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Detailed Moon Photos Show Astronauts’ Tracks

Thu March 3, 2011

LROC NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site with astronaut tracks. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

LROC NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site with astronaut tracks. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) special high resolution wide-angle camera and two narrow-angle cameras, we now have the most detailed moon shots ever taken. The narrow-angle cameras took photos of the Apollo 14 landing site which show the paths made by the astronauts during their mission.

The wide-angle camera weighs under a kilogram, has an aperture of 1.2 mm across, focal length of 6 mm, and fits in the palm of a hand.

In all, the most recent set of 1,300 B&W frames were used to create a mosaic of the near side of the moon measuring 24,000 pixels across.

Read more at: NASA.

source Toronto Star


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CIA Spy Cameras in Flickr Photostream

Tue March 1, 2011

Did anyone not tell the CIA that there’s no secret on the Internet? That posting photos on Flickr is a no, no? But if you want to see the cool gadgets the CIA used during WWII, check out their official Flickr site at CIAgov. You’ll find pictures and information about the Enigma Machine, waterproof escape map, a neat letter removal device (that rolls the letter inside the envelope and could still see useful gadget life today), and, is it any wonder, spy cameras: a microdot camera (to photograph and reduce whole pages of information onto a single tiny piece of film that could then be embedded into the text of a letter as small as a period), the minox camera, the pigeon camera (light enough to be carried by a pigeon), a miniature tobacco pouch camera, and various bodyworn surveillance equipment.

View more at: CIAgov.


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Nano World Photography

Mon February 28, 2011

Courtesy Image: Michael Oliveri

Courtesy Image: Michael Oliveri

What you are looking at is a landscape from the nano world, i.e. at the atomic level. In this case, it is a photo of zinc oxide nanorods being produced in a furnace burning at 600°C (1,100°F). The rods are 50 to 150 nanometers in diameter. In case you’ re still wondering what all these measurements mean, objects in the nano world typically are up to 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

The photos are the work of Michael Oliveri, University of Georgia digital media professor, who uses a scanning electron microscope to capture these images. He combines up to 40 smaller images to create the panoramas.

Read the article and view more nono world photos at: Scientific American.


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Judging the Wellcome Image Awards 2011

Mon February 28, 2011


From WellcomeCollection

The 11th Wellcome Image Awards were announced on 23 February 2011, recognising the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images among recent acquisitions to Wellcome Images, as chosen by a panel of judges. The winning images are on display in Wellcome Collection until 10 July 2011.

This video gives an insight into the judging process.


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Largest Space Picture Is 1 Trillon Pixels

Wed February 9, 2011

The SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey III) is a digital camera that is being retired to the Smithsonian as part of its astronomy collection. It is the world’s largest digital camera, at 138-megapixels, attached to a 2.5-metre telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

In 1998, it started capturing data (144 pieces of information for every galaxy) such as name, position in the sky, colour and shape of every galaxy in the observed universe. Out of all this data, astronomers have pieced together the largest digital colour picture ever made of the night sky — built from more than a trillion pixels.

Read the article at: Toronto Star.


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Snowstorm Seen From Space

Wed February 2, 2011

Well, just finished shovelling the snow from my driveway. Where did it all come from? Take a look at photos from NASA taken from space.

Winter 2011 Snowstorm

Winter 2011 Snowstorm

Winter 2011 Snowstorm

Winter 2011 Snowstorm

See more photos at: NASA.


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Brazil’s National Indian Foundation releases Pictures of Uncontacted Tribe

Wed February 2, 2011

Brazil's Uncontacted Tribe - © Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival www.uncontactedtribes.org

Brazil's Uncontacted Tribe - © Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival www.uncontactedtribes.org

Brazil’s National Indian Foundation has released pictures of Brazil’s uncontacted tribe to Survival International in an effort to ramp up pressure on Peru to crack down on illegal loggers in its region of the Amazon. In one picture we can clearly see some of their food staples: manioc (cassava), papaya and banana.

See more pictures at: Survival International.

Learn more at: Uncontacted Tribes

Source: CNN


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30 Years of Photography at NY Public Library

Fri January 28, 2011

The New York Public Library celebrates 30 years of photography.


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24 Hours In One Photo

Fri January 28, 2011

On a sleepless night, Chris Kotsiopoulos wondered what 24 hours would look in one photo. So he stayed up all night to photograph star trails in the sky and 24 hours later, the above photo including day and night is the result.

Read the article at: Earth Science.


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Pittsburg Revolution Pano

Tue January 25, 2011

Photographer Steve Mellon takes several pictures over a brief period of time on a Gateway Clipper boat, then stitches them together in a computer for a beautiful pano.

View the pano at: Post-Gazette.


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Emil Hartvig’s Celebrity Lookalike Series

Wed January 19, 2011

Image © Emil Hartvig

Image © Emil Hartvig

What do you do when celebrity impersonators gather for a convention? Go take their pictures, of course! And so, we see the likes (or should I say lookalikes) of Lady Gaga, George Bush, President Obama and Tom Hanks hanging out together. It’s weird. But then, maybe not quite so.

Visit the celebrity lookalike site at: Emil Hartvig.

source Unreality


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New Panoramic Cityscapes: Washington DC

Tue January 18, 2011

Images © Andrew Prokos

Images © Andrew Prokos

If you love architectural photos, like I do, then you won’t want to miss the portfolio of Andrew Prokos, New York City based photographer specializing in architectural, location, and fine art photography. His photos have been widely published in magazines and corporate annuals, and are featured in printed product lines sold in the United States and Europe. Above, “An elevated view of the White House and Mall at night” and “A panoramic view of the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin at dusk.”

To see more of Andrew Prokos’ work please visit andrewprokos.com.


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