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Hubble peers inside a celestial geode September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, European Southern Observatory (ESO), Hubble Telescope, Space Fotos.
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Credits: ESA/NASA, Yäel Nazé (University of Liège, Belgium) and You-Hua Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana, USA)
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In this unusual image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a rare view of the celestial equivalent of a geode – a gas cavity carved by the stellar wind and intense ultraviolet radiation from a young hot star.

Real geodes are handball-sized, hollow rocks that start out as bubbles in volcanic or sedimentary rock. Only when these inconspicuous round rocks are split in half by a geologist, do we get a chance to appreciate the inside of the rock cavity that is lined with crystals. In the case of Hubble’s 35 light-year diameter ‘celestial geode’ the transparency of its bubble-like cavity of interstellar gas and dust reveals the treasures of its interior.

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Acknowledgment: This image was created with the help of the ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator.

Too Many Galaxies September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, European Southern Observatory (ESO), Space Fotos, VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS).
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Faint Southern Clouds September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Cassini, Saturn, Space Fotos, Titan.
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Faint Southern Clouds

Target Name: Titan
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle
Product Size: 465 samples x 466 lines
Produced By: Cassini Imaging Team
Primary Data Set: Cassini
Full-Res TIFF: PIA07597.tif (217.1 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA07597.jpg (7.62 kB)

Palm Island Resort September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Earth, International Space Station.
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Palm Island Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Palm Island Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is featured in this image photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao from the International Space Station. The resort is under construction on reclaimed land silhouetted against the dark waters of Dubai’s Persian Gulf coast. Advertised as “being visible from the Moon,” this man-made palm-shaped structure displays 17 huge fronds framed by a 12-kilometer protective barrier. When completed, the resort will sport 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, cinemas, and other facilities. When completed, the resort is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people.

Image Credit: NASA

Collapse Pit September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Mars, Mars Global Surveyor, Space Fotos.
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Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

An Unexplored Nebula September 29, 2005

Posted by jtintle in APoD, Deep Space, Nebula, Space Fotos.
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Credit & Copyright: Steve Mandel, Galaxy Images

Next ISS crew is Ready September 28, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Astronaut.
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Greg Olsen, Valery Tokarev, William McArthur

Image above: The Soyuz TMA-7 crewmembers pose for a crew portrait. From the left are Spaceflight Participant Greg Olsen, Expedition 12 Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, and Expedition 12 Commander and NASA Science Officer William McArthur. Credit: NASA

Lonely Gem September 28, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Cassini, Epimetheus, Saturn, Space Fotos.
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Lonely Gem

Target Name: Epimetheus
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle
Product Size: 654 samples x 643 lines
Produced By: Cassini Imaging Team
Primary Data Set: Cassini
Full-Res TIFF: PIA07596.tif (421.2 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA07596.jpg (7.296 kB)

Epimetheus: Up-Close and Colorful September 28, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Cassini, Epimetheus, Saturn, Space Fotos.
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Up-Close and Colorful

Target Name: Epimetheus
Is a satellite of: Saturn
Mission: Cassini
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle
Product Size: 701 samples x 747 lines
Produced By: CICLOPS/Space Science Institute
Primary Data Set: Cassini
Full-Res TIFF: PIA06226.tif (1.573 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA06226.jpg (22.74 kB)

Russian Service Module September 28, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Earth, International Space Station.
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Zvezda Service Module

Russian technicians work on the Zvezda Service Module shortly after it completed a pressurization test on Sept. 12 1997. The first fully Russian contribution to the International Space Station, the module was launched in December 1998 to provide early power, propulsion, life support, communications and living quarters for the station.

Image Credit: NASA

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