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Photo of a person on a motorbiked at Everest base camp

The lights on a motorcycle in China compete with the night sky near Mount Everest.

Photograph by JianFeng Dai, National Geographic Your Shot

Jane J. Lee

National Geographic

Published May 23, 2014

A lone motorcycle wends its way to Mount Everest's base camp from the Chinese side of the border with Nepal in a photograph submitted to Your Shot on May 17.

The 2014 Everest climbing season got off to a tragic start on April 18 when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas. The disaster closed the climbing season on the Nepali side of the mountain, but expeditions heading out from the Chinese side continued. (See "Climbers Continue Up North Side of Everest.")

Cosmic Dust Bunnies

Photo of a huge cosmic cloud of gas and dust.
Photograph by NASA, JPL-Caltech/University of Zurich

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope caught the densest cosmic clumps ever recorded in an image posted May 21. The conglomerations of dust and gas throw off incredibly deep shadows, which astronomers are using to study how some of the universe's brightest stars form.

The densest dust bunnies, inside the black smudge in the center of the image above, will likely turn into O-type stars—the biggest, most powerful stars, with surface temperatures between 53,540 and 107,540°F (30,000 and 60,000 kelvin).

Impact Scars

Photo of an impact scar on Mars.
Photograph by NASA, JPL-Caltech/MSSS

A camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spit out more than its weekly weather report when astronomers spotted an impact scar (center spot of the rectangle) in the middle of one of the photographs.

Posted on May 22, researchers scoured archived camera images to see if they could narrow down when the space rock smacked into Mars. They determined that something hit the red planet between March 27 and March 28, 2012. (See "Strange Lights in Mars Photos Are Not Alien Bonfires.")

Supermassive Black Holes

Enhanced image of galaxies clumped together.
Photograph by NASA, JPL-Caltech

Birds of a feather flock together: Such is the case with supermassive black holes obscured by their home galaxies, which tend to cluster together.

An enhanced image posted May 22 by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shows the Fornax cluster—a collection of galaxies some 60 million light-years away from Earth—drawn together by gravity.

Deep Divot

Photo of a crater impact on Mars.
Photograph by NASA, JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

This large impact crater on Mars—posted May 22—resulted from the impact of an asteroid on the red planet sometime between March 27 and March 28, 2012. The image was taken by cameras on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The smaller craters surrounding the giant one in the center signal that the asteroid may have exploded before impact, with the resulting fragments smacking into the planet. Another possibility is that the ejected material from the initial big impact rained back down and dug out the craters

27 comments
Benjamin Tredrea
Benjamin Tredrea

Wish my photos turned out like these, but they never do.

Teresa G
Teresa G

 ¡Las fotos son fantásticas!

Carol Manka
Carol Manka



Does JPL or NASA have any instruments measuring earthquakes/tremors on Mars that would enable a study of the impact of the asteroid hit on the planet? 

Hasan Kabir
Hasan Kabir

Isn't it a bit too bright to reflect from a rock? 

Rubén Torres
Rubén Torres

Really amazing..! Thank very much for sharing these pictures, I really like them.

rodolfo carrillo
rodolfo carrillo

EXTRAORDINARY. THANKS TO NGS FOR LETTING US AND OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN SEE THIS.

mostafa mohammadjani
mostafa mohammadjani

while all pictures are outstanding,the last one has many thing to tell us!

Patty Brown
Patty Brown

Mars demonstrates rather nicely why we need to be taking better care of our own atmosphere.

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