Sample the galaxies

Here’s a visual treat worth a few minutes of your day. This week, the Planetary Society’s blog benefited from a showcase of galaxy images prepared by Adam Block. Mr. Block is Astrophotographer for University of Arizona Steward Observatory. The above image of NGC 918, as seen through a haze of “galactic cirrus” clouds, is just one example.

Even better, the post’s galaxy images come with easily accessible larger versions, enhancing the detail and sense of grandeur. Adam clearly loves what he does for a living, speaking of a galaxy’s countenance and giving a picturesque nod to Isaac Asimov. I highly recommend this post:

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Cosmic Ocean

Under the Belly of Enterprise

This week I visited New York City to see The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington, as well as finally seeing an opera at the Met. It was a great trip. One of the highlights was meeting the space shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex.

Until seeing this exhibit, I had failed to appreciate the extent to which NASA tested this vehicle in preparation for space missions. In addition to gliding tests, they strapped it to boosters and also submitted it brutal vibrations to prove the design. Grand engineering!

Here is a brief clip of my previous visit to space shuttle Discovery in Washington DC.

A beautiful ISS image for you

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Hell of a corner office those astronauts have.

The above image comes to us courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory website. The images they send me via my email subscription never disappoint. For a full caption, and to learn which landscape is featured, visit Earth Observatory.