Just where has the Curiosity rover traveled so far and where is it going? This new video, narrated by John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, provides an aerial tour of the rover’s past, present and future traverses on the Red Planet.
Black hole with disc and jets visualization courtesy of ESA The concept of a black hole jet isn’t a new one, but we still have a lot to learn about the mixture of particles found in the vacinity of them.
The thickness of the moon’s crust as calculated by NASA’s GRAIL mission. The near side is on the left-hand side of the picture, and the far side on the right.
The scary extent of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, is apparent in this shot from the International Space Station.
As the chill of winter settles into the northern hemisphere, fantasies of down-south travel pervade a lot of people’s dreams.
The Magellanic Stream as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Note the red color. Image Credit: NASA.
Comet 2012 S1 (ISON) is just 16 days away from its close encounter with the Sun and is now inside the orbit of Venus, at under 103,000,000 km (64,000,000 miles) away from the Sun.
Main service gantry of the Angara pad in Plesetsk under construction in April 2013. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense, via Russian Space Web.
The “pale blue dot” of Earth as seen from Cassini on July 19, 2013. This summer, for the first time ever, the world was informed that its picture was going to be taken from nearly a billion miles away as the Cassini spacecraft captured images of Saturn in eclipse on July 19.
Stellar birth is visible in this image of HH 46/47 taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield appeared on Conan last night, and if you missed it here’s a clip in which Conan O’Brien asks Chris to answer one of his most nagging questions about life in orbit: “Do you guys do laundry in space?
Earth from the International Space Station’s Cupola window. Credit: NASA Imagine you’re a space tourist wanting to blog about your experience.
Here’s a nice distraction to start off the day: pretend you’re playing in the sandbox of Mars alongside Curiosity.
As Comet ISON loops around the sun and back, you can visualize its unusual orbit and track its progress with this paper model.
The streaked and stained surface of Phobos. Russia’s second sample-return attempt may end up sending back bits of both Phobos AND Mars.
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Spectacular view of the PSLV C25 leaving the First launch pad with ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft on Nov.
Comet R1 Lovejoy passes the Beehive Cluster: (Credit: Damian Peach). Tired of comets yet? Right now, northern hemisphere observers have four (!
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog.
Artist’s conception of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL Imagine being able to watch three months’ worth of high-definition space video sequentially — maybe real-time coverage on the International Space Station, or getting to watch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter zoom across the Red Planet over and over again.