Earth Sounds

The Van Allen Radiation Belts, part of the earth’s magnetosphere, have been captured in this audio shared via The Atlantic.

Van Allen Radiation BeltsMore familiar to HAM radio operators than the layman, the sounds of Earth’s natural magnetic field.

Viewable  in this NASA image, the Van Allen Radiation Belts, part of the earth’s magnetosphere, have been captured in this audio shared via The Atlantic.

Curiosity Spending Compared

With NASA Mars Science LaboratoryNASA Curiosity‘s Curiosity rover riding around and hopefully getting it on the surface of Mars, it felt right to take a look at how NASA ‘spends it.’ Given the awareness Barack Obama’s budget cuts for NASA raised earlier in the year, and the looming election I felt this would be interesting as well as salient. Despite Obama supporting these cuts in the past, he wasted no time changing his stance while public support for NASA reached an all-time high last evening.

I have seen a number of articles trying to draw a number of these comparisons separately, for ease and posterity’s sake I have done my best to compile a number of them here.

NASA Curiosity Mission: US$2.5 bil [source]
Iraq War: US$805 bil [source]
Afghanistan War: US$554 bil
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US Libyan Intervention: US$896 mil (~$9mil per day) [source]
US War On Drugs (Jan 2012 – Aug 2012): US$24 bil (~$500 per second) [source]
Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign: US$760 mil [source]
McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign: US$358 mil [source]

Note: I am not against government spending in it’s entirety, I’m fine with paying for something as long as we receive some measurable benefit from our spending.

Earth Time-Lapse

Time lapse by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa on expeditions 28 and 29 on-board the International Space Station, Aug-Oct 2011, shot at an altitude ~350 km

This one has been making the rounds lately, and it has been a while since my last update – I felt something a little more light-hearted would be a good segue back into some new content.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. All credit goes to them.

Ready Your Sampler – NASA Launches Sound Archive

Sounds from Shuttles / Stations, Apollo missions, and a section of what they describe as ‘beeps and bytes’ so there is clearly plenty here for the producers, sound designers, or the run of the mill space geek

In space, nobody can hear you scream – however radio transmissions seem to work fine. Sample nerds get ready because yesterday NASA launched ‘NASA Sounds‘ a new section of their multimedia page featuring downloadable content in mp3 as well as ringtones for iPhone and Android based smartphones.

The sections are broken up into sounds from Shuttles / Stations, Apollo missions, and a section of what they describe as ‘beeps and bytes’ so there is clearly plenty here for the producers, sound designers, or the run of the mill space geek.

Visit the NASA Sounds Library