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Unread 17-10-2010, 12:20 AM
est.1878
 
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John Glenn
"Godspeed John Glenn"

"May the good lord ride all the way"

 
Unread 17-10-2010, 03:57 AM
Grimson
 
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"Godspeed John Glenn"

"May the good lord ride all the way"

I don't get it.
 
Unread 19-10-2010, 07:08 PM
Sloppy
 
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That really bright star next to the moon tonight is jupiter

 
Unread 25-10-2010, 11:01 AM
Drexl
 
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This meets the thread title criteria in two ways:

 
Unread 25-10-2010, 03:42 PM
CamelToe
 
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Joe Kittinger was the man who fell to earth.

In 1960, Kittinger, USAF test pilot, ascended to an altitude of 30Km, in a high-altitude helium balloon, before stepping into the void. Kittinger fell at speeds off 990Km/h, freefalling for 4 and a half minutes before deploying a chute at a height of 5.5Km, and floating to the ground. While it took 1 and a half hours to ascend, the descent totalled just 13 minutes and 45 seconds.

This was the last of 3 jumps Kittinger undertook, having previously jumped from altitudes of approximately 23 Km.



The video footage, taken from a fixed camera attached to the balloon, and one mounted on Kittinger's helmet, is stunning. As Kittinger spins violently round (in one of the earlier jumps he lost consciousness after spinning at 120rpm), the earth flashes round against the blackness of space, sudden blinding bursts of sunlight scatter hexagon lens flares. Viewed from the balloon, the figure of Kittinger against the white expanse of clouds seems helpless, one man against nature.

In 2008, two attempts were scheduled by two teams, one British, one French, to try and exceed the altitude record that Kittinger achieved. Neither attempt took place, due to technical reasons. The British parachutist Steve Truglia, is a 43-year old ex-SAS soldier and stuntman, while Michel Fournier is a 65-year old French retired French army officer.

 
Unread 25-10-2010, 03:52 PM
Baron
 
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I only knew about that jump from watching some ridiculous "top 10 best jumps ever" or such like video a few months ago - this was No.1 (obviously) but the other 9 were pretty fucking cool. Quite difficult to top a 30km descent though (31km's anyone... ).

Great video though.
 
Unread 25-10-2010, 03:55 PM
thenorthwillriseagain
 
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deffo a fake imo, forrest gump is in the far right of the picture in a black suit
 
Unread 25-10-2010, 04:01 PM
koppas
 
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That's true, but simplified. Hubble doesn't actually 'take' pictures, as much as it records various wavelengths. It takes multiple recordings of various wavelengths of each object, using a series of filters. Because only one or a few wavelengths are recorded at any one time, the result always looks colourless, and would do so even if the object was, say, bright red.

Colour is added to the final composite images that we see, but it isn't done casually or just for aesthetics. In most cases, it's an educated guess, based on the chemical composition of the object (which is easily analysed by spectrometers) of how it would look if we could actually see all the wavelengths at once with our eyes (we can't, even if we traveled the cosmos. Some of the wavelengths are invisible to our eyes, others are so bright they would block out the rest or make focusing impossible).

By the way, all this is true only of Hubble or other CCD cameras. The colour in images taken by optical cameras are true in the human-vision sense.
Just read this and I'm gutted.

It's like when I realised the Easter Bunny wasn't real.
 
Unread 25-10-2010, 04:06 PM
koppas
 
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deffo a fake imo, forrest gump is in the far right of the picture in a black suit


 
Unread 25-10-2010, 04:14 PM
Baron
 
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Originally Posted by koppas
Just read this and I'm gutted.

It's like when I realised the Easter Bunny wasn't real.
Why?

It's not like someone has sketched the Easter Bunny & then said it's real (like the gay animals thing in Ricky Gervais' stand-up) but they've got an x-ray or something rather than a photo, then coloured it in accordingly.

It's monumentally impressive.
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