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The Sun

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Left. This video shows the previous 48 hours of the Sun at the 171 wavelength.
It shows the quiet corona, upper transition region of the solar atmosphere.
Fe IX ions are primarily responsible for emission at this wavelength.

The video is updated every 30 minutes.

When the SDO was launched, some pretty amazing atmospheric effects were produced by shock waves from the supersonic vehicle. Click to full screen. See NASA SDO Sundog Mystery

The Earth

The International Space Station

If the left hand image is blank, refresh (clunky NASA interface). Click play at lower left hand corner to view the latest NASA transmission. If you are fortunate, it will show the Earth as seen live from the ISS, the current position of which is shown below. The ISS orbits the Earth in an hour and a half, at over 17 thousand miles an hour, at an altitude of about 200 miles.


Spirit Mars Rover

A Martian dust devil spins across Gusev Crater just before noon on March 15, 2005.

The Moon & Earth

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. The video "For all Mankind" left, has low sound volume. Below, Earthrise over the Moon from Apollo 11.


Voyager 1

As Voyager approached Jupiter, pics were taken through a blue filter every 10 hours over 28 days in 1979; each frame shows Jupiter at the same local time with the Great Red Spot appearing stationary. Galileo would have been facinated by the brief glimpses of his moons.

The Moon

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Left, the far side of the Moon. The LRO is photographing the moon in detail from its 50 km polar orbit. 3D photography & laser altimetry provide a wealth of topographic info. The video below is well worth clicking to full screen.

Altitude false colour: white 10,760 meters, to purple -9150 meters.

Apollo 11 Lunar Module descent stage, Tranquillity Base.
Armstrong's tracks to Little West crater (33 m diameter) are visible.
Tycho 86 km diameter crater with central peak. Full res here

Oblique view of the central peak.
Summit 2 km (6562 ft) above the crater floor.
Crater floor 4.7 km (15,420 ft) below the rim.
Summit area of central peak, with a boulder 120 meters wide.

Outer Space

Beagle 2

Victorian England, 1863; a rudimentary space probe apparently succeeded in exceeding the Earth`s escape velocity.
Created by Weardale Savant & Industrialist, Ernest Glitch, more details of this coal/nitrous oxide hybrid rocket can be found here.
Beagle 2

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