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To Identify Whale Sharks, Scientists Looked to the Stars - Atlas Obscura
"Researchers and citizen scientists can upload a photo of a whale shark they’ve seen—ideally, the patch of spotted skin just behind its left gill slits."
fish  software  space 
december 2017 by kevan
Astra Nauseam (@astranauseam) on Twitter
Autogenerating a fictional constellation every hour.
space  lies  twitter  creations 
july 2016 by kevan
Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories | New Scientist
"Now archaeoastronomers are making the case that [passage graves] could also have been used for spotting stars at dawn, when they are normally too faint to see."
history  secrets  space  light  eyes 
july 2016 by kevan
FINAL Catalogue of Manmade Material on the Moon.pdf
"This resource offers a
comprehensive catalogue of human artifacts on the Moon based on the currently available data." [...] "Conveyor assy., lunar equipment / Bag, deployment, lunar equipment conveyor / Golf balls (2) / Javelin"
space  litter 
november 2014 by kevan
Obsolete Constellations
"The following list contains former constellations that are no longer recognized as official by the International Astronomical Union."
space  history  via:james 
june 2013 by kevan
How astronaut Chris Hadfield showed Berlin's ongoing struggle for unification | World news | The Guardian
"In the eastern part there are sodium-vapour lamps with a yellower colour. And in the western parts there are fluorescent lamps – mercury arc lamps and gas lamps – which all produce a whiter colour."
space  cities  via:blech 
april 2013 by kevan
The First Men on the Moon: The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing
"The presentation includes original Apollo 11 spaceflight video footage, communication audio, mission control room conversations, text transcripts, and telemetry data, all synchronized into an integrated audio-visual experience."
space  history  video 
october 2012 by kevan
Astronaut builds LEGO space station inside real-life space station | collectSPACE
"Made up of hundreds of bricks, the model was launched in partially-preassembled 'chunks' to help make up for the difficulties working with very small pieces in microgravity."
lego  space  via:leonard 
february 2012 by kevan
We should scour the moon for ancient traces of aliens, say scientists | Science | The Guardian
"Though the chances of finding the handiwork of long-gone aliens are exceptionally remote, scientists argue that a computerised search of lunar images, or a crowd-sourced analysis by amateur enthusiasts, would be cheap enough to justify given the importance of a potential discovery."
space  aliens 
december 2011 by kevan
A Historic Declaration: Welcoming Apollo 11 Crew Back to Earth -
"On July 24, 1969, customs inspectors at Honolulu, Hawaii filled out a general declaration form for the space travelers. Recording their trip from Cape Kennedy to the moon and back to Hawaii, the form listed 'moon rock and moon dust samples' as the cargo."
space  law  history  via:newsmary 
october 2011 by kevan
Take It To The Bridge: Artemis Spaceship Sim | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"One PC runs the grunt work by itself, posting the overview onto a shared main screen, while players take to their own PCs to don the mantles of Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. [The captain] just sits in the middle shouting stuff."
games  space  simulation  roleplaying  via:adrian 
october 2010 by kevan
Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater | COSMOS magazine
"Duane Hamacher, an astrophysicist studying Aboriginal astronomy at Sydney's Macquarie University, used Google Maps to search for the signs of impact craters in areas related to Aboriginal stories of stars or stones hitting the ground."
maps  history  australia  space  via:duncan 
january 2010 by kevan
"Help me. I patched a remote pilot interface to this web terminal so you can fly the Nemesis from your browser." A modular-ship-building Flash shooter.
games  flash  space  via:bateleur 
november 2009 by kevan
Abstruse Goose » Electromagnetic Leak
"If extraterrestrial civilizations are monitoring our TV broadcasts, then this is what they are currently watching."
space  television  maps  time 
september 2009 by kevan
Gizmodo - First TV Image of Mars Ever Was Made With Crayons - Mariner 4
"The people at the JPL were so excited to receive the [1965 Mariner probe] images that they couldn't wait for them to be processed by the lab's imager. As the first picture was beamed down as a stream of 8-bit numbers - each point indicating a brightness point - they thought of a quick way to get an image straight away: Print the numbers indicating brightness in paper strips, put them together, and color them with pastel crayons."
space  mars  art  via:zarba 
may 2009 by kevan
Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Found in space
"The [blind astrometry server] analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within. Not only does the photographer get a high-quality description of what's in their photo, but the main project gets a new image to add to its storehouse of knowledge."
