A Journey of the Imagination

Erik Wernquist, a Swedish computer animator, has produced a remarkably beautiful little film called Wanderers. A labor of love, Wanderers, which refers to the ancient Greek names for planets (wandering stars), imagines humanity’s eventual colonization of the solar system. It resonates nicely at this time when we seem to need as a people to dream…

Philae probe bounces on a comet…

Rosetta and Philae are now in contact again, and we have more detail on yesterday’s landing, including the first part of a panoramic image of the probe’s surrounding, including what looks like a craggy cliff. Yesterday mission team members told us that they think that Philae bounced, and now they believe it bounced three times…

Philae lands on Comet 67P, perhaps twice!

Philae, the little lander that hitch-hiked to Comet 67P aboard the Rosetta Spacecraft, landed today. Perhaps twice! The above image is, as of this moment, the latest image we have. It’s taken from 3KM above the surface of the comet with the landing zone dead center. It’s important to note that 67P and the Rosetta…

宇宙兄弟: Space Brothers, a review

It must be Made in Japan week here at Bicycle Astronomy. Yesterday I reviewed a cool Japanese bell for your bicycle. Today I’m reviewing a cool Japanese anime (animated series) for all you astronomy and space nerds out there who might relish a pretty realistic story about two brothers who decide to become astronauts. In…

Earthgazing

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo. I’ve explored the circumstances and effects of looking at the Earth from space several times on this blog. In “Two Self Portraits”, I compared two different snapshots of Earth, and in “Gifts from the Sky“, I wrote about the first photograph of earth from space, and what it reveals about…

NASA Announces New Mars Rover: De ja vu, all over again…

Earlier this week, the pencil-pushing skydreamers of NASA held a press conference that landed like a bomb among the planetary community; they would build and launch another Mars rover in 2020 based on the Curiosity platform, but with new, as yet undecided instrumentation. Long-memoried space program observers may be reminded of the Skylab program in…

Curiosity Mars Landing…the HD version

A guy by the name of Bard Canning (he’s available for video post-production folks) spent 4 weeks interpolating the 4-frame per second footage taken by Mars Curiosity lander’s downward-facing camera into a 30 frame per second HD extravaganza. It’s really stunning work. Go to full screen and up the quality. I threw Bard a few…