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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Spooky Space 'Sounds'

From the NASA website:

Soaring to the depths of our universe, gallant spacecraft roam the cosmos, snapping images of celestial wonders. Some spacecraft have instruments capable of capturing radio emissions. When scientists convert these to sound waves, the results are eerie to hear.

In time for Halloween, we've put together a compilation of elusive "sounds" of howling planets and whistling helium that is sure to make your skin crawl.

Riding Light

Riding Light from Alphonse Swinehart on Vimeo.

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

I've taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually "sees" or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I've kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.

Design & Animation: Alphonse Swinehart /
Music: Steve Reich "Music for 18 Musicians"
Performed by: Eighth Blackbird /

Bom fim-de-semana

Join us for a fly-through of the International Space Station. Produced by Harmonic exclusively for NASA TV UHD, the footage was shot in Ultra High Definition (4K) using a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field.

Dreams of the Future

Há fotografias extraordinárias e depois há aquelas que nos tocam a sonhos daqueles que começam na infância e nos acompanham a vida toda. As fotografias de Benedict Grove para a NASA são desse género. Vale a pena ver a galeria da Wired e a do site do autor. E vale a pena também ler as palavras dele depois das imagens abaixo.









To me, there is no other organisation in the world that is more progressive, more exciting or stands more for the betterment of mankind and peace than NASA. In my opinion its the greatest organisation in the world, it involves, science, arts, design, engineering, manufacturing, passion, belief, education, information, creation, technology, always moving forward, always seeking answers and finding them then asking more questions. They educate us, inform us not only about the universe but about our planet too, and pass down technologies into our everyday lives.

I have spent the past seven years on this project with two more before it finishes in the a timely way with the launch of SLS and Orion in 2018. As that launches into a new era, so the full collection will launch as an exhibition and book.

Here is a very small selection of what has been produced so far, in no particular order other than working to NASA's schedule.

Moon Shot

After premiering at SXSW earlier this week to much buzz, the latest project from Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel ("Virunga") has touched down on YouTube. The director has been joined by executive producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital, as they bring forth "Moon Shot," a brand new series about the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The nine-part documentary series has emerged online today, in partnership with Google.

Beyond The Visible

Created in 2013 as the new interpretive film for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) public Visitor Center, this 24-minute production explores the synergies of technology and human curiosity that power the world's most productive radio telescope. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster (star of the film "Contact," which was based on the novel by Carl Sagan and filmed at the VLA), the program depicts many of the people whose diverse efforts enable the VLA to be a cutting-edge resource for astronomers and humanity worldwide.


For more information about the VLA, where we welcome visitors at no charge, visit The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

Em direto do espaço.

Aqui abaixo está uma coisa realmente fantástica, um live stream em vídeo em direto da Estação Espacial Internacional. Se o ecrã estiver a negro, é porque estamos a sobrevoar a noite terrestre. Se estiver a cinzento é porque se perdeu a ligação ou estão a trocar de câmara. Se quiserem saber o que estão a ver, o que estão a sobrevoar, é irem a este site que mostra essa informação. No momento em que faço este post, sobrevoo a Sibéria.


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