photography  space 
february 2009 by kevan
New Zealand town is in the dark — and proud of it - Yahoo! News
Lights out for darker skies. "The idea faces significant challenges - UNESCO's conventions do not mention the space above and around heritage sites, and there's still the question of how to define a piece of open sky for conservation purposes."
light  air  pollution  space 
february 2009 by kevan the making of: The Moon Museum
"The Moon Museum was secretly installed on a hatch on a leg of the Intrepid landing module with the help of an unnamed engineer at the Grumman Corporation after attempts to move the project forward through NASA's official channels were unsuccessful."
art  space  secrets  via:lmg 
march 2008 by kevan
HSF - International Space Station - The Smell of Space
"Being creatures of an atmosphere, we can only smell space indirectly." [...] "Each time, when I repressed the airlock, opened the hatch and welcomed two tired workers inside, a peculiar odor tickled my olfactory senses."
smell  space  via:lmg 
february 2008 by kevan
Curious About Astronomy: How often does the Sun pass through a spiral arm in the Milky Way?
"[About] every 100 million years, taking about 10 million years to go through. During the transit, there would be a higher rate of 'nearby' supernova and possibly other so called 'environmental stresses' which could alter the climate of the Earth."
space  time  apocalypse  via:jones 
september 2007 by kevan
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Robust fifties sci-fi, with some surprisingly good sets and special effects, and some awful electronic music.
filmlog  3stars  space  aliens  robots  mysteries  apocalypse  brains 
august 2007 by kevan
Jodrell Bank Telescope To Become Largest Cinema Screen On The Planet
"During the show, the huge dish of the telescope will act as a giant video screen displaying images of early space exploration, astronomy, engineering, the history and future of radio astronomy and the construction of the Lovell telescope itself."
space  history  films  via:foe 
august 2007 by kevan
Serenity (2005)
Less of the smugly retort-crammed dialogue than what I saw of the series; some good, casual moral ambiguity, but a lot of stock-issue monochrome cliche as well. Some lazy resolutions, some nice lines about how we build the future.
filmlog  3stars  space  future  pestilence  secrets  weapons  via:brendan 
july 2007 by kevan
More police to patrol on full moons | Telegraph
"Inspector Andy Parr, of Sussex Police, made the connection while analysing crime statistics for the Brighton and Hove area’s 'night-time economy'."
police  psychology  brains  brighton  space  via:rodcorp 
june 2007 by kevan
YouTube - Daydream Believers (Mitchell & Webb pilot) 1 of 3
Mediocre parallel-storyline sitcom pilot from 2001 about a bad sci-fi writer and his bad sci-fi characters, getting a full series on Radio 2 from this weekend.
television  radio  videos  space  writing 
may 2007 by kevan
Sunshine (2007)
Guess what the crew of the sunbound spacecraft Icarus decide to do. Reasonably sane sci-fi, with the sun as a good, ever-present menace, although a bit redundant with space being dangerous enough anyway. Too many cliches, though, and a dreadful third act.
filmlog  2stars  space  science  technology  light  fire 
april 2007 by kevan
JPL.NASA.GOV: Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn
"The hexagon appears to have remained fixed with Saturn's rotation rate and axis since first glimpsed by Voyager 26 years ago."
space  weather 
march 2007 by kevan
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
The Count of Monte Cristo in Space, with a straightforwardly amoral protagonist; driven and ruthless, with no attempts to be arrogant or likeable. The good, undated writing style makes it easy to forget how groundbreaking the random sci-fi tropes were.
booklog  space  mysteries  secrets  technology  science  prison  future  lies  business  skin  via:alex 
march 2007 by kevan
LiveJournal Space Adventure
"You are walking through a gently-lit cargo bay. You hear the sound of my life story echoing through ventilation shafts." More adventures autogenerated from LiveJournal profiles, this time in the sci-fi genre.
creations  games  space  aliens 
march 2007 by kevan
Un Ticket Pour l'Espace (2006)
The French space programme holds a tourist lottery to raise funding, and one of the winners takes the space station hostage. Some absurdly throwaway joke scenes, and nicely lost-in-translation running gags. Had forgotten how odd French comedies could be.
filmlog  3stars  space  france  comedy  secrets 
september 2006 by kevan
"Using a 'virtual microscope,' each participant will scan one movie at a time to determine whether it shows the impact of an interstellar dust particle."
space  web  science  eyes  via:hoaxes 
august 2006 by kevan
Fallen Astronaut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Fallen Astronaut is an 8.5cm (slightly over 3'') aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit. It is the only piece of art on the Moon."
