The amount of solar energy that strike the surface of the Earth in one hour is more than enough to supply every person on the planet with electricity for an entire year. However, there are limits that prevent us from being able to fully take advantage of this energy.
With footage taken from the International Space Station, NASA fan Bruce W Berry Jr cleaned up and created this Time-Lapse | Earth homage. The location views are listed in order:
1. A Jump over the Terminator 2. Sarychev Volcano 3. From Turkey to Iran* 4. Hurricane Irene Hits the US 5. Indian Ocean to Pacific Ocean Through the Cupola* 6. Central Great Plains at Night* 7. Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean* 8. Aurora Borealis from Central U.S.* 9. Up the East Coast of North America* 10. Myanmar to Malaysia* 11. Western Europe to Central India 12. Middle East to the South Pacific Ocean 13. Aurora Borealis over Europe* 14. City Lights over Middle East* 15. European City Lights* 16. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night 17. Moonglow over Canada and Northern U.S.* 18. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (1) 19. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (2) 20. Stars from the Pacific Ocean (3) 21. Stars and the Milky Way over the Atlantic* 22. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (1) 23. The Milky Way and Storms over Africa (2)
Footage Note: The slower video represents a closer resemblance to the true speed of the International Space Station; this footage was shot at one frame per second. Clips are all marked with an *.
Powered by wind turbines, solar panels, and a biodiesel generator, the NY Sunworks Science Barge (now in Yonkers, New York) is a model for energy-efficient, sustainable urban farming. Using a hydroponic system that requires no dirt, the floating greenhouse uses less water and space than traditional farming in fields. And their state-of-the-art computer technology creates an optimized environment for nourishing tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, basil, lettuce and more, “with zero net carbon emissions, zero chemical pesticides, and zero runoff.”
It’s not only a great educational field trip for school kids from all over the region, but continues to be an example of how growing local food in cities can be fresh, healthy, and sustainable, all while cutting down on transportation costs and fuel needs. From NYTimes.com:
“It’s a living science lab that on its first level is a demonstration of how we can grow food with fewer resources and that we can produce what we need without damaging the world around us.”
If you want to make your own hydroponic plant-growing experiments, there are kits for kids here and here. Or Instructables has written out steps for making your own hydroponic system using stuff around the house.
This fly around of the International Space Station (ISS) is displayed in the “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Displayed as a 30ft x 18ft projection, the HD animation highlights the major components of the ISS. Video courtesy of NASA’s VR Lab.
This new (or newly edited?) video was shot with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expeditions 28 and 29 onboard the ISS from August to October, 2011 and captures numerous shots of the Aurora Borealis.