Neil Armstrong: We need to fail. We need to fail down here so we don’t fail up there.
Gene Kranz: At what cost?
Neil Armstrong: Well, it’s a little bit late for that question, isn’t it, sir?
-Quote from @FirstManMovie
Thursday October 11, 2018 - ISS and Mars, minus one Soyuz
I hesitated for a few days to even bother posting this but the weather forced my hand and I feel it was a significant moment to capture/share. October 11 marked several key events: -The 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission (born from the Apollo 1 tragedy)
-The opening night of "First Man" celebrating Neil Armstrong, the first human to reach the lunar surface
-Early in the morning a Russian Soyuz rocket on it's way to the ISS failed for the first time since 1983 which threatened the possibility of the ISS being uninhabited for the first time since 2000.
I consider this photo to represent firsts as well. The ISS is the largest structure humans have put into space, a first. It also shows the first planet we as a race will set foot on besides our own.
There were going to be 3 nights of visible passes from the 11-13th but unfavorable weather forecast all nights. I went out on the 11th in a hurry and made several critical mistakes, namely leaving the shutter timer on the wrong setting and not having enough time to make it to a dark location. The gap in the streak shows this. During this the camera was shaking from me touching it since I couldn't use my remote and caused some obvious shaking in the stars. This left me with only two 30s exposure that I had to stitch together. After the following two nights were cloudy, I decided to make this one look as good as I could. Next time I will be more prepared.
The International Space Station made a pass over Kentucky (visible from Cincinnati), exiting the Earth's shadow from 8:09-8:14 pm. This composite is 60-seconds of the pass, traveling right to left, as it passed over Mars (center)
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ISO250, 2x 30-seconds, f7.1 with a Nikon d7000 18mm #Nikon #ISS #InternationalSpaceStation #LongExposure #NASA #photography #sky
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