NASA has been known to cut off its live feed from the International Space Station whenever an unidentified flying object appears. There were two separate occasions this month where UFO hunters claim to have spotted mysterious objects floating on screen before going the camera goes offline. Toby Lundh recently spotted the one you see above right outside the space station, moments before the stream was disconnected. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Ever wonder where some of the astronauts aboard the ISS browse the internet? It just might be inside the Cupola module, which as special windows that provide a panoramic view of Earth, allowing them to take images using 8 cameras. Cupola also houses one of the space station's two robotic work stations used by astronauts to manipulate the large robotic arm seen through the right window. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five viral videos of the day.
What you're looking at above is the sharpest and largest Hubble image ever taken. It stretches 48,000 light-years across the Andromeda Galaxy's disk, and shows more than 100 million stars. This galaxy may be located 2.5 million light-years from Earth, but since Andromeda fills up so much of Hubble's field of view, it was able to capture incredible detail in its survey of the galaxy. "Hubble traces densely packed stars extending from the innermost hub of the galaxy. Moving out from this central galactic bulge, the panorama sweeps from the galaxy's central bulge across lanes of stars and dust to the sparser outer disk," said a Hubble representative. Continue reading for a video and more information.
First captured in 1995, NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope brings us a new image of the breathtaking Pillars of Creation, which are a part of the Eagle Nebula 6500-light-years away, also known as Messier 16. This updated snapshot gives us a more detailed and wider look at the nebula, "capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants' trunks of the nebula's famous pillars." The pillars are composed of cool molecular hydrogen and dust that are being eroded by photoevaporation from the ultraviolet light of relatively close and hot stars. The leftmost pillar is about 4 light years in length. The finger-like protrusions at the top of the clouds are larger than our solar system, and are made visible by the shadows of Evaporating Gaseous Globules (EGGs), which shields the gas behind them from intense UV flux. Continue reading to see the infrared version as well as a "then vs. now" comparison.
The North American X-15 is touted as the world's fastest rocket-powered aircraft. It set speed and altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. As of 2014, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h). Continue reading for more.
NASA Researchers at the Langley facility have unveiled HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) as a way of exploring Earth's nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. This blimp-like craft holds two astronauts, and can be used to send them on a month-long mission to float around the planet's sulfuric acid-heavy atmosphere. There would be a floating habitat attached to HAVOC where the astronauts would live and work 50-kilometers above the Venusian surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of street musicians with unbelievable handmade guitars.
The Sun has a mass of 2*10^30 kg, which is about 300,000 times greater than the mass of the Earth. Mass depends on the amount of matter in an object. Weight on the other hand, varies with respect to local gravity, however the Sun is not sitting near any other planet's gravitational field. On a related note, since the radius of the moon is about 1,080 miles, approximately 64.3 million moons could fit inside the Sun if it were hollow. Continue reading for more interesting space facts.
Jackie, an alleged former NASA employee, called into the nightly Coast to Coast AM radio show, with a 'confession' that she saw suited men walking on the red planet in 1979. Apparently, she was working as part of a 'downstairs' team downloading telemetry from a Viking Lander when something caught her eye on the live feed. Continue reading to listen to the entire call.
Clint Curtis is an American attorney, computer programmer and ex-employee of NASA and ExxonMobil. He's known for making a series of whistleblower allegations about his former employer and about Republican Congressman Tom Feeney, including an allegation that in 2000, Feeney and Yang Enterprises requested Curtis's assistance in a scheme to steal votes by inserting fraudulent code into touch screen voting systems. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
Another day, another UFO sighting, but this one isn't just a blurry video shot by someone with a smartphone. This unidentified flying object recently photobombed astronauts making repairs to the International Space (ISS) earlier this month, making it a viral internet sensation. It happened when Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station to fix an electrical problem, and the UFO can be seen hovering just for a few seconds behind the astronauts, before the camera cuts to another angle. Continue reading for the video and more information.