Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and it’s (just) 60 years ago. It was an amazing feat, and will forever be written down in history books. A space race superhero!
BBC has a nice litt segment about this, with some really cool details. The monument to honor Gagarin looks amazing.
Update: When this is written there are now 4 fissures in total, and they are expecting more.
After my last post the volcano on Iceland has been puouring out lava, and two more fissures opened up. It has become a bit quiet after the last one opened, but it’s still activity, and there’s a chance it will increase activity again I guess.
There’s so much amazing video and photos out there, but this guy in particular got some seriously epic drone videos. I shared a video by hime earlier too. Check out his channel for more:
Ruv.is got a constant live feeds of the volcano, and here you can watch the one with a view from Meradalir:
Right now you can see the three fissuresm in the above live feed, which I shared in my previous post too. The fissure one on the right is the original one, the one on the left is the second, and the middle one is the latest (for now).
Here’s another live cam from Ruv.is. This is the one with a view from Geldingadalir, and it shows the main fissure which looks a bit like a classic volcano now:
As many of you probably know by now, there’s an active volcano on Iceland. It’s not a huge one (atm), which is good in many ways, but also for the fact that we get a lot of sublime photos and videos from there. Some drone footage is out of this world.
I’ve been paying attention to Iceland (and others) for quite some time now. The arthquake activity has been intense with tens of thousands of earthquakes leading up to the eruption itself.
Anyway, I want to share som videos and YouTube channels that are cool – so here they are.
Let’s start with the live video from ruv.is:
Here’s a timelapse from the first 3 days and it shows the more or less steady flow of lava:
This is a news broadcast with interviews and some spectacular footage. Check out the lava fried hotdogs at the end:
Amazing drone videos (check out his YouTube-channel for more videos):
Speaking of live video, here’s one that collects the video feed from several volcanos around the world:
As promised, there would be much more information on Monday, and here are some really cool stuff.
Descent and touchdown:
First 360° Panoramic view of mars from the rover where you can use to mouse to look around:
Here’s a more static video of the same thing:
Even more 360° goodness with more information:
First sounds (wind) from Mars:
Mission experts monday update (note: it’s almost 2 hours long):
A big day, Perseverance Rover is landing on Mars. Just a few minutes now and it’ll enter the Mars atmosphere.
The featured image for this post is Perseverance’s first low-res image taken just seconds after landing.
I have had some issues with WordPress, and it seems it was actually WordPress itself doing something weird. I will start adding stuff again.
New editor is finally in place, so I need to check that out first of all.
This fall we celebrate 20 years of the International Space Station. NASA has put together a really nice video about this event.
There’s so much going on when it comes to space nowadays. Mars news in particular are interesting now, since Mars is at its closest to earth.
Atlas V, Perseverance, and Ingenuity
The next generation of robot explorers to Mars had a lift-off today on a Atlas V rocket, and it went really well. It’s a really long trip, and they expect the robot rover, Perseverance, to land on Mars Feb. 18 2021. Here’s an overview video from NASA JPL of the launch:
Everything you need to know about NASA Mars 2020 can be found here. The full video of today’s launch can be seen here.
As I’m typing this, Russian Roscosmos just launched a Proton-M rocket carrying two satellites, Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103. Here’s the full video (in Russian, but the on-screen text after launch is also in english), for that mission:
SpaceX Crew Dragon
Tomorrow night (August 1. 23:15 CET), the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle will return to earth with the astronauts Bob & Doug. I will follow that too, and this is the link to the official NASA stream:
Arianespace will also send up a couple of satellites in orbit on July 31, and they will start their transmission (in English/French) around 23:00. This link is for the English version:
This is the End User Licence Agreement for the the game Double Kick Heroes on Steam. I laughed so hard when I saw this.
It’s true! You can’t kill the metal! 🤘
While we wait for the Webb space telescope, we still have Hubble, and the vast achievements it has made in its 30 years of discoveries.
On April 24th 2020 it celebrated 30 years in space, and here are some appreciation videos from NASA, ESA, and the YouTube-channel It’s Okay To Be Smart.
Discoveries by Hubble
Some history of Hubble incl. the launch
It’s Okay To Be Smart (PBS)
Some extended information about the history, discoveries, and technology