Tag: NASA

May 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Picture of the Day: The Sun – One Year, One Image

Picture of the Day: The Sun - One Year, One Image

THE SUN – ONE YEAR, ONE IMAGE Photograph by NASA/GSFC/SDO In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun’s rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year…

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April 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Saturn’s 2000 km Wide Hurricane Eye

Saturn's 2000 km Wide Hurricane Eye

Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. Scientists say the hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the…

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April 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Picture of the Day: Atop Earth’s Atmosphere

Picture of the Day: Atop Earth's Atmosphere

ATOP EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE Photograph by NASA Earth Observatory In this breathtaking photograph we see the crescent moon through the top of Earth’s atmosphere. The image was taken above 21.5°N, 113.3°E by International Space Station crew Expedition 13 on July 20, 2006 over the South China Sea, just south of Macau. The atmosphere…

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April 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Picture of the Day: The Bahamas from Space

Picture of the Day: The Bahamas from Space

THE BAHAMAS FROM SPACE Photograph by NASA In this breathtaking photograph we see the Bahamas from orbit on January 13, 2013. The photo was taken by a member of Expedition 34 aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 34 consisted of six crew members who were on the ISS from 18 November 2012…

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March 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Picture of the Day: Aurora Astralis from Space

Picture of the Day: Aurora Astralis from Space

AURORA ASTRALIS FROM SPACE Photograph by NASA/JSC/Joe Acaba The Expedition 32 crew onboard the International Space Station, flying an altitude of approximately 240 miles (386 km), recorded a series of images of Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, on July 15, 2012. NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, flight engineer, recorded the…

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March 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Picture of the Day: Landing from Space

Picture of the Day: Landing from Space

LANDING FROM SPACE Photograph by NASA/Carla Cioffi Poof! The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 32 Commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Revin in a remote area near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Monday, September 17, 2012. Padalka,…

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March 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Picture of the Day: The Father of Rocket Science

Picture of the Day: The Father of Rocket Science

THE FATHER OF ROCKET SCIENCE Photograph by NASA Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and, subsequently, in the United States.…

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February 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Picture of the Day: The Sombrero Galaxy

Picture of the Day: The Sombrero Galaxy

THE SOMBRERO GALAXY Photograph by NASA/ESA & the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the Universe’s most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero Galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy’s hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising…

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February 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Picture of the Day: The Space ‘Selfie’

Picture of the Day: The Space 'Selfie'

THE SPACE ‘SELFIE’ Photograph by NASA International Space Station astronaut, Aki Hoshide (Japan), recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS). Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness…

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January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Picture of the Day: Saturn’s Polar Vortex

Picture of the Day: Saturn's Polar Vortex

SATURN’S POLAR VORTEX Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute The center of this vortex was imaged in unprecedented detail by the robotic Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. These clouds lie at the center of the unusual hexagonal cloud system that surrounds the north pole of Saturn. The sun rose on Saturn’s north pole just…

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