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Look At These Images From The First Public High-Res Imaging Satellite

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 — set to double the resolution of Google Maps as the first public high-res imaging satellite in space — launched earlier this month. Now, here are the first images to be beamed back to Earth.


Schrödinger's Cat, Caught On Camera

While quantum mechanics is tough to get your head round, you probably know about Schrödinger’s poor old cat: left in a box, both alive and dead at the same time. Well, now there’s a picture of the ill-fated feline.


Just Six Months After The Olympics, Sochi Looks Like A Ghost Town

It’s been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the town of Sochi has been left holding the proverbial bag — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to occupy them.


A Little Blurry?

Briefly: A little blurry? Perhaps, but this is a three-second exposure taken from aboard the ISS. As astronaut Reid Wiseman points out, it “shows how crazy our atmosphere really is.” [Reid Wiseman]


What Is This, Breaking Bad In Space?

Briefly: Not quite. This is actually European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst venturing into the Automated Transfer Vehicle Georges Lemaitre for the first time since it recently docked with the ISS. The face mask is to avoid the inhalation of any dust or debris created during its journey. [ESA]


A Replica Of The Backplane Of The James Webb Space Telescope Is Hoisted Into Place

Briefly: A replica of the backplane of the James Webb Space Telescope is hoisted into place in the assembly stand in NASA Goddard’s giant cleanroom. Over the next few months, the telescope’s mirrors will be installed to it — so they don’t make any mistakes when they do it on the real deal. [NASA]


You Have To Be Methodical When You Build An Amazing Spacecraft

Briefly: When you build an amazing spacecraft like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, you have to be methodical — and just look how neatly organised their workspace is. This photo was taken a few weeks ago at Northrop Grumman, where the pathfinder backplane of the telescope was assembled. It will soon head to NASA Johnson for cryogenic testing. [Northrop Grumman/Alex]


This Is The USS Anchorage Devouring The Orion Spacecraft

Briefly: This photo was taken on a test mission on August 2, where NASA and the US Navy practised different techniques for recovering the craft after its upcoming mission this December. [NASA]


This Turquoise Gem Is What Summer Looks Like In Southeastern Alaska

Briefly: This turquoise gem is what summer looks like in southeastern Alaska. From an altitude twice that of commercial jets, NASA’s arctic research aeroplane ER-2 — a civilian version of the Air Force’s U2-S reconnaissance plane — captured this view of a summertime melt pond atop a glacier on July 16, 2014. [NASA Earth Observatory]


You're Looking At The Changing State Of A Qubit Over Time

Briefly: This may look like some kind of rainbow top hat, but in fact you’re looking at the changing state of quantum bit — a qubit — over time. This experiment helps predict how quantum systems evolve, and may help us steer and control them more effectively in the future.[Nature via New Scientist]


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