In days gone by, I never left home without my camera bag stocked with film and lenses. With an iPhone, I travel so much lighter. I’m totally hooked on the hipstamatic app, which allows me to create a funky style without a darkroom or chemicals. With a simple shake of my iPhone, I can change camera lenses and film, though my favorite is the Hipstamatic John S lens and Kodot XGrizzled film.
Here are a few shots from my 2011 travels to the Space Tweetups in Germany and Italy, and the NASA tweetups at the Kennedy Space Center. The final two are from Washington DC, where I work and play. Enjoy!
Space Tweetup: German Space Day train
Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore
ESA/ESRIN facility in Frascati, Italy
Cocoa Beach Sand Castles
Space Coast Space Melons
Taxi window view of Washington Monument
View from Space Station: 16 Moonrises Each Day. Photo by Astronaut Ron Garan.
STS-134 Endeavour docked to Space Station.
Astronauts Mike Fincke reflected in Greg Chamitoff's visor. Final spacewalk by Space Shuttle crew.
STS-134 Space Shuttle Endeavor docked to Space Station: Photo by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli
Mosaic of 48 Saturn images from the Cassini spacecraft.
STS-135 final mission to Space Station with US flag flown on STS-1.
STS-135 Atlantis docked to Space Station.
STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis leaving Space Station. Photo by Expediton 28 crew.
NASA's Spitzer space telescope shows "stellar nursery" around Orion's sword.
Comet Lovejoy: Photo by Space Station Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank.
TOO many images to choose from — which is a good thing. I hope these give you a flavor for space.
A special 2011 space thanks to Expedition 27/28 Astronaut Ron Garan for your visionary leadership for Fragile Oasis. Your willingness to share your Space Station experience made space seem closer for those of us who are gravity-challenged. Elyse David, you are amazing. Thanks for keeping Fragile Oasis going 24/7. Donna Connell, you juggled all our requirements for LAUNCH and Fragile Oasis, and ensured we were totally covered contractually. You ROCKet! Ben Slavin, you’re my hero. I’m so glad you’re on the team. We wouldn’t have made it through the year without you.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to host several tweetups at our last Space Shuttle launches. I gained so many new friendships with space tweeps from around the world. I will treasure my time with the ESA/DLR colleagues at the two Space Tweetups across the ocean. Getting to know ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was a highlight for 2011. I look forward to the time when she’s telling her stories from space.
Though we’ve closed out the Space Shuttle program, we continue to support a crew of six humans onboard Space Station 240 miles overhead, orbiting Earth every 91 minutes at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. We have much work ahead in 2012. I’m eager to get started.
Here are my top ten 2011 space-related photos taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. It’s so hard to pick only ten photos, I’ve decided to create several fav foto lists in different categories.
STS-135 Atlantis post-landing
STS-135 Atlantis: the final launch
STS-135 Crew in AstroVan going to Launch pad
STS-135 Atlantis on the Launch Pad
STS-134 tweetup at Kennedy Center press site
STS-135: Our 1st NASA Tweetup Marriage Proposal
Latte at ESA/ESRIN facility in Frascati, Italy - Space Tweetup
@VenusBarbie and @Astro_Luca at the ESA/DLR Space Tweetup in Germany
German Space Day: ESA/DLR Space Tweetup
Saturn V Moon Rocket represents the past. A similar rocket will take us to the future.
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