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.

Jovarazzi II

January 24th, 2018

Jupiter as Art or Jovarazzi

January 12th, 2018

There are so many amazing images coming from Juno that it is hard to select anything that is not beautiful. However, this image stood out to me not only due to the colors and texture (which they all have) but compositionally as well.

Mars. Just Saying.

January 12th, 2018

Nothing to say here, except this is a pretty amazing pan.

The Farthest on Netflix

January 12th, 2018

You must see The Farthest: Voyager in Space a beautiful documentary now streaming on Netflix. The film follows the program from concept to becoming the first man-made object to explore interstellar space.
And yes, there’s also a whole in there about the Golden Record.

Some Amazing Images from Juno

June 13th, 2017

All taken from the Bruce Murray Space Image Library.

Phobos Over Mars

June 13th, 2017

Mars’ inner moon Phobos appears far darker than the bright clouds of Mars in this view taken by the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission on October 14, 2014. Image by Emily Lakdawalla for Planetary Society.

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.