Stunning Space Photos of the Week (June 1-8)
On Wednesday June 5, 2013, Ariane 5 VA213 with the ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
The Ariane 5 contrail hangs over Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana shortly after launch.
One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying at altitude of approximately 257 miles above the Indian Ocean, recorded this image of the sun about to go down on June 2, 2013.
On sol 279 (May 19, 2013) of the mission, Curiosity drilled into target rock "Cumberland." The robotic arm-mounted drill and drill hole can both be seen in this MastCam image shortly after the drilling operation. This week, the rover was commanded to begin its long drive to Mt. Sharp.
The infamous "Mars rat" as imaged by NASA's Curiosity. Of course, it isn't really a rat, it's just a rock that looks like a rat, so the rover won't be doing any follow-up study of the critter, mission managers announced this week.
Titan's hazy atmosphere is lit up by sunlight in this beautiful photo from 2012. This week, the Cassini science team announced the discovery of complex hydrocarbons in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon.
Amateur astronomer Steven Coates photographed IC1848 -- The Soul Nebula -- for the Virtual Star Party astrophoto contest using a QSI Scientific cooled CCD Camera attached to an 80mm refracting telescope.
A vast coronal hole rotates across the sun, creating a bizarre dark region in the sun's lower atmosphere. The hole blasted high-speed solar plasma in the direction of Earth, enhancing space weather effects in our planet's magnetosphere.
This mosaic, which features the spectacular Kasei Valles, comprises 67 images taken with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express. The satellite has been orbiting the Red Planet for 10 years this week.