An annular solar eclipse photographed by the joint Japanese-American Hinode satellite. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon, slightly more distant from Earth than on average, moves directly between Earth and the sun,
Robonaut2 - or R2 for short -the next generation dexterous robot, will debut at the SuperBowl on Sunday. This dexterous humanoid robot explorer, is set to leave Earth this month to join the crew of the International Space Station.
The space shuttle Discovery arrived at the launch pad on Feb. 1, 2011 for its next launch opportunity to the International Space Station.
A mysterious disc of material around the brilliant supergiant star HD 62623. The picture has been color coded to show the velocities of the material in the disc: blue indicates that the material is coming towards us, and red that it is receding.
An Envisat image of one of the big snowstorms blanketing the United States.
Artist's conception of Kepler-11, a sun-like star around which six planets orbit.
Credit: NASA/Tim Pyle
A picture of Antares, the Apollo 14 Lunar Module as it sat on the moon's Fra Mauro Highlands.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographed the famous jets erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus.Image
After 52 years, Japan's Mount Shinmoedake has begun erupting. The volcano, which started rumbling on Jan. 27, is probably more widely-known to people outside of Japan for its cameo role in the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice." The film's plot featured a secret rocket base built by Bond's arch-enemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld , in the volcano's depths.
A memory of the Columbia's maiden voyage, launched on April 12, 1981. The Columbia and its crew were lost during a 1983 mission in 2003. This image shows the flight deck's aft windows. In the lower right corner is one of the vehicle's radiator panels. The pentagon-shaped object in the upper left is glare caused by window reflection.
Seasonal Erosion and Restoration of Mars' Dunes.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle, an unmanned spaceship, will deliver essential supplies to the International Space Station during its mission lasting three and half months.
Mars500 crew members testing their spacesuits before a simulated journey to the Martian surface.
Credit: BMP/ Oleg Voloshin
An artist's interpretation of the Kepler observatory in space. NASA announced this week that the he Kepler space telescope had spotted 1,235 exoplanet candidates, including the so-called "habitable zone," that just-right range of distances that allow liquid water to exist.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has mapped the entire sky. It's been a prodigious effort, resulting in the imaging of more than 2.7 million images of objects ranging from galaxies to asteroids and comets.