Beautiful Images, Beautiful Launches and SVC on HDTV - SpacePod 2010.06.30
Beautiful images, beautiful launches and awesome new features on your SpacePod for June 30th, 2010
Lets take a look at some stunning images, shall we? We start or journey with an amazing picture taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO. With the Wide Angle Camera pointed at Earth, the LRO team took this awesome view of our home planet. The top right of the picture at around 2:00 is the North Pole. You can also see Japan and Australia from here. I think I see a desktop wallpaper being generated out of this. Oh wait, we already did that. Head over to the Wallpapers, Ringtones and Downloads section of Spacevidcast to grab that one.
Here is an amazing shot of an F-15 in the sky. What makes this space related? If you look at the bottom of the picture you can make out both Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch Pads, 39A and B. These images were taken by John Peltier and look just... WAIT... IS THAT A SHUTTLE LAUNCHING? Yes, if I'm not mistaken that's Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-132. If you look veeeery closely you can see the Spacevidcast media tent. OK, maybe not. These photos are just too good for desktop wallpapers, these are for framing. And if you want to get your own print copy you can do that at the URL on your screen. Prices start at around $8.00 US and I think this would make a great addition to your space gallery.
We've all seen the Falcon 9 launch video before, but most sites, including our own only had low quality SD from the launch itself that buffered and buffered and buffered. Fortunately SpaceX has released this epic video in HD of the launch itself.
Speaking of SpaceX, Falcon 9 flight 2 is coming along nicely. On June 27th, 2010 in McGregor Texas SpaceX performed a 40 second static firing test of the next 9 Merlin engines to be used on the first stage of Falcon 9 Flight 2. Say that three times fast!I don't know about you, but I was just waiting for the entire structure to just rip from the ground and launch to space. Falcon 9 Flight 2 is currently scheduled to lift of in the future... some time. Maybe Quarter 3 of this year?
And finally, some awesome news for you Roku owners out there. Spacevidcast now has our own channel! Thanks in no small part, and by no small part I mean entirely to Todd the Moon... er... Pete Riesett. Now if you want to watch Spacevidcast on your HDTV at home, you can with ease. Just pick up this $99 box and hook it up to your broadband Internet connection and HDTV. Install the FREE Spacevidcast channel and you can watch our live channel, NASA TV live, our all new live feed from the International Space Station, Space Pods and Archived live shows right from the comfort of your living room. This thing is beyond awesome. Nearly 3,500 space tweeps have already installed the Spacevidcast channel in the first week! If you don't already have a Roku box, go pick one up using the link on the screen. Not only can you get your Spacevidcast fix, but you can also get Netflix streaming, Amazon On-Demand and a slew of other awesome channels. Please don't forget to rate our channel while you're at it. We're currently only accepting a 5 star rating though :) Oh, for you Roku standard definition owners, fret not we're working on a way for you to get our channel too. Right now we're HD only.
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