Canadarm2 Grabs HTV-5


A nice image taken from the ISS showing Japan’s Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5)a grappled by the International Space Station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.

In 2013 during his stay aboard the ISS, Expedition 34 crew member and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield made a video showing us the Canadaarm 2 controls and a bit about how they work.


Images: NASA / JAXA

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Let’s Fly Over Atlantis Chaos

Thanks to the ESA Mars Express we can do that!

ESA’s description:
The video showcases a myriad of features that reflect a rich geological history. The tour takes in rugged cliffs and impact craters, alongside parts of ancient shallow, eroded basins. See smooth plains scarred with wrinkled ridges, scarps and fracture lines that point to influence from tectonic activity. Marvel at ‘chaotic’ terrain – hundreds of small peaks and flat-topped hills that are thought to result from the slow erosion of a once-continuous solid plateau. This entire region may once have played host to vast volumes of water – look out for the evidence in the form of channels carved into steep-sided walls.

Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGA)

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Cosmic Cloud Mon R2


A beautiful image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory.

See a larger version here at ESA.

Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/HOBYS Key Programme consortium

From ESA:

Fierce flashes of light ripple through delicate tendrils of gas in this new image, from ESA’s Herschel space observatory, which shows the dramatic heart of a large and dense cosmic cloud known as Mon R2. This cloud lies some 2700 light-years away and is studded with hot, newly-formed stars.

Packed into the bright centre of this region are several hot ‘bubbles’ of ionised hydrogen, associated with newborn stars situated nearby. Here, gas heated to a temperature of 10 000 °C quickly expands outwards, inflating and enlarging over time. Herschel has explored the bubbles in Mon R2, finding them to have grown over the course of 100 000 to 350 000 years.

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Weird Mountain on Ceres


Here’s a better look at that weird mountain on Ceres .  It looks even more like it was sculpted in this view from 1470 km / 915 miles taken from the Dawn spacecraft than it did the first time I saw it.


The mountain is 6 km / 4 mi tall and there is a significant lack of debris at the bottom. Weird, can’t wait to hear the explanation.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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JAXA Docking Replay

In case you missed the docking of JAXA’s ““Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5)” on Monday

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station on 24 Aug.

“Kounotori” was launched on 19 August from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.


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TayTay Crater


A look at TayTay crater and the surrounding area on Mars from the Mars Color Camera on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission. If you look quick the coloration might make TayTay look like a deep crater, a close look shows a more “typical” crater-like structure.

The image was taken on 13 August from an altitude of 3419 km / 2124 miles.

Image: ISRO

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Solar Flare


Yesterday morning at 07:40 UT / 03:40 ET the Solar Dynamics Observatory took this image of a mid-level solar flare.

I found about the flare at a little after 08:00 / 04:00. The flare was an M 5.6 so I thought it might give us an aurora especially given the geometry. So I real quick fed the cat and dog and went charging outside looked up and saw a black sky and not a star in sight.

The clouds were there to stay. Maybe next time.

Image: SDO

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