Close-up view of the next-generation microshutter arrays — designed to accommodate the needs of future observatories — during the fabrication process.
This swirling landscape of stars is known as the North America nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this new infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears.
Yep, you can check it out at this Wikimedia Commons page:
Via Spitzer Wallpapers (NASA)
Unusual arms, revealed in x-ray light, dive through the plane of NGC 4258, ejecting enormous amounts of gas and choking the ability for new stars to form. Astronomers estimate that most of the gas needed for star birth will be ejected from the galaxy in 300 million years.
Credit: NASA/CXC/A. Hobart
Front pages after moon landing, from Poynter.
Today marks the 45 anniversary. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM, the “Eagle”, to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar-orbit.
Source: Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. flag on the Moon (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)