1. Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke has a little difficulty picking up a hammer dropped on the moon.


  2. discoverynews:

    Curiosity Snaps Selfies, Begins Mars Rock Drill

    NASA’s rover Curiosity has begun drilling operations for the third time on Mars. Currently located at a geologically interesting location nicknamed “The Kimberley,” the one-ton rover also took the opportunity to photograph itself and the surrounding landscape in some stunning Martian “selfies.” View the gallery

    (via n-a-s-a)


  3. newsweek:

    In an unlikely corner of our solar system, scientists have discovered evidence of what they believe is a subterranean ocean. The water means a tiny moon orbiting Saturn could be one of the few places in the solar system with the right ingredients for life.

    The moon Enceladus is only 300 miles wide—it would fit between New York City and Charlottesville, Va. It’s a mini-world with a bright, icy, frigid surface, and it is just one of an astounding 62 moons orbiting the ringed planet. But it is not just a static, boring ice ball. Fractures on the moon’s surface—evocatively named “tiger stripes”—emit jets of frozen water that help form one of the bands in Saturn’s rings.

    Ocean as Large as Lake Superior Found on Enceladus, a Tiny Moon Orbiting Saturn


  4. canadian-space-agency:

    View of Saturn taken by Cassini’s camera system on March 28, 2014.

    Image credit: NASA / JPL / SSI / Ian Regan / Val Klavans



  6. mikerugnetta:



    A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.

    It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288. 

    Glitch art goes interstellar.

    good morning

    (Source: explore-blog, via itsfullofstars)


  7. canadian-space-agency:

    We wish you a fun space-filled vernal Spring equinox on this International Happiness Day!

    In this picture: (from left to right) CSA astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen

    Photo credit: CSA

    (Source: facebook.com)


  8. smithsonian:

    What makes a beautiful astronomical image? Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights 6 tips:

    1. photographic resolution (number of stars that can fit side by side in an image)
    2. contrast
    3. color
    4. composition
    5. signal-to-noise ratio
    6. instrumental artifacts

    This is a composite image of the star-forming region NGC 602.


  9. discoverynews:

    Monster Rare Yellow Hypergiant Star Discovered

    A gargantuan star, measuring 1,300 times the size of our sun, has been uncovered 12,000 light-years from Earth — it is one of the ten biggest stars known to exist in our galaxy. The yellow hypergiant even dwarfs the famous stellar heavyweight Betelgeuse by 50 percent. While its hulking mass may be impressive, astronomers have also realized that HR 5171 is a double star with a smaller stellar sibling physically touching the surface of the larger star as they orbit one another. Read more

    For some scale, via NewScientist.com:


  10. guardian:

    Nasa release images to coincide with Gravity Oscar win

    After the film Gravity picked up a handful of Oscars, including for best cinematography and best visual effects, Nasa releases images of the real thing. See more

    Click photos for captions and credit

    (Source: theguardian.com, via n-a-s-a)


  11. colchrishadfield:

    Mars sends love to us all on Valentine’s Day - hearts abounding from the romantics at NASA JPL


  12. pbsthisdayinhistory:

    January 27, 1967: Apollo 1 Practice Launch Ends in Tragedy

    On this day in 1967, tragedy struck the space program. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee had been selected as the crew for Apollo 1, the first flight of the next generation of spacecraft succeeding the Gemini program.

    During a practice launch countdown, a flash fire erupted inside the sealed cockpit. Within seconds the men were unconscious; minutes later they were dead. Because of the pressure of the fire, and the fact that the spacecraft’s hatch opened inward, there was no hope of escape.

    Learn more about the Apollo missions with American Experience's “Race to the Moon.”

    Photo: Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, Apollo 1 crew (NASA).

    (Source: nasa.gov)


  13. thewoodlanders:

    With one exception, I regarded the other astronauts more as professional comrades than as truly intimate friends. The exception was Ed White.

    The Whites lived catercorner from us, and Ed’s and my off-duty hours were totally oriented towards our wives and children. We weren’t the only family men of course, but being close neighbors in addition to our shared philosophy bought us close together. Yet Ed didn’t limit his friendship to me – I don’t know of any astronaut who was more genuinely liked and admired.

    Ed’s death hit me hard too. We had lost many friends before, but never had we lost someone so close, nor anyone in the space program who had been killed in a spacecraft. He might as well have been the brother I never had, a man of gentle strength and quiet humor.

    Frank speaking about Ed White in Countdown

    2nd photo shows the astronauts paying respect to their comrade and friend. From l-r, Frank (standing separately), Jim L, Buzz, Neil and Pete.

    (via spaceandstuffidk)


  14. lightthiscandle:

    I can’t recommend this photo tribute enough. Instead of focusing on the actual tragedy, it focuses on the lives of the crew and shows us why they were so special. (It also contains some great pictures that I’ve never seen before.)

    (via spaceandstuffidk)


  15. canadian-space-agency:

    Pure delight in the European Space Operations Centre Mission Control as a signal is received from the spacecraft Rosetta on January 20th 2014 after 31 months of deep space hibernation.

    Learn more about the ESA Rosetta mission here.

    Photo Credit: ESA