100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

NASA Mars Rover Snaps Its 1st Color Photo on Red Planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped its first color photo of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater using its Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI. [Full Story]

Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Photos of 2012

Roberto Porto

Veteran astrophotographer Roberto Porto snapped this spectacular view of a Perseid meteor over Mount Tiede National Park in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 11, 2012 during the peak of the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. The Milky Way and rock arch Zapata de la Reina (Queen's Shoe) are visible. [Full Photo Gallery]

NASA Space Shuttles Meet Nose-to-Nose for Final Time

collectSPACE.com/Ben Cooper

Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour paused briefly for nose-to-nose photos as they were moved between the Vehicle Assembly Building and orbiter processing facility at the Kennedy Space Center. [Full Story]

Simply (Not) Red


The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula. The bright wispy structures signal an environment rich in ionized hydrogen gas. In reality these appear red, but the various and filters and exposures of this image make the gas appear green. These regions contain recently formed stars emitting powerful ultraviolet radiation ionizing the gas around them. [See more images.]

Massive Solar Loop on Sun Captured by Photographer


A gigantic plasma loop protrudes from the sun in this magnificent amateur astronomy image. Astrophotographer J. P. Brahic captured this photo from France on July 19, 2012. [Full Story]

Amazing NASA Videos Capture Drama of Mars Rover Landing


Two new videos let viewers relive the Mars rover Curiosity’s daring Red Planet landing on Aug. 5, 2012. [Full Story]

Millions of Black Holes Seen by WISE Telescope (Photos)


The entire sky as mapped by WISE at infrared wavelengths is shown here, with an artist's concept of the WISE satellite superimposed. Image released August 29, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

'Blue Moon' of 2012: See the First Photos


The first photos are starting to appear from today's (Aug. 31) blue moon, the last such sight until 2015. [Full Photo Gallery]

Stunning Mars Photo Shows Curiosity Rover's Tracks from Space

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity is taking its first tentative drives across the Martian surface and leaving tracks that have been spotted all the way from space in a spectacular photo snapped by an orbiting spacecraft. [Full Story]

Northern Lights Blaze Up After Big Sun Storm

Ole Salomonsen (http://www.facebook.com/arcticlightphoto)

Skywatchers around the world were wowed by the northern lights show produced by a recent solar storm. [Full Story]

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Tom Chao
Tom Chao has contributed to SPACE.com as a producer and writer since 2000. As a writer and editor, he has worked for the Voyager Company, Time Inc. New Media, HarperCollins and Worth Publishers. He has a bachelor’s degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Tom on Google+.