treat me like a college textbook. spend lots of money on me but never touch or look at me
no. treat me like your favorite book. keep me by your side, touch my every page, learn all my twists and turns, remember every word I say, even the ones that make you cry
*4-second-long fart noise*
THIS COMMERICAL TAKES LIKE THE BIGGEST TURN FOR THE WORST EVER AND I DON’[T LIKE IT
OH MY GOD
YOU GUYS THIS IS AN ACTUAL COMMERCIAL
literally W T F
NASA just did one of the most amazing things — put a live-streaming HD camera on the outside of the International Space Station for, you know, the world.
It’s purpose is far from simply publicly-accessible eye candy from low earth orbit, as the camera serves as the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment, or HDEV.
Keep up with the ISS and its position HERE.
About the HDEV, via Gizmag:The video feed is streamed from one of four high-definition cameras mounted on fixed positions of the Columbus External Payload Facility of the ISS. The cameras being used in the experiment are commercially available “off the shelf” models, with the experiment in part aiming to test the usefulness and longevity of existing imaging devices for use in future long term missions.
The cameras are contained in a protective pressurized box, pumped full of nitrogen at the pressure of one Earth atmosphere. The cameras are positioned with one facing towards the station’s velocity vector, two to the rear, and one pointed directly at the Earth’s surface.
Russian cosmonauts performed a 6 hour EVA (extravehicular activity or, “space walk”…although they did more falling than walking…) to install the equipment. [source]
The stream is Ethernet compatible, allowing it to be viewed with any computer with an active internet connection. The feed is almost always available, however when the ISS is outside of communication range, viewers will be presented with a grey-screen.
If users witness a prolonged black screen don’t panic, the feed isn’t down, this is just what happens when the Sun is on the opposite side of the Earth. The up side is that, if the user perseveres, they will be treated to what is arguably one of the most spectacular sights available on the internet – a sunrise as seen from space.
Diagram of the capsules (there were two) attached to the Zvezda service module. [source]
There is a growing trend in Earth observation, with commercial companies such as UrtheCast attempting to cash in on the ever expanding public interest by offering both commercial and public packages, granting everyone the opportunity to observe the Earth in unprecedented levels of detail. These commercial enterprises, augmented by programs from NASA such as the current HDEV experiment, are allowing mankind to view the planet as never before.
After being continuously inhabited for more than 13 years, it is finally possible to log into Ustream and watch the Earth spinning on its axis in glorious HD…[read more at ExtremeTech]
The near-live stream of Earth from space is available via Ustream.
The implications of such an installment as this on our only (current) outpost in space are potentially more far-reaching than one could initially suggest.
I’ve referred many people to a 19-minute short feature called ‘OVERVIEW’ which provides an intimate look into what astronauts and/or “humans who have seen our Earth from the outside” have described as the “overview effect." This "effect" is psychological, and highly influential, as it demands positive change for humanity, and the willingness to encourage one’s species to consider longevity and survival, viewing the past, present, and future anew. There’s even an educational institute dedicated to these ideals, aptly named 'The Overview Institute', comprised of scientists, philosophers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and of course, astronauts. Meet the group members HERE.
My reason for mentioning this is simple: we’re among the first generation of humans who have people amidst us who have seen our planet, our cradle of life, from the cosmic perspective. As provocative as that is to ponder, we also have individuals amidst our society who have not only seen, but lived in space/low earth orbit for extended periods of time.
What’s more, with the advent of the internet, the unforeseen interconnectedness and communication across borders, continents, oceans has transpired a global awareness we’re still in the adolescent stages of wielding for generations ahead. Images of other planets within our solar system and their companion satellites, let alone the cosmography composed of nebulae, galaxies, exoplanets, supernovae, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars…achieved through advanced optics and supercomputers - all of which are in their infantile stages as well - bring to us a lifetime of digital data which stifle our minds while sparking a surge of wonder and thirst for discovery.
Point being: our society, our generation, are birthing new human beings into society which will have access to technology we are improving and reinventing today. These children, human beings of the forthcoming generations will have faster access and interaction with not only the people they inhabit this planet with, but space, the solar system, the universe, but more important — they will share greater access to this “overview effect” with billions of others, and even — hold onto your awe — “the norm” of travelers going to and coming from space. Whether they are traveling to low earth orbit, the moon, Mars, or beyond, space exploration will be a daily part of their lives, and this “overview effect” will be shared by far more than professional astronauts.
The small steps we are taking right now — even something as seemingly trivial as the High Definition Earth Viewing Experiment — are the moments in human history which have the potential to stimulate an intellectual (r)evolution and see our world, our species, our purpose, and our universe, anew.
they’re freedom worms
it’s really heartening to know that even big tough marine dudes do the sleeping bag thing
i like how in the first GIF he just kind rolls and plops off his bed, and then other people join him in the thing