Icelandic Tigers and Von Karman Vortices: Landsat Imagery

Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents Landsat false-colour composite photographs from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) archives. All images are selections from the USGS Landsat series ‘Earth as Art‘.

What is Landsat? Well, the clue is in the name. The Landsat program is a series of Earth-imaging satellites, jointly operated by USGS and NASA. Now on its 8th generation of satellites, the program dates back to 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. Imagery produced by Landsat is used to study a multitude of topics; disaster relief, forestry conservation, glacial retreat and agricultural forecasting to name only a few.

Impossible Architectures: The Works of Filip Dujardin

Starting his career as an architectural historian, Belgian artist and photographer Filip Dujardin has used his knowledge of contemporary vernacular architecture to create a body of remarkable speculative works. Reassembling everyday weathered elements of the contemporary built environment using photo-collage and rendering techniques, Dujardin builds edifices that look both ordinary and utterly impossible.

Sci-Fi-O-Rama-Spotify-Playlist-#03

Here is my 3rd Spotify playlist and this time I thought I’d go for something of a theme, that being “Alternate 80’s”. Therefore then all tracks I’ve featured hark from that era. Ok so maybe they’re not all alternate, and actually, one isn’t from the 80’s at all (although in spirit is) but once again there all pretty much synth driven.So a couple of notes on this selection:

We kick off with an obscure Eurythmics B-Side from 1982 before moving into several familiar cuts from some of the UK’s seminal acts of the time. Then moving uptempo swoop into a more club orientated angle with offerings from Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) & Depeche Mode before swerving southbound into Italo Disco mode with Aeroplane’s ( They’re better than Daft Punk) recent remix of Sebastian Tellier and then Peter Richards “Walking in the Neon”. The last segment moves to electro-pop with Tim Simenon’s Bomb The Bass Project, followed by some early Moroder-esque Eurodisco from Belgium. The selection ends with, for me, one of the greatest pieces of electronic music ever produced, the totally timeless and therefore completely amazing “Dead Eyes Opened” composed by Aussie

2010 Cassini Orbiter Gallery

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini Saturn Photography

Cassini - Saturn Gallery

Spotted this breathtaking selection of abstract space photography earlier today and thought it’d make a good meander to the flow of the blog…

This post then is something of an expanded retweet which I first saw linked via We Are Build’s Twitter feed http://twitter.com/BuildsBlog. The full article comes via Wired Magazine and that’s where you can see a complete set of 12 images. Here are my thoughts and notes on the selected imagery…

All 5 photographs have been taken this year by NASA’s enduring Cassini probe which started it’s long mission to Saturn and it’s many moons back in 1997. Cassini–Huygens was developed as a twin NASA/ESA venture, with NASA constructing the Orbiter and the Europeans building the Huygens Probe (lander) which touched down on the surface of Titan