NASA has just released incredible enhanced color images of Pluto's moon Charon, which are a composite of the red, blue, and infrared images taken by the New Horizon's Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) during its closest approach to the system. As you can see, Charon's two hemispheres are wildly different, mainly due to the fact that ice erupts from below the dwarf moon's surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone painting in virtual reality.
Space fans rejoice! You can now browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by NASA's Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras. To date, there have been over 8,400 high-resolution scans of photos shot by astronauts during various Apollo missions to the moon. Since the images are unprocessed NASA scans, things may not all be in focus, or properly exposed. Continue reading to see a few of the more notable images.
This is allegedly 16mm footage collection of NASA's ISV Columbus spacecraft, used by NASA and the US Air Force during classified Red Sun Project missions. The entire video lasts 40-minutes, but was edited to show only a few of the more notable scenes. This was reportedly the second manned mission to Mars, with a crew of Elliot See (Commander), William.B.Rutledge (Pilot), Vladimir Ilyushin - and it took place during 1973. Continue reading for another video of the press conference and more information.
Scientists announced today "the strongest evidence yet" of liquid water on Mars. "Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought of in the past. Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars," said Jim Green, NASA's planetary science director. Experts said mysterious lines running down steep slopes on the surface of the Red Planet may be streaks of super-salty brine. According to NASA, these findings "provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars," making it easier to send a manned mission to the planet, which they aim to do in the 2030s. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft provides us with an up-close look at Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This footage was captured on July 13, 2015, from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers), and was combined with color information obtained by New Horizons' Ralph instrument on the same day. The marking you see in Charon's north polar region is a thin deposit of dark material over a distinct, sharply bounded, angular feature. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The total super blood moon eclipse will last over a hour and begin at 9:11 p.m. CDT (or 10:11 p.m. EDT or 7:11 p.m. PDT). While super moons aren't rare, tonight's will be the closest to Earth in all of 2015, coming within 221,753 miles of our planet, and it will also appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. The last time a supermoon occurred with a total lunar eclipse was in 1982, and the next time it will happen will be in 2033. "Earth's shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. A noticeable shadow will begin to fall on the moon at 9:07 p.m., and the total eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m," NASA says. Continue reading for another video explaining the phenomenon, and more information.
Foster + Partners, the British architecture firm behind Apple's new 'spaceship' campus, have unveiled 3D-printed habitats for astronauts who will be settling the red planet in the next few decades. These structures will be built by an array of pre-programmed, semi-autonomous robots prior to the eventual arrival of the astronauts on the Martian surface. They will select the site, dig a 1.5-meter deep crater, followed by a second delivery of the inflatable modules which sit within the crater to form the core of the settlement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Another day, another bizarre sighting on Mars. This time, a mysterious circle of stones in Stonehenge-like formation, have been spotted on top of a raised mound on the planet. Internet users are calling it 'Marshenge', and one red planet researcher, Mr Enigma, said: "It looks eerily similar to what we have here on Earth. I'm just saying there is something strange about this area and that it looks very much like the mysterious ancient stones of Stonehenge. Could the builders of Stonehenge have visited Mars and did they build the same thing there or did we have visitors teach us how to build these things and do the same for long lost beings on mars as well, or is this just another face on mars illusion." Continue reading for a video regarding NASA's mysterious upcoming Mars announcement on Monday.
NASA has just released the clearest images of Pluto yet, and instead of the usual black-and-white photos we're used to seeing, this latest set reveals the dwarf planet in stunning color. "It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology. This'll really take time to figure out. Maybe it's some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto's faint sunlight," said William McKinnon, a member of the NASA team that sent the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto in July. Continue reading for two more pictures and information.
Designed by NASA engineer Garrett Finney, the other worldly Firefly Micro Camper is crafted from aluminum, and can easily be towed into the middle of nowhere with a normal pickup truck. You can also throw it onto your travel trailer, or even have it flown in to a remote location via helicopter. Simply plant its 4 sturdy legs into the ground to keep yourself elevated, and there's plenty of storage space inside for your gear, complete with a folding couch. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a funny asleep in the cockpit airplane prank.