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Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed. ( Neil Armstrong )
I'm French and passionate of Astronomy, Photography and Aerospace,Space Missions,Space Exploration, Astronomy,Physics, and Search for Extraterrestrial life.
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Our night sky, If some celestial bodies were closer to us! Beautiful video! Thanks Roscosmos ! 
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#OTD 1992, the STS-49 mission, the first flight of space shuttle Endeavour, set a record for the first (and only, to date) spacewalk involving three astronauts. The mission also featured a few other firsts. More:
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The Sky from Mauna Kea ! 
Image Credit & Copyright: Shane Black Photography; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt
 What if you could stand at the top of a volcano and peer out across the universe? It the timing is right, you might see an amazing panorama like the one featured here
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The Umbrella Galaxy (NGC 4651): Spiral galaxy NGC 4651 is a mere 62 million light-years distant, toward the well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices. About the size of our Milky Way, this island universe is seen to have a faint umbrella-shaped structure that seems to extend some 100 thousand light-years beyond the bright galactic disk
Data obtained using the MegaCam camera on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Image by Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum)
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At the Limit of Diffraction
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution)

Did you ever want to just look through the eyepiece of a large telescope in space? If you could, you would see a sharp view that was diffraction limited. Unaffected by atmospheric blurring that ultimately plagues earthbound observers, the angular resolution of your diffraction limited view would be determined only by the wavelength of light and diameter of the telescope lens or mirror; the larger the diameter, the sharper the image. Still, in this working earth-based snapshot a new active adaptive optics system (MagAO) is being used to cancel out the atmospheric blurring in a visual observation of famous double star system Alpha Centauri. Testing the system at the eyepiece of the 6.5 meter diameter Magellan Clay Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, astronomer Laird Close is enjoying a historic diffraction limited view (inset) and the wide apparent separation of the close binary star system ... without traveling to low earth orbit.
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Damnnnn, before you know it you'll be able to look into the past through these telescopes.
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From 0 to 100 mph in 1.2 seconds – more info on Crew Dragon’s successful test today:
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Ash cloud visible from the Kliuchevskoi volcano on the snow-covered Kamchatka peninsula. Image here:
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Have her in circles
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LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb – Image of the Day!
By combining light from several different telescopes, this image reveals information about the galaxy known as M51, which could never be gleaned from just one band of light.

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; UV: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; UV: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech. By combining light from several different telescopes, this image reveals information about the galaxy known as M51, which could never be gleaned from just one band of light.
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"The Turn"
In case you don't know, my favorite time is when I am out at night. :)
Going back to the places I visit maybe a bit too much and trying to see them with "new eyes" can be hard at times. On the other hand, there is always something that can give me some reflections, so here we go... :)

Credit: Ronny Årbekk 
Location: Kvæfjord, Troms, Norway. (About 30 minutes from #Harstad )
Release Date: March 3, 2015

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#Space #Astronomy #Panorama #MilkyWay #Stars #Lunar #Moonrise #Ocean #Earth #Kvæfjord #Troms #Norway #Norge #Astrophotography #Art #Science 
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The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293): A mere seven hundred light years from Earth, in the constellation Aquarius, a sun-like star is dying. Its last few thousand years have produced the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), a well studied and nearby example of a Planetary Nebula, typical of this final phase of stellar evolution. 
Credits: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum) 
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Watch these Sage Grouse display their dance moves as they try to find a potential mate. Don't believe us? Just watch:
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Chandra Flashback of the Day – Submillimeter Galaxies in the Chandra Deep Field-North (SMG 123616.1+621513): Era of Galaxy and Black Hole Growth Spurt Discovered
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