Friday, June 1, 2012: At sunrise, the high-fidelity space shuttle model sits aboard the barge that will transport it from Kennedy Space Center in Florida…Read More »
to Johnson Space Center's visitor center in Houston. The model was installed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 1993. NASA moved it onto the water in order to begin building the facility to display shuttle Atlantis in 2013. Photo released May 24, 2012.
Credit: PHL @ UPR Arecibo, NASA, EUMETSAT, NERC Satellite Receiving Station, University of Dundee
Monday, June 4, 2012: Geostationary satellite MTSAT generated this image of the annular solar eclipse of May 20-21, 2012. The picture clearly shows the…Read More »
scale of the moon’s shadow on the Earth (just right of top center). This image was generated during a color test of the Visible Daily-Earth project by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo. Color correction was made based on NASA Visible Earth datasets.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012: NGC 7026, a planetary nebula, lies just beyond the tip of the tail of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). Not actually a nebula,…Read More »
a planetary nebula represents a stage in the life of mid-sized stars like the sun, when the star’s nuclear fuel runs out and the outer layers of gas puff out. The gas is heated by the hot core of the star, and the gaseous envelope glows like a fluorescent light.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012: This image shows the Solar Dynamic Observatory's ultra-high definition view of the 2012 Venus Transit taken in the 304 angstrom…Read More »
wavelength of light. On June 5-6 2012, SDO is collecting images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117. NASA image captured June 6, 2012.
Friday, June 8, 2012: ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft obtained this view of Danielson (right) and Kalocsa craters in the Arabia Terra region of Mars. The…Read More »
image shows the yardangs — streamlined hills carved by wind — bisected by the darker dune field in Danielson crater. The alternating sedimentary layers of the crater floor suggests that periodic changes in the climate of Mars occurred, possibly due to changes in the planet’s rotation axis.
Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Tuesday, June 12, 2012: NGC 5754 is the large spiral galaxy seen face-on in this image. Nearby to the upper left, NGC 5752 interacts with NGC 5754, as…Read More »
seen by the long filaments being pulled away. Both galaxies are part of a quartet of galaxies known as Arp 297. NGC 5754 lies in the constellation Bootes, the Herdsman, at a distance of roughly 200 million light-years
Wednesday, June 13, 2012: Saturn's small moon Epimetheus orbits beyond the planet's rings. Here, Cassini spacecraft spts the moon outside the thin F ring…Read More »
near the bottom center of this photo, on the far side of the rings. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings. The image was taken in visible light on Dec. 30, 2011, at a distance of approximately 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) from Epimetheus.
Thursday, June 14, 2012: NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project (NEEMO) is a NASA mission based in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research…Read More »
station. Aquarius lies off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It sits next to deep coral reefs 62 feet (19 meters) below the surface. Here aquanauts test and develop surface operations for planetary sample return missions. Image released June 13, 2012.
Friday, June 15, 2012: A simulated 5-day Mars mission took place in the Giant Ice Caves of Dachstein, Austria, created by the Austrian Space Forum and…Read More »
international research partners in April-May 2012. Here, a lunar rover created by the Part-Time Scientists, Asimov R3, undergoes testing in the King Arthur Dome. High humidity inside poses quite a challenge for the little rover.
Credit: NASA, DOE, International Fermi LAT Collaboration
Tuesday, June 19, 2012: Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope re-orients itself as it orbits the earth each 95 minutes, and also the axis of its orbit precesses…Read More »
(like a spinning top). Over time, the path of the Vela Pulsar traced by Fermi's complex movements stretches and twists into this delicate tracery. The image, centered of the Fermi's Large Area Telescope central view, shows Vela's position from August 2008 to August 2010. Vela Pulsar is a neutron star that spins 11 times a second, the brightest persistent source of gamma-rays in the sky.
Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Thursday, June 21, 2012: Adam Block of the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter took this photo of LDN 673, a dark nebula in the constellation Aquila, in April and May 2012.
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Credit: Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center
Friday, June 22, 2012: This intriguing kinetic scupture hangs in the rotunda of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA. Created by artist Reuben…Read More »
Margolin, the cardboard tubes of "Hexagonal Wave" slowly ripple outward in concentric circles, demonstrating how a wave propagates through space. For more information, including a video, visit Margolin’s site. Photo dated January 20, 2012.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012: Yepun, a Unit Telescope of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shoots a yellow laser beam into the sky. The beam creates a glowing spot…Read More »
— an artificial star — in the Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers then use the Laser Guide Star to control the telescope’s deformable mirrors and remove the effects of atmospheric distortions, producing images almost as sharp as if the telescope were in space. The image also captures the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, nearby irregular dwarf galaxies, to the left and to the right of the laser beam, respectively.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera captured this image of a region of Mars near Nili Fossae. Part of the ejecta from…Read More »
an impact crater is visible here. The impact broke up diverse rock types, mixing them together in a impressionistic swirl of colors, each representing a different type of rock. The enhanced-color image was obtained in March 2012.
Thursday, June 28, 2012: Polar mesospheric clouds form between 47 to 53 miles (76 to 85 kilometers) above the Earth. The sun can illuminate these high…Read More »
clouds even when it is below the horizon, giving them the names of noctilucent or "night-shining" clouds. The crew of the ISS took this photo of polar mesospheric clouds on June 13, 2012, while flying over the Tibetan Plateau. Earlier on June 5, the crew made a time-lapse image sequence of polar mesospheric clouds, the first ever taken from orbit.