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Two of Saturn’s moons  Mimas (right) and Dion ( left)

 

MImas , Pandora and Saturn

Mimas and Pandora orbit Saturn, image taken in visible light

 

Saturn rings

Saturn’s rings and shadows taken in visible light

 

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Dione crosses Saturn’s rings

 

Saturn and moons Enceladus and Janus

Moons Enceladus (left) and Janus hover above the rings of Saturn

 

Saturn's moons Prometheus and Daphnis

Saturn’s moons Prometheus sculpting the F ring while Daphnis (too small to discern in this image) raises waves on the edges of the Keeler gap

More @ NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission

Sunset on Pluto

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“Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon.(…) The back-lighting highlights over a dozen layers of haze in Pluto’s tenuous but distended atmosphere. The scene is 1,250 kilometers (780 miles) wide.”

Click to enlarge image above – read more here

Loricifera

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This is the cosmopolitan Loricifera, a microscopic sea worm (<1mm) that can be found attached between marine gravel, from shallow to deep water, almost everywhere on earth. These multi-celled creatures are tiny but armored, with a complex body and developed brain. They are also nature’s masters on extreme miniaturization and extreme survival (source).

In 2010 researchers found three new species of anaerobe Loriciferans under the Mediterranean Sea, living and reproducing entirely without oxygen nor sunlight (source). The implications of this discovery might also reach far beyond our planet, as for some exobiology researchers this indicates that other planets, with oceans or persistent water pockets, could also harbor larger forms of life.

Read more on phys + oxford journals

Illustration from the new book Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures by zoologist Ross Piper.

Space memorabilia

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nasa Space Exploration Signature Auction

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Original NASA publications from a recent auction of manuals, guidebooks, press kits, reports, brochures, etc at the Space Exploration Signature Auction 2013 by Heritage Auctions.

moon 3d

The 3-D Moon Map by Jeffrey Ambroziak is a dazzling digital or paper copy of the Moon made from NASA’s recently released elevation data. The image above is a section of that full map.
Check out this cool article on how to create a custom pair of 3d glasses, which can be done in a pinch with just a CD jewel box and some markers.
Via wired.

up & away

Time lapse of earth as seen from an altitude of 350 km created by Michael König  from pictures taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011.
Check original post on vimeo, for a full list of shooting locations.
Here’s the original footage, courtesy of “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth” project by NASA.

somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

Clip created by Cris Abbas using footage captured by NASA’s Cassini Imaging Science System.
Audio: 2 Ghosts I, Ghosts I – IV by Nine Inch Nails.
More about Cassini and the on-going Cassini Solstice Mission, here.
Link to video.

postcards from Saturn

Cassini spacecraft approaching Saturn in 2004: No CGI, no 3D model, this video is made of still photographs stitched together by tephen van Vuuren of SV2 Studios.
Found here.