Today is Black Friday and the frantic pistol-start of the Christmas shopping season. HubbleSite released their holiday cards earlier this week — this is the third year they’ve offered them — and you can download beautifully-designed files, ready for the print shop… or your printer! Each year I swear I’m going to have some of these printed up, and when the time comes I can never afford it. Shown above and below are this year’s new designs; 21 others to choose from!
Archives for November 2008
A farewell shot by Voyager 2, the above image of Uranus hails from January 25, 1986, at a range of 600,000 miles. (Here’s a bit more info for those so inclined.)
I went looking for Norwegian stamps because I was hoping for an aurora, and lookie, I found one! Released in 1991, these stamps feature satellite ERS-1 over Scandinavia, and a sounding rocket launch with aurora in the background.
The first “official” space item I had to have when I was interning at Johnson Space Center was a space pen. I bought the one above in 1999, and still use it on occasion, since it’s so darn compact. (I think I need a new cartridge though.) It does indeed write at any angle, underwater, etc etc etc. I picked out a few other neat ones I saw from the website, for your perusal and possible Christmas shopping inspiration:
It’s rainbow and awfully cool!
Neat grid pattern/texture on this one.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to really tell what the commemorative moon landing engraving looks like. But it’s probably cool.
This extraordinary image was taken in 1966 by Lunar Orbiter 1, and is the first image of the Earth from the Moon. The image was recently released at a higher quality than ever before, due to a restoration project twenty years in the making. (You can download the “small” high-res version here; small = over 3000 pixels wide.)
Below, a detail shot at near-full resolution, showing some of the textures captured way back when: