Explore the Earth at night in this interactive image from NASA. Go full screen to take advantage of changing directions, etc…
The image is a composite assembled from datat acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012.
From Krulwich Wonders, An NPR Sciencey Blog:
In this video, we are flying over the Earth, looking down and seeing what astronauts see when it’s nighttime, when lightning storms flash like June bugs, when cities look like galaxies, when you can see where people are. It’s quietly astonishing.
This montage of space footage was assembled and narrated by NASA scientist Justin Wilkinson.
You can check out more Krulwich Wonders here.
The Gemini astronauts also took some of the most memorable photos in NASA history. You’d think we would have seen them all by now. But with Nasa’s help and funding, a team of researchers at Arizona State University led by lunar scientist Mark Robinson has retrieved from the archives dozens of outtakes that never made it into wide circulation.
Ed note: Check out our friends at Air & Space for more stunning photos from the Gemini mission.
Ed note: The twin Voyager probes are now on the brink of interstellar space. The man who helped compile the time capsules they carry reflects on our deepest foray into outer space.