Category: Photography


New Horizons Probe Eyes Pluto For Historic Encounter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Nasa probe is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a historic encounter in July.

  The New Horizons spacecraft has travelled 5bn km (3bn miles) over nine years to get near the dwarf planet.

  And with 200m km still to go, its images of Pluto will show only a speck of light against the stars.

  But the data will be critical in helping to align the probe properly for what will be just a fleeting fly-by.

  Pluto will be photographed repeatedly during the approach, to determine the probe’s position relative to the dwarf planet, explained Mark Holdridge, from the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) in Baltimore.

” We then perform a number of correction manoeuvres to realign our trajectory with the reference trajectory, thus ensuring we hit our aim point to travel through the Pluto system,” he said.

  When New Horizons arrives at Pluto it will be moving so fast – at almost 14km/s – that going into orbit around the distant world is impossible; it must barrel straight through instead.

  One complication is that the seven different instruments aboard the spacecraft need to work at different distances to get their data, and so the team has constructed a very elaborate observation schedule for them all.

  But what this means is that very precise timing will be required to make sure the flyby runs smoothly.

  The closest approach to Pluto is set for around 11:50 GMT on 14 July – at a miss distance of roughly 13,695km from the surface.

  Mission planners want the exact timings nailed to within 100 seconds. New Horizons will know then where and when to point the instruments. “

 

 

BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary With Stunning Photo

 

 

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” NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot’s handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet home.

  Opportunity landed on Mars on the night of Jan. 24, 2004, a few weeks after its twin, Spirit, made its Red Planet debut. The rovers were tasked with three-month missions to search for signs of past water activity on the Red Planet. Both Spirit and Opportunity found plenty of such evidence, and then kept rolling long after their warranties expired.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Spirit stopped communicating with Earth in 2010 and was declared dead a year later, but Opportunity is still going strong. The robot has been exploring the rim of the 14-mile-wide (22 kilometers) Endeavour Crater since August 2011, and it crested a rise on the rim known as Cape Tribulation earlier this month. [Latest Mars Rover Photos from Opportunity & Spirit] “

 

Space.com has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These People Should Have Looked At Their Photos Before Posting Them Online

 

 

Just be glad it's the tree and not you.

 

 

” When you take a picture of yourself to share with the world, there are several important factors you must be aware of. You have to frame the image properly to include yourself in the picture. You have to make sure the flash is either on or off. Most importantly. you absolutely must make sure there isn’t anything embarrassing going on in the background for everyone to see. Otherwise, you might end up like these people. “

 

 

Poop pic!

 

 

    A word to the wise: don’t do your selfies on the “john” … LOL

 

 

    Viral Nova has more of these hilariously unedited photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASA Releases Panoramic Picture Of Andromeda Galaxy: Largest Picture Ever With 1.5 Billion Pixels

 

 

 

 

” Using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a bird’s-eye panoramic view of part of the Andromeda galaxy is the clearest, largest picture ever assembled by NASA of the galaxy next door.

  The Andromeda galaxy is located more than 2 million light-years away from Earth but the Hubble Space Telescope was powerful enough to capture part of it, bringing together 1.5 billion pixels representing a stretch of galaxy with a length of 61,000 light-years. Over 100 million stars were immortalized in the image as well, some of them seen in clusters of thousands.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The impressive photograph raises the bar for precision studies involving spiral galaxies dominating the universe as they number more than 100 billion. Astronomers have never been able to view stars so clearly yet so widespread in external spiral galaxies. “

 

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” Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world.”

 

 

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” He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II.”

 

 

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” Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor). “I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to,” he says.”

 

PetaPixel has many more photos 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Majic 95.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Here’s a little something adorable to brighten your day! Feel free to share with someone who needs a smile today! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 People Who Ruined These Statues In The Best Way Possible

 

 

 

” Where you see a statue, they see an opportunity for hilarity.”

 

 

Here’s another sample to start your day …

 

 

 

 

See the other 33 photos here and start your day with a smile …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Dead Pop Stars Might Look Now If They Were Still Alive, In Pictures

 

 

What dead pop stars would look like now

 

 

 

” If Elvis Presley was alive he would be celebrating his 80th birthday on January 8th. Here is a selection of Photoshopped images of other dead pop stars and how they might look if they were still alive today.

The king of rock ‘n’ roll died on August 16, 1977 aged 42 at Graceland, his mansion in Memphis.”

