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Collecting trash in space

A satellite that gets rid of space junk could help prevent devastating collisions in Earth orbit

BY SID PERKINS

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Satellites play big roles in modern life. Some look downward to monitor environmental conditions on Earth. Others look outward in search of major solar flares that can disrupt the transmission of electrical power to homes and businesses. Some spy on our enemies. Others relay communications around the globe. But all of these million-dollar marvels of technology can be knocked out by a collision with space junk — debris from satellites and other Earthly technology orbiting high above the planet. Now, a teen from Jordan has designed a satellite to chase down space junk, collect it and then dispose of it.

NASA is the U.S. space agency. It and other organizations are tracking about 500,000 pieces of space junk that are currently orbiting Earth. Many come from satellites or rockets that have blown up and shattered. The objects being tracked are the size of a marble or larger. About 20,000 are at least the size of a softball (some are as large as a refrigerator). Most are too small to detect from Earth’s surface. In all, some 100 million pieces of debris likely orbit Earth today, says 15-year-old Dana Arabiyat. She attends Alridwan Schools in Amman, Jordan

Even bits of space junk as small as flecks of paint pose a threat, says Dana. That’s because this debris orbits our planet at speeds up to some 28,200 kilometers per hour (17,500 miles per hour). That’s about 7.8 kilometers per second! Such blistering speed explains why tiny paint flecks have chipped the windshields of space shuttles so badly that they needed to be replaced.

Researchers have come up with many ideas for getting rid of space junk. Some have suggested vaporizing small bits with lasers. Others have proposed launching satellites to collect the debris. Dana’s design falls into this category.

Here’s how hers would work: A radar system aboard the satellite would scan for and find a piece of space junk. Then, thrusters would change the satellite’s orbit so that it could chase down the errant object. As the satellite closed in on its prey, cameras would keep it on target.

At the last minute, a door that leads to a bulletproof container would open. This container needs to be strong so that it doesn’t break apart when the satellite swallows the space junk, Dana explains. In some cases, she notes, the difference in speed between the satellite and the debris could still be pretty big.

Finally, when the trash container was full, it would be lowered toward Earth on a kilometers-long cable and it contents released into the upper atmosphere. There, the space junk would harmlessly burn up just like a meteor does. Meanwhile, her satellite would reel the container back up so that it could collect more trash

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Every single satellite orbiting Earth, in a single image.

High above us, tens of thousands of kilometers above our heads, there are orbiting graveyards. They are filled with satellites that have burned through their functional lives, now “buried” in space. The graveyards are filled for a reason: A dead satellite is a dangerous one.

On the surface of Earth, gravity pulls debris and trash to the ground, where it remains still. In space, gravity gives the same pull, but objects in orbit are always falling. With nothing to stop them, these objects fly around the Earth at astonishing speeds. Travelling 45 times the speed of sound, the debris is deadly. 

Graveyard orbits are orbits significantly distanced from wherever the satellites were operating before they died. Many functional satellites spend their lives about 36,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) above the planet, in a geostationary orbit - moving in sync with the rotation of the Earth, such that it always stays directly above the same spot.

By disposing of the dead satellites, we hope to lower the risk of collisions between them, which would create even more debris. According to one prediction, the accumulation of debris might get so bad that we couldn’t safely navigate through it, effectively locking us out of space - a gloomy condition known as Kessler syndrome.

❮The Yeerks are strong in orbit above the planet. I would say the odds favor them. But they don’t want the battle to take place up here. Even if they beat us, they might be too badly damaged to be able to invade and hold the continent below from Leeran counterattack.❯

❮I see. If they fear the Leerans on the surface, why take the risk of engaging us and the Leerans together on the surface?❯

I was out of things to say. Of course, the T.O. was right! I must sound like an idiot.

The T.O. turned one stalk eye to look at me. ❮Because, Aristh Aximili, the Yeerks understand that different species do not fight well together. We have one way of doing things. The Leerans a very different way. The Yeerks are united under one command; we and the Leerans are not.❯

I noticed the captain looking thoughtfully at me and at his T.O. He seemed displeased.

❮There’s a lesson there, Aristh,❯ the T.O. said. ❮We Andalites are strongest when we fight alone.❯

❮Yes, sir.❯ I knew what he meant. He was talking about the humans. And I really should just keep quiet. ❮And yet, with all due respect, it was my human friends and I who destroyed the Yeerks’ attempt to create a species of ocean-going shock troops for use here on Leera. If the Yeerks had succeeded in that plan, the situation here today would be impossible.❯

—  Book #18: The Decision, pg. 79 (by K.A. Applegate)
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Remembering a classic romantic slip-up:

“There are still people I don’t want to be separated from. I can’t sleep yet. Until that time comes, I’ll wander around here for a while.

