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Mars Exploration Family Portrait February 5, 2013

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Size of this preview: 800 × 578 pixels. Other resolutions: 320 × 231 pixels | 640 × 462 pixels | 1,024 × 739 pixels | 1,280 × 924 pixels. Full resolution ‎(4,000 × 2,888 pixels, file size: 3.13 MB, MIME type: image/jpeg)

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Jason Davis, http://www.astrosaur.us

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Barnstorming Linne Crater February 5, 2013

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This flyover was generated from 3D model of Linne Crater with the image draped on top. The 3D model uses the DTM derived from LROC NAC stereo images.

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NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Dragon Tail Filament Erupts February 1, 2013

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A long and complex strand of plasma hanging above the Sun’s surface erupted (Jan. 31, 2013) as a long loop that stretched and broke apart as it burst into space. Much of the material actually fell back into Sun unable to break free of the Sun’s gravity. The images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light (304 Angstroms). The movie covers about six hours of activity. We called it a ‘dragon tail filament’ because before it erupted, it did resemble one. Plasma is a hot gas composed of electrically charged hydrogen and helium.
Another version shown below combines the 304 Angstrom wavelength with the 193 Angstrom, which offers better detail of the motions of the filament before it breaks away.

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Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA, the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

 

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