Posts Tagged ‘NASA’

I’ve been obsessing over news about the Mars Curiosity rover ever since it touched down last month. One video, created by someone who worked on the project, captures some of the magic about what was done:

Did you notice some of the animations of the landing in that video? Did you notice how it was LOWERED ONTO THE SURFACE OF MARS WITH A CRANE FROM A ROCKET-POWERED PLATFORM?

Just watch the first few minutes. You’ll be blown away.

 

I also think it’s pretty cool that NASA has given Curiosity it’s own voice via a Twitter account. This is a great way to more easily connect with those who might be interested in learning more about space exploration.

Finally, there’s a really good “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit with a bunch of the engineers from the Curiosity project. The Reddit audience is perfect for this sort of thing, asking a combination of human-interest questions and highly technical questions and making for a better read than anything else on the subject.

For more on all of this, you might also want to check out the Radar DDB 10am One Thing: Space Edition, written by Ed Lee.

On Saturday, June 12, I uploaded a series of vintage NASA photos to Flickr.

I wrote a blog post about how I found the photos, Stumbled the Flickr set, and also emailed a link to the set to one of my favorite blogs, io9.

When I woke up on Sunday morning, the set had over 10,000 views. As the day went on, and I kept checking the stats, it continued to gain more views.

What happened?

io9 wrote about the photos, referring to them as “the motherlode of space porn” and linking to the set on Flickr.

That post received approximately 52 different tweets, while a link to the set itself has received almost 90 tweets.

Jens told me he was going to submit it to Boingboing and Reddit, but he was too lazy to do either.

According to a little search I did, it was also shared on Facebook 82 times, got 45 “Likes” and 35 comments.

Since then, 52 different people have added me as a contact on Flickr (you can too: I’m ParkerNow there as well). My photos have had over 50 comments and tons of them have been made favorites by other people. Even better is that some of the Flickr people commenting are incredibly knowledgeable about the photos and are adding information, like when the photo was taken and who is in it (as below):

Admittedly, the photos weren’t really “mine” to begin with (as various comments have pointed out, better quality versions of some of the pictures are available on the NASA website and are in the public domain), but I wanted to put them in a public space and the whole thing has turned out to be a pretty rewarding experience.

On a related note, this graphic of “Your Flickr Stats Explained” is pretty good.

-Parker

A few years ago, Jens gave me a CD with some files on it that I needed for a school project. Also on the CD was a folder titled “NASA – 1172 Pictures (Black Magic Alchemy Illuminati Nwo).”

Knowing what I did about Jens at the time, I wasn’t super surprised. I also thought that the contents of the folder were awesome and, for the most part, exactly as advertised: over 1000 old-school space and rocketry pictures. There are photos of astronauts, galaxies, and the earth from space. There are diagrams of rocket trajectories, and landscapes of the moon and mars.

Some of them seem to be pictures from magazine articles, while others seem to be scans of official slides. They’re all amazing.

When I asked Jens where he got them, he said he didn’t even know about the folder, and that he’d originally gotten the CD from another friend of his.

Wherever they came from, they were too awesome to keep bottled up on a hard drive and I decided to upload them to Flickr.

Enjoy them.

-Parker

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