The Ultimate Window Seat

Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him and the International Space Station. Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will continue his stay into September. Image Credit: NASA.

Oh, to have this vantage. I’m so jealous…

Hat tip: PetaPixel.

Blue Marble 2012

I have posted previous versions of the Blue Marble. NASA’s 2012 version is absolutely beautiful!

Want more info about how the image was created? Go to Universe Today.

Want a honking huge version? Go to NASA’s Flickr. 8,000 X 8,000 pixels! (Hidden under “actions.”)

Hat tip: Universe Today.

Photo credit. “Blue Marble 2012” by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Discovery’s Last Flight

Space shuttle Discovery is flying its last mission. There are few human technological achievements as awe-inspiring as humans in space.1Though Discover is delivering Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station.

You can find NASA’s space flight images at NASA Human Space Flight. These are a few of the pictures from the STS-133 mission I like.

Photo credits: NASA.

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    Though Discover is delivering Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station.