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"It's Full of Stars!" | International Space Station

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Credit: AstronautiCAST/JSC
Date: May 17, 2015

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The Galactic Fountain
NGC 3576 is a nebula in the Sagittarius arm of the galaxy a few thousand light-years away from the Eta Carinae nebula.
NGC 3603 is an open cluster of stars situated in the Carina spiral arm of The Milky Way around 20,000 light-years away from the Solar System.

NGC3603 & NGC3576 [et al]
Color channels: HaRGB
 
Information about the image:
Instrument: Planewave CDK 12.5
Focal Ratio: F8
Camera: STL-11002 + AOX
Camera Sensitivity: Ha BIN 1x1, RGB BIN 2X2
Exposure Details: Ha 1200sec x 18 + RGB 450 x 8 [each]
Mount: AP900GTO
Viewing Location: Ha taken in a suburb of Melbourne, and Heathcote in Victoria, Australia for the RGB.
Software Enhancements: CCDStack2, Pixinsight

Credit: Steven Mohr

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Magnifica Nebula.
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Norfolk Island, Australia: View 1 | NASA Terra Satellite
May 23, 2015: Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, 1,412 kilometers (877 mi) directly east of mainland Australia's Evans Head, and about 900 kilometers (560 mi) from Lord Howe Island. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. (Source: Wikipedia)

East of Australia, the Norfolk Ridge extends from New Caledonia to New Zealand. The central section of this north-south oriented ridge is 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) long and 70 kilometers (40 miles) wide, and is almost entirely submerged. Only the volcanic tops of Norfolk and Philip islands break the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on Terra acquired this view of Norfolk Island on November 12, 2009. Norfolk Island National Park, the vivid green patch on the northwest side of the island, is home to Mount Bates—the island’s highest point at 313 meters (1,027 feet) above sea level.
The runways of the Norfolk Island Airport are apparent on the southwest side of the island. The airport supports the island’s tourism industry. It also connects islanders to the Australian mainland about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) to the west, and to New Zealand about 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the southeast.

However, there is now more than an airport connecting the island with Australia; on May 12, 2015, the Australian parliament passed a bill that removed the island’s self governance and placed it under Australian government law. According to news reports, the island’s 1,277 residents will see new taxation, immigration, and welfare systems.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Caption Credit: Kathryn Hansen.
Instrument: Terra - ASTER

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Self governance is how this island should have stayed. Now they can tell them what they can and can't do. It means they lost their freedom to the Australian government.
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Nebula NGC 7822 in Cepheus
Hot, young stars and cosmic pillars of gas and dust seem to crowd into NGC 7822. At the edge of a giant molecular cloud toward the northern constellation Cepheus, the glowing star forming region lies about 3,000 light-years away. Within the nebula, bright edges and dark shapes are highlighted in this colorful skyscape. The image includes data from narrowband filters, mapping emission from atomic oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur into blue, green, and red hues. The atomic emission is powered by energetic radiation from the hot stars, whose powerful winds and radiation also sculpt and erode the denser pillar shapes. Stars could still be forming inside the pillars by gravitational collapse, but as the pillars are eroded away, any forming stars will ultimately be cutoff from their reservoir of star stuff. This field spans around 40 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 7822.

Image Credit & Copyright: César Blanco González
César's website: www.cieloprofundo.com

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Hey,Noise..shud ignor yer "imperfect" comment but sooo many hav the same view of the creator of all 'things'...too bad yur cancelling your subscription to eternity..thear ya go®
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Omega Centauri Globular Cluster
Omega Centauri, or NGC 5139, is a globular cluster in the constellation of Centaurus that was identified by Edmond Halley in 1677. Located at a distance of 15,800 light-years (4,850 pc), it is the largest globular cluster in The Milky Way galaxy at a diameter of roughly 150 light-years. It is estimated to contain approximately 10 million stars and a total mass equivalent to 4 million solar masses.

Image Credit: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo
Caption Credit: Wikipedia
Release Date: May 22, 2015

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Now that is beauty. 
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Lake Crescent Stargazing
Lee: "Last new moon at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. Spent a few days in the park and waited for few night to have a clear skies. Finally it happened on the new moon night. More to come from the trip! Thanks for viewing!"

Credit: Bun Lee
Date: May 19, 2015
Location: Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington State

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Greenland | International Space Station
Gerst: "My first glimpse of Greenland. Mein erster Blick auf Grönland."

Credit: ESA/NASA, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst of Germany 
Image Date: September 7, 2014

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Norfolk Island, Australia: View 2 | NASA Terra Satellite
May 23, 2015: Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, 1,412 kilometers (877 mi) directly east of mainland Australia's Evans Head, and about 900 kilometers (560 mi) from Lord Howe Island. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. (Source: Wikipedia)

East of Australia, the Norfolk Ridge extends from New Caledonia to New Zealand. The central section of this north-south oriented ridge is 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) long and 70 kilometers (40 miles) wide, and is almost entirely submerged. Only the volcanic tops of Norfolk and Philip islands break the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on Terra acquired this view of Norfolk Island on November 12, 2009. Norfolk Island National Park, the vivid green patch on the northwest side of the island, is home to Mount Bates—the island’s highest point at 313 meters (1,027 feet) above sea level.
The runways of the Norfolk Island Airport are apparent on the southwest side of the island. The airport supports the island’s tourism industry. It also connects islanders to the Australian mainland about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) to the west, and to New Zealand about 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the southeast.

