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  • Apollo 12 Survived Two Lightning Strikes To Capture These High Quality Lunar Photos

    On November 14, 1969, just four months after Apollo 11 made history and landed on the moon, Apollo 12 took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Just 36.5 seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V rocket, causing a false overload that took all three fuel cells offline. A second strike at 52 seconds took out the gyroscopes. The command module was transferred to battery backup, but the Saturn’s guidance system was still functional. Despite the rocky start, the Apollo 12 team reached the lunar surface on November 19. Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean became the second team to fly to the moon. When Pete Conrad, a relatively short man at 5’6″, first stepped on the moon he remarked, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” The following photos are just a few captured by the Apollo 12 astronauts. You can see many others at Project Apollo, but be careful: Once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop.

  • High-Quality Historic Maps Of Hoboken From 1881 and 1904

    Hoboken, home of baseball, Frank Sinatra, and RSVLTS HQ, is one of New Jersey’s fastest growing cities. In fact, from 2000 to 2010, the city’s population grew an incredible 30%. But it wasn’t always the busy city we know today. Hoboken was originally developed in the early 1800s as a resort city for Manhattanites. Then, beginning in the late 19th century, the city’s ports came under heavy use for shipping, aided by the railroad station. In 1889, 3000 manufacturing workers were employed in Hoboken. By 1909, that number had tripled. Check out the two maps below from 1881 and 1904 for an illustrated look at this growth. And be sure to click on the maps to see the full-size images.

  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • 10 HQ Photos Of Our Newest National Monument, The San Gabriel Mountains

    Last week, President Obama designated southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument. About 350,000 acres of the mountain range’s 655,000 acres received the designation and federal protection that comes along with it. For many residents of Los Angeles, the mountains provide the only open space escape available. In fact, more than 15 million people live within 90 minutes of the mountain range. Also, 30% of Los Angeles’ drinking water comes form the mountains—a very important reason to make sure that water supply is kept clean. Along with the designation comes more than a million dollars to go towards upgrading and maintaining trails and picnic areas. With more than 3 million visitors annually, the San Gabriel Mountains will need all the preservation aid they can get. These high quality photos come from the US Department of Agriculture. For more great photos, check out the USDA on Flickr.

  • Phuket’s Vegetarians Are Hardcore [15 HQ Photos]

    Each year in Thailand, the city of Phuket (pronounced poo-ket, not…you know) hosts the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. It is held in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and is believed that the rituals practiced during the festival will bring good fortune. During the 10-day festival, residents of Chinese descent follow a strict vegan diet to cleanse their spirits. Then things get crazy. The most hardcore devotees will walk over hot coals, climb ladders with bladed rungs, and, as you can see in these photos, shove a bunch of stuff through holes in their faces. Hmm…you know, maybe it’s actually some protein or iron deficiency wreaking havoc on their brains that leads to these wacky antics.

  • 14 HQ Photos From The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival

    The world’s largest hot air balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, is currently underway in New Mexico. The nine-day event, which ends October 12, is currently is in its 43rd year. Over 500 teams from 22 countries have brought their balloons to this year’s festivities, a huge difference from the original gathering in 1972 which saw just 13 balloons take to the skies. In addition to various competitions including races, a ring toss, and pole grab events, the get-together is also an opportunity for creative aeronauts to showcase their uniquely shaped and decorated balloons. For more info on this year’s festival check out Balloon Fiesta.

  • 15 Eye-Opening HQ Photos Show The Disappearing Aral Sea

    Originally formed where the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers joined between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world. But beginning in the 1960s, Soviet irrigation projects diverted the flow of the rivers and the Aral Sea began its decline. By 2007, the sea was just 10% of its original size and had split into four lakes—the North Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea, and a smaller lake in between the North and South. A dam project was completed in 2005 in an effort to save the North Aral Sea. However, these photos of the last 15 years illustrate how little is left of the once great sea and why the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as “one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters.”

  • RSVLTS Visit St. Louis For A Bud VIP Weekend [35 HQ Photos]

    Our friends at Budweiser invited us out to St. Louis last weekend for a Bud VIP weekend complete with a brewery tour, Rams game, Cardinals game, and so much more. It sounded great, but we’ll be honest, we had no idea what to expect from the city. We knew it was home to plenty of professional sports teams and the Gateway Arch and…um…yeah, that’s about all we knew. But Budweiser made sure we’d see everything that we were missing out on in one of America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas. Serving as home base for the weekend was the Magnolia Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Known for years as the Mayfair Hotel and hosting such guests as Harry S Truman, Irving Berlin, and Cary Grant, the building had recently undergone renovations and was reopened as the Magnolia Hotel. Budweiser was kind enough to supply us with a keg of Budweiser and plenty of Gooey Louie gooey butter cake. If you’ve never had gooey butter cake, make friends with someone in St. Louis ASAP. Our first big adventure was a VIP tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Now we’ve taken brewery tours before, but they’ve always been microbreweries. While we love our microbrews, more »

