 20:28

Amazing info about living in the International Space Station:



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Post by Stardust on 4th January 2017, 08:39

A few minutes to learn a little about dark matter and WIMPS (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles).


 



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Re: Cosmic beauty

Post by Stardust on 4th January 2017, 14:40

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed upcoming spacewalk activity associated with the replacement of batteries on the station’s truss and other aspects of life and research on the orbital laboratory.



I love these guys. Both are presently in the International Space Station, up there over our heads right now circling the Earth. Spacewalk scheduled Friday 6th January for Peggy and Shane. Thomas goes out on 13th. Makes you starry-eyed to think of it.


Happy New Year 2017 to all the astronauts on the ISS.  happyheart

More info about Expedition 50 here: http://www.spacefacts.de/iss/english/exp_50.htm

Current position of the ISS here (updated every minute): http://www.spacefacts.de/english/e_position.htm



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Post by Stardust on 6th January 2017, 05:49

Been following the trajectory of the ISS and most of the time it seems to be over water. Lots of blue and white. I love when it's clear and night time over cities with all the lights twinkling.
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Re: Cosmic beauty

Post by Stardust on 10th January 2017, 19:59

Have to admit there's a lot of cloud and oceans.

Here's a good video from a previous expedition and you get to listen to Beethoven too.




This is a shorter version, below, only 2.50 minutes:




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Post by Stardust on 13th January 2017, 17:59

Been watching the end of the spacewalk (Shane and Thomas) live. Ooh, I love it!

Would you believe Peggy had odd socks on. Seems like even in space you can lose a sock.
Of course she could have done it on purpose - very pretty socks they were too.

If I hadn't been working I'd have watched the whole space walk - all 5 hours and 58 minutes of it.

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Post by Stardust on 13th January 2017, 22:00

Thomas Pesquet explaining the food on the ISS.

Wish I had meals prepared by Alain Ducasse or Thierry Marx. Sigh...




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Relax and dream...




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Thomas' Expedition 5O photos

Post by Stardust on 16th January 2017, 21:23

Expedition 5O photos taken by Thomas Pesquet from the International Space Station.

Be patient, some of them take a few seconds to show, but they're worth the wait.

Remember to click on the left or right arrow to pass to the next photo.
Also, if you place the computer arrow on the mini pictures at the bottom, each one has a title you can read.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thom_astro/31019240014/in/photostream/



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Space facts

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25 facts about space.



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Re: Cosmic beauty

Post by Whiskers on 27th January 2017, 17:13

I dont know where you find all these fascinating videos Stardust. Some scary facts in that last one. rock
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Beautiful Earth

Post by Stardust on 30th January 2017, 22:21

I can't get enough of this. Tonight the images have been clearer than the last few days. I love this planet Earth, it's so very beautiful.




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DNA changes in astronauts

Post by Stardust on 31st January 2017, 07:50

DNA changes in comparison test on twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly.
Fascinating. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4172810/Space-travel-stressful-damages-body.html



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Expedition 50 blog

Post by Stardust on 2nd February 2017, 10:55

Update at 1st February 2017:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/category/expedition-50/

Been looking at the live stream again, I spend ages doing that, I get quite mesmerized by it.



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Re: Cosmic beauty

Post by Stardust on 3rd February 2017, 18:03

Oh no, the ISS passed over my head but because of the cloud cover I couldn't see it.
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I love you up there, I waved... happyheart



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Supermoon over Baikonur

Post by Stardust on 4th February 2017, 07:36



At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the supermoon rises above the launch pad where the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft stands (November 2014). Baikonur Cosmodrome is the launch complex where Sputnik 1, Earth's first artificial satellite, was launched on 4th October 1957.



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The Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit

Post by Stardust on 5th February 2017, 20:32

The Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit
 
The Skinsuit is designed to help prevent spine elongation during space missions and alleviate consequent lower back pain often suffered by astronauts.

Thomas Pesquet is wearing it to complete tests on the ISS to evaluate comfort, range of motion, and functionality during exercise.

More information about the Skinsuit here:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2081.html



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Sunset

Post by Stardust on 7th February 2017, 08:37

Just watched sunset as seen from the ISS, sometimes weird, but always beautiful.
This is one from a previous expedition, speeded up x30.



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Account of the January 13th spacewalk

Post by Stardust on 8th February 2017, 13:23

A very clear account here of the January 13th spacewalk and tasks carried out by astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet outside the ISS.

http://spaceflight101.com/us-eva-39-completed-successfully-outside-iss/



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Another sunset

Post by Stardust on 8th February 2017, 21:36

Just in time for another sunset. I love the ISS. Thank you to NASA for allowing us to see the live stream. happyheart



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Post by Stardust on 13th February 2017, 18:09

First time I caught a sunrise and the signal was lost before it was finished. Such a pity, now I'll have to try and catch it another time.

I never tire of this, just imagine them up there on the ISS and all the wonders of seeing this marvellous planet in all it's blue beauty.

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Mars Express

Post by Stardust on 15th February 2017, 16:55

From 2 February 2017
A new mosaic from ESA’s Mars Express shows off the Red Planet’s North polar ice cap and its distinctive dark spiralling troughs.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Swirling_spirals_at_the_north_pole_of_Mars

Looks like a chocolat dessert. Mmmm...



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