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Chris Oxtoby
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Family man, software engineer & tea drinker
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Some stunning shots here
The 17 Most Spectacular NASA Photos Ever Taken

Space geeks will undoubtedly enjoy this collection of photos provided by NASA. Titled "The 17 Most Spectacular NASA Photos Ever Taken", photos include a photo of an astronaut on a spacewalk, a photo of the Earth from a lunar lander, a photo of a rocket on a launch pad, and much more. Check them out for yourself at ...

http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/the-most-spectacular-nasa-photos-ever-taken#.bxZXX0An6e
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They found little green men? Roll on Monday! 
Mars mystery solved? Find out on Monday, Sept 28, at 11:30 a.m. EDT as we announce a major science finding on the Red Planet. Watch live on NASA Television and ask questions using #askNASA: http://go.nasa.gov/1iR2XB9
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The Eagle has Landed ... Again!

The Apollo 11 lunar landing minute-by-minute. You can feel the tension. Well worth a visit.

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Was amazed until "a specially constructed hoverpark"

Still, very impressive.
Following the unveiling of the Lexus Hoverboard in June, the luxury automotive company is completing a full and final reveal of the project concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona.

Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an easy process. We’ve experienced the highs and lows and have overcome a few challenges, but through mutual determination we have created a demonstration of our philosophy in design and technology to create Amazing in Motion.”

The Lexus Hoverboard project began 18 months ago through a collaboration with a team of scientists from IFW Dresden and evico GmbH, who specialize in magnetic levitation technology. Following extensive testing with pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran, in Dresden, Germany, the team were determined to push the hoverboard to its limits and conduct further tests within dynamic surroundings. 

"I've spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I've had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the hoverboard. It's a whole new experience,” said pro skateboarder and hoverboard test rider Ross McGouran.

Since the Lexus Hoverboard was unveiled in June, testing has been carried out in a specially constructed hoverpark, combining elements from skate culture with technology within its architecture. Up to 200 meters of magnetic track was transported to Barcelona from the Dresden facility to lay beneath the hoverpark surface in order to create the dynamic test, offering Lexus the opportunity to demonstrate tricks no skateboard could ever perform, like travelling across water. Lexus has captured the final ride footage and released it as a film led by award winning director Henry-Alex Rubin.

The Lexus Hoverboard technology features two “cryostats”—reservoirs in which superconducting material is kept at -197 degrees through immersion in liquid nitrogen. The board is then placed above a track that contains permanent magnets. Dr. Oliver de Haas, evico CEO, said: “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track—essentially keeping the board hovering. This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”

The Lexus Hoverboard film called “SLIDE” features the high performance GS F and is part of the fourth project in the Lexus “Amazing in Motion” campaign series that showcases creativity and innovation from the Lexus brand.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/awAzM9kTvC0

#lexus   #skateboarding   #skatelife   #skater  
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Riding the Lexus Hoverboard
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Only 2 days left... 
We’re only 2 days away from Tuesday’s #PlutoFlyby! Watch today’s briefing for an update: http://go.nasa.gov/1ITBpV6 
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Looking forward to it too 

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FYI: the distortion caused to my head when you see it on a phone's screen at a weird angle is called "the keystone effect."

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Into the Void
Image Credit: +NASA, Gemini Project, James McDivitt
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150606.html

Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1965, Edward White stepped out of the orbiting Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first US astronaut to walk in space. White is captured in this photo taken by mission commander James McDivit from inside the capsule as White's spacewalk began over the Pacific Ocean on Gemini 4's third orbit. Planet Earth, spacecraft, and tether are reflected in White's gold tinted helmet visor. A gas powered manuevering gun is held in his right hand. Though the gun ran out of gas after only 3 minutes, he continued to manuever by twisting his body and pulling on the tether for the remainder of the 23 minute long Extra Vehicular Activity. White later described his historic spacewalk as the most comfortable part of the mission, and said the order to end it was the "saddest moment" of his life.
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