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Ride Along With America’s Marshal Officers

When he’s not shooting for publications around the world, photographer Brian Finke makes the time to work on long personal documentary projects. His most recent one, called U.S. Marshals, takes an intimate look into the lives of those serving in the U.S. Marshal service, the oldest law enforcement agency in the country.

Finke’s interest in the U.S. Marshals came from re-connecting in 2010 with Cameron Welch, a current Marshal and friend from high school. The encounter led him to spend the following three years on regular embeds with the U.S. Marshals in more than a dozen U.S. cities.

“It’s pretty amazing watching them do what they do,” says Finke. “It was kind of like my own version of the TV show ‘Cops,’ putting a bulletproof vest on and running in behind them as they go catch the bad guys.”

As part of a law enforcement agency, the Marshals are responsible for transporting criminals, protecting judges and witnesses, as well as tracking down some of the most dangerous fugitives in the country.

“I never felt like my life was in danger,” says Finke, despite the often-precarious situations he and his assistant found themselves in – his very first ride-along with the Marshals included a 120-MPH pursuit of an escaped convict in Texas.

Finke started his photographic career as a black-and-white shooter. Today, it is easy to spot the documentary photographer’s bright, saturated work in his color images, which he developed using an off-camera flash. “Flash exaggerates the color and makes it all come together for me,” he says.

Finke will continue to use his off-camera flash technique in his next in-depth project, which focuses on the women who star in hip hop music videos, he calls this body of work “Hip Hop Honeys.”

“I love the process of photography,” Fink says. “Being out in the world and experiencing things, I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.”


Brian Finke is documentary photographer based in N.Y. and his book US Marshals is published by powerHouse Books 

Adam Glanzman is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter @glanzpiece 


TIME space

A New View of Jupiter Reveals ‘Eye’ of its Storm

A close-up view of Jupiter reveals a creepy 'eye.'
A close-up view of Jupiter reveals a creepy 'eye.' A. Simon—Goddard Space Flight Center/ESA/NASA

Jupiter is keeping an eye on the other planets in the solar system

Earlier this year the Hubble Telescope made this eerie image of what appears to be a hole in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, commonly referred to as GRS, which almost resembles an eye.

The ‘hole,’ it turns out, was actually just a well-timed shadow, captured by one of Hubble’s cameras as Jupiter’s moon Ganymede passed by.

GRS is a massive, ongoing storm within Jupiter’s atmosphere that would be similar to a hurricane on earth. The red spot may appear relatively small from our vantage point, but is so large that three earths could fit within its boundaries.

However, the Great Red Spot may not be so fearsome in years to come, as scientists have observed the spot’s decline in size since the 1930’s.

Read next: 20 Breathtaking Images Of The Earth As Seen From Space

TIME space

Stunning Images Of Galaxy Clusters Teach Scientists About Star Birth

Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas there from cooling
Chandra observations of the Perseus and Virgo galaxy clusters suggest turbulence may be preventing hot gas from cooling. CXC/Stanford/NASA

Turbulence is preventing star formation

It seems that the stars have aligned in the world of astronomy.

In a new study, researchers found that galactic turbulence may prevent the formation of new stars in outer galaxy clusters, which are the largest objects in the universe held together by gravity, existing at temperatures upwards of a million degrees.

Scientists have long wondered why these massive clusters have not begun to cool and form stars.

“We knew that somehow the gas in clusters is being heated to prevent it cooling and forming stars. The question was exactly how,” said lead researcher Irina Zhuravleva, of Stanford University.

According to Zhuravleva, the heat is being “channeled” through turbulence within the cluster. This movement is what maintains the cluster’s high temperature, preventing star formation.

TIME space

See a Comet’s Close Encounter With Mars

This composite image captures the positions of comet 'Siding Spring' and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, on Oct. 19, 2014.
This composite image captures the positions of comet 'Siding Spring' and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet, on Oct. 19, 2014. PSI/JHU/APL/STScI/AU/ESA/NASA

A comet flew past Mars this week and NASA captured the encounter

The comet known as “Siding Spring” had a too-close-for-comfort encounter with the Red Planet this week.

Traveling at around 125,000mph, the comet missed colliding with Mars by a mere 87,000 miles. That’s about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon — in astronomical terms, a very close encounter.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the encounter in this composite image. Sadly, it will be another million years before we see comet Siding Spring again, after it completes its orbit around the sun.

See an artist’s rendition of the encounter in the video below:

TIME space

See 2 Astronauts During Their 6-Hour Spacewalk

Astronaut Alexander Gerst while on a spacewalk outside of ISS on Oct. 7, 2014.
Astronaut Alexander Gerst while on a spacewalk outside of ISS on Oct. 7, 2014. ESA

More than 200 miles away from earth, 2 astronauts left the confines of their floating home

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst went on his first spacewalk Tuesday with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. Working in the moonlight, the duo spent a total of six hours and 13 minutes outside of the International Space Station cleaning and repairing various aspects of their floating home. The astronauts were tethered to the space station during their outing and had a few minutes to take some photographs, some of which were later posted to social media.

Another spacewalk is scheduled to take place next week, the Associated Press reports. Wiseman and fellow American Butch Wilmore will be venturing out of the station to perform more maintenance work.

Want to see more of these astronauts? Watch TIME’s Jeff Kluger interview Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson, and Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station

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TIME On Our Radar

Go Underwater with a Camera from the 1960s

What started out as a small experiment with a few old film cameras from the 1960s has now turned into a much larger project and sparked a revival and love for underwater film photography.