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of United States Presidents Playing Football [17 HQ Photos]

    President Barack Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Bill Clinton is hit in the face with the football while breaking up a pass play during a touch football game on Dec. 31, 1993, in the beach at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Doug Gilmore) President Bush throws a football as he stands with Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, right, during an impromptu stop at the team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio, Saturday, July 31, 2004. President Bush is making a campaign Bush tour through Ohio Saturday and will finish the day in Pittsburgh before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Dwight Eisenhower is shown kicking a football during a practice session at West Point in 1912. (AP Photo/The Eisenhower Library) Abilene, Kansas high school football team of 1910 on which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower played while a post-graduate student in preparation for West Point. Left to right, top row: Ralph Lucier, Frank Madden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Earl Briney, “Six” McDonald, Howard Funk. Second row: Orin Snyder, coach Raymond Sare, Ames Rogers, G.N. more »

  • The Amazing Street Art of Vitry-sur-Seine, France [21 High Quality Photos]

    To the naked eye Vitry-sur-Seine is just another suburb of Paris. But the town of 86,000 has a little known secret. It is home to over 100 of the top street artists in the world. London was in the news this summer for putting a strict ban on this form of art but Vitry-sur-Seine actually ENCOURAGES their creative spirit allowing the artists to use the city as a canvas and bringing them in as faculty to teach workshops in the public schools. Embracing art like a boss. Well done Vitry-sur-Seine.

  • 16 HQ Photos From The Early Days Of Mountain Biking

    Retro bikes? Quirky facial hair? Vintage clothing? Overly warm photos with vignetting? Sounds like all the makings of a hipster Instagram account. But these photos are the real deal. They were taken by Wende Cragg, who would get together with her other adventurous cyclists in the 70s and ride down California’s mountain trails during the early days of what would become the sport of mountain biking. At the time, bike manufacturers didn’t build specialized bikes for downhill, mountainous terrain. It was common for ones hub brake to burn up all the grease on these downhill voyages and seize up, requiring one to repack the bearings. Because of this, these races became known as “Repacks” and their popularity led to modern mountain biking as we know it today. More of these great photos can be found at Biking History and for a more in-depth look at Wende Cragg and her fellow California repackers, check out Collectors Weekly.

  • Shocking Before & After Photos Of The California Drought

    Until recently, drought conditions had been worsening steadily for California since 2011. The past couple weeks have seen conditions remain the same rather than getting worse, but it doesn’t look like conditions will improve anytime soon, either. A wet El Niño fall had been predicted this year, but as we get closer the chances of such weather actually occurring have dropped to just 65%. And even if it does arrive, it won’t be anywhere near as wet as originally anticipated. With almost 99.8% of the state experiencing “severe” drought and more than half at “exceptional,” the driest on the five-level scale, the situation is looking dire for California residents.

  • This Is America: 32 Powerful Insider Photos From The Streets Ferguson, MO

    Early Tuesday Capt. Ron Johnson spoke after a chaotic night in which 31 people were arrested and two people were hit by gunfire. People are asking how did this local town get so militarized, celebrities like Nelly are flocking to the town to get involved and, in general, the town of Ferguson is looking more like Fallujah than an American suburb. As night falls in Ferguson peaceful protests have turned into battle grounds. To show a perspective that you may not have seen yet we’ve pulled together the following powerful photos that give an insiders look at what is going on from ground zero of the on-going event.

  • Get up Close And Personal With Celestial Hardbody Comet 67P [5 HQ Photos]

    Over 10 years ago, in March of 2004, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta spacecraft. The robotic space probe was built with the intent of studying comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. On August 6, Rosetta entered into orbit around the comet, the first spacecraft ever to do so. For the next 17 months, Rosetta will orbit 67P while conducting the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. In November, the Philae robotic lander will land on the surface of 67P for further studies. Below are the first of the comet close-ups received from this incredible mission. Keep up with ESA Mission Rosetta on Twitter.

  • Russians Go To Hong Kong; Climb All The Things [35 HQ Photos]

    Fun Fact*: Russians have 38 words for “vodka” but no word for “nope.” But what is it with Russians and their complete lack of fear? Is it the vodka coursing through their veins? Or maybe their ushankas are too tight, cutting off circulation to their brains. Whatever the reason, the lack of a fear gene in Russian DNA has enabled them to be a country of daredevils, especially when it comes to climbing tall buildings without any sort of safety precautions. Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov are two such brave (or insane) individuals who recently traveled to Hong Kong and climbed pretty much everything. Some of their most dizzying photos are below, but you can view the rest and other crazy adventures at their site, On The Roofs.  *Not a fact.

