UNTRUE BLUE The Sun, imaged in a specific color of extreme violet light called CaK that is emitted by the very slight abundance of ionized calcium in the star’s atmosphere; the image was then false color-inverted. (Alan Friedman / Averted Imagination via NASA APOD)
Astronaut Performs David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” While Floating in Space
Before he returns to Earth after five months aboard the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded this amazing cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
This isn’t Hadfield’s first foray into the world of YouTube. During his time in space he picked up quite the following here on Earth with his videos explaining what it’s like living for an extended period in space.
Ed note: We think this video should play on a loop in the National Air and Space Museum. What do you think of Hadfield’s cover?
WHIRLEDS AWAY The spinning vortex of Saturn’s north polar storm resembles a deep red rose in this false-color image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Measurements have sized the eye at a staggering 1,250 miles across with cloud speeds as fast as 330 miles per hour. This image was taken from a distance of 261,000 miles on Nov. 27, 2012, with filters sensitive to near-infrared light. (Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech via NBC News)
There is beauty still. There is serenity, and calm, and a steadfast, unbroken peace. There is creation. There are shades of blue, and of red other than that of blood and carnage, than that of war or terror.
There is wonder, still; there is light, even in the deepest of space, or around the nearest corner. There is a zenith for every nadir.
THING ONE RING TWO The Moon, four hundred thousand miles away from Earth, is almost aligned with Saturn, one point four billion miles away, in this photo taken with a camera and 20-inch telescope in Weikersheim, Germany. (via NASA APOD)
U.F.-LOL A photo manipulated by Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station, appears to show an unidentified flying object approaching the the ISS on Monday, April 1. In response, Hadfield’s colleagues pushed him out a station airlock, responding to his entreaties to open the doors with “I’m sorry, Chris. I can’t do that.” (Photo via The Wall Street Journal)
The broad dust tail of Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) is seen above Castle Hohenzollern in Germany on March 15. (Photo: Stefan Seip / TWAN via NASA APOD)
BUBBLE, BOY! Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer, watches a water bubble float freely between him and the camera on the International Space Station. Hadfield took the helm of the ISS yesterday, only the second time in the outpost’s 12-year history that command has been turned over to someone who is not American or Russian. (Photo: NASA via Reuters / The Telegraph)
SUNBLOCK’D On March 11, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as the Moon (top) and Earth transited between it and the Sun. (Photos: NASA via The Telegraph)