The only way to see a scale model of the solar system, is to build one.
Awesome posters by SpaceX:
Stephanie from Houston misses her astronaut father working at the International Space Station. Watch how her special message was delivered to her father in space.
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.
This visualization shows the Moon’s phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015, as viewed from the northern hemisphere. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization shows the Moon’s orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator.
This quote comes to mind:
Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away
— Pumbaa (The Lion King)
At the heart of this film is Rosetta, ESA’s real mission to rendezvous with, escort and land on a comet. A mission that began as a dream, but that after decades of planning, construction and flight through the Solar System, has arrived at its goal.
Its aim? To unlock the secrets hidden within the icy treasure chest for 4.6 billion years. To study its make-up and its history. To search for clues as to our own origins.
You might recognize Petyr Baelish 😉
The ISEE-3 was launched to study the Sun in 1978, but ended up redefining space flight. Now it’s on a new mission to become citizen science’s first spacecraft, with data accessible by everyone.
Very cool mission, with a very neat website. A must watch.
When I’m looking at data, I’m looking for little “Aha!” moments that I can point to, and say “Look here, something happened,” and then try to explain.
Often those small moments can help lead a reader into the graphic, or help to explain the whole.
And then he switches over to Mars Rover and Kepler data.