On February 1, 2003, seven heroic astronauts were lost with the Space Shuttle Columbia over North Texas during the shuttles re-entry. They were all brave men and women who gave their lives for space explorations. There was one last message from one crew member named Laurel Clark to the people of Earth. Before she departed to her last shuttle flight home she sent an email to her family and close friends. She told them of every incredible awe-inspiring moment she had experienced.
"Whenever I do get to look out, it is glorious. Even the stars have a special brightness." -Laurel Clark
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) see the world at night on every orbit — that’s 16 times each crew day. An astronaut took this broad, short-lens photograph of Earth’s night lights while looking out over the remote reaches of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. ISS was passing over the island nation of Kiribati at the time, about 2600 kilometers (1,600 miles) south of Hawaii.
As if Pluto hasn't impressed our socks off already this year, today NASA revealed an amazing discovery. No one could have guessed this distant tiny object would have skies of blue! The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.
The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour.
A dying star’s final moments are captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The death throes of this star may only last mere moments on a cosmological timescale, but this star’s demise is still quite lengthy by our standards, lasting tens of thousands of years!
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs.
You never know what to expect when it comes to breaking news in space exploration. This is the kind of news we wake up for in the mornings, the kind of news that sparks the imagination of endless possibilities! New evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there may be a saltwater ocean beneath the surface of Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. Such a discovery can lead to a new place to search for life in our solar system.
If you think the planet Tatooine from Star Wars is cool, imagine being on a planet with four suns!
Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star -- our sun -- other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared in families with two or more stars. Researchers wanting to know more about the complex influences of multiple stars on planets have come up with two new case studies: a planet found to have three parents, and another with four.-- Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system.
When astronomers first saw this gleeful little galaxy, they most likely had a good chuckle. What if you looked through your telescope and saw something smiling back at you? Two black holes in the center of this cheerful galaxy makes it look like a smiley face.