You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Atlas Close-Up

April 27th, 2017

There’s another crazy saucer shaped moon at Saturn. We posted last month about the tiny moon Pan and now there’s Atlas. Another oddly shaped moon imaged up-close just days before Cassini’s Grand Finale begins.

Yuri’s Night 2017

April 6th, 2017

No matter where you live, there is likely to be a Yuri’s Night event coming up soon.

Yuri’s Night in Los Angeles

On the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first human spaceflight on April 12, 1961, people gather around the world to celebrate humanity’s past, present and especially future of our collective exploration of the cosmos.

Check this link to see the schedule of events near you and even if you don’t attend any events, why not grab some Yuri’s Night merch at chopshopstore to show others you care about our future in space!

New Chop Shop Poster for Vostok 1

March 12th, 2017

Poster for Vostok 1

The third and final design in their Giant Leaps in Space Print Series was posted last week for Vostok 1. This was the first ever mission to achieve human spaceflight. Check out this and the rest of the series currently funding on Kickstarter with only a few days left. The campaign ends on March 14.

Giant Leaps in Space Print Series

All three designs are now posted for this latest installation of Chop Shop’s series of Space Exploration Mission posters. Consider becoming a backer and the rewards go on sale for their normal retail price.

The Exotic Tiny Moon Pan

March 12th, 2017

Cassini image by Ian Regan

Pan is a moon of the planet Saturn and also happens to have an unusual job “Ring Shepherd”. These are moons which help maintain the many gaps we find within Saturn’s rings. Pan is shown above in it’s natural habitat within the Encke Division of Saturn’s rings. But take a look at what Pan looks like up-close (below).

Cassini image by Ian Regan

We have seen this kind of phenomenon at Saturn before, but never quite this dramatic. A small standard potato shaped moon transformed by the accumulation of ring dust and particles into a ravioli shaped moon.

Cassini image by Ian Regan

Worth noting that the color shown above is mostly true. The red channel is replaced by infrared and blue channel replaced by ultraviolet — both offer a view that comes close to what you would see with natural light (RGB).

All images were taken by Cassini in March 2017 and processed by Ian Regan.

New Chop Shop Poster for ISS

February 28th, 2017

The second design in their Giant Leaps in Space Print Series was posted this weekend. Check out the full series now funding on Kickstarter. Next up is Vostok 1 and Yuri Gegarin’s historic first mission of human spaceflight.

Juno in the South

February 27th, 2017

Did those cameras suddenly get better? Link to NASA page.

Giant Leaps in Space Poster Series

February 16th, 2017

If you are familiar with Chop Shop’s Historic Robotic Spacecraft Series then their next three space exploration prints might also interest you. The new series is called Giant Leaps in Space and the focus is now on human spaceflight. This series will consist of three prints featuring Apollo 11 (already designed), The International Space Station (due Feb 21) and Vostock 1 (due Feb 28).

It is now funding on Kickstarter through to March 14 with rewards ranging from screen prints, more affordable archival digital prints, t-shirts and stickers.

Sputnik Poster

January 19th, 2017

I just realized there are still some spacecraft posters that I never posted here. This is Sputnik and is actually the second best seller from the series after Voyager (which is nearly sold out). From a series of 175 there are only about 20 left of these beauties.

Juno @ Jupiter

January 13th, 2017

Hopefully better images are coming from Juno. It always seems the resolution is not that great. Not sure if it is because the mission’s primary goal is not imaging — but still, you would think a trip to Jupiter would warrant a better imager?

Imaged by Ted Stryk.

Saturn’s Rings Slip Into Shade

January 13th, 2017

Project Blue: A Mission to Image Another Earth

November 17th, 2016

Help support the creation of the first space based telescope dedicated to the observation of one star system: Centauri our closest celestial neighbor. Project Blue’s ultimate goal is to take the first visible light image of an Earth like planet outside of our own Solar System. The Kickstarter funding goal is 1 million, but I have been posting this image with the goal of 4 million becuase that pays for everything except getting the telescope launched.

The mission patch was designed by our sister site chopshopstore.com, well known for their Robotic Spacecraft Series of prints. They are also responsible for the official mission patch for The Planetary Society’s LightSail. As of now only the patch design is released to the campaign, but there are also plans for a more detailed limited edition screenprint for the campaign to be unveiled around November 28.

99% Invisible: Space Trash

October 26th, 2016

This week’s 99% Invisible is all about the ever worsening issue of space trash. If you haven’t heard of the show… this would be a great one to start with.

Full disclosure: Our sister site chopshopstore.com also sells merchandise for 99% Invisble and several other public radio programs from Radiolab to the Radiotopia family of podcasts.

Rosetta’s Goodbye Landing

September 30th, 2016

All images were taken from under 10km as Rosetta approached the surface.

This first image was manipulated to reduce noise and increase contrast. What we see here is cometary dust particles moving in varied directions and lengths. Check out this animated GIF sent to me by Phil Stooke showing cometary dust moving around 67-P.

A Major Discovery at Proxima Centauri

August 19th, 2016

The closest star to our own is apparently going to be the center of a major announcement at the end of the month. Sorry to tell them, but the cat (if there is a cat) is already out of said bag. And — this is coming on the heels of the Breakthrough Initiatives announcement of Starshot, a nano-mission to the nearest star system within a generation. A group backed by Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and Mark Zuckerberg.

On a related note, Chop Shop (our more commercial entity) just released their first design for Icarus Interstellar Build a Starship which happens to feature the Centauri System (that is Proxima upper right). Centauri is a triple star system with Beta Centauri in orbit around Alpha Centauri. Despite the graphic’s presentation… Proxima Centauri’s orbit (if there is one) is so long that they are not even sure if it actually orbits the two or if it is just locked into position trailing the two.

Hellas Basin from Mars Express

June 20th, 2016

Another one definitely worth clicking to see the full-resolution. Image by Justin Cowert and more information on his Flickr page.