An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out to Launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, January 5, 2014, in advance of a planned January 8 launch on Wallops Island, VA. The Antares launched a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
This 5x image of peripheral nerves in an E11.5 mouse embryo won 14th place in the 2013 Nikon...
Two days before the scheduled launch to Mars, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA...
On February 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on February 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light
This 5x image of a sheet weaver spider (Pityohyphantes phrygianus) with a parasitic wasp larva on its abdomen won 16th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Mr. Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, using reflected light and focus stacking.
On February 19, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the Great Lakes and captured this striking false-colored image of the heavily frozen Great Lakes — one of the hardest freeze-ups in four decades.
This 200x image of a mouse vertebra section won 13th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson and Samantha Smith of theDepartment of Pathology/Neuropathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham using focus stacking.
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.
This 200x image shows a polymethyl glutarimide (PMGI) polymer — silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist — that grew wrinkled after exposure to solvents. It won 12th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition
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 ...
This 140x image of a ghost shrimp eye won 11th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Miss Vitoria Tobias Santos of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo Evo Devo Group, using stereomicroscopy.
A full moon rises behind the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL, on November 17, 2013.
On February 11, 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into a sunny California morning onboard a powerful Atlas V and began its life in orbit. In the year since launch, scientists have been working to understand the information the satellite has been sending back.
This 10x image of a thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate won 10th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Ted Kinsman of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, using focus stacking.
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.
This 85x image of an insect wrapped in a spider web won ninth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Mark A. Sanders of the University of Minnesota using confocal, autofluorescence, and image stacking techniques.
Solar array panels on the Russian segment of the International Space Station and a blue and white part of Earth are photographed by an Expedition 38 crew member while the crew watches for the arrival of the ISS Progress 54 cargo spacecraft, loaded with 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the station crew.
On February 1, 2014, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this view of a crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth's atmosphere. Distinct colors are visible because the dominant gases and particles in each layer of the atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain colors of light.
This 50x image of a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant (Barbilophozia sp.) and cyanobacteria won eighth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Ms. Magdalena Turzańska using epi-autofluorescence under UV light, z-stack reconstruction.
On February 5, 1974, NASA's Mariner 10 mission took this first close-up photo of Venus. Made using an ultraviolet filter in its imaging system, the photo has been color-enhanced to bring out Venus's cloudy atmosphere as the human eye would see it.
This 20x image of an adhesive pad on a foreleg of aladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata) won seventh place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Jan Michels using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.
Jakobshavn Isbræ (Jakobshavn Glacier) is moving ice from the Greenland ice sheet into the ocean at a speed that appears to be the fastest ever recorded. Researchers from the University of Washington and the German Space Agency (DLR) measured the dramatic speeds of the fast-flowing glacier in 2012 and 2013. The results are published January 31, 2014, in The Cryosphere, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).
On January 30, 2014, beginning at 8:31 a.m EST, the moon moved between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space. Such a lunar transit happens two to three times each year.
This scene shows the "Murray Ridge" portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. The ridge is the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's work area for the rover's sixth Martian winter. The ridge rises about 130 feet (40 meters) above the surrounding plain, between "Solander Point" at the north end of the ridge and "Cape Tribulation," beyond Murray Ridge to the south.
This image of a veiled chameleon embryo showing cartilage and bone won sixth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Miss Dorit Hockman of the University of Cambridge using a brightfield technique.
The Vanuatu Archipelago is a collection of volcanic islands about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) northeast of Australia. Two of the islands, Gaua and Ambrym, frequently vent sulfurous gases. A broad plume of volcanic vog and ash rises from Ambrym and spreads across the South Pacific. Vog is a combination of “volcanic” and “smog,” and is formed when gases from a volcano react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture.
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
Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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