1. Star Trails: Incredible Long Exposure Photographs Shot from Space

    Over the past two months NASA has been releasing a number of wonderful long exposure photographs taken by astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station. 




  4. Super Moon? How About a Super Sun!

    “On May 5, 2012, while everyone else was waiting for the “Super Moon” astrophotographer Alan Friedman was out capturing this super image of a super Sun from his back yard in Buffalo, NY!

    Taken with a specialized telescope that can image the Sun in hydrogen alpha light, Alan’s photo shows the intricate detail of our home star’s chromosphere — the layer just above its “surface”, or photosphere.

    Prominences can be seen rising up from the Sun’s limb in several places, and long filaments — magnetically-suspended lines of plasma — arch across its face. The “fuzzy” texture is caused by smaller features called spicules and fibrils, which are short-lived spikes of magnetic fields that rapidly rise up from the surface of the Sun.

    On the left side it appears that a prominence may have had just detached from the Sun’s limb, as there’s a faint cloud of material suspended there.”




  7. illustration by David Delafunky


  8. Ed Valigursky: To the Tombaugh Station. Ace Double D-479 paperback cover, 1960.




  11. When We Was Fab

    illustrations by Gregory Manchess

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  13. February 20, 1962, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth.

    photograph via  x-ray_delta_one

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