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Uploaded: 09/30/07 7:14 PM GMT
Vanguard 1
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The next few days sees the 50th anniversary of the start of the cold war space race. Half a century ago the Russians launched the opening salvo with the successful launch of Sputnik. In response to the surprise launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, the U.S. built Explorer 1 in 84 days, launching it on January 31, 1958. Before work was completed, however, the Soviet Union launched a second satellite, Sputnik 2, on November 3, 1957. On March 17, 1958, Vanguard 1 was successfully placed in Earth orbit by the United States. It was the first solar-powered satellite and was a mere 152 mm in diameter, weighing just 1.4 kg. Vanguard 1 is the oldest artificial object still in space. Vanguard's predecessors, Sputnik 1, Sputnik 2 and Explorer 1 have long since fallen out of orbit.

Credit: NASA/JPL.


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09/30/07 10:45 PM GMT
Fifty year old archive shot cleaned up in the usual fashion using Photoshop CS3 and NoiseNinja. Sorry for the slight banding in the sky tried to break it up in 16bit mode with some noise but the sites compression got the better of it ;-)

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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do
10/01/07 7:23 PM GMT
Very nice image you have there; you can barely notice the banding because you brought up the reflective surface so well! I like how the strong blue is broken up with the reflected terrain. Nice!
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10/03/07 8:34 AM GMT
The colors look really awesome! The orientation makes the piece great as well. Great composition too!
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