This rare photo of Earth was taken from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that is currently orbiting Saturn. Earth appears as a small blue dot as it is taken from the outer solar system and is only visible when the camera is pointed towards the sun. This particular photo occurred during a total eclipse where the sun was blanked out by Saturn but provided enough light to keep Earth in view.
Alan Friedman works full time as a greeting card designer but pursues his love of astronomy in the evenings from an observatory he has erected in his own backyard in Buffalo, New York. These brilliant photos are captured using a small telescope and Hydrogen Alpha filter which acts as a lens and streams images in the same way as a webcam would. Each photo is made out of thousands of frames of images that are then combined and adjusted in color and tonality to create a final high res photograph.
The Norwegian island of Spitsbergen is known for its Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located about 810 miles (1,303 km) from the North Pole. This secure seedbank preserves various plant seeds, duplicates or “spare” copies of seeds from gene banks from around the world, in an underground cavern. If the seeds are lost in gene banks, the Seed Vault will provide insurance, and in case of large-scale crises it will provide a shelter for them.
These are Twitter photos from the space shuttle Atlantis. These incredible photos were taken by Astronaut Ron Garan during Atlantis’ last flight.