From blast off to orbit (30 photos)

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  • saraheleanor17

    #18 and #24 make me wish I had taken those myself. They look amazing :D

    • arturocr

      Totally. This reminds me of my childhood, when I wanted to be an astronaut. This pictures make me wish it again.

    • SilentThunder

      You can take them yourself – open Google Earth and press screen print.

      There's no clouds at all, which means it's a compilation shot of numerous satellite images.

  • Crystal

    24 – I can see my house

    • CunningLinguist

      COCOA BEACH and MERRITT ISLAND! man i miss home….

      • dkbales

        I grew up in Rockledge during the Apollo era. I know what you mean.

  • Anonymous

    you always look amazing sarita. I’m your admirer.

  • OneClownShoe

    Outstanding post, guys!!

  • Kent

    America, fuck yeah!

  • vernazza

    I’m guessing the guy in #20 and #21 has his fb profile photo for life?

  • Phreaky

    Um, #17 and #23? Don’t think that’s ever happened. How would they ever get back? And I don’t see a tether.

    • Philly Is My Anti-Drug

      It’s called an MMU – Manned Maneuvering Unit. NASA used ’em a few times to see if it was a viable, non-tethered way to walk around in space. It wasn’t, apparently – but those two pictures most definitely happened.

    • Smart

      They probably have similar contraptions as satellites and their vehicle where it shoots out puffs of air (?) from the suit to control direction.

      • youdummy

        It’s also possible that the tether line is a very small cable that doesn’t show up in the picture. (see #21 between the legs). Just a thought. I’ve never photographed a tiny black cable in space so I’m not really an expert.

  • fasterthanu

    cool pics, seeing this in the IMAX is complete mindfuck

  • unfairrobot

    It’s so easy to get that disconnect from reality when you see these things on TV, it just doesn’t seem real. Pic #1 does it for me – it looks just like what it is: a bunch of people have locked themselves in a box, strapped it to a fucking giant rocket and lit the fuse. For us monkeys to be able to do all the stuff we do, it’s truly amazing. It fills me with wonder to see that occasionally we can stop fucking things up, work together and make something incredible happen.

    • tommybhoy

      To think, most of the technology was developed in the 60s, 70s & 80s. Going by that we should be on fucking Mars by now…What happenned?
      Land on the moon with the procesing power of a calculator…..
      Russians create the most reliable rocket during the communist era….
      2010……sweet FA

      • garp

        ….the downfall began when the schools did away with cuts and EVERYONE made the team, and parents started telling ALL their children they were special and unique….western society lost a lot of balls under namby-pamby liberalism rule and with it our edge to dominate this small corner of the universe….seriously, go read what Hawking said a few months ago about contact with an ET life form, we’re fucked….

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  • Anonymous

    Any way we can get these in a higher definition? Especially 1, 18, and 24.

    • fuzzybeard2016

      #24 is easy; use Google Earth! There is no way that much of the Earth’s surface can be cloud-free!

  • widelec

    see more at widelec dot org

  • Equalizer

    “I love the whole world and all it’s craziness…. boomdeyada boomdeyada boomdeyada….”

  • Slakker

    #14 – Welcome to Canada in March

    Cool pics!

  • Philly Is My Anti-Drug

    #7 FTMFW! What a great shot.

  • bcbeltes

    ‘To think we’re strapped on 16 tons of explosive, put together by the lowest bidder’…Steve Buscemi, Armageddon

    • fuzzybeard2016

      The correct quote: Rockhound (Steve Buscemi): “You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it? “

  • Tom

    I once got a lecture from the astronaut holding up that big piece of equipment

    • Anonymous

      Why, what did you do?

  • petwookiee

    What are 14, 18 and 24? Composite, or Computer Generated? They can’t be real – no clouds…

    • fuzzybeard2016

      It’s Google Earth on a nice monitor & video card.

  • garp

    …wonder if NASA frowns upon their astronauts during an EVA from shouting “AAAAAAAIIIIEEEEEEEEHHHHH!!!!! HOLY FUCKING MOTHER MARY OF GOD I AM OUTSIDE MY MOTHERFUCKING SPACESHIP STRAPPED TO A ROBOT ARM I CAN SEE ALL OF EUROPE AT ONCE HOW FUCKING AWESOME IS THIS FUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!”… they get one shot to lose it and then it’s back to business….

  • arturocr

    #10 is the best, for me.

  • HellHathNoFury

    Look, ma! No hands!
    *ugh that pic makes my palms sweaty*

  • licious

    # 17….scary..impressive…SHIT

  • gnarbucketz

    Why you gotta shrink ’em down like that? The full-size ones at are fuckin swweeeeeeet.

  • bigdaddydrew

    I see #21 has brought his light saber along…….you know, just in case…

  • Elle

    Man, I wish we spent all the money we spend on stupid wars on space exploration. Imagine where we’d be now? Today I read on the news that NASA is canceling its once planned mission to send people back to the moon. So sad :(

    • HellHathNoFury

      ‘Stupid wars’. Dear, simple Ella, I build nuclear weapons across the water from your peaceful home. You know why your home is peaceful? Because we build nuclear weapons across the water from it. If you think our war is stupid, please move to the East and tell a suicide bomber or a plane hijacker how much you care about him, and see what happens to you, you silly infidel.

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