Space Oddities-10.30.2016: ISS tour and Artificial Meteors

One of the best things about doing this blog is when friends toss of couple of stories my way, as is the case this week.  I couldn’t decide on which one to share, so I’m presenting both.  The first video actually ties in with the second.  This is just coincidence.  My friend Tye shared the first and I came across the second one the next day.

Below was a 42 minute live feed from the ISS, posted by the Facebook page I fucking love science.  It runs for a while but if you want to have some fun go directly to the page to see the Realtime comments that came up.  Just click on the link on the screen and check out the third video in the Videos section.  Some of the comments are quite funny!

You are going to want to go full screen on this one! (click on the actual YouTube link to do that).  This is a tour of the ISS, courtesy of NASA on Instagram and produced by Harmonic. The video is just over 18 minutes.  It presents info on what you are seeing in a scroll bar at the top left and a red map that periodically comes up to show you where you are on the station.  There is a lot of cool information.  Pay attention to what it shows up on the right around 2:16.

The next story is from an article that was sent to me by my friend Dave.  If you are like me, you love to watch the night sky, especially when you get to see shooting stars.  Nothing is more frustrating than getting excited about a meteor shower, that gets “cancelled” due to cloud cover.  That’s where the Japanese space start-up company ALE comes in.  They plan to launch a satellite into space in 2018 that will allow them to make meteors on demand.  Yep, METEORS ON DEMAND.  They plan on releasing their first show that same year.  They would also like to be involved when Japan hosts the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  Click the link for more on the science AND the wonderful inspiration behind this unique endeavor.

ALE shoots for the stars

 

I love that we get to see the world from the perspective of those who have worked on the ISS.  It really shows just how far we have come.  That same thought ties into ALE‘s goal. Their project is so unique and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.  Can you imagine a meteor shower during the Olympics Opening Ceremony for example?

Expanding our knowledge in science and technology has always been as much about having the vision as it has been about wires, calculations and sensors.  Every week, I read something new that shows just that.

Thanks for reading guys!  Feel free to share any articles that you find that you would like to see here!

Until next week!

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8 thoughts on “Space Oddities-10.30.2016: ISS tour and Artificial Meteors

  1. This is so cool! And meteors on demand—yes please. I will echo what you said, it is just so amazing to get to see all of these things. While the interwebs and technology often leave me feeling like an old man yelling at kids to “get of my lawn!” sometimes it delivers me gems like this. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ll just be over here pretending to be a spaceman.

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