Louise Walker and J.T. Heineck of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., are learning how to see shape and detail in blindingly bright plumes of rocket fire. The two researchers were funded by the Space Shuttle Program to document the final shuttle launch, STS-135, with their distinctive images. Image fusion is a technique which begins with image files taken simultaneously at nearly identical angles and positions, each with different filters. The images are processed through minute alignment and warping to match camera angles precisely and account for the inches between each camera’s position. The technique could have significant benefits for future space transportation systems, through imaging new rocket motor development and the Ames arc jets, which test aerothermodynamic heating a spacecraft endures throughout atmospheric re-entry and tests of thermal protection systems and materials.
In case you ever find yourself in a space shuttle with a Hasselblad in hand, NASA’s Hasselblad Astronaut Manual would be pretty useful.
via Laughing Squid
“Thierry Legault granted us permission to share this photo of Space Station. He says to look closely for spacewalker Steve Bowen on the end of the robotic arm. Get out your eye glasses!”
I usually would never post a CNN video, because of the ugliness of the format and the ads and what not, but this is such a cool video. 132 Shuttle Launches in 132 Seconds. (Now, 133, because the flight yesterday) Very, very cool. Shows all of them, from flight one. Also, very sad, because Challenger’s doomed launch and Columbia’s final flight are shown. They’re the ones in black and white.
Seriously, watch this.
Via BITCH FOREVER
What every little firecracker wants to be when he grows up
What a NASA advertisement would look like if they had a social media marketing department.
Via The World in small portions
On this day in 2003 NASA received the final communication from space probe Pioneer 10. The last thing received was so:
fuck its cold. and dark. and i will be back when AI takes over the world. peace. bitches.
NASA’s Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.