Space Exploration Photos

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This page holds the links to some of NASA and the world’s space programs and amateur astronomers’ photographs with a full article about each.
 
It is fitting that today, February 20, 2017, our first photo comes from the Juno Spacecraft. But was not a NASA scientist who discovered this image, but a citizen scientist.
 
Every time We find photos that meet our editorial criteria, that is they must be of an item in space and come with scientific information or be of scientific importance, there will be a thumbnail and a short paragraph to the photo’s long description. It must have more than a caption, but not a full article.
 
Articles will be published under the Space News tab as they always are. So many times you may see the same photos, but the information provided for the photo will be different than with the article. Whereas the article is illustrated by the photo and most talk about other scientific information, the information on the photo’s page will be just about that photo, any may include how it was taken, instruments, etc.
 
I hope you enjoy this new feature.

Photos From Space Exploration and Research
 Moving_Boulder_on_Comet_67P.jpg Photographs Show Changes on Comet 67P
Images returned from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place – full of growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders. Moving material buried some features on the comet’s surface while exhuming others. A study on 67P’s changing surface was released Tuesday, March 21, in the journal Science.
heic1705__Photo_Release.jpg NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula
In the search for rogue planets and failed stars astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula. During their survey of the famous star formation region, they found what may be the missing piece of a cosmic puzzle; the third, long-lost member of a star system that had broken apart.
30_Years_of_Supernovae_1987A.jpg Hubble captures 30th anniversary image of supernova 1987A
Three decades ago, a massive stellar explosion sent shockwaves not only through space but also through the astronomical community. SN 1987A was the closest observed supernova to Earth since the invention of the telescope and has become by far the best studied of all time, revolutionizing our understanding of the explosive death of massive stars.
Jovian_Stormy_Weather.jpg Jovian Stormy Weather
NASA’s Juno spacecraft soared directly over Jupiter’s south pole when JunoCam acquired this image on February 2, 2017 at 6:06 a.m. PT (9:06 a.m. ET), from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. 

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