  • 25 HQ Photos Of Hollywood Streets In The 80s

    In 1979, 17-year-old Matt Sweeney left home for Hollywood in hopes of making it big as a filmmaker. For 4 years he worked towards his dream while also photographing other inhabitants of the city on brilliant Kodachrome 64 film. Nothing ever came of Sweeney’s film career, but from 1979-1983 he captured around 80 rolls of film. Now he is working on digitizing the photos and sharing them all on his website mudstonephoto. Some of our favorites from the collection thus far are below, but there are many more at his site.

  • 45 Years Ago The United States Landed On The Moon [45 Rare and Iconic Photos]

    On July 16, 1969 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin left the Earth loaded into Apollo 11 and took off for the Moon. The launch was on a Wednesday, they became the first human beings to step foot on the Moon on Sunday, then splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean the following Thursday. Possibly the most productive 8 day trip in human history. From the launch to walking on its surface to the splash down and the whirlwind press tour that followed here is an insiders look at the Moon landing that took place 45 years ago this week.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Finalists Announced [8 HQ Photos]

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. The competition ends September 17 and on the following day, an exhibition of the winning images opens at the Royal Observatory. The overall winner will be awarded £1500 ($2500), while winners of each of the different categories will receive £500 ($850). For more info on the contest and exhibition, visit Royal Museums Greenwich. More of the submitted photos can be viewed at the contest’s official Flickr album.

  • 12 HQ Photos That Show How Man Has Changed The American Landscape

    New York City-based photographer Victoria Sambunaris has spent the last 12 years traveling the United States and cataloging landscapes changed by man and nature. Every year she finds herself driving through almost every state, planning shots she captures with her large-format camera. Sambunaris can spend days in one spot waiting for the perfect conditions for a shot. After a month or two, she will have about 50 shots sent off to her developer. After returning home, she edits down her photos, where she’s happy if she’s left with 5 after 3 months of work. Sambunaris also doesn’t use any digital tools in her work, meaning there are no post-production fixes for her photos. She must get it right the first time or the photo won’t make the cut. Check out these and more photos in Victoria Sambunaris’ book Taxonomy of a Landscape, available now from Amazon for $43.

  • 25 HQ Aerial Photos That Give You A New Perspective Of The World

    In 1987, author Frank White first described the Overview Effect as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. When viewing the planet from above, some astronauts have described a feeling of awe and understanding of the interconnectedness between all species. Obviously, it’s not possible for all of us to travel to space and experience the Overview Effect, but a website aims to do the next best thing by offering daily high quality satellite images of locations all over the planet. Farms, parking lots, cemeteries, cities—all are on display at the site. Some of our favorites are below, but plenty more can be found at Daily Overview.

  • 25 Amazing HQ Photos Of London Subways In the 1980s

    While working as a projectionist at a porn theater in London in the 1980s, Bob Mazzer would take a camera with him and capture his fellow passengers on the Tube every day. Mazzer captured all the great emotions, love, hate, happiness, and drunkenness, in his photos. Seriously, there’s a couple of ladies drinking whiskey and beer on their ride in one of the pictures. All of the subcultures of the era are also on display with skins, punks, soulboys, teds, and whatever the hell else they had over there at the time (but nary a chav in sight!). For the next month, you can see the photos in person for the first time at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery. You can also purchase a limited edition book of Mazzer’s work titled Bob Mazzer Underground for £20.00, which is about a million dollars (or maybe $35).

  • The Future Of Travel At Spaceport America [10 HQ Photos]

    With the American people electing more and more Luddites who refuse scientific evidence and are unable to understand any sort of technology, NASA’s future isn’t looking so bright. In fact, during the government shut-down last year, 97 percent of NASA employees were deemed “unessential” and sent home. It’s up to the private sector to explore space now and in New Mexico they’ve built the perfect headquarters. Spaceport America has been described as “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport,” with tenants including Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace, and Armadillo Aerospace. A visitor center in downtown Truth Or Consequences, the closest town to the Spaceport, is in the works and will offer shuttle bus services. With Virgin Galactic aiming to begin commercial space flights later this year, Spaceport America is the start of a new chapter in travel. For more info and photos, visit Spaceport America.

