Rockstar Photographers: Astronaut Andre Kuiper & The Flattened Moonbeam

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Supermoon sinking into the atmosphere.

Afgeplatte maanstralen.

De prachtige schakeringen blauw van onze dampkring komen mooi uit in contrast met de supermaan.

Supermoon vandaag. Volle maan op de kortste afstand van de Aarde.

Remember the Supermoon of 2012? The perigee full moon on May 5, 2012 was as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012. Danish astronaut Andre Kuiper was on a mission at the International Space Station when he took these photos of the supermoon sinking into the earth’s atmosphere. These images taken high above earth from space were taken with a digital camera. The bottom of the moon seems distorted because its light is being refracted by Earth’s atmospheric layers – beautiful!

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Quick Thinking: Brian Bews & The Burning Plane

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Captain Brian Bews was demonstrating Canada’s CF-18 fighter jet during an 2010 airshow when the aircraft exploded into a fireball. Mr. Bews was practicing low altitude maneuvers when he realized the jet was unresponsive. He told NBC: “It was about two seconds of me trying to fight the jet…something went terribly wrong,” he said. “I knew where the jet was going and didn’t want to go with it so I pulled the ejection handle…my training kicked in, I knew I had to do it.”

And if that’s not enough, there’s a video.