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Caption: Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park -- Courtesy of ESA, Copernicus data (2014) – click to enlarge

Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park

April 30, 2015 5:06 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Part of the US state of Florida is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite. The peninsula sits between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The large body of water at the top of the image is the freshwater Lake Okeechobee. Covering about 1900 sq km, the lake is very shallow with a maximum depth of about 4 m.

Mite in a Small Forest

April 30, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo, entitled "Mite in a Small Forest" received an honorable mention in the 2014...

Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury

April 29, 2015 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

MASCS has been diligently collecting single tracks of spectral surface measurements since...

International Space Station Flyover of Australia

April 28, 2015 1:57 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

From the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (stationcdrkelly on Instagram)...

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Chicken Sensory Neuron -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Rising Sun: Chicken Sensory Neuron

April 27, 2015 9:43 am | News | Comments

This 40x photo, entitled "Rising Sun" features a cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Central and Southern Italy -- Courtesy of ESA/Copernicus data (2014) – click to enlarge

Central and Southern Italy

April 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Part of Italy’s Molise, Apulia and Campania regions are pictured in this radar composite image from Sentinel-1A. The area features two distinct types of terrain: the Apennine Mountains in the lower left and lowlands to the right. Known for its agricultural importance, the lowland area is known as the Tavoliere — a term that recalls the word tavolo meaning ‘table.’

First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

April 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the moon by a U.S. spacecraft, on July 31, 1964 at 13:09 UT, about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. The large crater at center right is the 108 km diameter Alphonsus. Above it is Ptolemaeus and below it Arzachel. The terminator is at the bottom right corner. Mare Nubium is at center and left. North is at about 11:00 at the center of the frame.

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Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip

April 22, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo features a depth-coded rendering of a transgenic mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) plant root tip stably expressing the nuclear histone marker H2B fused to a green fluorescent protein. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition.

Liquid Crystals with Focal Conic-like Texture -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Liquid Crystals with Focal Conic-like Texture

April 21, 2015 11:58 am | News | Comments

This 40x photo shows focal conic-like domain with varying degrees of modulation and checkerboard patterns. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using polarized light.

Fruit Fly Salivary Gland Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Fruit Fly Salivary Gland Cells

April 20, 2015 10:02 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo features salivary gland cells from a fruit fly showing cell boundaries (white) and genomic DNA (red). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Original Seven: The Mercury Astronauts -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

Original Seven: The Mercury Astronauts

April 17, 2015 12:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This group photo of the original Mercury astronauts was taken in June 1963 at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC), now Johnson Space Center, in Houston, TX. Now known as the "Original Seven," the astronauts are, left-to-right: Cooper, Schirra, Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Slayton and Carpenter.

Drug-resistant Shigella Bacteria -- Courtesy of CDC/James Archer – click to enlarge

Drug-resistant Shigella Bacteria

April 16, 2015 11:38 am | by CDC | News | Comments

This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3-D) computer-generated image of a number of rod-shaped, drug-resistant Shigella bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. Note that the exterior of the Shigella bacterium is fimbriated, covered by numerous thin, hair-like projections, imparting a furry appearance.

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This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind’s impact on the environment and natural resources.

Aral Sea Between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia

April 15, 2015 2:33 pm | News | Comments

This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind’s impact on the environment and natural resources.  

Part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field – the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field – and two lakes are pictured in this image of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, is situa

Two Lakes and an Ice Field

April 14, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field – the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field – and two lakes are pictured in this image of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, is situated in the area around Lake Viedma and the country’s largest freshwater Lake Argentino. 

Sitting in the valley of the Tuul River – running northeast to southwest across the image – the city of Ulan Bator is flanked by the Bogd Khan Mountain to its south (centre of image). This forested mountain is the site of one of the oldest national parks

Ulan Bator, Mongolian Capital

April 13, 2015 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Sitting in the valley of the Tuul River – running northeast to southwest across the image – the city of Ulan Bator is flanked by the Bogd Khan Mountain to its south (centre of image). This forested mountain is the site of one of the oldest national parks in the world, home to wildlife such as foxes and wolves and endangered species of hare and deer.

Mars Marathon Valley Overlook – Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. – click to enlarge

Mars Marathon Valley Overlook

April 9, 2015 3:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows part of "Marathon Valley," a destination on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, as seen from an overlook north of the valley. The scene spans from east, at left, to southeast.

