Epic Space Photos of the Week (May 30-June 6)
NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)
This newly-released observation of a tiny patch of the cosmos, containing thousands of distant galaxies, is known as the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field. Now, scientists have added a new dimension to the mind-bending view, including infrared observational data.REA MORE: Hubble Adds Ultraviolet to Epic Ultra-Deep Cosmic View
Van Weeren, et al.; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF; NASA
The colliding galaxy clusters of MACS J0717+3745, more than 5 billion light-years from Earth, have been imaged in optical, x-ray and radio frequencies -- the radio 'wiggle' is thought to be caused by huge shock waves exciting intergalactic gases.READ MORE: Violent Galaxy Cluster Smash Spawns Weird Radio Wiggle
This infrared image, taken by the newly-commissioned Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch (or SPHIRES) instrument, shows the dust ring around the nearby star HR 4796A in the southern constellation of Centaurus.READ MORE: Awesome Exoplanet Imager Begins Hunt for Alien Worlds
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
This newly-released observation of the dusty Martian surface was released by scientists operating the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The black marks are where small pieces of meteorite have slammed into the ground, blasting away the lighter dusty surface layer of regolith.
The moon sets behind the the fourth Unit Telescope (UT4) of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal Observatory in Chile.
On Wednesday 28 May 2014, Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifted off from the Russian Baikonour cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image from the International Space Station four days after his arrival at the outpost on a Soyuz spacecraft together with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Roscosmos commander Maxim Suraev. His message was simply “Home for six months”.
The Russian Soyuz 39 spacecraft (foreground) and Progress 55 spacecraft, docked to the International Space Station, are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member on the space station this week.
In a newly-found photo from 1971, Apollo 17 mission astronauts take a practice drive in the lunar roving vehicle NASA called the "moon buggy" on Big Island, Hawaii.
NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) undergoing testing and evaluation inside Goddard's dynamic test chamber on August 12, 1978. Through a crowd-funded effort, volunteers have been able to 're-awaken' the satellite that remains in orbit around the sun to this day.READ MORE: Contact Made With 36-Year-Old 'Retired' Satellite