Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-12 satellite has seen it all over its ten years in service, from the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history, to the record-breaking blizzards of winter 2009, to Superstorm Sandy and countless other storms. The NOAA decommissioned the satellite earlier this week, and released this timelapse of the weather over North and South America: One image from each of its 3,788 days spent recording.
From this pulled-back, sped-up perspective, severe weather appears more or less a constant. It’s impossible for the untrained eye to discern unusual patterns in the rapid movement of storm fronts and weather systems over the continents. Back on Earth, of course, it’s another story — one that’s only expected to get worse.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.