Epic Space Photos of the Week (May 16-24)
The SpaceX Dragon capsule's three parachutes unfurled shortly before spashdown in the Pacific on Sunday.READ MORE: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth With a Splash
NASA astronaut Steve Swanson works on the Veggie facility aboard the International Space Station. The experiment will grow fresh vegetables for consumption and experimentation into the future of cultivating food in space.
Long magnetic loops of hot solar plasma reach from the sun's photosphere and high into the corona (the sun's atmosphere). The lower corona is responsible for magnetic reconnection and flaring activity.READ MORE: Huge Solar Flare Reveals Explosive Magnetic Trigger
Using data from NASA's WISE space telescope, astronomers have found that active supermassive black holes at the hearts of galaxies tend to fall into two categories: those that are hidden by dust, and those that are not. However, a bias toward obscured black holes in clustered galaxies have led astronomers to believe our basic "doughnut" model of dust surrounding black holes may be more complex that originally believed.READ MORE: Supermassive Black Holes are Not Doughnuts!
neuromainkder via YouTube/Screenshot by Irene Klotz for Discovery News
The asteroid that generated a huge fireball over the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013 had a violent history according to new research. The meteoroid was likely a fragment of an ancient asteroid smashup that kicked it on its ultimate collision course with Earth.READ MORE: Russian Meteor: Chelyabinsk Asteroid Had Violent Past
This vista of the Endeavour Crater rim was acquired by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity from the southern end of "Murray Ridge" on the western rim of the crater. It combines several exposures taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) on the 3,637th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (April 18, 2014).READ MORE: Mars Rover Surveys Ruddy Crater Rim: Big Pic
A May Camelopardalid meteor over Pennsylvania spotted on May 23 by an all-sky camera. Although this "new" shower was lackluster in its meteor count, observers with clear skies were still able to spot a few of the 'shooting stars.'
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument on its robotic arm to illuminate and record this nighttime view of the sandstone rock target "Windjana." The rover has now wrapped up science operations in the area.
Around 7,500 light-years from Earth, in the Carina (The Keel) constellation, lies a loosely-bound collection of stars that are as beautiful as they are useful. As observed by the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, the open star cluster NGC 3590 shines like glitter over the multicolored background of dust, gas and background stars, and astronomers are using it to learn more about the structure and evolution of the Milky Way’s spiral arms.READ MORE: Milky Way's Spiral Arm Shows Off Starry Cluster Bling