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APOD: 2017 July 27 - A Sagittarius Triplet
These three bright nebulae are often featured on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. In fact, 18th century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged two of them; M8, the large nebula above and left of center, and colorful M20 near the bottom of the frame. The third emission region includes NGC 6559, right of M8 and separated from the larger nebula by a dark dust lane. All three are stellar nurseries about five thousand light-years or so distant. Over a hundred light-years across the expansive M8 is also known as the Lagoon Nebula. M20's popular moniker is the Trifid. Glowing hydrogen gas creates the dominant red color of the emission nebulae. In striking contrast, blue hues in the Trifid are due to dust reflected starlight. The colorful composite skyscape was recorded with two different telescopes to capture a widefield image of the area and individual close-ups at higher resolution. via NASA
yesterday by PowerSchill
APOD: 2017 July 26 - The Milky Way over Monument Valley
You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arc across the sky like this -- but it helps. Only at Monument Valley USA would you see a picturesque foreground that includes these iconic rock peaks called buttes. Buttes are composed of hard rock left behind after water has eroded away the surrounding soft rock. In the featured image taken in 2012, the closest butte on the left and the butte to its right are known as the Mittens, while Merrick Butte can be seen farther to the right. Green airglow fans up from the horizon. High overhead stretches a band of diffuse light that is the central disk of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. The band of the Milky Way can be spotted by almost anyone on almost any clear night when far enough from a city and surrounding bright lights, but a sensitive digital camera is needed to capture these colors in a dark night sky. via NASA
2 days ago by PowerSchill
NASA Viz: Shadow of the Eclipse
See the most accurate map for Aug 21, 2017's total solar eclipse.
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2 days ago by geetarista
ION Museum: Sextant, Apollo Guidance and Navigation System

Primary navigation for these missions was done from the ground. As a backup, and for segments of the mission where ground tracking was not practical, an on-board inertial navigation system was used. Astronauts periodically used a sextant to sight on stars and the horizons of the Earth and Moon to align the inertial system, and to verify the accuracy of the Earth-based tracking data.
3 days ago by NicoFive
Welcome to Outer Space View
Street View tour of the International Space Station
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3 days ago by amann
RT : Nixon greets Apollo 11 astronauts, in isolation chamber, on USS Hornet after splashdown, tomorrow 1969:
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4 days ago by amy
NASA Videos: Archive Footage of Space Shuttles, Hypersonic Jets, and Flying Bathtubs « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
NASA Videos: Archive Footage of Space Shuttles, Hypersonic Jets, and Flying Bathtubs by Zay via Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
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4 days ago by pmdpmd
Chasing solar eclipses can cause you to go to the most interesting places and meet the most interesting people. Almost. For example, chasing this eclipse brought this astrophotographer to Kenya in 2013. His contact, a member of the Maasai people, was to pick him up at the airport, show him part of southern Kenya, and even agreed to pose in traditional warrior garb on a hill as the hopefully spectacular eclipse set far in background. Unfortunately, this contact person died unexpectedly a week before the astrophotographer's arrival, and so he never got to participate in the shoot, nor know that the resulting image went on to win an international award for astrophotography. Pictured in 2013 from Kenya, the Moon covers much of the Sun during a hybrid eclipse, a rare type of solar eclipse that appears as total from some Earth locations, but annular in others. During the annular part of the eclipse, the Moon was too far from the Earth to block the entire Sun. Next month a total solar eclipse will cross the USA. via NASA
4 days ago by PowerSchill
Advanced Aircraft Company – The Future of VTOL UAS
Makers of NASA's GL-10 Greased Lightning hybrid electric tiltwing VTOL
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4 days ago by asteroza

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