art  space  metal  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
Damn Interesting » Earth's Artificial Ring: Project West Ford
"In May 1963, the US Air Force launched 480 million tiny copper needles that briefly created a ring encircling the entire globe."
space  radio  technology  history  metal  via:leonard 
may 2006 by kevan
Magnum Photos - Spaceship Junkyard
"Altai, Russia - Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to toxic rocket fuel."
russia  space  litter  metal  pollution  via:haddock 
april 2006 by kevan
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse
"The shadow of the moon falls on Earth as seen from the International Space Station, 230 miles above the planet, during a total solar eclipse at about 4:50 a.m. EST March 29."
space  photos 
march 2006 by kevan
Apple iPod: One Giant Leap for Advertising -
"The ad, which depicts Apple's flagship iPod product has been constructed on the site of an abandoned mineral mine in remote western Australia." To be unveiled on April Fool's day. Actually just a salt farm.
advertising  space  australia  hoaxes  via:webb 
march 2006 by kevan
New Scientist - Earth rocks could have taken life to Titan
"Boulders blasted away from the Earth's surface after a major impact could have travelled all the way to the outer solar system, new calculations reveal."
space  stone  science  history  aliens 
march 2006 by kevan
Turris Babel
"This model illustrates Kircher's proof that Nimrod's ambition was intrinsically flawed: in order to reach the nearest heavenly body; the Moon, the tower would have to be 178,672 miles high, comprised of over three million tons of matter."
religion  architecture  construction  space  via:jon 
march 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Spacesuit radio 'alive' in orbit
"An old spacesuit stuffed with a radio transmitter and old clothes is still emitting a weak signal as it orbits the globe. [...] The makeshift satellite was tossed from the ISS by crew members McArthur and Tokarev as they began a six-hour spacewalk."
space  litter  radio  clothes 
february 2006 by kevan
Soviet Moon Images
"Russian probes returned the first images of the Lunar far side and the first images from the Lunar surface. While a manned landing was never accomplished, the final phase of Soviet exploration included a number of impressive robotic missions."
space  history  photos  via:collision 
february 2006 by kevan
NEXTLAB - 1575,42MHz
"1575,42MHz is an object, a robotic arm of 6 sections, which constantly track [GPS] satellites. Every section of the sculpture follows the orbit of one of 24 celestial bodies through the horizon, so it moves and changes its appearence permanently."
robots  space  art  via:wmmna 
january 2006 by kevan
ESA Portal - Spacecraft, heal thyself
"In humans, the air chemically reacts with the blood, hardening it. In the airless environment of space, alternate mechanical veins have to be filled with liquid resin and a special hardener that leak out and mix when the fibres are broken."
space  technology  via:wmmna 
january 2006 by kevan
"Point the SkyScout at any bright star and it will instantly identify the object or choose an object from the celestial database of over 6,000 objects and the SkyScout will guide you to it."
space  technology  education  via:qwghlm 
january 2006 by kevan
Sci-Fi News - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Around the Galaxy
"Queen Sawid II delivered a somber Generic Holiday Period meme Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year's Dylabos timequake and the transit bombings that shook Megacit's security."
creations  news  future  random  space  aliens 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Technology | Scientists, be on guard ... ET might be a malicious hacker
"[Carrigan] believes scientists searching the heavens for signals from extra-terrestrial civilisations are putting Earth's security at risk, by distributing the jumble of signals they receive to computers all over the world."
space  computers  aliens  viruses 
november 2005 by kevan | Channel 4 prepares TV's biggest practical joke for blast-off
"Channel 4 said it was attempting 'the biggest practical joke in TV history' by convincing contestants that they were taking off from Russia to become the first British space tourists when in reality they were being filmed at a disused airbase in the UK."
space  hoaxes  lies  television 
november 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Leap second proposal sparks row
Brilliantly absurd in its long-termism. "For me, it would be a problem if the Sun were to rise at 4pm or at a different time like noon or midnight."
time  space  science 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The Martians aren't coming
UFO-spotter groups are closing down, sightings tailing off. "There don't seem to be any UFOs in Cumbria any more. Or maybe there just aren't any spotters. Parr's statement seemed to leave both possibilities open."
aliens  memetics  space  illusions  delusions  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
Lucian, The True History
Greek sci-fi, discussed on R4's Material World yesterday. "There are in the Moon great numbers of gigantic spiders, considerably larger than an average Aegean island; these were instructed to stretch webs across from the Moon to Lucifer."
