Breathtaking Photos From NASA
When we think of NASA, we think of the first landing on the moon or the mission to Mars. In this age it is much easier to access information of fields of interest. NASA has made full use of this by optimising the public’s involvement on their website and app. You no longer need a telescope to enjoy the visual wonders of space and it is not necessary to be a scientist to be in the loop of the latest happenings at NASA.
For me it all started when I was a little girl. Driving home after visiting family, I used to look for “die drie susters” in the night sky. It is known as Orion’s Belt to the rest of the world. It wasn’t until my late teens that I rediscovered my love of astronomy. Sure I knew about the planets and that our solar system is in the Milky Way, but I had no idea of the beautiful images that had been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. I don’t claim to be a scientist or even an amateur astronomer, but thanks to NASA’s app I stay up to date with their latest publications, discoveries and launches.
Here are some of the images which have intrigued me:
This is an image of a nebula known as the Crab Nebula. It was images like these which drew me in as a teenager. This specific nebula is a remnant of a supernova and was assembled by combining the data from five telescopes, including the Hubble Telescope.
And then there was this! After further digging (and getting to know the interwebs a bit better) I came across images like these. The Hubble Telescope’s mission began in 1990 so I realise I was quite a few years behind the times.
Part of the package of being young in the 21st century are geek-perks. With kick-ass heroines like Hermione Granger and shows where Sheldon Cooper (sorry, Doctor Sheldon Cooper) is the star attraction it has become hip to be nerdy. With social media platforms it has never been easier to feel connected to the world and those who inspire you.
I was stunned by images taken of Jupiter by NASA’s Junocam. What I find really intriguing is their interaction with the public. They are relying on data and images obtained by civilian astronomers to maximise the usage of this camera. Watch here a short clip explaining the Junocam’s mission.
Juno reached its destination nearly 5 years after it was launched on 5 August 2011, but the wait was sure worth it. These are images of the south pole of Jupiter. They are breathtaking!
The International Space Station (ISS):
The International Space Station orbits roughly 350 km above the earth, cruising at over 17 000 miles per hour. They do really neat stuff at the ISS like spacewalking and floating around. Currently they are conducting around 150 experiments which includes new methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells. Us mere mortals can’t always keep track of these sciency stuff, but we can enjoy the images they capture of our own Big Blue.
This is a unique view of Earth, showing the coming of the dawn on the one side and the night lights on the other.
This is a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. It took off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Watch live launches on the NASA TV site. The next launch is scheduled for 14 June at 5:20 a.m. EDT. This time it will be the Russian Progress 67 cargo craft and will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.