Tag: NASA

Feb 28, 2015

Picture of the Day: Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Space

Picture of the Day: Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Space

Photograph by Terry Virts International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of…

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Feb 24, 2015

Picture of the Day: Curiosity’s Latest Selfie from Mars

Picture of the Day: Curiosity’s Latest Selfie from Mars

Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS [NASA JPL Feb. 24, 2015] This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the “Mojave” site, where its drill collected the mission’s second taste of Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end…

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Feb 15, 2015

NASA Celebrates SDO’s 5 Year Anniversary with Jaw-Dropping Compilation of the Sun

NASA Celebrates SDO’s 5 Year Anniversary with Jaw-Dropping Compilation of the Sun

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its…

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Feb 10, 2015

Picture of the Day: Spirals of Light Bursting from Earth

Picture of the Day: Spirals of Light Bursting from Earth

Photograph by NASA/Barry Wilmore In this incredible photo we see spirals of lights bursting from Earth. The photo was taken from the International Space Station by astronaut Barry Wilmore, the commander of Expedition 42 and one of six astronauts currently on board. Expedition 42 has been on the ISS since September 2014 and will…

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Jan 27, 2015

Picture of the Day: NASA’s SDO Captures its 100 Millionth Image of the Sun

Picture of the Day: NASA’s SDO Captures its 100 Millionth Image of the Sun

Photograph by NASA/Goddard/SDO An instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured its 100 millionth image of the sun. The instrument is the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA, which uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun—cycling through 10 different wavelengths—every 12 seconds. This is a processed image of SDO…

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Jan 9, 2015

Deep Zoom Into Andromeda: Exploring the Largest Hubble Image Ever Taken

Deep Zoom Into Andromeda: Exploring the Largest Hubble Image Ever Taken

It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. NASA recently released the largest Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, displaying sweeping views of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a…

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Jan 6, 2015

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Picture of the Day: Pillars of Creation Redux

Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, revealed never-before-seen details of three giant columns of cold…

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