Stunning Never Before Seen Photos Of The Challenger Disaster

January 24, 2014

Launch Site

Nearly 28 years ago this month, Americans watched in bewildered horror as the the Challenger shuttle–and its seven crew members–came to its untimely end 73 seconds after launch. A faulty O-ring, poor weather conditions and an overzealous NASA administration stricken with “go fever” ultimately bore the blame for the crash, and as a result the program went on a 32-month hiatus.

Recently, a Reddit user went through his grandparents’ old photos and found a tragic, never before seen record of the unforgettable event.

Challenger Disaster Smoke

Smoke Grow

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What We Love This Week, Volume XLIX

January 24, 2014
Birds Eye View Mountain Range

Source: Fubiz

The World As Seen By Birds

Birds Eye View New York

Source: Fubiz

While the phrase “a bird’s eye view” has often been realized by humans solely in the figurative sense, photographer Howard Lau gives it new form in his series, “Proud Wanderer”. By convening multiple photographs together–stunning landscapes and gliding birds–Lau provides viewers with a true “bird’s eye view” of the world. To see more of Lau’s avian adventures, direct yourself to Fubiz.

Birds Eye View Water

Source: Fubiz

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Andre Kuipers’ Stunning Photos Of Planet Earth

January 23, 2014

The Dutch physician and European Space Agency astronaut was selected to participate in International Space Station expeditions 30 and 31. Leaving the planet on December 21st 2011 and returning the following July, Andre Kuipers captured some absolutely incredible images of our planet.

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The Argentine Coast

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400 kilometers above Earth

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The Southern Lights

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Aruba

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Atmospheric glow

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the ATV, docked

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The Australian Outback

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The Bahamas

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A bizarre interaction between light and the sunset

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Canada

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A comet as seen from the ISS

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Europe

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Flattened moonbeams

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France: Paris is to the left, Toulouse is illuminated to the right

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The Indonesian island of Sumbawa

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Spain's Islas Baleares

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A lateral view of the ISS

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The ISS at moonlight

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Lake Powell, Las Vegas

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The Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas

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The Middle East

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Moonrise

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Northern Europe

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Northern Lights from below

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The ISS observatories

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The Orion constellation

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Over Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Russia

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The Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean

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The Sahara Desert and Mauritania

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Over the San Francisco Bay

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Over the Somalian desert

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The Southern Lights

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The Soyuz, docked

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The Soyuz TMA

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The Soyuz - the apparatus Kuipers used to return to Earth

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Star cluster

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The super moon

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Over the United Kingdom

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Venus in the distance

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Mount Vesuvius

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Fishing boats near Hanoi, Vietnam

All photos can be found at Kuipers’ photo stream, featured on Flickr.

A Spotted Hyena In Mid Laugh

January 21, 2014

Hyena Photograph

Exhibiting features and behaviors of both canines and felines, the hyena has mystified cultures for centuries.

The World’s Coolest Pictures Of Volcano Eruptions

January 21, 2014

Flowing lava, spewing ash and transforming the landscape, volcanos are simultaneously terrifying and endlessly fascinating. On Earth, volcanos are usually located in places where tectonic plates converge and diverge. More than 75% of the world’s volcanoes are considered active, meaning that they’ve erupted within the last 10,000 years. Read on to check out our compilation of the world’s coolest volcanic eruptions.

Volcano Eruptions Red Strreak

Source: Creative Fan

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Cairo In Greyscale

January 19, 2014

Cairo Photograph

The largest city in Africa and the Arab world doesn’t require color to command attention and admiration–this photo provides proof as to why.