The outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, in an image based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, indicating the total number of stars detected every second in each of the satellite's fields of view.
The two spots below the plane of the Milky Way are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way.
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Image credit: ESA/Gaia http://bit.ly/1gfdhBi CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO http://bit.ly/1BqzUYV Acknowledgement: this image was prepared by Edmund Serpell, a Gaia Operations Engineer working in the Mission Operations Centre at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
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Tomorrow marks the 100th day in space for NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly on his #YearInSpace mission.
Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency are spending a year on the space station to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space. Data from the expedition will be used to determine whether there are ways to further reduce the risks on future long-duration missions to an asteroid and eventually Mars.
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