The Nikonos camera, invented in 1963, was one of the first commercially available underwater cameras; early models of the Nikonos were co-designed by the famous aquanaut and explorer Jacques Cousteau.

The camera is no longer manufactured, but it can easily be found secondhand on eBay at around $100. For someone looking to get involved in underwater photography without spending hundreds of dollars on underwater housing for a digital SLR, this old film camera is one of the best options available.

Brandon Jennings is the mastermind behind the Nikonos Project, a crowd-sharing experiment designed to make it easier for photographers to use one of the famed film cameras.

Jennings’ first experience with film photography took place three years ago when he became “fed-up” with digital technology, which he says, took the personal touch out of the photographic process. “With film it just felt like there was more of an art involved, knowing you only had one shot and one roll of film,” Jennings tells TIME.

Since then, Jennings’ chain of camera exchanges has allowed him to share his love of film photography with more than 250 individuals worldwide.

The idea is simple. Starting with a mere eight cameras, Jennings sent the old Nikonos’ to a few photographers around the world to see what they could come up with. After the first round of cameras were shipped out of Jennings’ basement, a journal was added as a means to document each photographer’s experiences with their new camera. Each Nikonos recipient was then instructed to pass the camera on to the next person on the wait-list.

Eventually, Jennings plans to compile the images and stories from all of his Nikonos users into a book.

In the meantime, however, his stockpile of Nikonos cameras has increased to nearly 100, and already 700 people are on the waiting list. “We’re just looking for someone to have a good time, and to learn,” Jennings tells TIME. “It’s a good reminder that life isn’t so fast, that everybody can take their time and enjoy.”


Brandon Jennings is the creator of the Nikonos Project

Adam Glanzman is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter @glanzpiece

TIME technology

Go Underwater with a Camera from the 1960s

The Nikonos Project is a crowd-sharing experiment designed to make it easier for photographers to use one of the famed Nikonos underwater cameras

What started out as a small experiment with a few old film cameras from the 1960s has now turned into a much larger project and sparked a revival and love for underwater film photography.

The Nikonos camera, invented in 1963, was one of the first commercially available underwater cameras; early models of the Nikonos were co-designed by the famous aquanaut and explorer Jacques Cousteau.

The camera is no longer manufactured, but it can easily be found secondhand on eBay at around $100. For someone looking to get involved in underwater photography without spending hundreds of dollars on underwater housing for a digital SLR, this old film camera is one of the best options available.

Brandon Jennings is the mastermind behind the Nikonos Project, a crowd-sharing experiment designed to make it easier for photographers to use one of the famed film cameras.

Jennings’ first experience with film photography took place three years ago when he became “fed-up” with digital technology, which he says, took the personal touch out of the photographic process. “With film it just felt like there was more of an art involved, knowing you only had one shot and one roll of film,” Jennings tells TIME.

Since then, Jennings’ chain of camera exchanges has allowed him to share his love of film photography with more than 250 individuals worldwide.

The idea is simple. Starting with a mere eight cameras, Jennings sent the old Nikonos’ to a few photographers around the world to see what they could come up with. After the first round of cameras were shipped out of Jennings’ basement, a journal was added as a means to document each photographer’s experiences with their new camera. Each Nikonos recipient was then instructed to pass the camera on to the next person on the wait-list.

Eventually, Jennings plans to compile the images and stories from all of his Nikonos users into a book.

In the meantime, however, his stockpile of Nikonos cameras has increased to nearly 100, and already 700 people are on the waiting list. “We’re just looking for someone to have a good time, and to learn,” Jennings tells TIME. “It’s a good reminder that life isn’t so fast, that everybody can take their time and enjoy.”


Brandon Jennings is the creator of the Nikonos Project

Adam Glanzman is a contributor to TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter @glanzpiece


TIME space

Spacecraft Snaps Casual Selfie With Passing Comet

The Rosetta spacecraft snapped a ‘selfie’ with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Sept. 7, 2014. Two images with different exposure times were combined to bring out the faint details in this very high contrast situation. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

Selfies are no longer just a human trend

The Mars Curiosity Rover isn’t the only lunar explorer that knows how to take a selfie these days.

The first of its kind—the Rosetta Spacecraft was designed to orbit and land on a comet in outer-space. This mission, which was launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, has finally approached the comet it was set to land on, and was at a distance of approximately 50 kilometers away from the comet when the selfie was snapped.

A special camera onboard Rosetta’s Philae Lander called CIVA (Comet Nucleus Infrared and Visible Analyzer) captured the image above using multiple exposures to bring out the fine details in both the comet and spacecraft.

Come November, the Rosetta Spacecraft will deploy its Philae Lander and attempt history’s first comet landing.

TIME technology

Watch NASA Test These 3D-Printed Rocket Parts

3-D printers can bring rockets to space.

If you thought the coolest application of a 3-D printer was creating a miniature model of yourself to show to your friends, then NASA has just proven you wrong.

Two 3-D printed rocket injectors were recently successfully tested by NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. These powerful injectors mix liquid nitrogen and hydrogen to produce a combustion that can reach temperatures over 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit and generate over 20,000 pounds of thrust.

It sounds simple enough — the injectors’ design was entered into a 3-D printer’s computer, and the printer then built each part through a process known as selective laser melting.

“We wanted to go a step beyond just testing an injector and demonstrate how 3-D printing could revolutionize rocket designs,” said Chris Singer, director of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate.

With conventional manufacturing methods, the rocket injectors would require the creation and assembly of 163 individual pieces; with the 3-D printer, only 2 pieces were necessary. This unique method not only saved scientists and engineers time and money, it is also less likely to fail than the traditionally-built piece.

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