Posts Tagged ‘space’

Something very cool for a Friday afternoon. Time-lapse footage of Earth taken from the International Space Station…awesome!



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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth is a NASA website that you can search to find images of specific locations.  (The city directory has a very American focus, so try searching for Scotland United Kingdom to find local images, or use the clickable map.)

The database contains over one million images taken from space (including 675,262 from the International Space Station).  They are uploading all images so the photos are of varying quality, but you can view their “top picks” on the home page.

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Manned space flights above Glasgow

Photograph of the moonThis NASA website will tell you when manned space flights are visible from Glasgow.  At the moment it only displays the location of the International Space Station (ISS), but it will also list the visibility of the space shuttles during their flights.

You can search for visibility from different cities via the Satellite Sighting Information website.

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A mid-month roundup of some recent science reports from blogs and news sites.

Soccer Refs Subconsciously Call More Fouls on Plays to the Left

“Referees are more likely to make foul calls when they see the action moving from right to left, or leftward, according to a new study by brain researchers at the University of Pennsylvania” – from wired.com

Henrietta Lacks: the mother of modern medicine

Cells from Herietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951, have been used in the development of  the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, IVF, and many other medical advances.  Read more about her life, and the events after her death, in this article on The Guardian website.


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The Earth Observatory website covers climate and environment discoveries made by researchers at NASA.  In addition to news stories, it is also a useful source of stunning environmental photographs, many of which can be reproduced without breaching copyright. 

NASA image of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

NASA image of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Iceland

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