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One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind

On July 20th, 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, and stepped onto the surface of the moon. It was indeed one small step for man, but it was a giant leap for mankind that would change the way we saw the Universe and our place in the Cosmos.  Suddenly, we were not confined to our planet Earth.  Until that moment, exploring the moon was only a fantasy, the stuff of science-fiction. The Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon and deliver him safely back to Earth, opened a… Continue reading

Spectacular Time-lapse view of earth from space

This time-lapse was created from photographs taken from the International Space Station from August to October 2011. As well as providing a very cool HD view of our Earth from space, this video also presents a spectacular rarely seen perspective of the Aurora Borealis.


Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora… Continue reading

Travelling near the speed of light

Light travels through the vacuum space at 299.792,458 meters per second, or approximately 186,282 miles per second. According to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, this is also the maximum speed that energy or matter can travel in the vacuum of space. If you were in a spaceship traveling near the speed of light you would experience interesting effects as you traveled closer to the speed of light. One effect is called time dilation, where time slows down. Of course, from the perspective of moving near the speed of light, this effect of time would not be obvious until you were… Continue reading

International Space Station flight over Earth

This Youtube video, viewed by more than 2.4 million people since it was posted Sept. 15, is a time-lapse movie of International Space Station images as it passes over Earth.

The nighttime images begin over the Pacific, passing over North and South America before the space station creates its own sunrise over Antarctica.

Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Phoenix are visible, as well as Texas and New Mexico.

The author, who assembled the images from NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, is identified only as “yesterday2221,” age 26.

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