View Full Version : Pic's from the Space Shuttle......

28th Nov 2007, 17:48
Got this link sent to me from a friend. Hope I've pasted it correctly, some great pictures from Space Shuttle Endeavours last mission (i think).


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28th Nov 2007, 18:00
So, you'd not be interested in me holiday snaps then?:}

28th Nov 2007, 18:10
2nd Pic is passing over the top of the South Island of New Zealand, with the bottom bit of the North island just in view and a very muddy Lake Wairarapa standing out nice and clearly.

28th Nov 2007, 18:19
Well done haughtney1, thatís been driving me mad for days :ok::ok:

28th Nov 2007, 20:12
Gosh,they is low?

28th Nov 2007, 20:25
Good photo's, if you get a chance post more :ok: :ok: :ok:

28th Nov 2007, 20:49
There's more than one shuttle mission represented here. You can see that one of the pics is from STS-109, as the cargo bay contains something with a HST-3B patch on it, rather than Spacehab.

28th Nov 2007, 21:27
The HST-3B patch had me scratching my head :}

(Thought perhaps it may have been a nicotine patch)

Buster Hyman
28th Nov 2007, 22:45
You never see them smiling...hmmm

28th Nov 2007, 23:35
Marvellous piccies...

Shame that Endeavour looks so tatty. Almost grumpy in one of the shots.

28th Nov 2007, 23:55
Those pictures are fantastic. Keep 'em coming if possible.


29th Nov 2007, 00:33
Ok, daft question.

Is it due to the exposure or shutter speed, ('point and press' camera-man here), that no stars are visible in the shots which include a view of space?

I recall conspiracy theorists using this as an argument to support the 'Man didn't go to the Moon' theory. (Lets not go there!)

Any ideas?

Peter Fanelli
29th Nov 2007, 00:51
Before the shuttle is retired they just have to find a way to mount a Hi Def camera in the top of the fin and produce a film from space station departure through re-entry to landing. I think that would be excellent.

29th Nov 2007, 00:52
Yes, let's not even start to go there.

There are no stars because the subjects are so bright the exposure is stopped right down so the dim stars don't even show. If the shuttle was on the night side with no bright subjects in view, the exposure would open up and the dimmer stars would show, but with a wide angle lens, they would be very dim indeed as they would be so small. Even from space you would really need long exposures to get stars to show well.

29th Nov 2007, 00:58

Thanks. :ok:

29th Nov 2007, 13:34
These haven't got the wow factor of the shuttle photos, but are striking especially at 250m resolution (big files).


As these are raw images there's some distortion to the sides but the central 1/3 is ok.

29th Nov 2007, 23:44
Is it due to the exposure or shutter speed, ('point and press' camera-man here), that no stars are visible in the shots which include a view of space?

Imagine you're camping out overnight. Across a valley, you can clearly see the lights of a farmouse(Stars)

A few hours after dawn, you look out of your tent. The farmhouse might still have lights on, but there is no way you can see the lights when the sunlight is lighting up everything (shuttle and earth in sunlight)

30th Nov 2007, 03:11
It's been a very popular link, partly because it's an excellent set of photos, but mostly because it hooks into the "urban myth" mentality - an old codger somewhere gets sent a special secret bunch of photos by his granddaughter. In fact all of these shots will be freely (both senses) available somewhere on nasa.gov at original resolution.
The moon walkers weren't particularly interested in looking up. They were walking on the moon. Every second of their time was planned for and all of it involved looking down at stuff that no human had ever seen before, rather than looking up at stuff that you can see from back here.
Apart from that, take a photo of something on the moon, you no more get stars than if you take a photo in the Grand Canyon.

30th Nov 2007, 03:23
Some of my bookmarked pages:

NASA Multimedia top page: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/highlights/index.html

NASA Image Exchange (NIX): http://nix.nasa.gov/

Great Images In NASA (GRIN): http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/

NASA Earth Observatory: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

Shuttle/space specific: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/index.html

Podcasts at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/index.html

TV at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.

If you know what you're looking for, try NIX. For browsing, try GRIN for photos and the Multimedia site for everything.