  • Dracula’s Transylvania Bachelor Pad For Sale [25 HQ Photos]

    You’d have to be batty to pass this up: Transylvania’s Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle,” is up for sale. Although the castle was never the residence of Vlad the Impaler, the basis for Bram Stoker’s Dracula character, it is believed to be the influence for the setting of the gothic novel. The 57-room, 22-acre castle features a dungeon, music room, lavish dining areas, tall towers…and no bathrooms or plumbing. But don’t let the state of this fixer-upper scare you: With half a million visitors per year paying about $7 admission, the castle basically pays for itself. The price isn’t listed, but it’s believed to sell for over $135 million. Remember that scene in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” where Keanu Reeves is seduced by the three brides (including Monica Bellucci!)? A chance at that is totally worth $135 mil.

  • 12 Free HQ Photos From Public Domain Archive

    Web designer, photographer, and graphic designer Matt Hobbs was always searching for public domain images to include in his projects. Unfortunately, there was not a single resource that collected all the great, high quality photos available for free use. So Hobbs put his skills to use and created Public Domain Archive. Obviously this site will never compete with the incredible libraries of sites such as Shutterstock. Instead it’s meant to be more like Pinterest, offering inspiration and images you can use without worrying about copyright. Check out more great public domain images, including many from Matt Hobbs himself, at the Public Domain Archive.

  • The Magnificent Art Of Concept Cars [17 HQ Photos]

    Beginning May 21, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will display a collection of concept cars in an exhibition titled “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas.” The concept cars, produced between 1932 and the present day, were never meant for sale to the public, but instead served as tests for design innovations that would take years to find their way into mass production, if they made it past the conceptual stage at all. The point of the exhibit is to showcase the limitless imaginations of the mechanical engineers behind these marvels, who dared to produce such radical designs. The exhibit runs from May 21-September 7. For more information, visit High Museum of Art.

  • Incredible Costa Rican Hotel Inside A Boeing 727 [11 HQ Photos]

    The most exclusive suite in all of Costa Rica can be found at the Hotel Costa Verde. A 1967 Boeing 727 has been refurbished and transformed into a two bedroom suite atop a 50-foot pedestal in the rainforest. One bedroom features one queen sized bed while the other features two queen sized beds and both have a private bath and air conditioning. There is also a flat screen TV, kitchenette, dining area, and ocean view terrace. Rates start at just $250 per night. For more info and photos documenting the construction of the hotel, visit Hotel Costa Verde.

  • Vivian Maier Was The Queen Of Selfies [18 HQ Photos]

    A couple months ago, we told you all about Vivian Maier, the nanny who was a secret photographer. Her body of work, uncovered just a few years ago, is an incredible collection of the people and places of 1950-1970 Chicago and New York. Despite her secretive life leading one to believe she was a bit shy, Maier also took incredible self-portraits that would make even the greatest of Instagrammers totes jelly. These artistic selfies are better than anything you’ll find on social media and they don’t even need bad filters! Check out more great photos at the Vivian Maier Collection.

  • Grab A Martini And Check Out These “Mad Men” Sets [17 HQ Photos]

    There was a time when our generation thought of the 60s as a time when stuffy old men fought communism and orchestrated presidential assassinations while promiscuous hippie girls seduced slow-witted boys from their childhood. Then “Mad Men” came along and showed us the sharp suits and ample-bosomed redheads of the era. It also taught us that our grandparents’ houses were really cool looking once you remove the bowls of Werther’s Originals and tar stains brought on by 50 years of smoking Chesterfields. Interior Design recently interviewed series creator Matthew Weiner about the sets and the time period. Take a look at these photos, then read the interview at Interior Design. 

  • Incredible Entries From National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest [30 HQ Photos]

    The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has been announced and entries are being accepted until June 30, 2014. Think you have what it takes to win? Here’s a look at some of the competition. An 8-day Alaskan expedition for two will be given to the first prize winner, a 5-day photo workshop for second prize, and a 6-day cruise for two for third place. Personally, the third place prize sounds better than second. For more info and to enter you’re picture that probably won’t win, head over to Traveler Photo Contest 2014.

  • RSVLTS Visit The New York World’s Fair 50 Years Later [37 HQ Photos]

    50 years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened, running for two six-month seasons from 1964-65. Anyone who’s been to a Mets game knows that you can still find reminders of the exposition around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, such as the iconic Unisphere. But the highlight of the fair, the New York State Pavilion, has sat unused and off limits to park visitors. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion consists of three sections: the observation towers, the Theaterama, and the “Tent of Tomorrow.” To celebrate the 50 year anniversary, the “Tent of Tomorrow” was opened to visitors just for the day for the first time in years. Thousands showed up, including the RSVLTS, and waited in line for over 4 hours for the chance to see inside. Over the past few years the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has taken over the site and has been working hard at repainting and restoring the Tent of Tomorrow to its former glory. For more info on the project and future plans for the site, visit New York State Pavilion Paint Project.

 
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