NASA: Solar eruption as viewed by STEREO COR1 B satellite from the far side of the Sun
The Curiosity rover grabbed a special self-portrait last week. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (or MAHLI) is situated on the long arm used to gather samples. It turned around and snapped this shot of the mast head (the one that houses the cool laser-eye ChemCam) tinted via its dirty dust-cover.
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To celebrate the upcoming release of our new Cassini HD iPad app, I will be posting my favorite images from it all week. These natural and false color images are among my favorites because they capture Titan’s unusual atmosphere so spectacularly.
Cassini HD will be released in the iTunes store on Saturday, Sept. 15. Take advantage of our special release offer and get it for free that first day only.
Raw images from the Cassini orbiter show Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon. Shown are the geysers at the south pole which erupt water ice out into space. Only alterations I made to the raw files was some darkening of overexposed frames.
Image credt: NASA/JPL
Good Data Results from Curiosity’s 500 Laser Shots
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team, including Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, squeezed in a little extra target practice after zapping the first fist-sized rock that was placed in the laser’s crosshairs. Much to the delight of the scientific team, the laser instrument has fired nearly 500 shots so far that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface.
“The spectrum we have received back from Curiosity is as good as anything we looked at on Earth,” says Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team. “The entire MSL team was very excited about this and we popped a little champagne.”
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2012/08/good-data-results-curiositys-500-laser-shots
How the planets of the Solar System would look when viewed from Earth if they were at the same distance as the moon – another fascinating visualization to help grasp the scale of the universe.