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Whirligig Beetle -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Whirligig Beetle Swimming Leg

September 19, 2014 3:19 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows the swimming leg of a whirligig beetle (Gyrinus sp.). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by David Linstead.

Close-up: Common Orange Lichen

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

This 4X photo shows a close-up of common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina), a...

Florida to Louisiana Viewed from International Space Station

September 17, 2014 1:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image of Florida to Louisiana just before dawn, taken...

Flying through an Aurora

September 16, 2014 2:40 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photograph taken from the...

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Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells

September 15, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

This 63X photo shows an expression of a fluorescently labeled protein in Tobacco leaf epidermal cells. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Supernova Remains -- Courtesy of  NASA/CXC/IAFE/G.Dubner et al & ESA/XMM-Newton

Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

September 12, 2014 11:50 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, as seen in this image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. The image shows the remains of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth about 3,700 years ago. The remnant is called Puppis A and is around 7,000 light years away and about 10 light years across.

Space Launch System Takes Flight -- Courtesy of NASA/MSFC

Space Launch System Takes Flight

September 11, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission — Exploration Mission 1 — will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon.

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Astronaut's View from Space -- Courtesy of NASA/Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid)

An Astronaut's View from Space

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this photo from the International Space Station on Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014. "My favorite views from #space – just past #sunrise over the ocean," the Expedition 40 astronaut tweeted. The Expedition 40 crew has been busy aboard the Space Station, recently performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades.

Teepee Canyon agate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Teepee Canyon Agate

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo of a polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microsc

Male Drosophila Spiral Shaped Testis

September 9, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

This 150X photograph of male drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) spiral shaped testis received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal image was created by Barbara Laurinyecz of University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary.

The sun emits a mid-level solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the grou

Late Summer Flare-Up … Ouch!

September 8, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

The sun emits a mid-level solar flare. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however—when intense enough—they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.

This 100X photo of Pearceite, an uncommon silver mineral, in beautiful hexagonal crystals, from a copper mine in Spain received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellenc

Hexagonal Silver Crystals

September 5, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

This 100X photo of Pearceite, an uncommon silver mineral, in beautiful hexagonal crystals, from a copper mine in Spain received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. 

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Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world. It is the primary outlet for the 810-square kilometer (310-square mile) Yakutat ice field, which drains into Harlequin Lake and,

Retreat of Yakutat Glacier

September 3, 2014 3:56 pm | by Adam Voiland, NASA | News | Comments

Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world. It is the primary outlet for the 810-square kilometer (310-square mile) Yakutat ice field, which drains into Harlequin Lake and, ultimately, the Gulf of Alaska.

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions

The Eagle Has Prepared to Land

September 3, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.

This fluo image of a rat heart section received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Miguel Mano of the

Rat Heart Sections

September 2, 2014 9:22 am | News | Comments

This fluo image of a rat heart section received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Miguel Mano of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Department of High Throughput Screening, Trieste, Italy.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called "Windjana." The camera is the Mars Hand Lens

Mars Rover Selfie

August 28, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called "Windjana." The camera is the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI).

Crocus Pollen and Stigmate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Crocus Pollen and Stigmate

August 27, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

This 400X photo of crocus pollen and stigmate received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Frederic Labaune of Education Nationale in Auxonne, France, using episcopy and stacking.

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Voyager 2 Captures Images of Neptune -- Courtesy of NASA

25 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Captures Images of Neptune

August 26, 2014 3:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on the Voyager 2 narrow angle camera. The images were taken on August  20, 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach on August 25.

Mizapin -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mizapin Antidepressant Drug Crystals

August 25, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

This 160X photo of Mizapin antidepressant drug crystals received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Robert Markus of Stockholm University using polarized light and differential interference contrast.

Supernova Seen in Two Lights -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/IAFE

Supernova Seen in Two Lights

August 22, 2014 11:49 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The destructive results of a mighty supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate blend of infrared and X-ray light, as seen in this image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. The bubbly cloud is an irregular shock wave, generated by a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth 3,700 years ago.

Fruit Fly Larval Brain -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fruit Fly Larval Brain

August 21, 2014 3:01 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo of a fruit fly larval brain received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Dr. Christian Klämbt and Ann Christin Bauke of the University of Muenster using confocal microscopy.

Testing Electric Propulsion -- Courtesy of NASA Langley/David C. Bowman

Greased Lightning Tests Electric Propulsion

August 20, 2014 9:35 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On August 19, 2014, National Aviation Day, a lot of people reflected on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future — a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel?

US Gulf Coast at Night -- Courtesy of NASA

US Gulf Coast at Night

August 19, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this nighttime image showing city lights in at least half a dozen southern states from some 225 miles above the home planet. Lights from areas in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as some of the states that border them on the north, are visible.

Guanidine Hydrochloride -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Guanidine Hydrochloride, Chaotropic Salt

August 18, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

This 200X photo of guanidine hydrochloride, a chaotropic salt used to denature proteins, received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Dr. Christopher Benjamin Jackson of IKELOS GmbH in Berne, Switzerland, using polarized light.

NGC 3081 -- Courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: R. Buta (University of Alabama)

Magnificent Face-on Image of Golden Rings of Star Formation

August 15, 2014 11:39 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Taking center stage in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a galaxy known as NGC 3081, set against an assortment of glittering galaxies in the distance. Located in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Serpent), NGC 3081 is located over 86 million light-years from us. It is known as a type II Seyfert galaxy, characterized by its dazzling nucleus.

Lily of the Valley Rhizome Section -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Lily of the Valley Rhizome Section

August 14, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

This 40X photo of a lily of the valley rhizome section received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Dr. Guichuan Hou of the Dewel Microscopy Facility in Boone, NC.

Butterfly Tongue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Butterfly Tongue

August 13, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

This 60X photo of a butterfly tongue received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Ms. Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits of the Institute of Experimental Medicine - Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, using confocal microscopy.

Lunar Transit -- Courtesy of NASA/SDO

Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Images of Lunar Transit

August 12, 2014 11:55 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO's point of view.

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio -- Courtesy of NASA; image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio Nearing the Hawaiian Islands

August 11, 2014 11:38 am | by Mike Carlowicz, NASA | News | Comments

In early August 2014, not one but two hurricanes were headed for the Hawaiian Islands. Storms arriving from the east are a relative rarity, and landfalling storms are also pretty infrequent. This image is a composite of three satellite passes over the tropical Pacific Ocean in the early afternoon.

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