I’ll spend my time here in the Planet…
In our Promised Land…

Wishing she could send away her thoughts, Aerith looked up at the sky…She looked beyond the shell of the Planet above her head. The particles of Mako that floated around looked like the night sky to her.


She looked up into the sky like the time she sat beside Cloud around the kindling fire in Cosmo Canyon.”

—“Maiden Who Travels the Planet,” Square Enix
FF7 クラエア漫画
Coloring by istant

Had Project Insight succeeded, it would have rendered the Asset obsolete. Why keep using a high-maintenance, often unstable assassin when a target (or two or two million) could be instantly eliminated from high above the planet? I don’t doubt that Pierce gave the Strike team orders to eliminate him if he survived the battle with Captain America. Perhaps the Asset was even one of the names in the algorithm for that first deadly strike. Whether by Steve Rogers’ hand or by HYDRA’s, the Asset’s fate was sealed, his long days down to less than one. No return to a rendezvous point, no chair, no cryo. His usefulness as the fist of HYDRA was over.

Jarring Bucky Barnes free from the imprisonment of the Winter Soldier was only one way that Steve Rogers saved Bucky’s life that day on the helicarrier.

anonymous asked:

but what you offer is threatening to us? you want to take away our humanity. then, what are we left with? you say it's EVOLVING but really, it's just eradicating the little bits of us that make us unique.

    ❛ I DON’T WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU– I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT BETTER! I just– god, why can’t you understand, why can’t you see– you’re so hopelessly DENSE, why do I even bother explaining this?! ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE, this world needs to change if it wants to continue its existence! I don’t know, you are probably confusing me with that other guy, the one with the golden horns– I DON’T WANT TO ENSLAVE YOU!

                                        ❛ I JUST WANT TO SAVE YOU. ❜

The Evening Star By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Evening Star

Lo! in the painted oriel of the West,
Whose panes the sunken sun incarnadines,
Like a fair lady at her casement, shines
The evening star, the star of love and rest!
And then anon she doth herself divest
Of all her radiant garments, and reclines
Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,
With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.
O my beloved, my sweet Hesperus!
My morning and my evening star of love!
My best and gentlest lady! even thus,
As that fair planet in the sky above,
Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,
And from thy darkened window fades the light

The Planets Above Us

No matter how our eyes
reflect what’s above us
we’re still told to trust
in the father.

Can you really blame us,
just babies baptised in basins
of space-dreams
born under moons that spin
again and again
and stars that crowd-rush
in infinity skies?

We must,
we must trust in he -
prophet, leader,
prime-minister
be our saviour
but only if we ask politely,
please?

We are whipped upstream
in these baptised star-waters
the moon looks a little like
a ten pence coin,
flip for your fate
heads or tails -
only fools bet edge.

A royal decree made
“This is your bed, now die in it”
he says
but we say our parents
the ones who got us drunk on
constellation waters
when we were a baby
like Spartans dipping infants in wine,
they’re the ones who made this bed
and we are four corners
past the bedpost.

Under covers until the rain passes
until we’re not spat on by
the planets above us.

Lo! in the painted oriel of the West,
Whose panes the sunken sun incarnadines,
Like a fair lady at her casement, shines
The evening star, the star of love and rest!
And then anon she doth herself divest
Of all her radiant garments, and reclines
Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,
With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.
O my beloved, my sweet Hesperus!
My morning and my evening star of love!
My best and gentlest lady! even thus,
As that fair planet in the sky above,
Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,
And from thy darkened window fades the light.
— 

Poem of the day: May 16, 2015
The Evening Star // Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

bennys-annoying-fangirls asked:

What would the maid of life be like? Lands?

Answered the classpect ask just now, but I’ll do lands.

In my opinion, A Maid’s land quest revolves around them creating their aspect, so it will lack their aspect, which the exception of maybe the Time and Space cardinal aspects. So a Maid of Life’s planet will lack Life, and it will be the maid’s quest to create new life. Since life can also mean chaos or rebellion, perhaps they’ll need to create a revolution

Land of Dust and Dew(LODAD): The planet is inhospitable due to the massive amounts of Dust covering the planet. The only place capable of holding you and your consorts are the pools of Dew scattered few and far between. 

Land of Feathers and Ash(LOFAA): The Land is covered in the ash produced by large volcanoes, as well as the Phoenixes that fly above the planet. Your consorts hide in caves, and they suggest you do the same and wait for the Hero of Life to save them, as they have for millennia.

Land of Palaces and Squalor(LOPAS): Underlings have taken residence in the homes of your consorts and force them to work the dirty jobs of the planet, helping the powerful royals who reside in various palaces throughout your planet. The majority of the planet is in the fashion of old villages, with large forests between them.

