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Image of the Day: December 2010

Looking Out Across Our Lego Land

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Thursday, December 16, 2010 Students wielding toy Lego bricks participated in "Build the Future" at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The event was part of pre-launch activities surrounding the STS-133 mission. NASA and The LEGO Group will feature educational games and activities designed to spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Aurora Comes in View

Kolbjørn Blix Dahle/Andøya Rocket Range

Friday, December 17, 2010 A NASA rocket launched Dec. 12 from Norway to study the mysterious northern lights. This photo of the RENU launch was taken from downtown Andenes, Norway.

Take a Rocket Ride

ESA/S. Corvaja

Monday, December 20, 2010 The Soyuz launcher carrying the Soyuz TMA spacecraft is erected on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will bring NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli to the International Space Station.

10 Degrees and Getting Colder

NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen/NASA/GSFC Distributed Active Archive Center

Tuesday, December 21, 2010. Temperatures plunged during the first week of December in much of Europe and parts of the United States. This image shows the temperature of the land surface for December 3-10, 2010, compared to the average temperature for the same period between 2002 and 2009 (blue=colder; red=warmer). A climate pattern known as the Arctic Oscillation caused the temperatures to fall. The unusual cold brought heavy snow to Northern Europe, stopping flights and trains early in December.

Lights in the Night

Njål Gulbrandsen

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 The Kjell Henriksen Observatory, which is operated by the University Center of Svalbard, provides downrange support for many sounding rocket missions launched from the Andøya Rocket Range, including the recent RENU project launched to study the auroras.

Having a Ball

CCAT/Cornell

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Located at 18,400 feet above sea level in Chile's Atacama Desert, the new CCAT observatory will detect radiation normally blocked to ground-based telescopes by water vapor in the atmosphere.

Northern Exposure

NASA

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 The northern lights hang along the planet's magnetic field. For the first time, scientists have measured the strength of the field in Earth's core.

By the Light of the Reddish Moon

Jimmy Westlake

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 This photo of the Dec. 20 total lunar eclipse by Jimmy Westlake shows the blue edge to Earth's shadow set against the reddened moon.

Goodnight Moon

NASA/Kim Shiflett

Thursday, December 30, 2010 Space shuttle Discovery sits on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec 21, 2010, with the partially-eclipsed moon overhead.

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