100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

Celebrating Neil Armstrong: Memorial Service at National Cathedral (Photos)

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Apollo 17 mission commander Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, speaks during a memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong at the Washington National Cathedral, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. [Full Photo Gallery]

Explosion on Jupiter Spotted by Amateur Astrono Photos: Shuttle Endeavour'smers

George Hall/George's Astrophotography

An apparent impact on Jupiter early Monday (Sept. 10) created a fireball on the planet so large and bright that amateur astronomers on Earth spotted the flash. [Full Story]

Photos: Shuttle Endeavour's California Sightseeing Tour

Sam Veta

Photographer Sam Veta snapped this photo of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour flying over the iconic Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory during its arrival in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2012, to be placed on public display at the California Science Center. [Full Photo Gallery]

Stunning Hubble Telescope Photo Captures Star-Forming Galaxy

ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: R. Tugral

The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a gorgeous photo of a faraway spiral galaxy, confirming that it is indeed churning out new stars at a rapid rate. [Full Story]

Hubble Telescope Reveals Farthest View Into Universe Ever

NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the farthest-ever view of the universe, a photo that reveals thousands of galaxies billions of light-years away. [Full Story]

Weather On Mars Surprisingly Warm, Curiosity Rover Finds


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is enjoying some nice, warm weather on the Red Planet — and spring hasn't even come to its landing site yet. [Full Story]

Strange Layer of Venus Surprisingly Cold

ESA/MPS, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany

A layer of Venus’ atmosphere may be cold enough for carbon dioxide snow, scientists say. [Full Story]

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

An impact basin spotted on Mercury with two smaller craters above it looks remarkably like Sesame Street's Cookie Monster — at least to the eyes of scientists working on NASA's Messenger mission to the planet. [Full Story]

SpaceX Dragon Launches on 1st Space Station Cargo Trip

NASA/Gianni Woods

Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off on Oct. 7, 2012 carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit. [Full Photo Gallery]

Jump They Say

Red Bull Stratos/Red Bull Content Pool

After flying to an altitude of 128,100 feet (39,045 meters) in a helium-filled balloon over Roswell, New Mexico, Felix Baumgartner begins his record-breaking jump from the edge of space, Oct. 14, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

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