District 9 Review 9/10

I just finished District 9

Overall it was an amazing and heartfelt movie

It started out sortta dim. The protagonist was basically a human supremicist working for a government agency in charge of containing alien refugees. He was sortta a sweet guy but only toward his wife and friends. Total piece of shit toward the “prawn” as they were called.

The Prawn (they never gave an official race name, saying “prawn” was derogatory slang) were refugees from another planet that showed up above Johannesburg in their equivalent of a life raft. Giant ass mothership. There were no sustainable resources and they were malnourished, so they were put in “humanitarian camps” basically a slum named District 9.

Wekas is the protagonist. It starts with him going to distribute eviction notices to move the Prawn to the even shittier District 10.

Meanwhile, two prawn are doin sciencey shit and make a tube full of black shit and are like “20 years work in a bottle m8”

Wekas busts into said house and squirts black shit on his face by fucking around with shit he didnt know about.

He starts becoming a Prawn in a horrific gorey process, and turns the bottle into the shitty agency.

After evil government medical experimentation, he breaks the fuck out of quarantine, finds the prawn science guy, and teams up with him to get them home and get him back to human.

They break into shitty agency and get the bottle of black shit back (which is apparently also powerful ass fuel along with DNA replacer) but science prawn sees all of said evil government medical experimentation that was done on his race and breaks down. They blow up some classic dystopian military fuckers and get back to the slum where science prawn has been rebuilding the engine for mothership for the last 20 years.

Science Prawn’s priorities get right and he tells Wekas that his mutation bullshit sortta comes second to rescuing the entire race.
Wekas flips shit and fucks up their whole plan.
Science Prawn Junior fixes their whole plan while Senior is KOd and Wekas is kidnapped by a gang that wants to eat him because hes a freak.
Junior then saves Wekas and Wekas decides that hes fucked anyway so he fixes their whole plan, gets Science Prawn Senior back to the engine, fights the dystopian military assholes until Science Prawn becomes Captain Science Prawn and goes home with the mothership to presumedly come back with transport ships and fix Wekas if hes still alive and gives a fuck.

Wekas learns that aliens are people too and that humans are largely assholes. Never trust your government theyll fuck you over too. Alien babies are cute as kittens. Its never too late to blow minor antagonists up. Or rip their heads off if you prefer.

I give it 9/10. It had a great plotline, characters that grew on you, great writing, interesting concept, all that shit. It was a little heavy on body gore, graphic violence, and antagonists that you purely hate. I love me a cuddly antagonist. Which i didnt get. But you hate the protagonist for a while which makes it even better when he becomes a good person.

Would watch again.

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Move from Aaron Keigher on Vimeo.

“I move, therefore I am.” ―Haruki Murakami

The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity and beauty. Far too few of us take a moment to see our universe in motion.

Join me throughout the night and watch the perpetual movement of the skies above and the earth below. Movement is everywhere and at night, it comes alive — from the rotation of the stars, planets and galaxies above to the motion of cars, lights and people in our cities, our world at night dances before our eyes.

Time-lapse photography is a unique tool that can be used to capture this movement. In this short film, I explore how our world is in constant motion and how we move together with it. To help capture this, I used various time-lapse equipment that moves the camera on multiple axises during the shots, adding an additional level of motion to the film.

Working on “Move” has been an incredible experience. It has taken me to some of the most unreal landscapes in the Western United States - it is an adventure I will never forget. The miles hiked, gear broken, sleepless nights and months and months spent shooting and editing this film have given me a new appreciation for time-lapse and I am so grateful to be able to share my work with you.

I was very excited to once again team up with the great Lou Forestieri for the music for “Move”. His musical and artistic genius is second to none and his composition adds a unique flavor to each and every shot. When I asked Lou to write a unique score for this film, he immediately knew exactly what I wanted and wow, what he wrote is simply amazing! His score helps to bring this time-lapse to life.

Locations in this film include:
Ancient Bristlecone National Forest, CA
Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Arches National Park, UT
Big Bear, CA
Big Sur, CA
CARMA and OVRO Radio Observatories, CA
Cascade Mountains, WA
Cochella Valley, CA
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Death Valley National Park, CA
El Matador State Beach, CA
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Mount Hood, OR
Mount Wilson, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI
Tehachapi Wind Farm, Palmdale, CA
The Dalles, OR
Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Yosemite National Park, CA

Equipment Used:
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 1DX
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D
Rokinon 14mm f2.8
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 24-105mm f2.8
Rokinon 24mm TS f3.5
Canon 35mm f2
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Canon 300mm f4
Emotimo TB3 Black 3-Axis Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-R Pan/Tilt Modular Digital System w/NMX Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Slider (3’, 6’ and 12’ lengths)
qDSLR Dashboard

