Tag: NASA

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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Dec 5, 2014

17 HQ Photos from NASA’s Orion Launch

17 HQ Photos from NASA’s Orion Launch

NASA took its first major step towards a manned mission to Mars today with the successful launch and landing of its Orion spacecraft. Orion completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. Orion blazed into the morning sky at 7:05 a.m.…

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Nov 6, 2014

Astronauts Put GoPro Inside Water Bubble and Film the Results

Astronauts Put GoPro Inside Water Bubble and Film the Results

During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size…

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Nov 5, 2014

Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feather Under the Conditions of Outer Space

Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feather Under the Conditions of Outer Space

Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio to see what happens when a bowling ball and a feather are dropped together under the conditions of outer space. The facility is home to the largest vacuum chamber in the world. The clip is a preview from Human Universe: Episode 4 on BBC Two.…

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Nov 3, 2014

Picture of the Day: Volcanic Eruption from Above

Picture of the Day: Volcanic Eruption from Above

Photograph by NASA In this incredible aerial photograph by NASA, we see an overhead view of the Sarychev Peak Volcano erupting on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is a stratovolcano covering almost the entirety of Matua Island in the Kuril Islands of Russia. It is a young, highly symmetrical stratovolcanic cone. During this particular…

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