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A timelapse of Planet Earth from the Elektro-L, a geostationary satellite orbiting 40 000 km above the Earth
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Awesome! Thank you! From some job postings it looked like you use a lot of Siemens software so I bought NX CAD, I did not know about ANSYS though so that is valuable information, I very much appreciate it.
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Elon Musk and SpaceX will be featured in a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: Space travel moves to private sector - CBS News -
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The Six Million-Mile View of Earth and Moon

Looking homeward in its long journey to +Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft offered up this rare view of our home planet with its moon. The spacecraft was some six million miles (nearly 10 million kilometers) from Earth when it took this photo on August 26, 2011. From this distance, oceans, land, clouds, and ice blend into a blur of light, a mere dot against the vastness of space. Even fainter and smaller, the +Moon provides an additional sense of scale. Separated by just over an inch (about 3 centimeters) in this photo, the Earth and Moon are about 250,000 miles or 402,000 kilometers apart.

Juno traveled this distance, from the Earth to the Moon, in less than a day. The spacecraft launched on August 5, and will reach Jupiter, another 1,740 million miles (2,800 million kilometers) away, in about five years. The mission team took the photo as part of the first detailed check of the spacecraft’s instruments and subsystems.

“This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, in a NASA release. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.”

The photo and other checks show that Juno is healthy and on course for Jupiter. Once it reaches Jupiter, Juno will orbit the planet’s pole taking measurements that will provide insight into Jupiter’s origin, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. Juno will also help determine if Jupiter, a gas giant, has a solid core.

August 26, 2011

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Explanation of the image from: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=51969
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It's our 10 Year Anniversary at SpaceX and we have collected some of our most memorable moments from the last ten years!
March 14, 2012. Ten years ago today, SpaceX was founded with the goal of helping make the human race a multi-planetary species. We remain firmly committed to this goal and will do everything within ou...
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Aurora over Antarctica and Australia seen from +International Space Station

March 10, 2012

Image Credit: ESA/NASA
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Earth and Moon from Saturn

In the shadow of +Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic +Cassini–Huygens spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed +Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated color image. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the image. Seen in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus and the outermost ring visible on this picture.

Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot

What's that pale blue dot in this image taken from Saturn? Earth.

The robotic Cassini spacecraft looked back toward its old home world earlier this month as it orbited Saturn. Using Saturn itself to block the bright Sun, Cassini imaged a faint dot on the right of the above photograph. That dot is expanded on the image inset, where a slight elongation in the direction of Earth's +Moon is visible. Vast water oceans make Earth's reflection of sunlight somewhat blue. Earth is home to over seven billion humans and over one octillion Prochlorococcus.

Image Credit: CICLOPS, JPL, ESA, NASA, Cassini Imaging Team, SSI
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap061016.html and http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060927.html
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Earth and Moon seen from +Mercury (183 million kilometers)

On most days, the Earth Observatory presents our planet in close-up, filling the camera with its oceans and mountain ranges, clouds and rivers. But occasionally, NASA helps us all take a step back to see the big picture of our place in the solar system and universe. Such a view was recently beamed back by NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

Looking back from its orbit around Mercury, MESSENGER captured this view of Earth and the Moon on May 6, 2010. The spacecraft was 183 million kilometers (114 million miles) from Earth at the time, farther than our average distance from the Sun (150 million kilometers, or 93 million miles) because Mercury and Earth were at different places in their orbits around the Sun. The image was taken by the spacecraft's Wide Angle Camera (WAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS).

The view was a happy coincidence for the MESSENGER science team, as the probe was looking for vulcanoids, small rocky objects that have been postulated to exist in orbits between Mercury and the Sun. From the spacecraft’s view, Earth and the Moon are located near the boundary of the constellations Libra and Scorpius.

MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to fly by Mercury since Mariner 10 in 1974-75. It is not, however, the first to get a long-distance shot of Earth. In 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor spied Earth and its Moon in the same frame, while the Spirit Rover on Mars snapped the first shot of our planet as viewed from the surface of another planet. In 2006, Cassini sent back snapshots from 1.5 billion kilometers (930 million miles) from Earth as the spacecraft orbited Saturn. And the operators of the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft pieced together a family portrait of the entire solar system in 1990, spying Earth from more than 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away.

May 6, 2010

Image Credit: MESSENGER science team, NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Explanation of the image from: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45710
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Researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have communicated a message through 240 meters of stone (780 feet) using a beam of neutrinos for the very first time, a...
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    Mechanical Engineering, 2004 - 2008
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    Structures Engineer, 2010 - present
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    Design Engineer, 2008 - 2010
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