Enhanced-color image from Cassini showing red streaks on Saturn’s moon Tethys (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute) Resembling what the skin on my arms looks like after giving my cat a bath, the surface of Saturn’s moon Tethys is seen above in an extended-color composite from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing strange long red streaks. They stretch for long distances across the moon’s surface following the rugged terrain, continuing unbroken over hills and down into craters… and their cause isn’t yet known.
Topographic elevation map of Ceres showing newly-named craters. The highest regions are in red, the lowest in blue.
Move over, Pluto… Disney already has dibs on Mercury as seen in this MESSENGER photo. Image credit: NASA/JHAPL/Carnegie institution of Washington “Look, it has a tiny face on it!
An artificially created ‘Blue Moon,’ using the white balance settings on the camera. Image credit and copyright: John Chumack Brace yourselves for Blue Moon madness.
Highest resolution mosaic of ‘Tombaugh Regio’ shows the heart-shaped region on Pluto focusing on ice flows and plains of ‘Sputnik Planum’ at top and icy mountain ranges of ‘Hillary Montes’ and ‘Norgay Montes’ below.
Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-7 mission for the U.S. Air Force launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fl, on July 23, 2015.
This artist’s concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
An artist’s impression of the 1SWASP J093010.78+533859.5 star system. Image credit: Marcus Lohr An interesting multiple star discovery turned up in the ongoing hunt for exoplanetary systems.
United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket to carry US Air Force WGS 7 military communications satellite into orbit.
The pentaquark, a novel arrangement of five elementary particles, has been detected at the Large Hadron Collider.
The brightest spots on Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015. The picture was taken from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers).
Pluto’s moon Nix (left), shown here in enhanced color, has a reddish spot that has attracted the interest of mission scientists.
The triple crescents of Saturn’s moons Titan, Mimas and Rhea. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Like splitting double stars, hunting for the faint lesser known moons of the solar system offers a supreme challenge for the visual observer.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spaceship dazzled in the moments after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, 2015 but were soon doomed to a sudden catastrophic destruction barely two minutes later in the inset photo (left).
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his Photos To Space blog.
Earth imaged on July 6, 2015 by NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite from L1. Credit: NOAA/NASA/GSFC This picture of our home planet truly is EPIC – literally!
Hi Res mosaic of ‘Tombaugh Regio’ shows the heart-shaped region on Pluto and focuses on icy mountain ranges of ‘Norgay Montes’ and ice plains of ‘Sputnik Planum.’ The new mosaic combines highest resolution imagery captured by NASA’s New Horizons LORRI imager during history making closest approach flyby on July 14, 2015, draped over a wider, lower resolution view of Tombaugh Regio.
This annotated view of a portion of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), named for Earth’s first artificial satellite, shows an array of enigmatic features.
This new image of an area on Pluto’s largest moon Charon has a captivating feature — a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset.