Last week an asteroid known as 4179 Toutatis passed by Earth at a relatively close distance, as far as these things go. As it tumbled in space, getting as near as 4.3 million miles or 18 times the distance from us to the moon, NASA’s 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California, captured radar data that showed the giant rock’s spin. NASA scientists then collected that data into a short film, which we present to you as Tumbling Asteroid GIFs, for your enjoyment and/or terror.
“The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.” —President Obama wipes a tear while talking about the Newtown school shooting.
How it feels when a bunch of states close their polls at the same time.
“I’m speaking,” Romney says. Obama tries to play it cool.
[Images: Elle Reeve]
[GIF: Elspeth Reeve]
The art director on our Romney-vs.-Obama boxing-match photo shoot explains how it came together.
[GIFs: Kasia Cieplak Mayr von Baldegg]