Monday, September 3, 2012: Happy Labor Day from SPACE.com. Here’s a photo of some American workers doing what they do best: landing a rover on Mars! The…Read More »
entry, descent and landing team of the Mars Science Laboratory mission celebrated inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, as they learned that Curiosity rover successfully touched down on the red planet, August 5, 2012 (August 6 EDT). Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s “Mohawk Guy,” appears 5th from left in the front row (mohawk partially obscured).
Tuesday, September 4, 2012: Sh2-188, a planetary nebula, consists of a one-sided shell of material colliding with the interstellar medium, triggering shock…Read More »
wave structures. The planetary nebula phase is a short period during the evolution of a sun-like star in which for some tens of thousands of years the star ejects its outer layers into outer space. (Planetary nebulas have nothing to do with planets, but were misnamed by astronomer William Herschel, who thought they resembled Uranus, which he discovered.)
Wednesday, September 5, 2012: A powerful laser beam from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) sweeps through the night sky over the Chilean Atacama Desert.…Read More »
A 30-minute exposure caused the laser beam to appear spread out, as well as stretching the stars into curved trails as the Earth rotated beneath the sky. The laser creates an artificial star used to assist in correcting the blurring effect of the atmosphere. Image released on August 20, 2012.
Thursday, September 6, 2012: Two interconnected craters in the Ladon basin appear in sharp relief in this photo taken by ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft.…Read More »
Scientists believe the craters, Sigli and Shambe, formed when a large meteorite fragmented into two pieces before impact. The craters show extensive fracturing. The image centers on the area around 18°S and 329°E.
Credit: Adam Block and Vic Eden/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Friday, September 7, 2012: Adam Block of the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona produced this photo of Stephan’s Quintet in July 2012. The five galaxies…Read More »
of the quintet include NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, and 7317, all yellowish in color. They can be seen interacting with each other about 300 million light-years from Earth. Bluish NGC 7320 lies closer than the other four, at a distance of only 40 million light years.
Monday, September 10, 2012: A new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 5806, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo (the Virgin).…Read More »
It lies around 80 million light years from Earth. Also visible in this image is a supernova explosion called SN 2004dg, a faint yellowish dot near the bottom of the galaxy. Aside from the supernova, NGC 5806 doesn’t possess any remarkable qualities, as far as spiral galaxies go. Image released August 27, 2012.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012: Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite collected this image of Manhattan, New York at 11:54 a.m. EDT on Sept. 15, 2001. The image…Read More »
shows the remains of the 1,350-foot towers of the World Trade Center, and the debris and dust that settled throughout the area. Also visible are many emergency and rescue vehicles in the streets. IKONOS orbits 423 miles above the Earth's surface at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. Less «
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“We Choose to Go to the Moon”
Credit: Rice University Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 12, 2012: 50 years ago, on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University that has reverberated through…Read More »
the years to this day. In it, he famously remarked, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard …” At the start of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, this speech laid out the necessity for the US to lead the world in space exploration. [See full story.]
Thursday, September 13, 2012: Clumpy particles in Saturn’s lighter B-ring (at left) contrast with ringlets seen at right in this view presented by the…Read More »
Cassini spacecraft. Saturn’s B-ring is the largest and brightest of the gas giant’s rings, influenced by the moon Mimas, which is thought to cause the clumping. This image was taken in visible light on July 10, 2009, from a distance of 198,800 miles (320,000 km) from Saturn.
Friday, September 21, 2012: This tool shed, nicknamed the Tiki Bar, stands in the area where space shuttle Endeavour will be demated from the NASA 747…Read More »
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). It is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. The shuttle will go on display in the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion later in fall 2012.
Monday, September 24, 2012: Air Force Space Command celebrated its 30th anniversary on September 1, 2012. This photo illustration depicts a milestone in…Read More »
the history of the command. On September 13, 1985, the first Air-Launched Anti-Satellite Missile (ASAT) successfully destroyed its target. Maj. Wilbert "Doug" Pearson flew a highly modified F-15A over Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and scored a direct hit on a satellite in orbit 340 miles above the Earth.
Credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Wednesday, September 26, 2012: Abell 39, a planetary nebula, lies about 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Hercules. The planetary nebula…Read More »
stage occurs late in a star's life cycle, as the outer part of the star is blown outward by strong stellar winds. (Planetary nebulas have nothing to do with planets. The term was coined by William Herschel, when he mistook the celestial objects for giant planets.) Image obtained in June 2012.
Friday, September 28, 2012: An unusual space object appears as if about to devour a spiral galaxy. Cometary globule CG4 consists of a gas cloud with a…Read More »
dusty trail, reminiscent of a comet, though otherwise completely unlike a ice-and-rock clump. The apparent imminent devouring of the spiral galaxy at left results from a trick of perspective, as the galaxy actually lies a hundred million light-years distant from CG4.