Source Region for Possible Europa Plumes - This reprojection of the official USGS basemap of Jupiter's moon Europa is centered at the estimated source region for potential water vapor plumes that might have been detected using the Hubble Space Telescope. The view is centered at -65 degrees latitude, 183 degrees longitude.
In addition to the plume source region, the image also shows the hemisphere of Europa that might be affected by plume deposits. This map is composed of images from NASA's Galileo and Voyager missions. The black region near the south pole results from gaps in imaging coverage.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute
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Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this image of the moon setting on the blue Earth atmosphere on Friday. The Expedition 38 crew of the International Space Station wrapped up a workweek packed with science research and the completion of a U.S. cargo spacecraft’s first commercial resupply mission to the orbiting outpost.
Image credit: NASA/JAXA
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Photo by @thomaspeschak Along the Horn of Africa off the coast of Djibouti a fisherman uses a simple hand line to catch a large barracuda. Unpublished photograph from @natgeo story on Arabian Seas. @saveourseasfoundation @thephotosociety #djibouti #fishing #moon
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's more #NASALove -- We're always over the moon for you with our Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. Earlier this month, LADEE successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.
The main job of a star tracker is to snap images of the surrounding star field so that the spacecraft can internally calculate its orientation in space. It completes this task many times per minute. The accuracy of each of LADEE's instruments' measurements depends on the star tracker calculating the precise orientation of the spacecraft. Given the critical nature of its assignment, a star tracker doesn't use ordinary cameras. Star trackers' lenses have a wide-angle field of view in order to capture the night sky in a single frame.
The images shown here were acquired on Feb. 8, 2014, around 23:45 UTC, while LADEE was carrying out atmospheric measurements. The series of five images were taken at one-minute intervals, and caught features in the northern western hemisphere of the moon. LADEE was traveling approximately 60 miles (100 km) per minute along its orbit. All images were taken during lunar night, but with Earthshine illuminating the surface.
Image credit: NASA
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Crescent Moon Rising and Earth's Atmosphere - On Feb. 1, 2014, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this view of a crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth's atmosphere. Distinct colors are visible because the dominant gases and particles in each layer of the atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain colors of light.
Image Credit: NASA
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Arctic Fox, Canada. Before #dawn, a brilliant full #moon illuminates the snowy landscape of #Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, home to an arctic #fox. The fox's coat changes color with the seasons; as the snow melts it begins to turn grayish brown. (Ph by Norbert Rosing) #FullMoon #Manitoba #ArcticFox #Canada #Natgeo
Solar Eclipse from SDO's Perspective
The Moon passed between NASA's SDO satellite and the Sun from 8:31-10:56 am ET on Jan. 30, 2014. At 2.5 hours in length, it was the longest lunar transit so far in the SDO mission. This still was taken at 14:58 UT, just about when the Moon was centered against the Sun. The image combines individual frames from two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light (the 304 Angstrom and the 171 Angstrom channels) taken at the same time.
Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO #nasagoddard #sun #space #eclipse #sdo #moon
Astronaut Mike Hopkins aboard the International Space Station tweeted from @AstroIllini this image and wrote, "Beautiful sunrise with a hint of moon." Mike is taking photos from the orbiting outpost some 240 miles up circling the Earth every 90 minutes. The International Space Station (ISS) continues the NASA tradition of Earth observation from human-tended spacecraft. Operational since November 2000, the ISS is well suited for documenting Earth features and provides an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world. Images coming down from the International Space Station are processed on a daily basis and include over 1.2 million images through Nov. 1, 2013.
Image credit: NASA
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With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible.
LADEE is in an equatorial orbit (east-to-west) while LRO is in a polar orbit (south-to-north). The two spacecraft are occasionally very close and on Jan. 15, 2014, the two came within 5.6 miles (9 km) of each other. As LROC is a push-broom imager, it builds up an image one line at a time, so catching a target as small and fast as LADEE is tricky. Both spacecraft are orbiting the moon with velocities near 3,600 mph (1,600 meters per second), so timing and pointing of LRO must be nearly perfect to capture LADEE in an LROC image.
LADEE passed directly beneath the LRO orbit plane a few seconds before LRO crossed the LADEE orbit plane, meaning a straight down LROC image would have just missed LADEE. The LADEE and LRO teams worked out the solution: simply have LRO roll 34 degrees to the west so the LROC detector (one line) would be in the right place as LADEE passed beneath.
As planned at 8:11 p.m. EST on Jan. 14, 2014, LADEE entered LRO’s Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) field of view for 1.35 milliseconds and a smeared image of LADEE was snapped. LADEE appears in four lines of the LROC image, and is distorted righttoleft. LADEE was launched Sept. 6, 2013. LADEE is gathering detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determining whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. LRO launched Sept. 18, 2009. LRO continues to bring the world astounding views of the lunar surface and a treasure trove of lunar data.
Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
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45th Anniversary of 'Earthrise' Image:
Forty-five years ago, in December of 1968, the Apollo 8 crew flew from the Earth to the Moon and back again. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on Dec. 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on Dec. 27. The Apollo 8 mission's impressive list of firsts includes: the first humans to journey to the Earth's Moon, the first to fly using the Saturn V rocket, and the first to photograph the Earth from deep space. As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the far side of the Moon on Dec. 24, the crew could look toward the lunar horizon and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft's orbital motion. Their famous picture of a distant blue Earth above the Moon's limb was a marvelous gift to the world.
Image Credit: NASA
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