books  history  aliens  space  lies  spiders  science 
august 2005 by kevan
Nixon's Undelivered Moon Disaster Speech [1969]
"These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice." Reminiscent of the semi-mythological dead-astronaut stuff Ballard wrote in the 60s.
space  history  ballard  death  via:quin 
august 2005 by kevan
Altair's Natural Radio Projects
Eerie and beautiful sound clips of naturally-occuring radio sources. "[Aurora during magnetic storms] can sound like whispery voices, or like distant singing of birds, barking animals, surf crashing on a shore, or almost anything."
sound  radio  space  science  secrets  via:mcios 
july 2005 by kevan
Top Trumps - Dinosaurs, Horror, Spacecraft
Scans from three 1980s sets. Astonishing both how badly-drawn and how casually, beheadingly gory the Horror decks were, for a kids' game.
cards  games  children  monsters  space  dinosaurs 
june 2005 by kevan
Space Daily: Space Launch Scraps Providing Sustenance For Russian Villagers
"Scrap metal collectors generally will not comment on how much they collect in a year but fragmented data for 2003 alone indicated that about 20 tons of 'space metals' was collected."
space  litter  metal  pollution  russia  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
ABC News Online: US moves to ban billboards in space
The Federal Aviation Administration proposes regulations against orbital advertising. "Big and bright advertisements might hinder astronomers."
space  advertising  law  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Bush likely to back weapons in space
"The 'Rods from God' scheme would aim tungsten, titanium or uranium cylinders at targets on the ground from a position in low earth orbit [...] with the impact of a small nuclear warhead." Hopefully the title is a parody, rather than Bush's suggestion.
space  war  weapons  religion  apocalypse 
may 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
Wired News: Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps
"Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph."
maps  secrets  space  photos  world  via:holly  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Gamma rays may have devastated life on Earth
"A team of astrophysicists and palaeontologists says the pattern of trilobite extinctions at that time resembles the expected effects of a nearby gamma-ray burst."
history  science  apocalypse  space  light 
april 2005 by kevan
BlogNomic: Ascension Address (Round 25)
The First Dynasty of Angry Grasshopper begins, reprising the computer-run spaceship theme. "If you like, you may call me... Howard -- my algorithms tell me that Howard is a very non-threatening name."
nomic  games  space 
april 2005 by kevan
Mission To Brighton
Surreal Titan-probe interactive edu-parody from the Open University. "You've accurately estimated that the landing place is sandy and hence has a soft surface." Sand?
brighton  space  simulation  science  technology 
february 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | European scientists envisage robotic village on moon
"...a collection of shelters, instruments and exploration vehicles, perhaps on a ridge at the lunar south pole which is in sunlight all year round."
cities  robots  space 
november 2004 by kevan
Extraterrestrial DX Circa 1924: "Will We Talk to Mars in August"
"It was hoped that more powerful Martian transmissions would be able to bridge the gap. Thus, the task on Earth would be to intercept these transmissions. And every home with a radio was a potential detector."
history  mars  radio  space 
october 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Chinese satellite smashes into house
"A giant parachute with a conical-shaped black 'top' was seen falling from the sky and landed through the roof of a villager's house in the Tianbeizi vegetable market area."
china  dereliction  litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
Independent : Cromwell's moonshot
One false step, from 1640. "In space we wouldn't need to eat because the reason why we need to eat on Earth is that the pull of gravity pulls food through our bodies and constantly empties our stomachs."
food  history  space  technology  transport 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Life | Lost in space: the killer screwdriver
"Old bits of satellite and astronauts' spanners can reach speeds of thousands of miles an hour as they fall through space. [...] Flecks of paint from satellites have been known to cause pits half a centimetre deep in the windows of the US space shuttle."
litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
KEO: Your message
Alien spammers: an apparent email-gathering exercise masquerading as "submit 6,000 words to be launched into space".
scams  space  spam 
september 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Sir Patrick Moore hit by food poisoning
"Sir Patrick, 81, who has presented the BBC show since 1957, suspected he became ill after eating a duck egg at his West Sussex home."
poison  space  television 
july 2004 by kevan
BBC - Radio 4 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A new radio series in September. Peter Jones is replaced by the mighty William Franklyn, who was nicely Peter Jonesy as the voice of the computer in Startopia.
aliens  humour  radio  space 
june 2004 by kevan

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