Best Space Photos of the Week - March 31, 2013

NASA Spacecraft Snaps New Photo of Potential 'Comet of the Century'

NASA/Swift/D. Bodewits, UMCP

NASA’s Swift satellite caught a new photo of Comet ISON as it makes its way towards the inner solar system. Some scientists expect that the comet will brighten brilliantly by the time it passes by the Earth in November. [Full Story]

How a Storm Became Big Enough to Span the Atlantic


A massive storm over the Atlantic spanned the entire ocean basin, stretching all the way from Canada to Europe, and from Greenland to the Caribbean. [Full Story]

Yum! Stargazers Serve Up Hamburger Galaxy in Cosmic Photo

Bob and Janice Fera

Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of NGC 3628, also known as the Hamburger Galaxy, on March 10 and 11 from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. [Full Story]

'Graceful Eruption' on Sun Revealed in Stunning Photo

Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA

A NASA spacecraft that constantly watches the sun has captured an amazing view of a solar eruption that exploded from the star's surface this month. [Full Story]

Artist Shepard Fairey Designs Space Mission Patch


Celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey has turned his attention spaceward, designing a mission patch for the first set of sponsored experiments to be sent to the U.S. National Laboratory on the International Space Station. [Full Story]

Soyuz 'Fast Track': How 1-Day Space Station Trips Work (Infographic)

Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

The Soyuz spacecraft can fly autonomously in orbit for only about four days total, so the faster rendezvous frees up more fuel, oxygen and other supplies for possible use in an emergency. [Full Story]

NASA 'Super Guppy' Swallows Supersonic Jets (Photos)


Two supersonic NASA jets were swallowed whole by the space agency's outsized Super Guppy Transport plane in California this month so that they could be ferried to Texas. [ See the full gallery]

Miriam Kramer /

A gallery of Robert Gendler’s work from his website and in the gallery show. [ See the full gallery]

Moon and Jupiter Shine Among Trees in Stunning Photo


VegaStar Carpentier took this photo on March 17 near Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, France. Carpentier used a Canon EOS1000D, F/5.6, with exposure time of five seconds, an ISO at 400 and 119mm to capture this image. [Full Story]

Soyuz Rocket Launches 'Express' Trip to Space Station (Photos)

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz rocket carrying Expedition 35 crew members to the International Space Station launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, March 28, 2013 (ET). [ See the full gallery]

'Star Trek' Stunt Warps Drones Into Urban Frontier

Getty Images For Paramount Pictures

A fleet of tiny drones formed the "Star Trek" logo in the skies over London Saturday night (March 23), giving the world a sneak peek at a future in which unmanned aircraft are put to all sorts of commercial use. [ Full Story]

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