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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module -- Courtesy of NASA

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module

January 28, 2015 8:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This July 20, 1969, photograph of the interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. during the lunar landing mission. The picture was taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, prior to the landing. Aldrin was the second American to set foot on the lunar surface.

Daisy Petal with Fungal Infection and Pollen Grains

January 27, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo shows a daisy petal with fungal infection and pollen grains, whole mount,...

Jupiter’s Cratered Moon Callisto

January 26, 2015 11:08 am | by European Space Agency (ESA) | News | Comments

The speckled object depicted here is Callisto, Jupiter’s second largest moon. This image was...

The Brightest Comet in Earth's Sky

January 23, 2015 1:55 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is one of more than 32 comets imaged by NASA...

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Micro Algae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Micro Algae

January 22, 2015 2:08 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo of micro algae won 17th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Rogelio Moreno of Panama using polarized light and lambda plate.

Training for Spacewalks – Courtesy of ESA

Training for Spacewalks at NASA's Johnson Space Center

January 21, 2015 12:34 pm | News | Comments

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet training for spacewalks at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. Pesquet will fly to the International Space Station in 2016. Parmitano finished his six-month Volare mission in November 2013.

Venus’ south pole -- Courtesy of ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA/Univ. Oxford

Venus Express Snaps Swirling Vortex

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus’ south pole, as seen by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer aboard ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft. Venus has a very choppy and fast-moving atmosphere — although wind speeds are sluggish at the surface, they reach dizzying speeds of around 400 km/h at the altitude of the cloud tops, some 70 km above the surface.

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Mouse Brain Vasculature -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mouse Brain Vasculature

January 16, 2015 2:14 pm | News | Comments

This 2x photo of mouse brain vasculature won 14th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using light-sheet fluorescent microscopy.

Jewel Beetle Carapace -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Jewel Beetle Carapace

January 15, 2015 9:08 am | News | Comments

This 45x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace near the eye. It won 15th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using diffused and reflected illumination.

DVD Reader Circuitry -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

DVD Reader Circuitry

January 14, 2015 11:21 am | News | Comments

This 100x photo shows the circuitry in a DVD reader. It won 7th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using cross-polarized microscopy.

Jumping Spider Eyes -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Jumping Spider Eyes

January 13, 2015 11:29 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo shows jumping spider eyes. It won 3rd Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Noah Fram-Schwartz of Greenwich, CT, using reflected light.

Montana Dryhead Agate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Montana Dryhead Agate

January 12, 2015 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 50x photo shows an unpolished Montana Dryhead agate, found in southern Montana between the Big Horn and Pryor Mountain ranges and just to the west of the Big Horn River. It won 12th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using axial lighting provided by Leeds fiberoptic illuminators.

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Scarlet Pimpernel Flower -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Scarlet Pimpernel Flower

January 9, 2015 11:52 am | News | Comments

This 80x photo shows a scarlet pimpernel flower. It won 18th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using macroscopy.

Parsley Ovary -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Parsley Ovary

January 8, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 63x photo shows a parsley (Petroselinum crispum) ovary fixed and stained to reveal lectins (red) and nuclei (blue). It won 9th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal laser scanning microscopy.

A bundle of nerves that relays information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, imaged with the new technique. Courtesy of EMBL/L.Castaldi -- Click to enlarge

Unprecedentedly Detailed Image of Mouse Neurons

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by European Molecular Biology Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The work enables researchers to easily use artificial tags, broadening the range of what they can study and vastly increasing image resolution.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation," shown at right. The original 1995 Hubble image of the gaseous towers, taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, is shown a

Evocative New High-Def Views of Iconic Pillars of Creation

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Although Hubble has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called Pillars of Creation. The jaw-dropping 1995 photo revealed never-before-seen details of giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching UV light from a cluster of young, massive stars. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hubble has revisited the pillars, providing a sharper, wider view.

Common Brine Shrimp Appendages -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Common Brine Shrimp Appendages

January 5, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of the appendages of a common brine shrimp won 8th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It taken using confocal microscopy.

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Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae

January 2, 2015 2:24 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of the larval stage of the acorn worm Balanoglossus misakiensis, dorsal view, shows cell borders, muscles and apical eye spots. It won 19th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Dr. Sabrina Kaul of theUniversity of Vienna, Austria, using confocal microscopy.

House cricket's tongue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

House Cricket's Tongue

December 24, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

This 25x photo of a house cricket's tongue won 11th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Stefano Barone of Cremona, Italy, using Rheinberg illumination.

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells

December 22, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

This photo of bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells stained for actin (pink), mitochondria (green) and DNA (yellow) won 5th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using super resolution microscopy.

Rhombohedral cleavage in calcite crystal -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Rhombohedral Cleavage in Calcite Crystal

December 22, 2014 1:53 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of rhombohedral cleavage in calcite crystal, occurs parallel to the carbonate mineral’s crystal faces, won 2nd Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using crossed polars.

Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Caterpillar Proleg with Circle of Gripping Hooks

December 18, 2014 4:38 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of a caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red won 4th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.

Sponge Spicules Found in Sand -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Sponge Spicules Found in Sand

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo shows sponge spicules that once had stabilizing and predator deterring functions in sponges and can frequently be found in the sand from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Geranium Seed -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Geranium Seed

December 17, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of a Geranium (Geranium bohemica) seed 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 using a darkfield technique.

Silicon Nanocrystals in Silicon Dioxide -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Silicon Nanocrystals in Silicon Dioxide

December 16, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo of silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide 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 using widefield reflection and false colors.

Stink Bug -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Stink Bug

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

This photo of a stink bug 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 Kurt Wirz of Basel-Stadt, Switzerland, using image stacking.

Dried Egg White -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Dried Egg White

December 12, 2014 4:14 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo 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 using Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast.

Bamboo Stem Cross Section -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bamboo Stem Cross Section

December 11, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

This 200X photo of a bamboo stem cross section 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 using autofluorescence.

Cassini’s view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cassini’s View of Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere

December 10, 2014 10:09 am | by European Space Agency (ESA) | News | Comments

This Cassini image shows Jupiter from an unusual perspective. If you were to float just beneath the giant planet and look directly up, you would be greeted with this striking sight: red, bronze and white bands encircling a hazy south pole. The multicolored concentric layers are broken in places by prominent weather systems such as Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot, visible towards the upper left, chaotic patches of cloud and pale white dots.

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