Taking the new telescope out of the box - like weightless Christmas!
A view that starts from a line of towering thunderstorms and heads all the way to the black of space.
Moving Day is easier in space. Look Ma, one hand!
A time lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. Beginning over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.
Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite and the stars of our galaxy.
Gennady Padalka took some pictures of the Perseid meteor shower from the International Space Station.
Stuck here on Earth, it’s hard to know sometimes how greatly gravity affects the behavior of fluids. Fortunately, astronaut Don Pettit enjoys spending his free time on the International Space Station playing with physics. In his latest video, he shows some awesome examples of what is possible with a thin film of water—not a soap film like we make here on Earth—in microgravity. He demonstrates vibrational modes, droplet collision and coalescence, and some fascinating examples of Marangoni convection.
Cloud streets flowing south across Bristol Bay hit the Shishaldin and Pavlof volcanoes, which part the air flow into distinctive swirls called von Karman vortex streets. As air flows around the volcano, a vortex is shed first on one side, then the other. Although the usual example for this type of flow is the wake of a cylinder, vortex streets can extend behind any non-aerodynamic body immersed in a flow. The same phenomenon is responsible for the singing of power lines in the wind. As astronaut Dan Burbank observes, “It’s classic aerodynamics, but on a thousands of miles scale.” (Photo credit: Dan Burbank, NASA)