Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thin Atmosphere

Earth's Atmosphere

I love blue. What can I say. I love this planet too. :-)

This image is taken by the crew on the IST-127 shuttle, fixin' ISS up with a porch and all.

More cool images from this mission.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Flash of Sunlight on Titan

That is more than we have here on this side of the planet Earth....

Gossip Girl

Klassy on Gossip Girl

I, Stellare and me concur. :-)


Stars Galore

Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Team

Monday, December 28, 2009

Book on DARPA

DARPA at Our Rescue

All incremental, of course!


Rocks for Christmas

Christmas rocks for my favorite Santa Barbaraian :-)

She likes rocks - and this is a nice piece of information about ingeous petrology (=rocks made by fire, no less)

Friday, December 25, 2009


Fish Bowl

This is how I feel like after a zillion hours on an airplane. :-)

Dark Matter

In All Darkness

In these darkest of times (this time of the year in the extreme North of this planet...) secrets about dark matter is revealed. How appropriate.

I expect nothing less than news about white holes during the white nights this summer. :-)

Tibetan Glaciers

Tibetan Glaciers

This is a gorgeous presentation of Tibetan Glaciers - and the rest of the globe for that matter (do click on the image on the Earthobservatory site, it is worth it!).

According to the Chinese mapping authority, there are both shrinking and growing glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau. They use GPS to closely monitor the changes.

White Cats for Christmas


White Cat Dreaming of a White Christmas. I'm absolutely sure it does. :-)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Moon

The Moon

Glorious Moon!


Snow Ball in Space

Tethy is it's name - and it is a moon, silly. ;-)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009



Without the ice, this is what Antarctica would look like. It's nice and blue this map, so I like it. I'm not too fond of the idea of actually being able to observe this in real life, though. That means that all the ice would have melted. We really don't want that! :-)

Geology of Antarctica

Monday, December 7, 2009


Himalayan Mountains

Credit: ESA

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

Space Ships

Space Ships

Oh, I love these spaceships. I can't wait until I'm rich enough to travel with them - aaaaalll the time! :-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Earth Observation from Space

Earth Observation: Sharing Data

It sounds so simple, sharing data with others. It is not. So this is quite an achievement from ESA, having the members agreeing to openly share the data from the new family of Earth observation satellites.