Sunday, June 22, 2008

Photos from STS-124

Photos taken during the last Shuttle mission. This is real high-rise construction, showing how big the Space Station is. Does anyone recognise the coastline below? Mission STS-124 successfully installed the Japanese Kibo module.

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Blogger ErrolGC said...

The coastline is the top half of the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch (NW of Banks Peninsula) is at the bottom left, Wellington is at the top right.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Wow, that's unbelievably stunning! I sure haven't seen Kaikoura from that angle before!

8:35 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Louise, here's another little brick in the wall: Chemical clues point to dusty origin for Earth-like planets.

"To achieve this condition, the density of dust in the chondrule-forming regions of the early solar system must have been at least about 10 grams per cubic meter, and possibly much more. This is at least 100 times the densities considered by previous models of chondrule formation, which had assumed at most densities of only about 0.1 grams per cubic meter, and normally considerably less. At densities of 10 grams per cubic meter or more, regions only a few thousand kilometers across, small by astronomical standards, could collapse under their own gravity to make objects that would be 10s of kilometers across."

Correct deduction on the size of the objects, at least if no black holes are involved in both the heating and providing the gas a reason to stick around.

5:54 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Good calls! Kea would certainly enjoy the view. I thought the photo was especially fitting, as Cook's Endeavour circled New Zealand nearly 240 years ago.

For carl: This just shows that the old dust models don't work. They have to infer (without direct evidence) much higher dust densities to make the models work, more epicycles. Thanks for the link, I may make a blog post out of this.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Name:FeralRodent said...

Amazing pictures.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Images like these are the only reason I need to be inspired by space.

Great pictures Louise! Hopefully one day we will all be able to view the same background with our own eyes.


5:58 PM  
Anonymous Ed Davies said...

Actually, those aren't STS-124 pictures. The one over the Cook Strait (north end of New Zeeland South Island) was taken on STS-116 and was the Christmas Day APOD in 2006:

well before STS-124 flew.

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2:27 AM  
Anonymous Payudara said...

Images like these are the only reason I need to be inspired by space.

Great pictures Louise! Hopefully one day we will all be able to view the same background with our own eyes.

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