 

 

    The Telegraph has the photos of Elvis and many others as they may have appeared in their dotage . Check it out here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbin International Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival

 

 

 

 

 

” The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival or simply called Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks:Harbin Ice and Snow World, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley, and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.”

 

 

 

 

” The festival has been held since 1963. It had been interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution but had been resumed by 1985. Along with Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is listed as the top 4 ice and snow festivals in the world.”

 

 

 

” Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. The festival includes many interesting activities and events, such as ice and snow carnival, international ice sculptures competitions, ice lantern show, sliding, ice-sailing, sledging, ice hockey, ice football, speed skating, cross-field skiing and Alpine skiing competitions, fishing, swimming, ice and snow film art show, painting exhibition, calligraphy display, photo exhibition, folk song and dance performances, wedding ceremonies on ice, trade talks, trade fairs and all kinds of national or international sports events etc.”

 

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Video Reportedly Captures Young Great White Shark Off SoCal Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Video showed what was believed to be a young great white shark jumping out of the water just feet from surfers at El Porto Beach.

  The video was shot by photographer Tom Kampas around 11 a.m. on Dec. 22 about a mile north of Manhattan Beach.

  Kampas said there have been several great white sightings along South Bay beaches in recent weeks.”

 

Thanks to KTLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Photographs Of 2014 – In Pictures

 

 

” From the Ferguson riots to the school attack in Peshawar, a Missouri ‘firenado’ and hailstones in Siberia: the Guardian’s features picture editor Sarah Gilbert selects the most compelling images of 2014.”

 

 

asylum seekers on boat

 

” “I tried for two years to take this picture. I took the same photo the year before, again from a helicopter, of an almost identical boat. But we didn’t manage to get directly above: some of the people in the boat looked one way, others a different way. This year I tried again. I photograph the Italian navy calendar, so we collaborate. I waited 12 days on an ­Italian navy boat for the force seven sea to calm, for this moment. I took the shot ­outside the helicopter, my feet on the skids. The incredible thing is that every single person in the photo looks up.”

Photograph: Massimo Sestini/eyevine

 

 

 

Here is one more sample from the paper’s selections …

 

 

 

hailstorm on the beach at the Ob river, in Novosibirsk in western Siberiain siberia

 

” “On 12 July it was a very hot day on the beach [at the Ob river, in Novosibirsk in western Siberia]. My girlfriend and I decided to go to a city beach. When we got there the weather suddenly changed and a very strong wind blew. I think my sixth sense switched on and I used my phone to take pictures of the trees swaying. Suddenly hail started literally bombarding us until we rushed back to our car. Several people really got a beating from the hail.”

Photograph: Nikita Dudnik/AP

 

 

 

 

See all of the chosen photos at The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Brown Sisters: Forty Years”

 

 

The 1975 original 

 

 

” Nicholas Nixon was visiting his wife’s family when, “on a whim,” he said, he asked her and her three sisters if he could take their picture. It was summer 1975, and a black-and-white photograph of four young women — elbows casually attenuated, in summer shirts and pants, standing pale and luminous against a velvety background of trees and lawn — was the result. A year later, at the graduation of one of the sisters, while readying a shot of them, he suggested they line up in the same order. After he saw the image, he asked them if they might do it every year. “They seemed O.K. with it,” he said; thus began a project that has spanned almost his whole career. The series, which has been shown around the world over the past four decades, will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, coinciding with the museum’s publication of the book “The Brown Sisters: Forty Years” in November.”

The Brown Sisters 1985

A decade later: 1985

” Who are these sisters? We’re never told (though we know their names: from left, Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie; Bebe, of the penetrating gaze, is Nixon’s wife). The human impulse is to look for clues, but soon we dispense with our anthropological scrutiny — Irish? Yankee, quite likely, with their decidedly glamour-neutral attitudes — and our curiosity becomes piqued instead by their undaunted stares. All four sisters almost always look directly at the camera, as if to make contact, even if their gazes are guarded or restrained.”

See the entire photographic collection , year by year , at the NY Times

Family Has Taken Santa Photo Every Year Since 1955

 

 

 

 

 

” For 60 years, the Wilson family of Seattle has followed the unique Christmas tradition of posing on Santa’s lap for a photograph.

  Today, by adding in all the spouses and children, there’s no way Santa has enough lap room for them all!

  The tradition began in 1955 with just one Wilson, when young Steve Wilson first climbed on Santa’s knee, and was joined by brother Scott in 1957.

