Epic Space Photos of the Week (Nov. 2-8)
On Nov. 5, India's space agency (ISRO) successfully launched its first Mars mission into Earth orbit. The Mangalyaan spacecraft was launched atop an Indian-made Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. Now, after a series of rocket burns, the spacecraft will leave orbit and begin its 300 day journey to the red planet.
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
The Hubble Space Telescope got up-close and personal with our solar system's nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, with this new snapshot of the red dwarf star.
On Nov. 7, astronomers announced the discovery of a bizarre object in the asteroid belt. The spinning object, that appears to have six dusty "tails," is likely an asteroid that is ejecting dust after being spun up via pressure from sunlight.
An all veteran crew from the U.S, Russian and Japanese space agencies launched to the space station Wednesday night on a Russian Soyuz rocket with a very special payload aboard -- an Olympic torch, part of a high-profile buildup to the 2014 Winter Games in Russia.
The sun unleashed its most powerful solar flare of 2013 on Nov. 6 when active region 1890 erupted with an X3 flare. The sunspot group has now rotated toward Earth and space weather experts on alert for further activity in the region.
ESA, Daniel B. Seaton, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Allen Davis and Jay Pasachoff, Williams College Eclipse Expedition.
On Nov. 3, a 'hybrid' eclipse dazzled Africa. Shown here is a color composite of a ground-based eclipse image obtained by the Williams College Eclipse Expedition in Gabon and a wide-field EUV mosaic of the solar corona obtained simultaneously in space by SWAP onboard PROBA2.
Andrea Carvey, Mark Boslough & Brad Carvey
Artist's impression of the meteor that exploded over Russia on Feb. 15. This week, new research has been published indicating that events such as the Chelyabinsk event are more common than originally believed.
A beautiful portrait of the ringed gas giant Saturn was released this week by the team that manages Cassini.
On Nov. 2, the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4) "Albert Einstein" burned up in the Earth's atmosphere after a successful resupply mission to the space station. Seen here, the ATV is slowly descending toward its demise after undocking on Oct 28.
The ATV-4 was loaded with waste from the orbiting outpost and on Nov. 2, space station astronauts photographed the unmanned spacecraft burn up spectacularly directly below, over the Pacific Ocean.
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, who is currently living on the International Space Station captured a striking photo of the boundary between night and day on Earth, tweeting, "we often see the sun casting red/orange on clouds at sunset. Finally captured it."