Epic Space Photos of the Week (June 21-30)
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
The HiRISE camera on board the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied a 'block fall' in the Martian arctic. Block falls are caused by layers of dust and ice breaking away and falling down sloping landscapes.READ MORE: Mars Arctic Block Falls Reveal Dynamic World
NASA launched its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle Saturday (June 28) from Hawaii. Although the first part of the test went well, the vehicle's huge parachute apparently failed to deploy properly — but LDSD engineers are pleased anyway.READ MORE: NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Test Flight a Huge Success
NASA’s next-generation spaceship has successfully completed its most challenging test to date: being dropped from a plane at 35,000 feet (6.6 miles) and parachuting to Earth safely. Shown here, the Orion prototype descends to over the Arizona desert.READ MORE: NASA's Orion Successfully Completes Extreme Drop Test
The view from 120,000 feet above Earth, as captured by a camera aboard a World View prototype capsule -- that will soon send fee-paying tourists into the stratosphere -- during a test flight on June 18.READ MORE: World View Prototype Balloon Reaches for Edge of Space
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Ligeia Mare, shown here in a false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. The location where 'Magic Island" appeared is circled in red.READ MORE: Titan's 'Magic Island' Appeared Mysteriously From the Depths
These images show Ganymede eclipsed by Jupiter, obtained during its eclipse, by the Subaru and Hubble Space Telescopes.READ MORE: Why Do Jupiter's Moons Still Shine When Eclipsed?
On May 31, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman of NASA sent down this image of a single piece of dice floating in front of one of the windows in the Cupola of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.
A portion of the solar array panels on the Zarya Functional Cargo Block (FGB) is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member aboard the International Space Station.
Neri - Livorno (I)/ESA
On 23 June 2014 a prototype of the European suborbital IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle was recovered off the coast of Tuscany, Italy in a practice run for the launch of the real spacecraft in November.