This may be really hard to see, so click on the images if you need to see them full size. I was able to capture the International Space Station crossing the face of the moon again! Only, get this nerds. This image was taken... WITH A FREAKING CELL PHONE. cell phone cameras only became widely available in 2002 with the iPhone, so there is no way this image could have been acquired before then.
The image was taken as a video file with a Nexus 6 and the app "A Better Camera" that is well worth the 99 cents on sale if you have an android phone with a crappy camera interface. The camera on the phone was held in place up to the eyepiece of the telescope with an adapter, then movie mode was activated roughly 890 seconds before predicted transit. The ISS clearly showed on the screen of the phone. I was also able to get over 500 images that I plan on stacking and cleaning up for a kick as super image of the moon that I hope to post this weekend.
More than a feat of math and engineering and ingenuity, this photo is something that should make you stop and think. In this image are the two largest things orbiting the planet earth. One is the 15th largest object in the solar system and has been around almost since the beginning of earth's history. The other was made by people and launched in 1998. People like us who had vision and talent and a bit of cash made something that allows other people to live and work in outer space.
Get off the internet, go out side and look at something wonderful this weekend. Awe and wonder are all around you if you just go out and seek it.
What is acknowledged as the first cell phone picture of all time was of the newborn daughter of 2 tech entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, California. 1997.
In 1997, Philippe Kahn was stuck in a maternity ward with nothing to do. The software entrepreneur had been shooed away by his wife while she gave birth to their daughter, Sophie. So Kahn, who had been tinkering with technologies that share images instantly, jerry-built a device that could send a real time photo of his newborn to friends and family.
Like any invention, the setup was crude: a digital camera connected to his flip-top cell phone, synched by a few lines of code he’d written on his laptop in the hospital. But the effect has transformed the world: Kahn’s device captured his daughter’s first moments and transmitted them instantly to more than 2,000 people. Here is picture of the set-up.
Kahn soon refined his ad hoc prototype, and in 2000 Sharp used his technology to release the first commercially available integrated camera phone.
I also really like this 1973 photo of Motorola engineer Martin Cooper making the first public hand-held cellular phone call.... to Joel S. Engel, the head of the cellular program at AT&T. He said: "Joel, I'm calling you from a cellular phone, a real cellular phone, a handheld, portable, real cellular phone."