Fridaygram: student photographers, space video, shuttle sights

APR 20, 2012
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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

As regular Fridaygram readers know, at Google we love to get students involved in coding and other pursuits. For example, last fall we announced the Google Photography Prize, which was open to student photographers around the world. More than 20,000 students from 146 countries submitted entries in the few months the competition was open.

A panel of judges whittled these entries to 100, and then to 10 finalists. You can read more about the competition and see a slideshow of the amazing work of these photographers.

Photo by Sasha Tamarin

Let’s move from still photos to video – and out into space, with a look at what video creator Alex Rivest calls "the best view in the solar system". This video shows what astronauts see from the International Space Station, from various points of view. When you watch this video, you can really see what Alex means. And it kind of makes you want to go check it out for yourself.

As long as we’re already out in space, we can’t resist a final mention of one of our favorite Fridaygram topics, the U. S. Space Shuttle. Earlier this week, shuttle Discovery was flown to its new home at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, producing some incredible sights before arriving. Happy retirement, Discovery.

On the land or in the sky, Fridaygram posts are just for fun. They're designed for your Friday and weekend enjoyment. Each Fridaygram item must pass only one test: it has to be interesting to us nerds.