  Today, in their most recent photo taken in the same place, Nordstrom, 10 members of the growing Wilson family crowd into the photo.

” It’s the history of our family,” Steve told King5. “It just happens to be with Santa Claus.” 

  Every one of the photos is displayed on the family’s Facebook account. The complete family only missed one year, 1978, when Scott couldn’t make it. “

 

NewsMax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salisbury Cathedral Spire Climb December 2014

 

 

 

    Watch as Philip Scorer ascends the Salisbury Cathedral spire to perform needed repairs on the weather station …

 

 

 

    Here is another video of the men at the very top doing the repairs to the anemometer and enjoying the view from 400 feet up … not for the faint of heart …

 

 

   Here is yet one more view of the spectacular climb up the Cathedral’s spire , complete with some conversation with the men before they begin their ascent . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 18, 2014

” Man takes the ultimate selfie from the top of Wiltshire’s Salisbury cathedral while filming scheduled repair work.

  Is this Britain’s most terrifying selfie? Daredevil conservationist snaps a pic of himself at the top of Salisbury Cathedral’s 404ft spire

  A daredevil conservationist and his team have taken Britain’s most stomach-churning seflie – from the top of a 404ft medieval spire.

  Gary Price, 46, clerk of works at Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, and a team of helpers took a number of pictures from the capstone at the very top of the spire while carrying out repairs.

  Kitted out in ropes, a harness and a hard hat Mr Price, who is in charge of the cathedral’s conservation, made the hair-raising climb to replace a faulty wind meter accompanied by rope access specialists.

  He climbed the 332 steps inside the cathedral to the base of the tower before scaling ten narrow ladders inside the spire to a small weather door.

  He then climbed through the door and pulled himself up the last 30 feet to the capstone using rungs set into the outside of the spire’s masonry.

  It is only the fourth time Mr Price, from Salisbury, has made the climb and something that will not be repeated for another three or four years.
He replaced the anemometer, a device for measuring wind speed, which had stopped working properly in wind and rain.

  Mr Price and his team also abseiled down the east side to check out and plug a leak that was discovered as a result of the September storms.

  While most cathedrals in medieval times took centuries to build, Salisbury’s was erected in just 38 years by 300 men from 1220 to 1258.

  The spire was added later between 1300 and 1330 and the cathedral is the tallest medieval structure in the world.

  Salisbury Cathedral also has Britain’s largest cloister and largest cathedral close, the world’s oldest working clock and the best surviving of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

  Mr Price said: ‘It’s a very exciting day for me because I don’t get to go up the spire very often at all and it’s probably going to be the last time for another three or four years.

‘ The cathedral is the tallest medieval structure in the world, 404ft to get to the capstone.

‘ When you climb out the weather door the spire is quite wide, but the higher you go the more narrow it gets and you do feel a bit like “is this going to take my weight?” but it will, it’s been there for 800 years.

‘ It is quite exposed and you can see all the way around you.

‘ When you get up there your heart is definitely in your mouth and all of your senses are heightened.

‘ You’re super safe but it’s certainly an adrenaline rush.

‘ The hardest bit is making yourself climb out of the door when you’re perfectly safe inside and when you abseil back down to go in the door, with the harness and all the equipment you need and it’s a narrow door it can be quite tight to get back in.

‘ If there’s two or three of you up there and one of you moves you can feel the spire slightly swaying.’ “

Read more here , here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42 Of The Most Hilarious Gravestones Of All Time

You’ll Die Laughing

 

Uncle Walter led his life the way he pleased …

 

 

 

 

 

And this man sure knew what he liked … women and horses …

 

Who said cemeteries are no fun … check out the other humorous parting words here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Personal Drone?

 

 

 

” Will it soon be as normal to have a drone in your pocket as it is to have a smartphone in your pocket today?

  That is what researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands believe. They are working on light weight, palm-sized drones for the urban environment.

  The team is responsible for the world’s smallest drone with a functional camera – weighing only 4 grams. And it is working on low cost technology that will allow such lightweight drones to navigate cities autonomously, by working in conjunction with smartphones.

  Research is already under way to see if drones can be used professionally for package deliveries, land surveying and medical care.

  But the team at Delft believe that the lightweight nature of their miniature drones makes them safer for use in populated areas than the bigger models.

  Bart Remes demonstrated a prototype model to the BBC’s Dougal Shaw at the RE.WORK Future Cities summit. “

Thanks to the BBC

Clouds Fill Grand Canyon In Rare Weather Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.

