Space Station and Shuttle in front of sun

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Take a look at this picture of the sun taken from the surface of the Earth. See the things that look like sunspots in the red box? Those aren’t sunspots!

That’s the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle Atlantis silhouetted across the surface of the sun and captured in this amazing once-in-a-lifetime shot.


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    Ben1605
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    That is damn awesome

    Hepathos
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    Makes you wonder how big the ISS will be in 30 years.

    The Matrix: Rebooted
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    The ISS won’t be around in 30 years. NASA wants to quit by 2015.
    news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070926/sc_afp/spaceeuropeusrussia

    roamingidiot
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    Awesome though.

    koopa
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    dumb question: Isn’t the brightness a little low?

    DemolitionsGeek
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    Now with the news of the Station having 70% of it’s funding pulled in 2015 so that the US could look into building a possible Moon Station, whats everyone’s thoughts? I enjoy it, but I think the US could drop its funding down the 25% instead of cutting completely. Its a joint effort between four countries and it should be evenly funded across the board. I know some coutries just don’t have the bill to foot it, but we want our moon base! Also, I sense this moon base and its experiments could be what finally unleashed that sweet sweet… Read more »

    Hepathos
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    I think in 20 years, at least 25 more fully prepaired space station will be orbiting the Earth, and they will start terraforming Mars.

    The Matrix: Rebooted
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    Honestly, I think the era of space exploration is over. There will be no more space station, no moon base and definitely no terraforming of Mars. It was fifty years ago today that the first man-made satellite went into space. Less than twelve years later two men walked on the moon. In the last 25 years, there has been zero progress in manned spaceflight. Skylab and Mir were more useful Space Stations than ISS. Here’s my prediction: the Space Shuttle replacement will be scrapped for lack of funding. The ISS project will end in 2015. No human will go into… Read more »

    Caio
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    What’s the point of sending people into space? Sending remote-controlled probes and such into space is cheaper, easier and doesn’t occasionally cause bad-publicity funding-cutting tragedies.

    I say, keep sending probes into space, and use the money we save to fix some of the problems on earth. You can’t run away from yourself. If in a hundred years from now we can build cities on the moon, we’ll just take our problems with us there. The only difference between the moon and earth is low gravity, and the fact that you’d have to spend zillions for air and shit.

    Caio
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    Oh, yeah, and no discussion of space travel is complete without mentioning Lisa Nowak:

    Lisa Nowak.

    DemolitionsGeek
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    Dammit Caio. After all these months of planning.

    The Matrix: Rebooted
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    Sending people into space with chemical rockets isn’t very useful. But if we had some balls, a nuclear rocket would be able to send a 4000 ton space craft to Pluto and back within a year. Or put an entire base on the moon in one launch. Or launch solar arrays that would provide clean power for the entire world.
    Large scale space exploration is feasible. It just won’t happen.

    Wally
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    Actually theres a lot of reasons to travel into space. A. When we get good at it theres a whole lot of resources out there just waiting for us to plunder!! yarrgh!! B. There are some Zero-G production methods that are only available in (you guessed it!) ZERO-G!! or near zero-g C. A moon base is the next logical step, if we want to be able to get out to other planets easily with minimal fuel costs starting from an intermediate such as the moon which requires so little fuel to take off from is just the smart option D.… Read more »

    Caio
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    Bah, if all these wonderful resources and production methodologies were financially feasible, they’d have been done privately by now. Space just wont pay off for a long time. So far, all space has delivered us is the blow drier, which is handy, but probably isn’t worth the billions of dollars. The only two reasons to go into space at this point (maybe not in the distant future) are because a) “My country’s collective cock is hueg liek a rocket.” b) It looks cool. c) Hard science. B and C can be done by probes. A is fucking retarded. Sometimes I… Read more »

    vutterfly
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    dude, the cost of one mission in iraq could be sending 11 missions to mars instead. so we have the money, we’re just wasting it on stupid shit.
    digg.com/space/Cost_of_Sending_11_Missions_to_Mars_1_Mission_in_Iraq?

    trench
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    trench

    Spectacular photograph. Wally, I’m glad you’re standing up for space exploration but you skipped the most obvious reason to continue, and it’s the one that Stephen Hawking has been trying to shout to the world for the last year or so: In order for our species to survive, we *need* to get off this planet. Another extinction level event is bound to occur, be-it in two years, two-hundred, or two-thousand – it’s going to happen. Whether we actually cause the next extinction level event [nuclear holocaust, “global warming”, biological warfare, etc…], or it’s a “naturally” occurring one [space rocks, environmental… Read more »

    trench
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    trench

    Also, I had to look up the legitimacy of the photo… because this *is* truly spectacular.

    Thierry Legault snapped the shots… here’s one in color, along with some info:

    www.space.com/imageoftheday/image_of_day_070102.html

    Caio
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    Wow, you’re going into all kinds of crazy assumptions now. For example, were all humanity to go extinct, would that be so bad? Man is the measure of all things, and without man around, who’s to say it’s a problem? Death is harder on the mourners than the dead. Applying your monkey instinct to spread your seed whereever you can still isn’t worth the bajillions of dollars. You can get a hooker for less than fifty. Here’s some problems: 1) Who choses the survivors? Most likely the rich, and I’m not sure how well a future humanity would do if… Read more »

    Caio
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    IN OUTER SPACE THERE WILL BE TEN VOMEN FOR EVERY MAN!! MEIN FUHRER, I CAN VALK!!!

    trench
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    trench

    Extinction level events are crazy assumptions? I mean, I suppose they are if you are one of the people that believe that earth was created six thousand years ago… but even then, I think Noah had to prep for an extinction level event. Crazy assumptions. “Applying your monkey instinct to spread your seed whereever you can still isn’t worth the bajillions of dollars.” You are placing a dollar value on the survival of our species. In essence, to continue with an analogy I made earlier, you are saying the “gas money” you’d have to spend getting from your trailer to… Read more »

    Hepathos
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    THERE IS NO OUTER SPACE BECAUSE GOD CREATED THE WORLD AND THE EARTH IS IN THE MIDDLE THE BIBLE SAID SO

    trench
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    trench

    egnilk66: It’s because it’s a damn good post.

    Hepathos
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    Or we’re just f’cking bored.

    Caio
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    “You are placing a dollar value on the survival of our species. In essence, to continue with an analogy I made earlier, you are saying the “gas money” you’d have to spend getting from your trailer to a tornado shelter just isn’t worth it.” That’s a weak comparison. The gas money, other wise used, couldn’t really buy shit. Let’s say $20? Could you use that to feed all humanity? Potentially cure AIDS? Build an economic foundation and basic infrastructure in third world nations (as the EU has been doing in Europe, so we know it works) so they can tear… Read more »



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