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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

Capturing the ISS’s transit of the Sun during the eclipse

This is quite a feat.

Photographer Trevor Mahlmann figured out where you’d need to be within the path of totality in order to capture the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse. That alone is pretty awesome. But there was a hitch.

The land area that you’d need to be on in order to capture it is private land. By happenstance Destin from Smarter Everyday has a friend whose child was midwifed by a woman who knows (or is married to?) the landowner? Incredible.

So the three of them teamed up to get what I would say is easily the best photography done during the eclipse so far.

You can watch Destin’s video on Smarter Everyday and then also head on over to Trevor’s Patreon to help support his work.

Slingshot around the moon, for two

SpaceX:

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.

That sentence makes me immeasurably happy.

For most of my life I’ve been very disappointed in the human race’s collective efforts to explore space. I wasn’t even alive when the last manned mission to another object in space happened.

However, over the last several years we’ve seen a barrage of successful missions by every country’s space programs and also by private companies. We’ve been exploring distant objects like Pluto, nearer objects like comets, and in-between enormous objects like Jupiter. Oh, and we’ve been driving on Mars every day for years. To top it off we’re now routinely sending objects into orbit around the earth and landing back on the ground. It is a very, very exciting time.

It isn’t too late. We can catch up from the last few decades in a hurry and I’m really happy that two brave and obviously wealthy human beings are willing to push us all forward. All the best to them. Have a great trip.