Instagram is truly out of this world now that photos are literally being captured and uploaded extraterrestrially. On April 7, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson uploaded the first Instagram photo from space. The photo, taken aboard the International Space Station, was a selfie featuring the astronaut wearing a T-shirt from the space television show Firefly. Behind… Continue reading The First Instagram From Space Is An Astronaut Selfie Wearing a “Firefly” T-Shirt
Apparently, it’s possible for planets to shrink, and it’s happening within our very own solar system. Mercury, already the smallest planet, is contracting, causing what appears to be shrinkage. According to research from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the planet closest to the sun has lost about four miles of elevation in some areas. Scientists have known… Continue reading Our Beloved Solar System’s Mercury is Actually Shrinking
Earlier this month, NASA scientists discovered clues that suggest some form of liquid water exists on Mars. But what if Mars was full of flowing oceans and a rich carbon dioxide-filled atmosphere like Earth? That’s exactly what software engineer Kevin Gill visualized using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter.… Continue reading What Would Mars Look Like if It Still Had Water?
It turns out the Ball wasn’t the only thing to drop on New Year’s Day 2014. Scientists of the Catalina Sky Survey operating near Tucson, Ariz. discovered the first asteroid of 2014 late on January 1. The very small 6- to 9-foot asteroid, named 2014 AA, was first spotted over the mid-Atlantic Ocean. After entering… Continue reading Scientists Discover First Asteroid of 2014 During Tail End of New Year’s Festivities
Using images from the NASA/U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 satellite, researchers from the University of Maryland and Google were able to map how the world’s forests have changed since 2000. The enormous computing feat produced the world’s first highly zoomable global deforestation map, enabling us to see where deforestation is taking place at the fastest… Continue reading See How the World’s Forests Have Changed Over Time With the First Detailed Global Deforestation Maps
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a picture made up of 1,400 smaller ones? And what if these pictures combined to form the shape of our mother Earth? Out of this world right? Well, that’s where the basis of this collage came from. Saturn to be more specific. People from around… Continue reading Earth Photo Collage: What 1,400 People Waving Looks Like From Saturn
It is estimated that 9 billion people will occupy the planet by 2050. Since our current means of food production do not produce nearly enough food for these additional two billion people, it’s essential that we adapt our ways to more sustainable methods of food production. “We must embrace technologies that help farmers to grow… Continue reading The Test-Tube Burger, 3D Printed Meals and 4 Other Foods that May Change the World
Do you ever think of Earth as a living, breathing creature? If so, you are not alone. Using images from the NASA Visible Earth project, John Nelson of IDV Solutions created timelapse GIFs that give you an outer space view of Earth’s changing seasons. The looping effect of the GIFs lends a humanness to the planet as it appears to breath in and out.