Monday, May 2, 2011: Only a computer artist could present NASA's Voyager spacecraft the way it appears here, in eerie perfection. The boom to the right…Read More »
holds the Cosmic Ray Science instrument, Low Energy Charged Particle detector, the Infrared Spectrometer and Radiometer, Ultraviolet Spectrometer, Photopolarimeter and Wide and Narrow Angle Cameras. The bright gray square below provides an optical calibration plate for the instruments. The Golden Record, containing images and sounds from Earth, appears as the yellow circle on the main spacecraft body. The dish serves as the spacecraft's high-gain antenna for communications with Earth. The magnetometer boom stretches out to the upper left. The radio isotope thermoelectric generators, Voyager's power source, hang on the lower left. The two Voyager spacecraft are identical. Voyager 2 launched on Aug. 20, 1977. Voyager 1 launched on Sept. 5, 1977. Both have approached the edge of the solar system around April 2011, and continue into interstellar space.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a laugh with STS-134 space shuttle Endeavor commander Mark Kelly (with…Read More »
back to camera), right, and shuttle astronauts, from left, Andrew Feustel, European Space Agency’s Roberto Vittori, Michael Fincke, Gregory H. Johnson, and Greg Chamitoff, after their launch was scrubbed, Friday, April 29, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Simulated Martian Terrain
Credit: ESA/ÖWF/P. Santek
Wednesday, May 4, 2011: European researchers tested an ESA rover, a spacesuit mockup and a medical monitoring system April 18-22, at Rio Tinto in Andalucia,…Read More »
southern Spain. The "astronaut" sits at the controls of the Eurobot Ground Prototype, simultaneously testing the Aouda.X spacesuit mockup along with the Long Term Medical Survey System (LTMS). The Spanish weather supplied quite a bit more rain than one would expect on Mars, however.
Monday, May 9, 2011: On the morning of May 1, 2011, four planets and the moon could be seen in the sky over the Paranal observing site of the European…Read More »
Southern Observatory, in the Chilean desert of Atacama. From top to bottom between the left and center telescopes in the photo are Venus (large and bright), Mercury (beneath Venus to the right), Jupiter and Mars (both closer to the horizon). The moon shines at the left. For those keeping score, the photo shows a fifth planet: the Earth.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011: This ultraviolet image of the sun shows large sunspot group AR 9169 as the bright area near the horizon. The relatively cool dark…Read More »
regions have temperatures of thousands of degrees Celsius, in contrast to the bright glowing gas flowing around the sunspots, which have a temperature of over one million degrees Celsius. Large sunspot group AR 9169 moved across the sun during September 2000.
Thursday, May 12, 2011: The three nebulae in this image may appear close together, but in actuality they reside at different distances from the Earth.…Read More »
Nebula NGC 1491 glows on the right side of the image, SH 2-209 sits on the left side and BFS 34 lies in between. NGC 1491 and BFS 34 are part of the same cloud complex at distance of about 10,700 light-years away in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. SH 2-209 lives farther away at about 16,000 light-years distance, located in the outer arm of the Milky Way.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon
Friday, May 13, 2011: A landscape that looks eerie and remote is really Russia's Bezymianny volcano rendered in a false-color image. The volcano erupted…Read More »
on April 14, 2011. In this infrared photo, lava appears red on the summit and to the south-east. Bare rock and ash are gray, and snow and ice appear cyan. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite acquired this image on April 22, 2011.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011: Opportunity rover on Mars looks away from the sun into Endurance Crater and sees its shadow. The image shows two wheels on the…Read More »
lower left and right, with the floor and walls of the unusual crater in the background. Although the companion Spirit rover has gotten stuck, Opportunity still continues on its long trek to expansive Endeavor crater.
Thursday, May 19, 2011: Three intrepid modern-day Montgolfiers launched aboard the BTS-1 (Balloon Transport System) on May 8, 2011, making a near-space…Read More »
trip from Houston, TX, to the swamps of Louisiana. The three travelers, (L to R in inset) Camilla Corona SDO, Skye Bleu, and Fuzz Aldrin, rode aboard the "Inspiration" engineering module to an altitude of approximately 87,000 feet. The flight raised awareness of space education and peace, organized by Bears on Patrol, a nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia. Rescuers from Sabine Wildlife Refuge could not locate the brave explorers for five days, but finally found them. Ironically, the Inspiration capsule has gone missing during return delivery by Fedex.
Credit: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2 and Joe DePasquale
Friday, May 20, 2011: Nebula NGC 3582 contains giant loops of gas that resemble solar prominences. Researchers think dying stars ejected the loops, but…Read More »
this stellar nursery also produces new stars. The young stars emit ultraviolet radiation that causes the gas in the nebula to glow, producing the fiery display. To make this image, Joe DePasquale combined a variety of datasets acquired by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011:The docked space shuttle Endeavour floats above Earth's horizon and black space in this image photographed by an STS-134 crew member…Read More »
onboard the International Space Station, May 21, 2011 (Flight Day 6). That day had been predicted as the date of the Christian rapture, but by the time of this writing, that event had not yet taken place.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011: Japan has provided the first of twelve 7-meter antennas to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory…Read More »
in Chile. ALMA will have an array of fifty antennas with 12-meter diameter dishes. The 7-meter antenna is seen here at the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF), at an altitude of 2900 meters in the foothills of the Chilean Andes. Later it will be moved to the plateau of Chajnantor at a 5000-meter altitude.
Credit: NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Friday, May 27, 2011: This image taken by the Expedition 27 crew aboard the International Space Station shows the Atlantic Seaboard Conurbation (ASC).…Read More »
A conurbation refers to a region comprised of cities, towns, and urban areas that have merged together. This image shows all of the ASC except for Boston, Mass. At upper right lies New York City, N.Y., then to the left appears Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C. On the left-hand border lies Richmond, Va., with Norfolk, Va. near at the bottom, although neither is included in the ASC.