SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 makes its debut launch from Florida, December 3, 2013, with the SES-8 payload. Courtesy of Spaceflightnow.com and Justin. It was the company’s first launch to geostationary transfer orbit, adding a new competitor in the GTO launch market.
The Falcon 9 v1.1’s first launch occurred on September 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
On Dec. 4, 1998, the International Space Station (ISS) Node 1, known as Unity, was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-88) and was connected to the Russian-built Functional Energy Block Zarya two days later on Dec. 6, 1998. Unity, a six-sided connector to which all future U.S. Station modules will attach, was manufactured by The Boeing Company at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. from 1994 to 1997 and was the first U.S. module for the ISS. This photograph shows the connected Zarya (top with solar wings) and the Unity Module after having been released from the Orbiter Endeavour’s cargo bay.
Image credit: NASA/MSFC
When Cassini arrived in 2004, Saturn’s north pole was dark because it was the middle of its winter. A visible-light view had to wait for the passing of the equinox in August 2009.
Only then did sunlight begin flooding Saturn’s northern hemisphere. The view also required a change in the angle of Cassini’s orbits around Saturn so the spacecraft could see the poles.
In high-resolution pictures and movie, scientists see that the extent of the hurricane’s eye stretches some 2000 km across. The hurricane – 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth – has thin, bright clouds at the outer edge travelling at 540 km/h. The eyewall winds blow more than four times faster than hurricane force winds on Earth.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Saturn’s hexagon is a persisting six sided cloud pattern around the north pole of the planet. It is created by a band of upper-atmospheric winds, and the sides of it are about 13,800 km (8,600 mi) long, which is longer than the Earth’s diameter. There’s a hurricane swirling within the hexagon.
(Images by the Cassini spacecraft)
Saturn’s atmosphere and its rings are shown here in a false color composite made from images taken in near infrared light through filters that sense different amounts of methane gas. Portions of the atmosphere with a large abundance of methane above the clouds are red, indicating clouds that are deep in the atmosphere. Grey indicates high clouds, and brown indicates clouds at intermediate altitudes. The rings are bright blue because there is no methane gas between the ring particles and the camera.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
This is a true color composite of Saturn and Earth as seen by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013.
Messier 90 and IC 3583
Image Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Coelum
Apollo 12 Lunar Module «Intrepid» above the Moon - These Days in 1969
Galactic Moon eclipse captured by Babak Tafreshi. Take time to look at this image, and you’ll notice several large emission nebulae with vivid red color, details of the Milky Way and lots of stars.