The European Rosetta spacecraft snapped this incredible "selfie" as it approaches comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The photo, taken on Oct. 7,…Read More »
shows one of the comet-chasing probe's solar wings, with 67P looming majestically in the background.
Rosetta is currently about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away from 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will eventually release a robot to make the first controlled landing on a comet. Less «
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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
New Zealand's circular Egmont National Park stands out in this photo taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.…Read More »
The park protects forested land surrounding Mount Egmont, which stands 8,260 feet (2,518 meters) tall.
Mount Egmont first became active roughly 135,000 years ago, and geologists have since determined that smaller volcanic eruptions occur about every 90 years, and major eruptions occur every 500 years, according to NASA. [Related: 50 Amazing Volcano Facts] Less «
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Bright Lights, Big Cities
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Suomi NPP
The bright lights of Norway, Finland and Sweden sparkle at night in this satellite photo. The image was assembled from data acquired by instruments aboard…Read More »
the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite in 2012.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) can detect light in a wide range of wavelengths and uses sophisticated filtering techniques to pick up dim signals, such as city lights. Several large cities and their bright lights can be seen in the photo, including Stockholm in Sweden, Oslo in Norway and Helsinki in Finland. [Related: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit] Less «
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Credit: Chris Parish, Peregrine Fund
Endangered condors can be found in northern Arizona and southern Utah. In fact, 75 of the world's 439 condors live in this region, within the Vermilion…Read More »
Credit: Devin K. Brown, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Devin Brown, a senior research engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, captured this image of …Read More »
liquid droplet residue from water-based chemicals, as seen with an optical microscope. The tiny droplets on the outer edges measure about 10 microns across, which is seven times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.