However, there is now more than an airport connecting the island with Australia; on May 12, 2015, the Australian parliament passed a bill that removed the island’s self governance and placed it under Australian government law. According to news reports, the island’s 1,277 residents will see new taxation, immigration, and welfare systems.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Caption Credit: Kathryn Hansen.
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Comet 67P: Looming over Aten | ESA Rosetta Mission
This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on October 27, 2014 from a distance of 9.8 km from the comet center. The average image scale is approximately 75 cm/pixel and the image measures about 770 m across.
 
Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Adjusts Route Up Martian Mountain
Unfavorable Terrain for Crossing Near 'Logan Pass'
Rover's Reward for Climbing: Exposed Geological Contact
This May 10, 2015, view from Curiosity's Mastcam shows terrain judged difficult for traversing between the rover and an outcrop in the middle distance where a pale rock unit meets a darker rock unit above it. The rover team decided not to approach this outcrop and identified an alternative. 

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› Alternative science site reached by climbing.
› Excessive slip prompted change in plans.

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover climbed a hill Thursday to approach an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary, after a comparable site proved hard to reach.

The drive of about 72 feet (22 meters) up slopes as steep as 21 degrees brought Curiosity close to a target area where two distinctive types of bedrock meet. The rover science team wants to examine an outcrop that contains the contact between the pale rock unit the mission analyzed lower on Mount Sharp and a darker, bedded rock unit that the mission has not yet examined up close.

Two weeks ago, Curiosity was headed for a comparable geological contact farther south. Foiled by slippery slopes on the way there, the team rerouted the vehicle and chose a westward path.The mission's strategic planning keeps multiple route options open to deal with such situations.

"Mars can be very deceptive," said Chris Roumeliotis, Curiosity's lead rover driver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. "We knew that polygonal sand ripples have caused Curiosity a lot of drive slip in the past, but there appeared to be terrain with rockier, more consolidated characteristics directly adjacent to these ripples. So we drove around the sand ripples onto what we expected to be firmer terrain that would give Curiosity better traction. Unfortunately, this terrain turned out to be unconsolidated material too, which definitely surprised us and Curiosity."

In three out of four drives between May 7 and May 13, Curiosity experienced wheel slippage in excess of the limit set for the drive, and it stopped mid-drive for safety. The rover's onboard software determines the amount of slippage occurring by comparing the wheel-rotation tally to actual drive distance calculated from analysis of images taken during the drive.

The rover was heading generally southward from near the base of a feature called "Jocko Butte" toward a geological contact in the eastern part of the "Logan Pass" area.

Routes to this contact site would have required driving across steeper slopes than Curiosity has yet experienced on Mars, and the rover had already experienced some sideways slipping on one slope in this area.

"We decided to go back to Jocko Butte, and, in parallel, work with the scientists to identify alternate routes," Roumeliotis said.

The team spent a few days analyzing images from the rover and from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to choose the best route for short-term and long-term objectives.

"One factor the science team considers is how much time to spend reaching a particular target, when there are many others ahead," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of JPL. "We used observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to identify an alternative site for investigating the geological contact in the Logan Pass area. It's a little mind-blowing to drive up a hill to a site we saw only in satellite images and then find it in front of us."

Curiosity has been exploring on Mars since 2012. It reached the base of Mount Sharp last year after fruitfully investigating outcrops closer to its landing site and then trekking to the mountain. The main mission objective now is to examine successively higher layers of Mount Sharp.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, built the rover and manages the project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. For more information about Curiosity, visit:

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Beautiful...nice place to hike around and find any clues of life...
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Night at Cape Fiolent, Crimea
"Full moon is just about to rise and we've just set up a tent..."

Camera details: Canon5d2+samyang24mm f2,8 20s iso2500 -6 shots stitched
 
Credit: Михаил Рева
Release Date: May 21, 2015

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NASA’s New Deputy Administrator on This Week @NASA
May 22, 2015: Dr. Dava Newman, whose first day on the job as NASA’s new Deputy Administrator was May 18, was introduced during a town hall meeting at headquarters the following day. Newman previously was the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and brings with her valuable experience in engineering, science and space policy. Much of her research at MIT focused on critical aspects of human space exploration, and she’s well known in the space community for development of a new, lighter-weight spacesuit design that gives astronauts more mobility. Also, SpaceX Dragon departs ISS, Soil moisture mission begins science, NASA seeks design ideas for future asteroid spacecraft, Robotic mining competition and 3-D-Printed Habitat Challenge!

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