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Newfound Pink World Lurks at Solar System Fringes

March 28, 2014 2:45 pm | by Alicia Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.   

Peacock Feather

March 24, 2014 4:12 pm | News | Comments

This 50x image of a section of peacock feather won an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small...

Martian Sand Dunes in Spring

March 12, 2014 10:34 am | by Candy Hansen, NASA | News | Comments

Mars’ northern-most sand dunes are beginning to emerge from their winter cover of seasonal...

False-Color Image Highlights Earth’s Plant Growth

March 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Holli Riebeek, NASA | News | Comments

On August 3, 2004, NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (...

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Coronal Loops in an Active Region of the Sun

February 25, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

An active region of the sun just rotating into the view of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory gives a profile view of coronal loops over about a two-day period, from February 8 to 10, 2014. Coronal loops are found around sunspots and in active regions.

Rise of the Compliant Machines: Sociable Humanoids could Help Advance Human-robot Interaction

February 24, 2014 3:58 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Are we on the brink of a robotics revolution? That’s what numerous media outlets asked last December when Google acquired eight robotics companies that specialize in such innovations as manipulation, vision, and humanoid robots. Among those acquisitions was MIT spinout Meka Robotics. Founded in 2006, Meka was an early creator of “compliant” humanoid robots that now work safely alongside humans in everyday environments

Martian Dunes Flying in Formation

February 20, 2014 4:50 pm | by Alfred McEwen, NASA | News | Comments

Migratory birds and military aircraft often fly in a V-shaped formation. The “V” formation greatly boosts the efficiency and range of flying birds, because all except the first fly in the upward motion of air — called upwash — from the wingtip vortices of the bird ahead. In this image of a dune field on Mars ...


Full View of Asteroid Vesta

February 12, 2014 1:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole — more than twice the height of Mount Everest — is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the "snowman" can be seen at the top left.

Cloud Bands over the Western Sahara Desert

January 28, 2014 11:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This photograph of cloud bands over southern Mauritania was taken from the International Space Station with an oblique angle, such that the cloud shadows are a prominent part of the view. Beneath the clouds, the plateau of dark sedimentary rocks appears as a ragged, near-vertical escarpment

Yellowknife Bay Formation on Mars

January 21, 2014 11:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This mosaic of images from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) shows geological members of the Yellowknife Bay formation. The scene has the Sheepbed mudstone in the foreground and rises up through Gillespie Lake member to the Point Lake outcrop.

15 Years Ago: International Space Station Assembly

December 13, 2013 9:06 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On December 6, 1998, the crew of space shuttle mission STS-88 began construction of the International Space Station, attaching the U.S.-built Unity node and the Russian-built Zarya module together in orbit. The crew carried a large-format IMAX camera, used to take this image

Astroinformatics Helps Astronomers Explore the Sky

October 28, 2013 8:20 am | by Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies | News | Comments

The new HITS research group “Astroinformatics” will develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy. The junior group led by Kai Polsterer will work closely with other astronomical research groups in Heidelberg.


Gravity Waves and Sunglint, Lake Superior

October 3, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

From the vantage point of the International Space Station, astronauts frequently observe atmospheric and surface phenomena in ways that are impossible to view from the ground. Two such phenomena — gravity waves and sunglint — are illustrated in this photograph of northeastern Lake Superior.

Review: Gravity, 90 Minutes of Terrifying Beauty, Extraordinary Special Effects

October 3, 2013 11:00 am | by Jocelyn Noveck, AP National Writer | News | Comments

In an age when we're able to consume content so many different ways — and that's a good thing, mostly — let's declare right now that there's only one truly correct way to experience "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's thrilling new space film. In a theater. On a huge screen. And in 3-D. Yes, even for all you 3-D naysayers — we hear you, but this is the movie you HAVE to see in 3-D.

Seamless Photography: Using Mathematical Models for Image Stitching

October 2, 2013 2:21 pm | by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics | News | Comments

A photo captures only as much as the camera in use will allow, and is therefore limited by the field of view of the camera's lens. In the case of smartphones and many advanced cameras, the view from the lens is much smaller than the view from your own eyes.

High-Speed Camera Captures Dancing Droplets for Scientific Photo Album

August 8, 2013 2:16 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

The splash from rain hitting a windowpane or printer ink hitting paper all comes down to tiny droplets hitting a surface, and what each of those droplets does. Cornell University researchers have produced a high-resolution “photo album” of more than 30 shapes an oscillated drop of water can take. The results, a fundamental insight into how droplets behave, could have applications in everything from inkjet printing to microfluidics.

IBEX Spacecraft Images the Heliotail, Revealing an Unexpected Structure

July 10, 2013 1:27 pm | by Southwest Research Institute | News | Comments

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft recently provided the first complete pictures of the solar system's downwind region, revealing a unique and unexpected structure. Researchers have long theorized that, like a comet, a "tail" trails the heliosphere, the giant bubble in which our solar system resides


Bombardment: Mars Camera Reveals Hundreds of Impacts Each Year

May 15, 2013 7:09 pm | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across. Researchers have identified 248 new impact sites on parts of the Martian surface in the past decade

New Camera System Creates High-resolution 3-D Images from Up to a Kilometer Away

April 4, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

A standard camera takes flat, 2-D pictures. To get 3-D information, such as the distance to a far-away object, scientists can bounce a laser beam off the object and measure how long it takes the light to travel back to a detector. The technique, called time-of-flight (ToF), is already used in machine vision, navigation systems for autonomous vehicles, and other applications, but many current ToF...

The Whirlpool Galaxy

February 28, 2013 11:01 am | News | Comments

The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. This image is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

A Wanderer Dances the Dance of Stars and Space

February 21, 2013 5:31 am | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. In this image, the larger-scale structure of the galaxy is barely visible: its comparatively dim spiral arms, which surround its heart in a loose embrace, reach out beyond the edges of this frame

Curiosity Rover Self Portrait at Drilling Site

February 14, 2013 7:20 am | News | Comments

This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars

Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star

February 13, 2013 11:10 am | News | Comments

This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR

Intelligent Civilizations Rarer than One in a Million

February 12, 2013 7:13 am | News | Comments

NASA’s Kepler mission has identified 2,740 planets orbiting other stars, but do any of them harbor intelligent life? Scientists have used the Green Bank Telescope to look for intelligent radio signals from planets around 86 of these stars

Orion Spacecraft

February 6, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

Technicians prepare to fit a special fixture around an Orion capsule inside the high bay of the Operations & Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The fixture is designed to enable precise pre-launch processing of the Orion spacecraft

Exploring the Grand Canyon on Google Maps

February 1, 2013 6:50 am | News | Comments

Whether you’re planning an upcoming hike, or want to learn more about the Earth’s geological history, Google Maps can help. We’re releasing panoramic imagery of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments: the Grand Canyon. These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making our map of this area even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before.

Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty

February 1, 2013 4:14 am | News | Comments

This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR

National Mall from Orbit

January 29, 2013 6:48 am | News | Comments

Astronauts on board the International Space Station captured this view of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area on January 20, 2013, one day before the public Inauguration of President Barack Obama

NASA Joins Dark Universe Mission

January 29, 2013 6:42 am | News | Comments

NASA has joined the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as two billion galaxies

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