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NASA’s Astounding Photo of Earth as It Hangs in Space, See the Earth as it Truly Is

This photo of the world as stitched together from NASA’s weather satellite Suomi NPP is the very definition of amazing. We can’t stress enough how much you need to follow this link to the high definition image on NASA Flickr.

Download and have a look at our world, standing alone, in the black.

Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012

Because we could not leave well enough alone, and perhaps this image stirred a bit of our poetic spirit, we found a website of Space Quotations devoted specifically to the big blue marble that is Earth.

To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves a riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold—brothers who know now they are truly brothers.

— Archibald MacLeish, American poet, ‘Riders on earth together, Brothers in eternal cold,’ front page of the New York Times, Christmas Day, 25 December 1968

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Our Strange Sky: NASA’s Bird’s Eye View of Hurricane Irene

We’ve had our eyes to the skies even though our blog has been silent. Here we have @Astro_Ron‘s tweeted photo of Irene from the ISS. Below the jump, NASA video of Irene from space and a live blog of her passing.

@Astro_Ron Views Irene on August 27, 2011

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Good Morning, World…NASA… Please Consider This…

via @apollorocket

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Thank You, Internet: Iron NASA is Just the Real Life Power Armor(Toy) We Were Looking For

Here’s a thing found randomly on the Internet. It poses the question, ‘what if Iron Man were made from NASA parts. This, in turn, begs us to ask the deeper question, WHY HASN’T NASA DONE THIS YET?!

The watermark points to a site called TOYSREVIL but we weren’t able to find the post where this Iron Man toy was featured.

via Lemon laser Betty

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Focus: 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

We’ve noted several articles, photographs and videos in the time since learning of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week. If you follow our Twitter(also noted to the right side of this Newsmine) you’ll get some of this information real-time.

Now here are the other links we’ve noted in the last few days.

Help Japan
Signalnoise created a Help Japan poster(which is now sold out) in order to raise money for disaster relief.

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5

There is a Reuters article that suggests if you want to help Japan that you should focus your efforts on the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders or Save the Children.

We leave it to you to decide how best to contribute aid.

More photos, videos and articles under the cut.
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Good Morning, Discovery Astronauts. William Shatner Greeted Your Final Day

Yesterday, the Discovery astronauts were awakened by the sultry voice of an old school Star trek icon. No. it wasn’t George Takei. The captain of the 60s and lover of green women, William Shatner, greeted the crew with altered copy from his fame making TV series.

Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the Space Shuttle Discovery,” said Shatner in a specially recorded introduction to the “Theme from Star Trek,” played as wake-up music at 2:23am (0723 GMT).

“Her 30 year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before,” said Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the popular television and movie series

The space shuttle Discovery is set for retirement after this voyage. It makes the Space Bastard in us bittersweet.

You can hear and download the raw Air-to-Ground transmissions from the entire STS-133 mission at the NASA audio collection on

Drop below the cut to hear the entire wake-up playlist for STS 133.

Pointy ears should play close attention to track 5 (March 4, 2011).
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You Have Not Known Love, Like Moon Love

Thanks to Nathaniel Burton-Bradford for finding this.

A heart-shaped crater in the Galilae region on the Moon. Credit: ASA/GSFC/Arizona State University; 3-D by Nathanial Burton-Bradford.

via universe today

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NASA Proposes One-Way trip to Mars, Surprised When Hundreds Volunteer

living on Mars

So a few scientists proposed an unconventional idea: send astronauts — but simplify the flight by making it a one-way trip. The astronauts would be settlers as well as explorers. A return trip is massively more difficult than the voyage there, partly because the fuel and supplies to get home would have make the round trip from Earth.

It’s just a fanciful idea for now — but the editors say they were stunned when more than 500 e-mail messages came from people around the world, volunteering to be the first Mars colonists.

Students, soldiers, law enforcement officers, nurses, and space enthusiasts young and old wrote in, saying they’d be happy to leave their lives on Earth for the chance to be pioneers. (The response was so great, in fact, that the journal announced Thursday that it would actively seek volunteers and supporters for a Mars mission. It encouraged the public to sign up on the journal’s home page or e-mail them.)

Have you seen the world lately? Mars looks like the better bet with each passing day.

When asked why he would be willing to leave his son, family and friends behind, he said, “Christopher Columbus did it. It’s a pioneering thing. …Because it’s there.”

Well, yeah. There’s that, too.

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Our Strange Sky: Fermi Space Telescope Detects Antimatter in Earth’s Thunderstorms

We won’t even attempt to translate what was read in the BBC article. Here’s a bit on the actual anti-matter find.

But within that gamma-ray data lies an even more interesting result described at the meeting by Dr McEnery and her collaborators Michael Briggs of the University of Alabama Huntsville and Joseph Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology.

“We expected to see TGFs; they had been seen by the GBM’s predecessor,” Dr McEnery explained.

“But what absolutely intrigues us is the discovery that TGFs produce not just gamma rays but also produce positrons, the antimatter equivalent to electrons.”

When gamma rays pass near the nuclei of atoms, they can turn their energy into two particles: an electron-positron pair.

Because electrons and positrons are charged, they align along the Earth’s magnetic field lines and can travel vast distances, gathered into tightly focused beams of matter and antimatter heading in opposite directions.

The dance of light and matter continues when positrons encounter electrons again; they recombine and produce a flash of light of a precise and characteristic colour.

It is this colour of light, picked up by the Fermi’s GBM, that is a giveaway that antimatter has been produced.

The magnetic field can transport the particles vast distances before this characteristic flash, and one of the Fermi detections was from a storm that was happening completely beyond the horizon.

The results will be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters

Informative video below.

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Good Morning, Mars. See You Real Soon.

via @dailygalaxy

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