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way cool (2)

littlerubberfeet (453565) | more than 11 years ago | (#4441351)

Can someone give stats on how big the final ISS will be? Also, what type of webcam was he using? a 3 chip firewire thing, or a serial port POS? perhaps we can use this as an educational tool, and look at planets as well as the ISS.

Re:way cool (4, Informative)

isorox (205688) | more than 11 years ago | (#4441381)

It was a cheap £30 ($45) webcam - his site [freeserve.co.uk] says a "ToUcam" webcam from phillips (Possibly This one [everythingusb.com]

Re:way cool (i'm minus karma-read) (1, Informative)

Gamasta (557555) | more than 11 years ago | (#4445263)

Once finished, the space station is to become brigther than Venus. And its size, pretty big ;-)

Check out this [nasa.gov] for cool information on the station.

A Brit? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4441741)

FWIW there is a Brit on board at the moment.

The resolution must not be that bad if you can pick out someone's teeth that clearly...

Re:A Brit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4449028)

No - they just know because they can't hear him shouting over everyone else.

Re:A Brit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4487729)

How can you know someone is there by not hearing them?

Better yet, how can you hear anything from a picture?

Neato (2)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4441807)

this is pretty cool, i havn't really been able to see the ISS myslf except as a bright speck, i'm suprised at the resolution of the webcam, my opinion of webcams for the most part was of pretty horrible quality

Re:Neato (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4441880)

What does the webcam have to do with this? Is it because it connects to a computer, it's kewl? It's the telescope that did all the work, but hey, it's analog, so who cares, right?

Re:Neato (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4442456)

What does the webcam have to do with this? Is it because it connects to a computer, it's kewl? It's the telescope that did all the work, but hey, it's analog, so who cares, right?

Not quite. Imagine that, instead of an 8-inch telescope like this guy did, you've got a 3-meter telescope. That telescope is doing a heck of alot more work for you, right? And then you hook up a web cam that has a resolution of 200x200 pixels. That great image is lost.

This is just another instance of a chain being only as strong as its weakest link. Your image will be no better than the lesser of the abilities of your telescope and your web cam.

Microgravity Porn? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4443304)

I had something totally different in mind when I read "Home Movies of ISS".

Re:Microgravity Porn? (2)

isorox (205688) | more than 11 years ago | (#4444321)

Has anyone ever had sex in space? Specifcally zero-g?

Re:Microgravity Porn? (1)

embeesh (560485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4445206)

I'm sure it's happened at least once. If there's one thing humans are good at, it's breeding.

Re:Microgravity Porn? (2, Informative)

smurd (48976) | more than 11 years ago | (#4445837)

Looks like an urban myth. The Straight dope [straightdope.com] delt with this a while ago.

Re:Microgravity Porn? (2)

isorox (205688) | more than 11 years ago | (#4449628)

Reading this article, I know you didn't ask about videos, but I expect to see them show up on Chuck's Weird World any day. hit me. Every industry, bar none, was started by sex. From VCR's to the internet, from bars to printing, from religion to *sound of religious fanatics hitting me over the head*...

Anyway, the first low cost private space travel will come after you can get "Saucy Satelites". Sex will drive the space industry as it has every other industry in history. It's what we are about afterall.

Are webcam's worth it? (3, Interesting)

heroine (1220) | more than 11 years ago | (#4460745)

As cool as webcams are, it seems like super 8 was a cut above the best home movies of today.
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