The rumors of Comet ISON’s demise may be greatly exaggerated, well maybe not greatly, but I couldn’t resist the pun. Shown above are a series of still frames from NASA’s SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) Mission.
Reports from earlier in the evening, as well as many images from SOHO showed what looked to be the demise of comet ISON. Follow the “read more” link to see additional images and video.
Fifteen years ago, in November of 1998, the Russian Zarya module, was launched – making it the first module of the International Space Station.
Over the past 15 years, the space station has been added to, and now occupies nearly the same area as a football field.
NASA is celebrating the occasion with an infographic showcasing some interesting facts. Click the “read more” link to see the full infographic.(Credit: NASA/Gary Daines)
To learn more about the International Space Station – humanity’s home away from Earth, visit www.nasa.gov/station. You can also learn how to spot the ISS as it flies over your location by visiting http://spotthestation.nasa.gov.
This portrait looking down on Saturn and its rings was created from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Oct. 10, 2013. It was made by amateur image processor and Cassini fan Gordan Ugarkovic. This image has not been geometrically corrected for shifts in the spacecraft perspective and still has some camera artifacts.The mosaic was created from 12 image footprints with red, blue and green filters from Cassini’s imaging science subsystem. Ugarkovic used full color sets for 11 of the footprints and red and blue images for one footprint.
In addition to attending Phoenix Comicon this past weekend to present on a couple of science panels, I also attended Spacefest V in Tucson, AZ.
I was only able to attend Spacefest for part of Saturday, but I was able to connect with a few friends in meatspace, and visit with a number of legendary astronauts. One person in particular that I got to talk with for a while was Fred Haise. For those who aren’t familiar with Haise, he was an Apollo 13 crew member (portrayed by Bill Paxton in the movie), and was one of the test pilots for Space Shuttle Enterprise.
Learn more about Fred Haise at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/haise-fw.html
This image of the storm system that generated the F-4 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was taken by NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard one of the Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites. The image was captured on May 20, 2013, at 19:40 UTC (2:40 p.m. CDT) as the tornado began its deadly swath.