Mars South Pole

With a ground resolution of about 1 km per pixel at the closest point to the surface, ESA’s Mars Express captured this phenomenal view of the Red Planet’s south polar ice cap, cratered highlands and Hellas Basin.

The image was acquired by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express on 25 February 2015. It is a ‘broom calibration’ image, acquired while the spacecraft performed a maneuver such that its camera pans over the surface far above the planet, at about 9 900 km.

via ESA

Colors of Earth

When we think of our globe from a distance, we generally visualize two colors: blue and green. Water and land. Mostly water, consequently, our planet’s nickname of the blue marble.

Traveling around the globe every 90 minutes covering millions of miles with a focused lens on our beautiful planet from 250 miles above, I’ve captured many beautiful colors beyond blue and green that showcase Earth in new and interesting ways. Some colors are indicative of nature like desert sands and weather like snow. Other colors tell stories of Earth’s climate in bright splashes of yellows and greens of pollen and muted grey tones and clouded filters of pollution.

Blue and green still remain vivid and beautiful colors on Earth from the vantage point of the International Space Station, but here are some other colors that have caught my eye from my orbital perspective.

African violet

Bahamas blues

Tropical in Africa

Yellow desert

Orange in Egypt

Red surprise 

Snow white 

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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 August 16 

Five Planets and the Moon over Australia 

It is not a coincidence that planets line up. That’s because all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic. When viewed from inside that plane – as Earth dwellers are likely to do – the planets all appear confined to a single band. It is a coincidence, though, when several of the brightest planets all appear in nearly the same direction. Such a coincidence was captured just last week. Featured above, six planets and Earth’s Moon were all imaged together last week, just before sunset, from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A second band is visible across the top of this tall image – the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy.


Amazing Pictures of Earth from Above

The website Daily Overview, founded by Ben Grant, delights its viewers with aerial pictures, highlight the architectural and natural curiosities, from the sky. A rare point of view that is offered to us on port, airport, big cities or islands. Every chosen photograph offers a unique flight above our beautiful planet.

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.

Velvet Goldmine, "The Ballad of Maxwell Demon" - Shudder To Think

< Jonathan Rhys Meyers >

Got tired of wasting gas living above the planet Mister, show me the way to earth The boys of Quadrant 44 with their vicious metal hounds Never come around here no more Sometimes I wonder if I'm still alive Six feet down at age 25 Maxwell Leather Demon rock hand jive
*SU Spoiler* Map on the Moon

Has anyone noticed anything a bit strange on the Diamond murals in “It Could’ve Been Great?” Luckily I was able to find their pictures on Tumblr and used Photoshop to point out the bigger picture.

The first one is Blue Diamond. Notice how there are circles in a straight line! These circles are planets that the Blue Diamond is in control of. Not only that, but the planet above her hand looks like Earth. If you look closely, there are markings. And there are 8-9 planets on the mural! In “The Answer” Blue Diamond is seen above Earth. That means she was suppose to rule Earth and the other planets in this solar system.

Now we have Yellow Diamond. Notice how she also has about 8-9 planets as well. Hers is a bit more detailed. There are two shine shaped circles above her hands. There are also smaller circles around the bigger ones, but those can be moons of the planets. Yellow Diamond could be ruling another galaxy and the two shining circles could be planets turned into colonies. This one is a bit confusing because of the two circles and more detail. But she does have her own solar system that has been colonized.

White Diamond’s was a bit tricky. Her mural got cut off so it was a bit hard to decipher. I am guessing there are about 8-9 planets as well. They also have moons if you notice the smaller circles. However, notice the planet White Diamond is holding. It’s quite odd that while the other diamonds have planets above she has both hands around her hands. Now one possibility comes to mind: that planet is Homeworld. It’s separated from the other planets and seems a bit bigger. The only explanation I can think of at the moment. White Diamond could be the high leader of the Diamond Authority and rules Homeworld greater than the other two.

There is one diamond missing: Pink Diamond. We have all seen the four color diamond shaped emblem. However, we have not seen the mural of Pink Diamond. This could be because the show is hiding the identity of Pink Diamond. Why? As many theorists have hypothesized, Rose Quartz could possibly be Pink Diamond. There’s much evidence pointing to that theory. If Rose Quartz is Pink Diamond there is one question: which solar system does she govern? How many planets have been colonized? She believes that all life is previous. Was there no life on those planets or did she gain the belief that all life is previous when going to Earth? There are so many questions, but that will be going off topic.

Now notice that Yellow Diamond and White Diamond have little circles near the bigger ones. Those could be moons orbiting those planets. However, there does not seem to be one on Blue Diamond’s mural. Remember that the moon base is for elites such as the Diamond Authority or any Gem higher in the caste system. Each moon has a Diamond base that act as watch towers. It makes sense because how else would elite Gems be able to see progress on colonizing planets? A planet is colonized and watched over by elite Gems of a Diamond faction.

That is not all and this will blow your minds! Remember when Steven, Peridot, and the Crystal Gems were walking towards the data base? There was a dark room with a strange glowing round object that is protected by a barrier.

Now notice anything?

There are circles everywhere! Literally tons of different circle carvings of different shapes. There is one in particular that caught my eye. The circle with the arrow looks like Earth. What if that entire room is a map of Gem colonies!? Think about it. There is one space with Earth and the other planets don’t match our map of the solar system. Meaning this base shows a map of all Gem colony planets. The weird floating orb could be an activation key for lighting the maps. Think of it like a planetarium but instead of our solar system it shows Gem colonies.

Now if this true this is also important.

In “Space Race” Pearl says these warp pads go to different Gem colonies in different areas of space. Some say it’s a map of Homeworld. I would agree, but then all the planets are bit different than the murals. Not only that, but there are about 12-13 different pads (all nonfunctional besides the one for Earth). If each Gem controled about 8-9 different planets that is a total of 24-27 different planets. That can’t be right. So what if those pads don’t go to all of the planets? Better yet, what if not all all the planets are colonized? The planets on each murals could be a map. The planets that are colonized are held by the Gems. Yellow Diamond has two, White Diamond has one, which is Homeworld, and Blue Diamond has one, Earth. Sadly that only makes two of twelve. We are missing Pink Diamond, but even that might be missing a few. Still stuck on this one, so if anyone has any thoughts please comment!

The point is this moon base is going to be very important in the future! The Gems might go on Homeworld or another planet. There is an episode called “Back 2 the Moon Part 3″ which means they are going back to moon for some reason. That reason is to find the map in that dark room! One just has to touch or activate the floating and it will start to go down. Once it is fully down, lights will start to show up on the planets. This will show gem colonies. Most important it will show Homeworld. Feel free to leave comments about this theory!

Mars south pole and beyond

This sweeping view by ESA’s Mars Express extends from the planet’s south polar ice cap and across its cratered highlands to the Hellas Basin (top left) and beyond. Click here for an annotated image.

The image was acquired by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express on 25 February 2015. It is a ‘broom calibration’ image, acquired while the spacecraft performed a manoeuvre such that its camera pans over the surface far above the planet, at about 9 900 km.

Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

This is a Prince - sorry, EMPEROR Kai appreciation post

Because I just saw a post claiming most Lunartics dislike him and I refuse to believe this slander. I for one love Kai. He is running a country, subverting his society’s standards by falling in love with a cyborg, making the hard choices to put his duty and country and even yes, the entire PLANET’s wellbeing above his personal life, plus he is generally adorable and sweet. C'mon, guys. Reblog if you love Kai.