Ok stop allemaal maar met het plaatsen van #foodporn foto’s, de overbekende Insta Booty pics en sentimentele ‘wish you were here’ platen, want Instagram is zojuist uitgespeeld door de NASA. Wij zijn trouwens niet de enige die fan zijn van de indrukwekkende feed van de National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA bekt toch wel lekkerder), want met 33,6 miljoen volgers is het een grote speler op The Gram. Zo goed als dagelijks delen deze fijne nerds gruwelijke foto’s van de kosmos, hun ruimteschepen en misschien wel het mooist: de aarde.
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Incoming spacecraft! 🚀 European astronaut Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex_ESA) captured these images Sept. 27 from the vantage point of the International Space Station (@ISS), sharing it and saying, “It's always fascinating to see a spacecraft approaching us.” The spacecraft approaching the station was a Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments for the crew. Gerst is currently one of six humans aboard the orbiting laboratory. Each day, the station completes 16 orbits of our home planet as the six humans living and working aboard the station conduct important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Credit: ESA/NASA-A.Gerst #nasa #space #astronaut #spacestation #views #earth #earthviews #blue #planet #orbit #spacecraft #internationalspacestation #land #home #picoftheday
A new study using data from our NuSTAR space telescope suggests that Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is accelerating particles to high energies — some of which may reach Earth as cosmic rays, subatomic particles from outside our planet’s atmosphere. Eta Carinae’s great eruption in the 1840s created the billowing Homunculus Nebula, imaged here by our Hubble Space Telescope (@nasahubble). Now about a light-year long, the expanding cloud contains enough material to make at least 10 copies of our Sun. Astronomers cannot yet explain what caused this eruption. Credit: NASA/@EuropeanSpaceAgency/@NASAHubble/SM4 ERO Team #NASA #space #stellar #hubble #space #telescope #stars #nebula #astronomy #spothubble #solarsystem #universe #galaxy #pictureoftheday #beautiful #picoftheday #cosmicrays #lightyears
A treasure trove of wonders! With bright stars from the Milky Way sparkling in the foreground to the magnificent swirls of several spiral galaxies and a glowing assortment of objects at the center, take a look at all that makes up this massive galaxy cluster in this new image from the Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble). Such clusters are the biggest objects in the universe that are held together by gravity and can contain thousands of galaxies of all shapes and sizes. Typically, they have a mass of about one million billion times the mass of the Sun — unimaginably huge! Their incredible mass makes clusters very useful natural tools to test theories in astronomy, such as Einstein’s theory of general relativity. This tells us that objects with mass warp the fabric of space-time around them; the more massive the object, the greater the distortion. An enormous galaxy cluster like this one therefore has a huge influence on the space-time around it, even distorting the light from more distant galaxies to change a galaxy’s apparent shape, creating multiple images, and amplifying the galaxy’s light — a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. Image Credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency & NASA, RELICS #nasa #space #hubble #spothubble #webb #universe #science #distant #galaxies #clusters #celestial #stars #cosmic #origins #exploration #picoftheday #pictureoftheday
Happy Independence Day, America! 🇺🇸 With red, white and blue LED lights to mark the occasion, the Advanced Plant Habitat is one subtle way our astronauts can celebrate the holiday aboard the orbiting laboratory. So far, this recent addition to the International Space Station (@ISS) has been used to grow and study Arabidopsis, small flowering plants related to cabbage and mustard, and Dwarf Wheat. Because gravity is a constant downward force on Earth, researchers take advantage of the microgravity environment of the space station to achieve a clearer perspective of plant growth habits. Gravity is one of the major cues plants use to guide their growth, but microgravity can act as a kind of mute button that suppresses the role of gravity, enabling researchers to see what other cues take charge. A monitoring system equipped with 180 sensors, including water usage, carbon dioxide levels, light levels, temperature, humidity and oxygen in the growth chamber, and temperature, humidity and oxygen levels in the plant root systems, allows us to constantly analyze how plants grow in space. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #fourthofjuly #america #planets #greenery #science #crops #unitedstates #independence #flag #stars #starsandstripes #independenceday #fourthofjuly2018 #spacestation #led #lights #usflag #🇺🇸
Celestial Fireworks! 🌟 Like a Fourth of July fireworks display, this glittering collection of stars located 20,000 light-years away from Earth looks like a red, white & blue aerial burst. Spotted in 2009 by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope as colorful and serene sight, this environment is anything but that! Ultraviolet radiation and violent stellar winds have blown out an enormous cavity in the gas and dust enveloping the cluster of huge, hot stars. Most of the stars in the cluster were born around the same time but differ in size, mass, temperature and color. The course of a star’s life is determined by its mass, so a cluster of a given age will contain stars in various stages of their lives, giving an opportunity for detailed analyses of stellar life cycles. The cluster seen here contains some of the most massive stars known. These huge stars live fast and die young, burning through their hydrogen fuel quickly and ultimately ending their lives in supernova explosions. Star clusters provide astronomers with important clues to understand the origin of massive star formation in the early, distant universe. Credit: NASA/@EuropeanSpaceAgency/@NASAHubble #nasa #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #redwhiteblue #america #space #solarsystem #stars #fireworks #astronomy #hubble
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Capturing a #Dragon! While the International Space Station (@ISS) was traveling more than 250 miles over the Earth, astronauts Ricky Arnold (@Astro_Ricky) and Drew Feustel (@Astro_Feustel) captured SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft this morning using the space station’s #Canadarm2 robotic arm. Following that, SpaceX’s #Dragon cargo craft was bolted into place and is now attached to the International Space Station where it will be for the next month delivering more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory. Astronaut Ricky Arnold (@Astro_Ricky) shared this view of the Dragon cargo spacecraft as it traversed Italy en route to the space station earlier today. Image credit: @Astro_Ricky #spacex #nasa #spacestation #internationalspacestation #research #dragoncargocraft #science #technology #picofthday #spacestation
It’s National Selfie Day! 📸Located 250 miles above Earth, the International Space Station (@ISS) provides a unique perspective for astronauts to take selfies like this photo astronaut Ricky Arnold (@Astro_Ricky) captured last week while working in the vacuum of space during a spacewalk. Along with astronaut Drew Feustel, the duo completed the sixth spacewalk at the space station in 2018, lasting 6 hours, 49 minutes. The two astronauts installed new high-definition cameras that will provide enhanced views during the final phase of approach and docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner commercial crew spacecraft that will soon begin launching from American soil. The spacewalk was the 211th in support of assembly and maintenance of the unique orbiting laboratory where humans have been living and working continuously for nearly 18 years. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 54 days, 23 hours and 29 minutes working outside the station. Image credit: NASA/Ricky Arnold #nationalselfieday #selfie #nasa #astronaut #spacewalk #space #earth #orbit #spacestation #spacesuit #work #white #blue #picoftheday #pictureoftheday