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects 6
Adobe Lightroom 5
Adobe Photoshop 6
Final Cut Pro X
GB Deflicker
LR Timelapse 3
Photo Ninja
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Vimeo Staff Pick: “I move, therefore I am.” ―Haruki Murakami The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity and beauty. Far too few of us take a moment to see our universe in motion. Join me throughout the night and watch the perpetual movement of the skies above and the earth below. Movement is everywhere and at night, it comes alive — from the rotation of the stars, planets and galaxies above to the motion of cars, lights and people in our cities, our world at night dances before our eyes. Time-lapse photography is a unique tool that can be used to capture this movement. In this short film, I explore how our world is in constant motion and how we move together with it. To help capture this, I used various time-lapse equipment that moves the camera on multiple axises during the shots, adding an additional level of motion to the film. Working on “Move” has been an incredible experience. It has taken me to some of the most unreal landscapes in the Western United States - it is an adventure I will never forget. The miles hiked, gear broken, sleepless nights and months and months spent shooting and editing this film have given me a new appreciation for time-lapse and I am so grateful to be able to share my work with you. I was very excited to once again team up with the great Lou Forestieri for the music for “Move”. His musical and artistic genius is second to none and his composition adds a unique flavor to each and every shot. When I asked Lou to write a unique score for this film, he immediately knew exactly what I wanted and wow, what he wrote is simply amazing! His score helps to bring this time-lapse to life. Locations in this film include: Ancient Bristlecone National Forest, CA Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ Anza Borrego State Park, CA Arches National Park, UT Big Bear, CA Big Sur, CA CARMA and OVRO Radio Observatories, CA Cascade Mountains, WA Cochella Valley, CA Crater Lake National Park, OR Death Valley National Park, CA El Matador State Beach, CA Joshua Tree National Park, CA Los Angeles, CA Mount Hood, OR Mount Wilson, CA San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI Tehachapi Wind Farm, Palmdale, CA The Dalles, OR Valley of Fire State Park, NV Yosemite National Park, CA Equipment Used: Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 1DX Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 7D Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Canon 16-35mm f2.8 Canon 24-105mm f2.8 Rokinon 24mm TS f3.5 Canon 35mm f2 Canon 50mm f1.8 Canon 70-200mm f2.8 Canon 300mm f4 Emotimo TB3 Black 3-Axis Motion Controller Dynamic Perception Stage-R Pan/Tilt Modular Digital System w/NMX Motion Controller Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Slider (3’, 6’ and 12’ lengths) qDSLR Dashboard Software Used: Adobe After Effects 6 Adobe Lightroom 5 Adobe Photoshop 6 Final Cut Pro X GB Deflicker LR Timelapse 3 Photo Ninja _______________________________ Photography Portfolio: http://ift.tt/1eR6nh3 Photo Tours & Workshops: www.caphototours.com Facebook: http://ift.tt/1k0LTBl Instagram: http://ift.tt/1hEU7BWwww.caphototours.com Facebook: http://ift.tt/1k0LTBl Instagram: http://ift.tt/1hEU7BW

Old Stars

Usually, bedtime is not exciting to a child.
It often comes with protest like “ten more minutes.”
But, as a little girl, it was always my favorite.
See, bedtime in my family came with a world of wonder.
My brother and I would sit in his bedroom floor and listen as my father told us about the planets and stars above. ( having a Rocket Scientist for a dad was cool that way),
We looked through a telescope in awe, but back then, I thought all of the stars in the universe were like the glow-in-the-dark ones on my brothers ceiling:
Shining flat stickers stuck to the sky
And when I heard the words Milky-Way, I pictured a candy bar
And when I imagined the universe it was a cradle for a baby named Earth
And I thought that if I were to drift through space in 0 gravity, I would feel at bliss and the universe would keep me safe and send me floating back to earth into my father’s loving arms
Back then, I thought I knew everything
But, mostly all I knew was that even after our talks about outer-space, my world still seemed small and simple
I knew that my father would tuck me in every night and leave a little light and little dark
I knew that in the morning, my mother would tug my hair into Dutch-braids and then I would run laughing as my brother chased me from the family room to the hallway to the kitchen until we both fell over dizzy.
Years later, I learned that the Earth is just one planet in one solar system in one galaxy full of an unimaginable amount of solar systems in a universe full of an inconceivable amount of galaxies
From this I realized that maybe the Earth isn’t as important to the universe as I once imagined.
I learned that the stars I studied in awe are not permanently placed on the sky like stickers, in fact, stars as we view them are actually how they existed years before
It takes time for their light to reach us
And as I grew older, I realized there was a lot I just didn’t understand, like what it was my mother poured into her glass every afternoon.
And I wish I had known that night my father played guitar in my room until my eyelids shut, that I should take in every moment, breathe it into my lungs and hold it in there, because like an exhale of a breathe, the fleeting moments would fade away like an old star.