Tagged: NASA

Last chance — almost! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 20, 2010

With the retirement of NASA’s shuttle fleet later this year we won’t be seeing images like this any more. This shows Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle Atlantis 50 minutes before docking last weekend. The last planned trip for Atlantis. Have a look at the full image [...] … Read More

What’s that about global cooling? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 19, 2010

After all the talk about global cooling, or lack of global warming, here’s a nice little graph to illustrate the misuse of statistics. It also illustrates why climate change contrarians and deniers love to start their measurements from 1998. Its from Paul Krugman’s Blog at the New York Times (see How Will They Spin This?). [...] … Read More

A space nerd’s Easter - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 08, 2010

Easter was a great time for space nerds. I certainly enjoyed myself. Got to see several passes of the International Space Station (ISS). Once you know the times it’s easy to find. These days it is so bright – and of course it’s moving. Have a look at Heavens Above. Register and enter your location. It’s [...] … Read More

Great balls of… air - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 19, 2010

Two images of the day: above — the picture says it all. Doesn’t look like much, does it? [via Ecohustler, h/t @Revkin]. And below, a NASA photograph from the International Space Station showing what that thin skin of air looks like in situ. Note the large cumulonimbus clouds casting shadows, especially the one left of [...] … Read More

Great photo of the Solar Corona - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 10, 2010

This photograph of the sun’s corona is a real beauty. it was captured by Miloslav Druckmüller and colleagues from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, during an eclipse on July 22, 2009. They were located on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. For further image details, equipment used and a spectacular high-resolution photograph, visit Miloslav Druckmüller’s [...] … Read More

Hansen: it can be cold in a warming world. - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 30, 2010

“If it’s that warm, how come it’s so darned cold?” is the heading James Hansen has given to a recently finalised essay circulated to his email list. In more sober terms he subtitles it Regional Cold Anomalies within Near-Record Global Temperature.  The essay explains how the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) goes about analyzing global temperature [...] … Read More

Eating high tea with chopsticks - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Nov 05, 2009

Water is polarised. So polarised, in fact, that you can eat it with chopsticks. By polarised I mean, of course, that the water molecule is highly polarised – it behaves like a magnet with a positive and negative side. It has the highest internal cohesion of the non-metalic fluids, a fact that gives rise to 115 m-high redwoods and … Read More