Category: space

From Mercury Mark II to Project Gemini : On Ja…

From Mercury Mark II to Project Gemini : On Jan. 3, 1962, the newly announced Mercury Mark II project was renamed Project Gemini. This artist’s concept of a two-person Gemini spacecraft in flight shows a cutaway view. (via NASA)

The Moon in my hands 

The Moon in my hands 

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Just played around with my new gadget and a Milky Way shot and blend them together. This is a composite!

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Pelican Nebula by Roberto Colombari

Pelican Nebula

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Roberto Colombari

From the Earth, Moon and Beyond : THE OSIRIS-R…

From the Earth, Moon and Beyond : THE OSIRIS-REx mission will map and return samples from asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich hunk of rock that might contain organic materials or molecular precursors to life. OSIRIS-Rex is expected to reach Bennu in August, 2018. (via NASA)

Under the Midnight Sun : In September 2017, a …

Under the Midnight Sun : In September 2017, a new iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. (via NASA)

Naples at Night : An astronaut aboard the Inte…

Naples at Night : An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the city lights of Naples and the Campania region of southern Italy. (via NASA)

Recycling Cassiopeia A : Massive stars in our …

Recycling Cassiopeia A : Massive stars in our Milky Way Galaxy live spectacular lives. Collapsing from vast cosmic clouds, their nuclear furnaces ignite and create heavy elements in their cores. After a few million years, the enriched material is blasted back into interstellar space where star formation can begin anew. The expanding debris cloud known as Cassiopeia A is an example of this final phase of the stellar life cycle. Light from the explosion which created this supernova remnant would have been first seen in planet Earth’s sky about 350 years ago, although it took that light about 11,000 years to reach us. This false-color Chandra X-ray Observatory image shows the still hot filaments and knots in the Cassiopeia A remnant. High-energy emission from specific elements has been color coded, silicon in red, sulfur in yellow, calcium in green and iron in purple, to help astronomers explore the recycling of our galaxy’s star stuff – Still expanding, the blast wave is seen as the blue outer ring. The sharp X-ray image, spans about 30 light-years at the estimated distance of Cassiopeia A. The bright speck near the center is a neutron star, the incredibly dense, collapsed remains of the massive stellar core. via NASA

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Kwanzaa Tholus on Ceres : These images show a …

Kwanzaa Tholus on Ceres : These images show a subtle feature on dwarf planet Ceres called Kwanzaa Tholus. (via NASA)

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challen…

On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch. This photograph, taken a few seconds after the accident, shows the Space Shuttle Main Engines and Solid Rocket Booster exhaust plumes entwined around a ball of gas from the External Tank. Because shuttle launches had become almost routine after fifty successful missions, those watching the shuttle launch in person and on television found the sight of the explosion especially shocking and difficult to believe until NASA confirmed the accident.

via: NASA on The Commons