Live, from West Texas!
Blue Origin's reusable New Shepard rocket makes a pinpoint landing to end its fourth successful test flight in West Texas on June 19, 2016. In a company first, Blue Origin webcast the New Shepard launch and landing live online via YouTube after announcing the launch the week prior. This flight tested a two-parachute landing for New Shepard's six-person crew capsule. The capsule also performed as expected, according to Blue Origin. You can see our videos from our full launch story here, and our full image gallery here.
Mars Winter Sand Dunes
It's late winter in Mars' southern hemisphere, so the carbon-dioxide coating crystallized on its sand dune surface has begun to defrost. The dark spots form from the escape of pressurized carbon dioxide gas. The image was taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera March 27, 2016, at 15:31 local Mars time.Read more.