PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA
Published April 25, 2014
Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 18, the capsule, photographed by an astronaut aboard the space station, is loaded with 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies. (See "Future of Spaceflight.")
The capsule will remain linked with the space station until May 18, at which point it will fall to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off southern California.
Stars shuffle in arcs above an abandoned Soviet building in a long-exposure picture taken in Tallinn, Estonia, on April 21.
Submitted to National Geographic's Your Shot photo community, the picture shows so-called star trails, which are the result of a long exposure and Earth's rotation. (See another picture of star trails.)
Glittering Galactic Quartet
Clockwise from the upper left, the galaxies are M101 (the "Pinwheel," in the constellation Ursa Major), M81 (also in Ursa Major), Centaurus A (home to a massive jet erupting from its central black hole), and M51 (the "Whirlpool," in Canes Venatici).
Data from Chandra (pink-purple) and the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope (red) have been overlaid onto optical images from two astrophotographers.
Engineers get ready for a test flight of NASA's Morpheus lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 24.
Designed for vertical takeoff and landing on the moon or asteroids, the lander runs on green propellants, oxygen and methane.
During the April 24 test flight, this prototype soared to a height of 800 feet (240 meters) before simulating a hazard-avoidance maneuver and autonomously touching down on a dedicated pad at the north end of the shuttle landing facility. The flight lasted 98 seconds. (See "Rare Pictures From the Dawn of NASA Spaceflight.")
Alaskan Green Sky
Auroras are caused by charged particles smashing into Earth's atmosphere; because they're charged, these particles travel along Earth's magnetic field lines, ending up at the North and South Poles. There, the particles collide with atmospheric atoms, including oxygen, which produces the green lights.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket pulls away from the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 18.
The rocket delivered the Dragon supply capsule to Earth's orbit. Dragon later docked with the International Space Station. (See pictures of the space station's observation deck.)
Moonlight illuminates a gnarled, ancient bristlecone pine in Aurora, Colorado, on a picture submitted to Your Shot on April 22.
"My goal this night was to juxtapose the twisted limbs that were gradually sculpted by winds over countless centuries against ephemeral clouds that were shaped by the same force in mere seconds," photographer Joseph Thomas said with his submission.
I can sense contact has been made with other planets - after all they've been trying to do just that for over 100 yrs - what is the latest news.
Seeing those photos, and understanding that each one of those Galaxy's contain Billions and billions of stars each, makes you wonder how we could have ever thought there was no other life out there. Life out there is been given billions and billions upon billions upon trillions of chances to exist. There is no possible way we are the only ones. I can sit here and tell you with odds like that, other intelligent life is a fact of pure mathematics. Pure and simple.
Amazing very beautiful, http://andromeda-lady.blogspot.com enjoy...
I find those beautiful images of galaxies and stars give me a comforting feeling of insignificance.All the beauty that's out there and still left on earth, maybe we can yet get it right...
The northern lights will be on the increase for the next year or so as the sun peaks in it sunspot cycle. It has an aprox. 11 Year cycle of highs and low sunspot activity that is just peaking. Some of the stronger storms allow the lights to be seen as far south as Florida and the Bahamas and sometimes even further south. Just keep an eye out, You never know when they will light up the night sky.
My dream before I leave this life...to see the Northern Lights! That Bristlecone Pine is pretty awesome too! To think, it's probably been here for a couple thousand years or longer!
@Liane McFarlane you took the words right out of my mouth ! well put !
@Chrissy Coffman I hope we are blessed with those beautiful sights in the future
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