Tag: NASA

Dec 11, 2013

This Image Really Puts the Size of Antarctica Into Perspective

This Image Really Puts the Size of Antarctica Into Perspective

Image by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Seen above is a view of the Earth on September 21, 2005 with the full Antarctic region visible. The composite image shows the sea ice on September 21, 2005, the date at which the sea ice was at its minimum extent in the northern hemisphere. The colour of…

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Nov 29, 2013

Picture of the Day: This Star Cluster is 12 Billion Years Old

Picture of the Day: This Star Cluster is 12 Billion Years Old

THIS STAR CLUSTER IS 12 BILLION YEARS OLD Photograph by NASA/ESA [NASA/ESA] – This cluster of stars is known as Messier 15, and is located some 35 000 light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). It is one of the oldest globular clusters known, with an age of around…

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Nov 14, 2013

Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth All in One Photo

Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth All in One Photo

Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI For a sense of scale, the image above sweeps nearly 405,000 miles (651,784 km) across Saturn and its inner rings. It’s the first image ever taken that shows Saturn, its moons and rings, Venus, Mars and Earth all at once. Unveiled on Tuesday, the natural-color, panoramic mosaic taken by NASA’s Cassini…

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Nov 6, 2013

Picture of the Day: In Awe of the Aurora

Picture of the Day: In Awe of the Aurora

IN AWE OF THE AURORA Photograph by NASA NASA ISS023-E-058455 (29 May 2010) – Aurora Australis is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station. Among the views of Earth afforded crew members aboard the ISS, surely one of the most spectacular is of…

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Oct 31, 2013

Picture of the Day: A Canyon of Fire on the Sun

Picture of the Day: A Canyon of Fire on the Sun

A CANYON OF FIRE ON THE SUN Photograph by NASA/SDO NASA/SDO – A magnetic filament of solar material erupted on the sun in late September, breaking the quiet conditions in a spectacular fashion. The 200,000 mile long filament ripped through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, leaving behind what looks like a canyon…

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Oct 13, 2013

Picture of the Day: The First Untethered Free Flight in Space

Picture of the Day: The First Untethered Free Flight in Space

THE FIRST UNTETHERED FREE FLIGHT IN SPACE Photograph by NASA In this mind-blowing photograph, taken 12 February 1984, Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut had ever been. This ‘space first’ was made possible by the Manned Maneuvering…

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Sep 13, 2013

Picture of the Day: One Giant Leap

Picture of the Day: One Giant Leap

ONE GIANT LEAP Photograph by NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry Last Friday a frog managed to photobomb a NASA spacecraft launch. Posted earlier this week to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr page, NASA explains: “A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s…

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