The Earth Series West
The West tells me she
is half and that to complete her
I should seek out the East the other half yet there are
Other possible viewscapes of North and South yet are
There widerscapes to imagine oneself outside one's body
And elvision the whole-view so to form the areal whole
November 10: 2015
Seattle Space Needle
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No, Not on Mars: Here on Earth as She Looks on Lanzarote
Image released on 13.11.2016 at 17:29:
Image: ESA:M. Barnabei
|| November 13: 2016|| ά. A view of the
Timanfaya area in Lanzarote showing the whitish geothermal
sites on the top of the volcanic cones. A crew consisting of
ESA astronauts and pilot Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut and
engineer Pedro Duque and ESA eurocom and scientist Matthias
Maurer explored the barren and dry landscape of Lanzarote in
the Canary Islands in October 2016 to simulate a planetary
The Lanzarote national park is in many ways similar to Mars
and the trio interpreted its geological history, researched
scientific questions and identified suitable rock samples
for further analysis. “The ‘Pangaea’ course intends to
prepare astronauts to become effective collaborators with
scientists for future geological studies on planetary
bodies.” says Pangaea project manager Loredana Bessone.
The course was designed to take into account recommendations
from NASA’s Apollo programme, and to build on current
knowledge of planetary geology. European scientists who
worked on robotic missions such as Rosetta, ExoMars and the
Curiosity Mars rover were involved from the start. ω.
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Islands of Eladha: Seen From ISS
May 07: 2016 ||
The Greek islands seen from the International Space Station by
ESA astronaut Tim Peake.
Tim's six-month mission to the ISS is named Principia, after
Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking Naturalis Principia
Mathematica, which describes the principal laws of motion
He is performing more than 30 scientific experiments for ESA
and taking part in numerous others from ESA’s international
ESA and the UK Space Agency have partnered to develop many
exciting educational activities around the Principia
mission, aimed at sparking the interest of young children in
science and space.
the Principia mission
More photos from Tim on his
Manicouagan Crater: Canada
24, 2016 ||
This false-colour image featuring the
Manicouagan Crater was captured by the Sentinel-1A satellite
on 21 March.
Carved out by an asteroid strike some 214 million years ago,
this crater in Quebec, Canada is known to be one of the
oldest and largest impact craters on the planet. Experts
believe that glaciers have since played a large part in its
Its concentric structure results from the shock waves
transmitted by the impact. These somewhat resemble the rings
that form when a pebble is dropped into water. So big and
distinct, the crater can easily be observed from space.
The multiple-ring structure is some 100 km across, with the
70 km-diameter inner ring its most prominent feature. The
annular Manicouagan Reservoir lake stretches more than 550
km from the source of its longest headstream.
This image was taken by Sentinel-1A, illuminating the
landscape with horizontal and vertical radar pulses, from
which the artificial colour composite was generated.
Diverse colours highlight variations of land cover. The
varying tones of the same colour represent a difference in
the land’s condition. Hence, while the blue tones represent
bodies of ice and some water, the yellow and orange tones
denote ageing vegetation of different types, mixed with
patches of snow and ice.
Sentinel-1A satellite has been in orbit since 3 April 2014.
It is a polar-orbiting, all-weather, day-and-night radar
imaging mission for land and ocean services.
Credits: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA
Prova-V Sees Tenerife
A false-colour image of the Atlantic island of Tenerife, as
seen by ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite. The largest of the
Canary Islands, Tenerife next week hosts the annual
Conference on Big Data from Space.
Taking place on 15–17 March, the conference will focus on
the massive amounts of data made available to researchers
from Earth observation systems – Proba-V itself, for
example, images the whole of Earth’s land surface every two
days – along with data management and information extraction
breakthroughs. Acquired on 2 May last year, this 100
m-resolution image shows how Tenerife is dominated by its El
Teide volcano, the highest mountain on Spanish territory.
Built-up areas are visible around the coastline. For
instance, the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the
southeast, the harbour city of Puerto de la Cruz to the
north and Tenerife South airport at the southern tip. Along
the southeast coastline can be seen the dark spot of the
Badlands of Guimar, consisting of a volcanic cone and
several lava flows.
Launched on 7 May 2013, Proba-V is a miniaturised ESA
satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land
cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every
two days. Its main camera’s continent-spanning 2250 km swath
width collects light in the blue, red, near-infrared and
mid-infrared wavebands at 300 m resolution and down to 100 m
resolution in its central field of view.
VITO Remote Sensing in Belgium processes and then
distributes Proba-V data to users worldwide. An online image
gallery highlights some of the mission’s most striking
images so far, including views of storms, fires and
deforestation. Released 09/03/2016 7:16 am: Copyright ESA/Belspo
– produced by VITO
Explanation: Is the Moon larger when near the horizon? No --
as shown above, the Moon appears to be very nearly the same
size no matter its location on the sky. Oddly, the cause or
causes for the common Moon Illusion are still being debated.
Two leading explanations both hinge on the illusion that
foreground objects make a horizon Moon seem farther in the
distance. The historically most popular explanation then
holds that the mind interprets more distant objects as
wider, while a more recent explanation adds that the
distance illusion may actually make the eye focus
differently. Either way, the angular diameter of the Moon is
always about 0.5 degrees. In the above time-lapse sequence
taken near the end of 2001, the Moon was briefly re-imaged
every 2.5 minutes, with the last exposure of longer duration
to bring up a magnificent panorama of the city of Seattle.
Credit & Copyright:
The UK and Ireland Gazing at the
Aurora Borealis at Night from ISS
The UK, Ireland and
distant Aurora Borealis as seen by ESA astronaut André
Kuipers from his position on the ISS.
Andre was on board the ISS as part of ESA's long duration
mission, PromISSe. Image released 10/04/2012 3:38 pm: