February 17, 2008
Digital imaging in, and of, space
- Is there a sculpture of a Man on Mars? Not really, but the illusion is cool. Of course, anthropomorphic stone formations are also found closer to home.
- Virgin Galactic has unveiled the brilliant Burt Rutan’s elegant SpaceShipTwo. Here’s more info on the efforts. [Via]
- Bring on the nuclear tricycles! Air&Space Mag features alternative lunar vehicles that didn’t quite make the cut. [Via]
- CNET talks about lightning strikes on Venus, as well as how the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has helped explain bizarre Mars textures using stereoscopic imaging. The also point out the dusty Mars rover finding evidence of water.
- The Hubble recently captured a double Einstein ring. An Einstein ring occurs when light from one body is deflected into a ring by another body, such as a black hole. In this case, the effect required three galaxies to be perfectly aligned. [Via]
- Scientists have now turned up a smaller version of our solar system using "a trick of Einsteinian gravity called microlensing."
- On a level I can understand more directly, dig this Solar System typography from Christopher David Ryan. [Via]
- The NYT reports on amateur "satellite spotters" who track the motion of satellites & share their findings on the Net. [Via]
- MSNBC’s has posted their top space photos of the year, while National Geographic has shared their top science images of the year.
New $20,000 Adobe design challenge
Compose an engaging 15-second or less animation or motion graphic video of the Photoshop brand logo that illustrates the theme of “See What’s Possible.” The winning work must incorporate and close with the Adobe Photoshop logo and will be used by Adobe as part of an upcoming Photoshop marketing campaigns.
The grand prize is $20,000 (USD) and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection (BYO forklift & Brinks truck). "But this challenge isn’t just about winning," says John Fiorelli, executive director of Cut&Paste. "All submissions will be publicly showcased on CutandPaste.com where contestants can share their skills with not only fellow designers, but fans, recruiters, and potential clients."
You’ve got until the Ides of March (specifically, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on March 15, 2008) to submit your work, and it needs to be created predominantly with Photoshop, Flash, and/or After Effects. Full details are on the site. Rock out! [Via]