  The total cloud inversion is expected to hang inside the canyon throughout Thursday.”

Grand Canyon Clouds

” Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service says the weather event happens about once every several years, though the landmark was treated to one last year.

  The fog that has been shrouding parts of northern Arizona is courtesy of recent rains. Mottice says the fog is able to stick around and built up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind.”

AP News

Antelope Canyon Photo Sells For Record $6.5M

 

LIK USA Peter Lik's Phantom

 

 

 

” The world’s most expensive photo depicts Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, near Page on the Navajo Reservation.

  Landscape Photographer Peter Lik sold his print, titled “Phantom,” for $6.5 million to a private collector in November.

  The black-and-white photo depicts an underground cavern inside Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed as rainwater eroded the stone into narrow passageways.

  The canyon, first opened to the public in 1997, attracts photographers and sightseers to marvel at its uniquely smooth, flowing corridors and arches, Navajo Nation parks officials said.”

 

AZCentral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The GoPro Drone

 

 

 

Published on Nov 26, 2014

” The wearable video camera maker is developing its own line of consumer multi-rotor helicopter drones to expand from its core business with surfers and other sports enthusiasts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Darkest Of Times There Is Nothing To Compare With The Silent Devotion Of Your Dog

 

 

” When I am sad there is no greater comfort …

 

The Silent Devotion Of Dogs

 

 

 

… than the silent devoted companionship of my dog 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paws In The City

 

 

“I don’t always make a mess …

 

 

 

 

… But when I do , I sit like a boss while you clean it up.”

 

 

 

Ah , the dog’s life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is This What Rosetta’s Comet Really Looks Like In Color?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Move over, Halley: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may now be the most famous comet in the cosmos. Comet 67P has been the photogenic subject of many images sent back by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. The mission’s Philae lander made space history by successfully settling onto the surface of the comet last month.

  We’ve seen crags, its weird kidney shape and all sorts of dramatic shadows playing across the comet’s surface. One thing all those images have in common is that they’re in stark, artsy black and white.”

 

 

 

 

” This leaves us with a curious question: what does 67P look like in color? An image accompanying a presentation for an upcoming American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco offers up an intriguing option. The comet may be slightly reddish. The presentation, titled “Color Variegation on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,” is set for December 18, at which point more information on the image is expected to be released.”

 

Read on at CNet

Inside Russia’s Sacred Baikonur Cosmodrome, One Of The World’s Most Popular Spaceports

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft blasts off from Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

” I knew I could only be in Kazakhstan when I saw the priests. Two of them—half-bears, half-men—walked up to the Soyuz on its pad at the fabled Baikonur Cosmodrome, their robes blowing in the desert wind. Then they sang at the rocket and bowed at the rocket and finally threw holy water at the rocket, and then they came over to us, the assembled reporters, and they threw holy water at us, too, because we probably looked like we could use it. I’m not a religious man, but I accepted my soaking under a boundless blue sky and thought what I suspect most of the people on the pad were thinking:Can’t hurt.

  The entire Russian space program seems built on the guiding principle of can’t hurt. I was there for Esquire to report “Away,” a story about the future, about Scott Kelly, the first American who will spend a year in space, one more stepping-stone on our long journey to Mars. But in Kazakhstan, it felt more as though I were visiting the past, returning to a time when romance and witchcraft hadn’t yet made way for science. Over nearly 50 years of manned flight—every last one of those launches, from Yuri Gagarin on, having sprung from the same slab of cracked concrete—the Russians have acquired layers and layers of ritual, all of it either silly or sacred depending on how magical your thinking. “

 

 

 

 

 

” The Soyuz is always drawn out of its massive assembly building at exactly 7 o’clock in the morning, pulled along by a locomotive with one of its headlights mysteriously put out. The cosmonauts spend one of their last nights on Earth at their hotel in town and watch a pretty bad movie, White Sun of the Desert, and they always walk out to the bus that will take them to the pad to the same song, by a band called Earthlings. Later, they all climb out of that bus and piss on one of its tires because Gagarin allegedly did so; female cosmonauts and astronauts pour out a pre-filled cup.

  And then, with a far better success record than the Americans could ever claim, they strap into their rocket, ancient and blessed, and launch into space. “

 

Story continues at Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Of Space Exploration

 

 

Photo: The clearest picture of Mercury ever taken.

 

 

  This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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