A Recreation of the first Earth Rise Photo on Christmas Eve, 1968

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth. Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Read MoreRead More

1.3 Billion Pixel View of Mars

This composite of nearly 900 images taken by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover compromises more than 1.3 billion pixels. Curiosity used three cameras to take the component images between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2012. Curiosity used its telephoto camera of it’s Mast Camera instrument, supplemented with 21 frames from the Mastcam’s wider-angle camera and 25 Read MoreRead More

A Tour of the International Space Station

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for Read MoreRead More

Overview – How Seeing the Earth from Space Affects Us All

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an Read MoreRead More

Who is the Photographer behind Mars Rover Photos?

Robots don’t take photos by themselves (or at least not yet). Somebody has to director the remote cameras to snap a shot. But who makes these decisions? Who are the Ansel Adams of the space program? Technically, you could say that the Payload Uplink Lead who writes the command sequence is the photographer. In that Read MoreRead More

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