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Amazing time lapse video November 14, 2011

Posted by Marie in Bad Astronomy, ISS, Photography, Space shuttle.
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Just take 5 minutes of your time to watch our planet in this time-lapse video made from footage taken by astronauts on the International Space Station.  Best if you maximise.  It’s am-a-zing!

Thanks to @badastronomer for tweeting it.

Increasing the awesome June 8, 2011

Posted by Marie in ISS, NASA, Photography, Space shuttle.
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Paolo Nespoli lived and worked on the International Space Station from December 2010 until May 2011.  On his departure from the ISS, he took this awesome video of the station, including the docked Space Shuttle Endeavour, on its final mission.

Most definitely increasing the awesome.

Beautiful Saturn June 2, 2011

Posted by Marie in Cassini, Photography, Saturn.
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Loving this montage of images from Chris Abbas, using Cassini images of Saturn.  (Watch full screen for maximum effect.)

So beautiful.

For Yuri April 12, 2011

Posted by Marie in Gagarin, Moon, Photography, Space travel.
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Monument to the Conquerors of Space reaches for the Moon. Credit: Reesiepie

I took this photograph of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow during a visit in 2009.  It was a spontaneous shot, taken quickly as we were about to board a coach.  Although I’m annoyed that the Russian lamp post is in the way, I’m actually quite pleased that you can see the moon, almost as if the rocket is heading for its target.

During my visit, the hotel was really close to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, which is located inside the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Credit: Reesiepie

The monument is a beautiful representation of a rocket rising up into space, supported by its vapour trail, which forms the roof of the entrance to the museum.

The museum itself contains an amazing collection of items.  Among them: the stuffed dogs Belka and Strelka, who went into orbit on Sputnik 5, a full size, walk-through model of the Mir space station, and Yuri Gagarin’s spacesuit.

Today (12th April 2011) marks 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth, and there are many events taking place to mark this amazing feat.  Yuri is, rightly, a Russian and global hero.  The sad thing is that his life was cut short only 7 years later in an aviation accident – he never again returned to space, as the Soviet Union deemed him too precious to be allowed to go again.

Thanks, Yuri, for your bravery.

Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!

Yuri Gagarin

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