Space Image of the Day Gallery (July 2014)

Once I Was Traveling Across the Sky

Miguel Marques & Soraia Piedade/S&M Photography

Monday, July 28, 2014: Astrophotographers Miguel Marques and Soraia Piedade of S&M Photography sent in a photo of the International Space Station crossing the sky in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, taken May 31, 2014. Figueira da Foz, a seaside resort, lies on the Atlantic coast of Portugal.

— Tom Chao

Touching You, Touching Me

ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgement: Luca Limatola

Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Two spiral galaxies wrestle each other, slowly distorting in this event named 2MASX J06094582-2140234. The interaction may result in a merger of the two galaxies, as scientists predict our Milky Way Galaxy will do with the Andromeda Galaxy after hundreds of millions of years. However, these two galaxies pictured may avoid merging, and merely have the effect of distorting their partner’s arms without a collision. Image released July 28, 2014.

— Tom Chao

The Final Countdown


Thursday, July 31, 2014: An Ariane 5 rocket lifts off with its heaviest payload to date, the Automated Transfer Vehicle named Georges Lemaître (ATV-5), at the start of this launch from French Guiana on July 29, 2014. The European Space Agency’s cargo ship, ATV-5, marks the fifth and final launch of an ATV. 44,753 lbs. (20,300 kg.) of supplies went hurtling towards the International Space Station, a record for the heaviest payload launched into orbit by a European spacecraft.

— Tom Chao

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