Retiree Paints Russian Patterns On Satellite Dishes

Sailor by profession and artist by vocation, Yuri Kuznetsov lives and works in Voznesenye village of the Ivanovo region, Russia. When the man retired he decided to recall his long forgotten hobby – painting and began to paint on … TV satellite dishes… Continue reading »

‘This Is Mars’: A US Satellite Took These Stunning Black-And-White Photos Of Planet Mars

Space lovers rejoice with ‘This Is Mars’ photo book.

Each photo upon the pages of ‘This Is Mars’ originated from a map created by the U.S. observation satellite, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO. The map was broken down into thousands of gigabytes and edited by the French designer and publisher, Xavier Barral. The book is a study in both Mars’ visual wonder as well as the planet’s scientific history. Continue reading »

Fascinating Satellite Photos of Seaweed Farms in South Korea

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NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center just shared these fascinating satellite photos taken in January 2014 over the shallow waters around Sisan Island, South Korea. The tiny patchwork of small squares are entire fields of seaweed that are held in place with ropes and buoys to keep the plants near the surface during high tide but off the seafloor in low tide. Continue reading »

Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2012

The Paraná River floodplain along the Mato Grosso-São Paulo border, Brazil. The river appears as a wide, blue strip with the muddy brown water of the smaller Verde River entering from the north-west (top left). An extensive wetland (dark green) and the floodplain reaches a width of 11 kilometres (about 7 miles). The thin line of a road crossing the floodplain also gives a sense of scale. The floodplains are bordered by numerous rectangular agricultural fields, containing coffee, corn, and cotton crops. (ISS/NASA) Continue reading »

Satellite Image Shows Stricken Costa Concordia From Space


A new image has been released showing the half-submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia taken by the WorldView-1 satellite.

The 114,000 tonne cruise liner, which had 4,200 crew and passengers on board, has been slowly sinking after it hit a rock and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. The death toll from the accident stands at 11, with a further 29 people still missing. The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship while passengers were still trapped inside. He could face up to eight years in jail. Continue reading »

Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami

Really scary photos, by the New York Times.

Satellite of Love: Vanishing Beauty of Japanese Love Hotels


Love hotels, nowadays they’re calling them “fashion hotels,” they’re calling them “boutique hotels.” What times are these we’re living in?

We Japanese are generally reputed to be “good at copying,” yet for some reason we seem to exercise the highest level of erotic originality in the world. From sopu “soaplands” (bathhouses) and imekura “image clubs” (costume role-playing) and deriheru “delivery health” (call-a-massage), mainstays of the sex-hire industry, to hi-tech adult toys, to lust-and-violence manga comics and pick-a-girl fuzoku magazines, the Japanese creative spirit would seem to be fixated on things erotic. And of course, there’s interior design’s erotic “true north”, the love hotel. Continue reading »