Not photoshopped. This pic was snapped by Igor Podgorny after a fire decimated parts of Linevo village in the Volgograd Region of Russia. More about the fire:
Linevo village in Volgograd Region of Russia has become a new victim of fire. About 80 houses were demolished. They spoke about various causes of the fire: strong wind, break of wire or short circuit, even an arson commited by Chechens… But nobody told about the real reason: the houses burnt because someone just set fire to dry grass on the outskirts as it usually happens everywhere…
Get outta the way! Maybe, the real reason for the delayed launch of STS-133 is this satellite taking these great photos of the launchpad. About the launch:
The Space Shuttle Discovery waits on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for its final trip into space in this image captured by the GeoEye-1 satellite yesterday. The launch will mark Discovery’s 39th journey, and NASA’s 133rd shuttle mission overall. One final space shuttle launch is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2011, before NASA retires the shuttle fleet for good.
Edward Horsford has taken a series of high-speed pictures that captures a water balloon…without the balloon. The shots are snapped at the point of explosion, when the balloon skin breaks open. It looks like he’s somehow holding a ball of water.
Leaked Images of Discovery Tank Cracks Confirmed. Today, NASA has confirmed the news:
This morning during removal of external fuel tank foam insulation, which cracked during draining operations following the shuttle Discovery’s launch scrub on Nov. 5., technicians identified two cracks on a section of the tank’s metal exterior. They were found on the stringer, which is the composite aluminum ring located on the top of the tank’s intertank area. The cracks are approximately 9 inches long. Engineers are reviewing images of the cracks to determine the best possible repair method, which would be done at Launch Pad 39A.
Crews have repaired similar cracks during external tank production by removing the cracked aluminum and replacing it with a “doubler,” which is a twice-as-thick stringer section before replacing the foam insulation.
Exact schedules and repair options still are being evaluated.
Ouch. This really blows. Hope they can resolve this quickly.
This is Cherepovets. And those are not nuclear weapons exploding in the horizon, but massive smoke columns from the factories that saturate this Russian city, one of the most polluted in the world. And I thought LA’s smog was bad.
The name of the city—located near the Sheksna River—basically means city of skulls. Looking at the sky, it seems like a perfect a name to me.
Burj Khalifa. A photo from the Gizmodo freelensing shooting challenge (unfortunately not the winner). Photog, Ian Doss, on the photo:
I am currently working in Dubai and had the opportunity to visit the terrace on the 112th floor of the Burj Khalifa, snapped this while up there…holding my lens very tightly for fear i might drop it a few thousand feet. 5D MKII, 24-70mm L at roughly 50mm, ISO: 100, Shutter: 1/1000
Spaghetti train tracks. Hope this doesn’t happen here in Tokyo when I’m on the train! From the post:
This ain’t a photochop, we promise. This past September, a quake rocked Canterbury, New Zealand. But rather than scenes of destruction and rubble, the tremors left behind some bizarre scenes—like these warped tracks atop pristine countryside.
We all know and love the No. 2 Pencil, but what about Messrs. No. 1 - No. 12? Artist Nathan W. Pyle has dutifully cataloged those lesser-known writing implements, which you can buy as a t-shirt on Woot.
This May Very Well Be the First New Earth. From Gizmodo:
You are looking at what could be the fourth planet on the Gliese 581 star system, 20.3 light years from Earth. If the NASA artist rendition looks very much like our Earth… it’s because it is similar to Earth.
Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star. A starship traveling at near the speed of light would only take 20.3 years to get there, which is not that much. Until now, astronomers had discovered five planets around this star. Some of them were too close to it, making them too hot to be habitable. Others were too far and too cold. But now, a sixth planet has been discovered right on the “habitable zone”, the fourth in distance from the star: Gliese 581g.
If the discoveries from the planet hunters at University of California Santa Cruz and the Carnegie Institution of Washington are right, Gliese 581g could be habitable.
Data Visualization, Visualized. How very meta. From Gizmodo:
We love nice charts and data visualization. That’s why we like this meta-chart: Data visualization, visualized. Design, user interface, information, data journalism, communication and visual communication, merging.