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itsfullofstars:

The view 400 kilometers above the Earth is framed by parts of the a Soyuz spacecraft. It was recorded by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst using a normal consumer digital camera in the Cupola set to take a photograph every few seconds. With the International Space Station racing around the planet at 28,8000 kilometers an hour, it only takes 90 minutes to circle the Earth, each orbit 2200 kilometers west of the orbit before.

(Source: space.io9.com)

sagansense:

That one time NASA Chief Administrator (and former astronaut) Charlie Bolden and I engaged in a discussion about space exploration, the importance of science literacy/STEM, communicating science, and persevering through adversity…

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…amidst a crowd of 400+ at Washington DC’s National Academy of Sciences Building for a special screening of the film I’ve been handling all the PR/media outreach for, "I want to be an Astronaut, which became the first film to ever achieve an “orbital premiere” 230+ miles up aboard the International Space Station to an audience of 3: members of the Expedition 38/39 astronaut crew.

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Filmmaker David Ruck and I have been collaborating with scientists, aerospace agencies, STEM institutions, space exploration non-profits, and among others, astronauts, in screening this film around the country toward a simple but profound goal:

To tell the story of going…and remind everyone what NASA means to the world, reignite those dreams again, and explore space together.
— David Ruck (Director) and Rich Evans (Public Relations)

On the evening that this exchange between Charlie Bolden, the other panel members, and myself took place, it was July 16; a nostalgic time for celebration and reflection. This date marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the American Astronautical Society’s 60th Anniversary, and preceding the showing of our film, the AAS presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to NASA/JPL’s Edward Stone, who not only serves as Professor of Physics at Cal Tech, but remains the Lead Project Scientist for the Voyager spacecraft — humanity’s furthest robotic space exploring vessels.

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You can indulge in some other memorable highlights from the evening with David Ruck’s introduction of the film, photo sets here and here, as well as my collective overview of the event, which includes a #spaceselfie of cosmic proportions…

imagewebsite || trailer || clip || audience reactions || interview || charlie bolden

brightestofcentaurus:

Messier 110
Messier 110, or NGC 205, is a dwarf elliptical galaxy located about 2.9 million light years across towards the Andromeda galaxy. Messier 110 is a satellite of this larger galaxy, and comparable in size to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies to our Milky Way.
Messier 110 is sometimes classified as a “spheroidal galaxy” rather than a standard elliptical because it contains dark dust clouds and evidence of star formation, very unusual for an elliptical. Also interesting is a system of eight globular clusters surrounding the comparatively small galaxy.
Image from NASA, information from NASA and Messier.SEDS.org.

brightestofcentaurus:

Messier 110

Messier 110, or NGC 205, is a dwarf elliptical galaxy located about 2.9 million light years across towards the Andromeda galaxy. Messier 110 is a satellite of this larger galaxy, and comparable in size to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies to our Milky Way.

Messier 110 is sometimes classified as a “spheroidal galaxy” rather than a standard elliptical because it contains dark dust clouds and evidence of star formation, very unusual for an elliptical. Also interesting is a system of eight globular clusters surrounding the comparatively small galaxy.

Image from NASA, information from NASA and Messier.SEDS.org.

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