It was in January 2005, when I—a planetary geologist only recently turned to writing about space for a living—was crammed along with two dozen other reporters into a room at the European Space Agency operations center in Germany.
Europe's Huygens probe had just completed its descent through Titan's atmosphere, and we knew the spacecraft had been working ESA had received its radio transmissions. But there was a delay and the pictures ...more »
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What do you want to see next in space exploration?
Sorry no video but when I first saw the famous photo from Hubble Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and comprehended that nearly all of those "lights" were actually GALAXIES, each with many billions of stars and that this was only a small patch of sky, it just blew my mind in regards to the immense distances involved and the incredible potential for extraterrestrial life!
It's a picture older than I am - nearly as old as space travel itself - but the Earthrise picture of Apollo 8 is hard to beat for sheer impact. It was arguably the first time that the whole world was able to see itself from that perspective: not the impersonal blue dot of the later Voyager mission, nor the still-regional images from low orbit; recognisably a world, yet visibly ... more »
For me the most thought provoking photo was the Moon orbiting Apollo shot of the Moon in the foreground and the Earth in the distance, having risen above the Moon. For the first time the Earth was small, alone in space.
A favourite of mine - Apollo 8 carried the first men to the far side of the moon (correct me if wrong) and this photo was taken. The whole planet, all of us, all nations, all history, everything, above the surface of an alien world.
This is not my story: thi is a hidden story: Apollo 19 just hit by something and loosing telemetry data.Fire and smoke on AC-BC cell bus and aborting mission after TLI insertion The video has been uploaded by the alleged Apollo 19 Commander, a former NASA astronaut (now retired) according his testimony. For more information, you can read at the following link: http://www.angelismarriti.it/ANGELISMARRITI-ENG/REPORTS_ARTICLES/Apollo19CDR-interview.htm
In 2009 I took the image on the left with my very own camera, looking down on the JPL lab floor with my very own eyes. A few years later I watched in real time as Curosity landed on Mars, and a party exploded in mission control. In the first image you can just see the rover's wheel through the plastic. In the image on the right is one of ... more »
When I joined the Planetary Society about 30 years ago, I bought a poster entitled "You are Here". It showed our Solar System with an arrow pointing to Earth. The full poster was the Universe with the arrow pointing to a dot in the Milky Way - You are here. Earth appears small in the Solar System, but not as small as the Milky Way appears in the Universe. My ... more »
The photo of earth, a composition of satellite images taken in1985 and originally posted as an APOD photo, later was replaced in the APOD archives with (I think) the 2010 image similarly constructed. Fortunately, I already owned the poster of the original posting and have used it numerous times to show the increase in population from 1985 to 2004. the next image issued as a poster by NASA. The 1985 ... more »
I was on console in the spacecraft operations center in Denver for this. It blew my mind that we could display an image of Wild-2 on our workstation screen only about an hour after the flyby, which occurred 240 million miles away. It was so amazing to see what we had been driving our little spacecraft to for five years! And the spacecraft wasn't destroyed, as some had feared, even ... more »
I don't have the picture, but there was a National Geographic issue in the early 1970s which was mostly devoted to our understanding of the cosmos at that time. I read it cover to cover, it completely captivated my pre-teen mind, and got me focused on science & engineering that I've followed ever since. :)
I will never forget a cold winter night in 1988, when my father centered a Tasco telescope on a bright object in the sky above. This was the first time I had ever looked through a telescope. I was ten years old, and my interest in astronomy was already keen. My imagination was drunk with what the future might hold for space travel and humanity. Though I’m older and wiser ... more »
The first time I saw the Venera 13 image of the surface of Venus, I was thrilled. Even though the mission's time was well before I was born, seeing the surface of the closest planet to us and realizing the difficulty involved in obtaining photographs on its surface made me appreciate this rare picture even more. The challenges that space exploration present allow us to advance our technology and thus ... more »
When I was a kid in the early 60s, we traded basebal, footbal, and, yes, SPACE cards! Of course, there were no real images or pictures like today, only artists conceptions of planets like Pluto (OK, so someone decided it's no longer a planet, go figure), Saturn, the moon, and so on. These images took hold of me and lead me out of what would have been a small town, ... more »