NASA has unveiled the most detailed map of Neptune’s moon Triton ever

NASA has unveiled the most detailed map of Neptune’s moon Triton ever

Back in the summer of 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 became the first, and remains the only ever spacecraft to have visited the planet Neptune. During the brief flyby, the probe sent back images of Triton, a giant moon, larger in size than the dwarf planet Pluto, which orbits Neptune.

Now those images are being stitched together to create a map and video with unprecedented detail, revealing the best look at Neptune’s moon to date. This is all thanks to Paul Schenk at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, a scientist who has been working on the restoration project. “In the intervening quarter century and its many discoveries, I think we have tended to forget how strange and exotic Triton really is!” Schenk wrote in a blog post.

“The biggest challenge in restoring this map was the color of Triton,” Schenk wrote. “We had considerable difficulty because some of the color images were smeared or noisy, and there is some uncertainty in the absolute calibration of the color images. We also do not know exactly what the color of Triton was in those days. Earth-based observations gave very different answers. We did our best to give at least an impression of what the color of this very active body at the edge of the Solar System looks like.”

“Triton is of importance as it offers clues to what geologic features might look like on Pluto, given that the icy crusts of both bodies are probably rather similar and would presumably react in similar ways under internal stress and heat,” he added. “So if there were or are volcanoes on Pluto, they could look similar to those we see on Triton.”

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Rosetta is taking incredible 3D images of the 67P comet

Rosetta is taking incredible 3D images of the 67P comet

Last week, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-chasing spacecraft known as Rosetta arrived at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after having travelled across the inner solar system for over a decade, making it the first spacecraft to have intercepted a comet.

“We have been approaching 67P for such a long time, it is almost surreal to now actually be there,” says Holger Sierks of the Max Planck Institute in Germany. “Today, we are opening a new chapter of the Rosetta mission. And already we know that it will revolutionise cometary science.”

Rosetta is currently in the process of maneuvering into orbit around 67P’s 2.5-mile wide nucleus, and the ESA spacecraft is sending back some stunning, 3D images of the comet from a mere 65 miles away, the closets that any spacecraft has come to a comet.

The images were captured by Rosetta’s Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) shortly after the spacecraft intercepted the comet. The images reveals some of 67P’s rugged surface around the “neck,” joining the two sections of the contact binary comet.

The information gathered from studying the comet could answer some important questions that can’t be answered with information found on Earth, such as how Earth got all of its water. Many theories suggest that comets may have brought the water and carbon-based molecules necessary for life to form on our planet.

“If you want to know what was there to start with, you’ve got to go and study these things which were there at the time,” says Rosetta team member Ian Wright of the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. “You cannot address that question by studying the Earth, because anything that went together to make the Earth has been mixed up.”

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This will be the first satellite to private high-resolution images to the public

This will be the first satellite to private high-resolution images to the public

Back in June, the United States government relaxed its previously strict regulations on high-definition satellite imaging, which enabled mapping services such as Google Maps to greatly improve the quality of their images.

DigitalGlobe was the leader in the charge to change the United States ruling due in large part to its upcoming Worldview-3 satellite, which will be the first satellite to provide high-resolution photos of our planet to the public.

Both Google and Microsoft are DigitalGlobe customers, and therefore will likely benefit from this advanced space imaging. The level of detail that the Worldview-3 satellite will provide is quite stunning, as it will capture sub-50cm resolution, allowing clear views of “manholes and mailboxes”.

The Worldview-3 is going to offer the highest commercially available resolution of any satellite system out there. Combining that with the power of our constellation, which gives multiple visits per day over multiple hours of the day, means the ability to monitor what’s going on and enabling our defense and intelligence customers to make decisions on the basis of fact than the basis of fear,” said Walter Scott, founder and CTO of DigitalGlobe.

The Worldview-3 will be operating around 383 miles above Earth, which makes the level of detail it can provide all the more impressive. The insanely high resolution will, according to the company, allow the satellite to see through smoke and even identify moisture content and other materials.

Read more about the story at Engadget.

Stunning Sunken Boat in Antarctica

H/T: Reddit

Coming across a ghost ship would be pretty creepy, but definitely a stunning sight to see. This photograph provides a lot of questions, but leaves mystery and no answers to why this boat is underwater.

Water Droplet Reflecting Eye

With a creative mind, a camera, and knowledge of how to use it, anyone can create a spectacular photograph such as this one.

H/T: Reddit

6 Deserted Cars That Look Like Unique Pieces of Art

6 photos of deserted cars that look like unique pieces of art

Cars serve many purposes; they get us to our desired destinations, enable us to create memories, take long trips, and are used as a method of convenience to preform many daily tasks needed to be done outside the home.

However, once a car is no longer working or has served its purpose they tend to be sold, replaced, or abandoned. When a car is left in a field or backyard, Mother Nature takes over and creates a masterpiece.

Here are 6 photos of deserted cars that look like unique pieces of art.

Thanks to Baronfreeport for sharing these awesome car photos. Click images to enlarge.

H/T: Used Cars Yonkers.

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Awesome Photos of the Seattle Space Needle

When most people think of Seattle, three things come to mind, rainy weather, the movie, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and the Seattle Space Needle. Being that the Space Needle is the major landmark, it is no wonder why it is a beautiful tower to photograph.

Have you ever been to the Seattle Space Needle?

Seattle Space Needle
From: Nissan Seattle Via: Automotive SEO

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