Humans in Space: 10 Amazing Spacewalk Photos

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Aleksey Leonov walking in space. NASA.

The Soviets actually beat us Americans to spacewalking. On March 18, 1965, Aleksey Leonov became the first human to walk in space.

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, hangs out in space during the Gemini 4 mission. He's attached to the craft by both umbilical and tether lines. Photo: NASA.

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, hangs out in space during the Gemini 4 mission.

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Rusty Schweickart stands outside Apollo 9’s Lunar Module

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Bruce McCandless II took the first untethered space walk back in February 1984.

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Richard Hieb, Thomas Akers, and Pierre Thuot hold on to the 4.5 ton INTELSAT VI communications satellite during a 1992 mission.

Kathy Thornton prepares to send a broken solar panel from Hubble plunging towards Earth and incineration. Astronauts successfully replaced the damaged panel back in 1993. Photo: NASA.

Kathy Thornton prepares to send a broken solar panel from Hubble plunging towards atmospheric incineration.

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G. David Low practiced handling heavy stuff in space by using Peter J.K. Wisoff as a stand-in for Hubble components.

G. David Low practiced handling heavy stuff in space by using Peter J.K. Wisoff as a stand-in for Hubble components in 1993.

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Carl Meade and Mark Lee (right) rehearse spacewalk contingency plans in 1994.

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When a piece of the International Space Station’s solar array was torn in November 2007, astronaut Scott Parazynski took a ride on the station’s robotic arm to patch up the live electrical panel.

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Black Hole now a racist term?

well, look at the firestorm over the use of niggardly. Soon the dictionary is going to be about 3 pages long as that is all the vocabulary anyone will have. Duuuuude!, Radical, Awesome, Fine, Like, and “where’s my government check” will be all that the population will know.
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A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.
County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”
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Hubble: Amazing Space Photographs

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The Sombrero Galaxy

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The Ant Nebula

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Nebula NGC 2392

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Cat’s Eye Nebula

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The Hourglass Nebula

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Cone Nebula

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Swan Nebula

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Starry Night

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NGC 2207 and IC 2163

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The Trifid Nebula

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Mars Rover Races to Survive

This has been an amazing adventure.

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The Martian rover Spirit is now in the race of its life.  The rolling robot is trying to reach an outpost to spend the winter, but it keeps getting bogged down in soft sand on Mars. Earth scientists hope that Spirit can reach a slope on the northern edge of the unusual feature dubbed Home Plate, before the end of this month when northern winter will be phasing in on Mars. Reaching this slope will likely allow the rover to tilt enough toward the Sun to create a needed increase in the efficiency of its energy-absorbing solar panels. This map shows the path of Spirit from July 2004 until just last month.

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Different colours of Sun(unbelievable photographs)

Some great shots.

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Lightning Bug on Windshield

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More than just a simple view

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Things getting better

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Cool Ocean Breeze

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X-ray Vision

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Challenging Views

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What makes the Soul

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Million Light Year Long Particle Beam Found

Remarkable

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Colossal black holes at the centres of active galaxies power jets of matter that stretch far into space (Illustration: NASA)

An intergalactic particle beam stretching for more than a million light years is the longest ever seen.
The jet they saw is nearly 1.5 million light years long, twice the length of the previous record holder. If this jet sprang instead from the centre of the Milky Way, it would loom over us like a skyscraper and would stretch halfway to the Andromeda galaxy.
It is unusual in other ways too. Jets usually come in fairly well-matched pairs, pointing in opposite directions. The new jet’s counterpart, however, appears much shorter. That could be because the apparently shorter jet is pointing away from us – so light from its far end might not have had time to reach us yet.
Interestingly, the radio waves emitted by the newly discovered jet are strongly polarised, revealing a powerful magnetic field wrapped around the jet.

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Soviet & Eastern Bloc Retro-Futuristic Graphics

Some really interesting visions of the future from 50 years ago.

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collection of the most inspiring & hard-to-find retro-futuristic graphics.
artwork from rather unlikely sources: Soviet & Eastern Bloc “popular tech & science” magazines, German, Italian, British fantastic illustrations and promotional literature – all from the Golden Age of Retro-Future (from 1930s to 1970s)

“Lunar Unicycle” by Frank Tinsley, 1959

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