Female Deer Fly -- Courtesy of CDC/Dr. Gary Alpert – click to enlarge

Female Deer Fly

April 9, 2015 12:43 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

This image depicts a dorsal view of a female deer fly, Chrysops dimmock, which had been collected at Nickerson State Park, Cape Cod, MA, on July 4, 2013. This particular specimen had been feeding on both human beings and canines.

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Cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Cultured Embryonic Chicken Dorsal Root Ganglia

April 7, 2015 4:26 pm | News | Comments

This 60x photo "Random Connection" shows a cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Experimental Wing Tests Electric Propulsion Technologies -- Courtesy of Joby Aviation – click to enlarge

Experimental Wing Tests Electric Propulsion Technologies

April 7, 2015 11:22 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center are performing ground testing of a 31-foot-span, carbon composite wing section with 18 electric motors. The LEAPTech project will test the premise that tighter propulsion-airframe integration, made possible with electric power, will deliver improved efficiency and safety, as well as environmental and economic benefits.

Typhoon Maysak -- Courtesy of ESA/NASA – click to enlarge

Typhoon Maysak Commands Respect, Even from Space

April 6, 2015 3:34 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this image of Typhoon Maysak from her vantage point on the International Space Station. Commenting on the image Samantha said: "Commands respect even from space: we just flew over typhoon Maysak."

Pushing the Boundaries of Propelling Deep Space Missions -- Courtesy of NASA, Michelle M. Murphy (Wyle Information Systems, LLC) – click to enlarge

Pushing the Boundaries of Propelling Deep Space Missions

April 2, 2015 8:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are advancing the propulsion system that will propel the first-ever mission to redirect an asteroid for astronauts to explore in the 2020s. NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission will test a number of new capabilities, like advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), needed for future astronaut expeditions into deep space, including to Mars.

Dung Cannon Fungi -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Dung Cannon Fungi

April 1, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

This 80x photo showing dung cannon fungi (Pilobolus sp.) received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using LED lighting.

Galactic Turmoil: The Heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud -- Courtesy of ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI -- click to enlarge

Galactic Turmoil: The Heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud

March 31, 2015 1:50 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

A scene of jagged fiery peaks, turbulent magma-like clouds and fiercely hot bursts of bright light — although this may be reminiscent of a raging fire or the heart of a volcano, it actually shows a cold cosmic clump of gas, dust and stars.

Cushion Starfish Gills -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Cushion Starfish Gills

March 30, 2015 3:00 pm | News | Comments

This 50x photo shows a side view of cushion starfish (Asterina gibbosa) gills (ampullae). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken under water with a prism in a small tank ...

Pine Island, the Largest Glacier in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet -- Courtesy of Hogg/University of Leeds, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) Copernicus data (2015)/ESA/A – click to enlarge

Pine Island, the Largest Glacier in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

March 27, 2015 10:45 am | by ESA | News | Comments

This image combining two scans by Sentinel-1A’s radar shows that parts of the Pine Island glacier flowed about 100 meters (in pink) between March 3 and March 15, 2015. Light blue represents stable ice on either side of the stream.

Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch -- Courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls – click to enlarge

Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch

March 26, 2015 9:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on March 25, 2015. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, and Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 28.

Mouse Heart Muscle Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mouse Heart Muscle Cells

March 25, 2015 2:02 pm | News | Comments

This 400x photo of mouse cardiac ventricular myocytes (isolated heart muscle cells) received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using confocal microscopy.

Galactic Pair -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – click to enlarge

Galactic Pair: Porpoise or Penguin?

March 24, 2015 2:16 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

What do you see in this image: a porpoise or a penguin? Amateur astronomers have nicknamed this pretty galactic pair after both of these creatures — the graceful curve of a dolphin or porpoise can be seen in the blue- and red-tinged shape towards the bottom of the frame, and when paired with the pale, glowing orb just beneath it, the duo bear a striking resemblance to a bird or penguin guarding an egg.

London and the River Thames -- Courtesy of ESA/Copernicus data (2015)  - click to enlarge

London and the River Thames

March 23, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

London appears as a cluster of bright radar reflections along the River Thames in this radar image from Sentinel-1A. The satellite captured this image on March 4, 2015, in its Interferometric Wide Swath mode and dual polarization, from which the artificial color composite was generated.

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