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Close-up: Mouse Small Intestine

April 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle myosin II received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. t was taken with large format image stitch using swept-field confocal fluorescence microscopy.

Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope

April 17, 2014 11:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image...

Three Atmospheric Dragons: Low Pressure Areas around US

April 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA | News | Comments

There are three low pressure systems around the U.S. and they resemble dragons on satellite...

Satellite Ready for Launch from Cape Canaveral

April 15, 2014 11:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L)...

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Embryo of Mature Tale Cress Plant

April 14, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

An embryo sac of mature thale cress, a small flowering plant native to Eurasia, showing the central cell F-actin, the egg cell nucleus and the synergid cells. This 60x image received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Tomokazu Kawashima, of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore, using confocal microscopy and image stacking.

Cosmic Clouds and Stellar Winds

April 11, 2014 8:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This esthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun.

Old World Monkey Kidney Cell

April 10, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

This 100x image shows detail of the microtubules and nucleus in a COS-7 old world monkey kidney, SV40 transformed cultured cell. It received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Dr. Mariela Loschi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, using confocal microscopy.

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Fjord in East Greenland Seen by NASA's Operation IceBridge

April 9, 2014 10:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This view of the frozen fjord downstream of Violingletscher (Violin Glacier) in Østgrønland (East Greenland) was seen during an Operation IceBridge survey flight on April 5, 2014. NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and ...

Pirate Spider Egg Sack

April 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

This 5x image of the egg sack of a pirate spider (Ero sp.) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Geir Drange of Asker, Norway using reflected light and focus stacking.

Atlas V Rocket Stands Ready for Launch

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket stands ready to boost the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on a 10-month journey to the Red Planet. MAVEN is atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Positioned in an orbit above the Red Planet, MAVEN will study the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail.

Radula of Common Whelk

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

This 200x image of the radula (rasping organ) of the mollusc Buccinum undatum (common whelk) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. David Maitland of Feltwell, Norfolk, UK, using differential interference contrast.

Nearby Star Factory: Infrared Images of a Churning Region of Star Birth

April 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away. This colorful Hubble Space Telescope mosaic of a small portion of the Monkey Head Nebula unveils a collection of carved knots of gas and dust silhouetted against glowing gas.

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Turnip Rape with Pollinating Bumblebee and Caterpillar

April 2, 2014 2:48 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Flowering plants attract pollinating insects with scent from their flowers and bright colors. If they have become infested with herbivores like caterpillars, they attract beneficial insects like parasitic wasps with the help of scent signals from their leaves. The wasps then lay their eggs in the caterpillars and kill the parasites.

Coastal Flooding in New Zealand

April 1, 2014 2:19 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A powerful storm passed over New Zealand’s South Island in March 2014 and brought gale-force winds, torrential rains, and flooding to the city of Christchurch. A total of 74 millimeters (three inches) of rain fell on March 4 to 5, according to MetService, New Zealand’s national meteorological service. More than 100 homes flooded and more than 4,000 lost power around the country’s third most populous city.

ISS Solar Array

March 31, 2014 4:18 pm | News | Comments

The sun shines through a truss-based radiator panel and a primary solar array panel on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS) in this photograph taken by an Expedition 38 crew member on January 2, 2014. The crew on the ISS awaits the first commercial resupply mission to the ISS by Orbital Sciences, Orbital-1.

Crystallization of Tartrazine

March 28, 2014 3:54 pm | News | Comments

A crystallization of tartrazine (dye primarily used as a food coloring) image won an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. The 40x differential interference contrast photo was taken by Frederic Labaune of Education Nationale at Auxonne, France.

Antares Rocket Ready for Launch

March 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen on launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.          

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Peanut Worm Larva

March 27, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

This image of a pelagosphera larva of Nephasoma pellucidum (peanut worm) after four days of development won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. The 40x confocal image was submitted by Dr. Michael J. Boyle of the Smithsonian Institution at Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Voyager 1 View of Great Red Spot

March 25, 2014 3:57 pm | News | Comments

At about 89,000 miles in diameter, Jupiter could swallow 1,000 Earths. It is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic. Vibrant bands of clouds carried by winds that can exceed 400 mph continuously circle the planet's atmosphere.

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 World Photomicrophotography Competition. The reflected light photograph was taken by Charles Krebs of Charles Krebs Photography in Issaquah, Wash.  

The Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths

March 21, 2014 10:36 am | by NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory | News | Comments

This still image was taken from a new NASA movie of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, showing the wide range of wavelengths — invisible to the naked eye — that the telescope can view. SDO converts the wavelengths into an image humans can see, and the light is colorized into a rainbow of colors.

Neurons and Dendrites in the Mouse Brain

March 19, 2014 4:22 pm | News | Comments

This 40x image of pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualized in the visual cortex of a mouse brain won 17th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Alexandre William Moreau of the Institute of Neurology, University College London.

Taking Flight at Cape Canaveral

March 19, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Monday, November 18, 2013, Cape Canaveral, FL. NASA’s Mars-bound spacecraft, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

Close-up: Ringed Worm Larva

March 18, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of a ringed worm larva won 18th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Christian Sardet of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, using a darkfield technique.

Variable Star LL Ori Interacts with the Orion Nebula

March 17, 2014 3:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This esthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slow moving gas a shock front is formed, analogous to the bow wave of a boat moving through water

Space Communications Antenna

March 14, 2014 2:33 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This 26 meter (85 foot) antenna operated in Woomera (Island Lagoon), Australia at Deep Space Station (DSS) 41, established in August 1960. The Island Lagoon site was the first deep space station to be established outside the United States and the first Australian antenna NASA built.

Explosive Dynamics: Sugar Transport in Fat Cells

March 13, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

This image of the explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells won 20th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. James Burchfield ofThe Garvan Institute in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, using live cell total internal reflection fluorescence.

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 carbon dioxide (dry) ice. Dark, bare south-facing slopes are soaking up the warmth of the sun. The steep lee sides of the dunes are also ice-free along the crest, allowing sand to slide down the dune.

Filamentous Tip Fungus Cells

March 11, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

This 630x image of filamentous tip fungus cells won 15th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Christian Q. Scheckhuber of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, using fluorescence.

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