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Quote: ...there is still about 1/2 the atmosphere remaining, albeit a lot drier and (usually) cleaner.
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Quote:I found this article quite fascinating! With ample acclimatization, apparently human vision can adapt to ~14,000 elevation! Yet even stranger were the results they obtained (page 3 @ the linked article)... the added elevation beyond 6,800' seemed of little benefit for LM.
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And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
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Quote: He said the sky is very bright with all the stars visible and constellations completely disappear because of all the stars that are shining.
Quote: ...astronauts are certainly not amateur astronomers and are unlikely to have intimate familiarity with the appearance of a truly dark sky, at best having occasionally viewed planetarium simulations of such. Thus, when presented with such a real sky they would likely feel overwhelmed by the scene.
Quote: Therefore, I would say that regardless of the gain "theoretically" possible by being totally outside the atmosphere, I highly doubt that any astronaut has viewed the heavens appearing any more impressive than an earthbound observer sees from a Bortle class 1 site.
Quote: ...he said there is a window facing up that is away from all the light and he can see space pretty well, especially when they are in the Earths shadow... dark nebula was very prominent and well defined. Almost like there was a blanket thrown over parts of the sky.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Quote:I have no doubt that nearly all of the astronauts "know the constellations", parts of their jobs depend upon that, but I have never heard of even one actually claiming to have ever been a practicing amateur astronomer, nor being intimately familiar with observational astronomy. There is an enormous difference between perhaps having a casual interest in amateur astronomy (as many claim to have) and actual having a serious working knowledge. Even among the amateur community represented here there are those of us that are more rightly classified as simply star gazers rather than serious amateur astronomers well versed in observing methodology.
Quote:"There's always something good to see out the window of the space station," says Pettit, who happens to be an amateur astronomer as well as the science officer of the International Space Station (ISS).
Quote:"These pictures show how wonderfully stable the space station is," says Pettit. "When the camera is mounted to the window, the ISS itself serves as a tripod. Any movement would cause streaks in the star images." But the station's Control Moment Gyros maintain attitude with rock-solid precision. "I don't believe that the ISS was designed for astronomy," adds Pettit, "but it functions very well as a platform for astrophotography."
Quote:Ditto - Not to hijack the thread......but are there any similar reports from the men who walked on the moon???
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