What Earth and our Solar System’s Planets are made of

I like the simple representation, emphasizing the differentiation between our planets. All following illustrations by Vadim Sadovski – Space art.

 

Earth inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

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Mars inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Jupiter inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Saturn inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Uranus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Neptune inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Venus inner structure. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

 

Beautiful Polish Stamps from 1963 show Satellites and Spaceships

Ah, these beautiful Polish stamps remind me of my childhood some 20 years later in Poland when we looked up to the stars, space ships, astronauts and cosmonauts, … and Star Wars – The Movie.

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Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

Today, and every year on August 5, the Curiosity Rover sings itself Happy Birthday alone on Mars!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Curiosity! 

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Image courtesy NASA.

Famous First Flights

Did you know? 

When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, he carried a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer in his spacesuit pocket.
There was also a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.

The 1903 Wright Flyer was the first successful powered aircraft while the Apollo 11 spacecraft made the first manned mission to the moon. 

Both objects are in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

 

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Images via collectspace.com and firstflights.blogspot.de

A Journey Through Space Via Smell

As of today, no human will ever get physically near to the other planets of our solar system apart from earth, moon or mars. But thanks to the wonderful artwork of Katie PatersonCandle (from Earth into a Black Hole), we now have the opportunity to experience at least the smell of our neighbours. 

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"Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) is a scented, white candle which burns down over 12 hours. The candle creates a journey through space via smell; as if taking off from Earth, journeying to the Moon, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, the stars, all the way into a Black Hole. The candle is formed of 23 layers, each containing a unique scent reflecting each place or planet. The Clouds and Troposphere smell like ‘water, humidity, wet basement, washed towels’ and the Ozone like ‘the clean smell after a thunder storm.’ The Moon is scented like ‘burnt gunpowder’ and Titan, Saturn’s Moon with ‘sweet and bitter almonds, cherry, slight benzene.’ Mars, an ‘old penny’.

‘Produced for the exhibition at the Frac Franche-Comté, Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) was designed after an analysis of our universe’s molecules. This work shines like a candle composed of different strata whose perfume corresponds to the odor of each star, planet and space making up our system: a smell of gunpowder for the moon, geranium for the stratosphere, raspberry and rum for space and sulfuric acid for Venus… From Earth’s forest smell to odorless empty space and Black Holes, Katie Paterson invites us on an olfactory voyage to the ends of the Earth.’" FRAC Guide

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Space Shuttle Launch in Time Exposure

Awesome shot: 51 second exposure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 DSCOVR Launch
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 
by Howie Muzika

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Hit by a Meteorite

Ann Hodges became the only confirmed person in history to be hit by a meteorite. She wasn't injured seriously. Sure, it was a big sensation, but Ann lived in a small-minded community, suffered a nervous breakdown and died at the age of 52 of kidney failure.
Read the full story: 

"On a crisp November afternoon in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on the couch when a softball-sized chunk of rock crashed through the ceiling, bounced off her radio and hit her in the hip.

Other than the roughly 30-cm bruise above her hip that you can see being examined by doctor Moody Jacobs above, Ann was relatively uninjured.

This bruise is the result of the only confirmed meteorite strike on a human ever

On a crisp November afternoon in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on the couch when a softball-sized chunk of rock crashed through the ceiling, bounced off her radio and hit her in the hip.

Other than the roughly 30-cm bruise above her hip that you can see being examined by doctor Moody Jacobs above, Ann was relatively uninjured.

A government geologist was sent in to inspect the object and eventually determined that it was a meteorite, and not a communist weapon. But that was even more rare, and Ann became the only confirmed person in human history to have been struck by a meteorite.

As Michael Reynolds, an astronomer from Florida State College, told Justin Nobel for National Geographic, being hit by a meteorite is an incredibly unlikely event.
"Think of how many people have lived throughout human history," Reynolds told Nobel. "You have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time."

But unfortunately, the meteorite continued to cause drama. Although the government agreed to give it back to Ann and her husband Eugene, the couple were renters, and so their landlord sued them for custody of the space rock.
After much public fighting, Eugene and Ann did end up with the meteorite, and in 1956 donated it to the natural history museum, where it’s still on display.

But the frenzy had taken its toll, and Nobel reports that Ann later suffered a nervous breakdown and died at the age of 52 of kidney failure.

Read Nobel’s excellent feature on the meteorite strike over at National Geographicto find out more."

Via sciencealert.com