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jtotheizzoe:

One of my favorite GIFs of one of my favorite NASA visualizations to preview Monday’s It’s Okay To Be Smart and get you excited and all that jazz. Think you can guess what tomorrow’s vid is about?

Blue = sea saltGreen = organicsRed = dustWhite = sulfates

Check out the full NASA video below, featuring simulated global “stuff in the air” over a two year period on Earth. Ain’t Earth beautiful? (Even if, as in this case, it’s a 3 million processor-hour computer animation)
How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas. To see our world as a space traveler might see it, for the first time, through Venusian eyes or Martian antennae, how utterly rich and wild it would seem, how far beyond the power of the craziest, spaced-out, acid-headed imagination, even a god’s, even God’s, to conjure up from nothing. Yet some among us have the nerve, the insolence, the brass, the gall to whine about the limitations of our earthbound fate and yearn for some more perfect world beyond the sky. We are none of us good enough for the sweet earth we have, and yet we dream of heaven.
sklogw:

Archive: Apollo 11 Views Earth (NASA, Marshall, 07/16/69)
July 16, 1969: The Earth photographed by the Apollo 11 crew on their first day in orbit.
Image credit: NASA
Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you. You are as firmly established, as invulnerable as she, indeed a thousand times firmer and more invulnerable. As surely as she will engulf you tomorrow, so surely will she bring you forth anew to new striving and suffering. And not merely ‘some day’: now, today, every day she is bringing you forth not once but thousands upon thousands of times, just as every day she engulfs you a thousand times over. For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.
pappubahry:

The theme this week is moonrises and moonsets from the ISS; this one’s from Expedition 30.  When light from the bottom of the moon passes through thicker atmosphere than light from the top of the moon, the former gets refracted more.  The light from the bottom of the moon therefore appears to come from higher up than it really did, making the moon look squished.  (Mission-roll-frame ISS030-E-46691ff.)
thecosmotographer:

Attached to the “robot arm” the Hubble Space Telescope is unberthed and lifted up into the sunlight during this the second servicing mission designated HST SM-02.
pappubahry:

Leasat F1, deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery, 10 November 1984, during STS-51-A.  (Mission-roll-frame STS51A-34-44ff.)
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