NGC 6826 Planetary nebula
Credits: Bruce Balick (University of Washington),
Jason Alexander (University of Washington),
Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory),
Yervant Terzian (Cornell University),
Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy),
Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy)
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purposes. The first of these is to provide access to some of the more
popular NASA images available to the public. NSSDC fills hundreds of
requests per year for thousands of photographs, but many of the same
images are requested time and again. Many (if not most) of these are
provided in the Photo Gallery.
The second purpose of the Photo Gallery is to provide examples of
images produced from CD-ROM data. We get many questions about how to
use the data on the CD-ROMs we distribute and some selected examples
of the kind of manipulations which can be performed on them are
available in the Photo Gallery.
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generally organized by object and/or phenomenon on separate pages.
The source of the image as well as the processing involved in producing
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images are also available."
The JPL Photojournal is a comprehensive storehouse of NASA images,
and includes various search functions, allowing users to search by:
ID number (eg. PIA 123456), Mission name, Spacecraft name, Instrument
name, Feature name, or Collection type.
Whilst the NASA APODs struggle to come up with rational explanations
for many of the 'surprising' pictures returned from space, this should
be contrasted with the Thunderbolts TPODs which have little difficulty
offering plausable explanations for the 'strangest' of discoveries. An
acknowledgement of the role electricity clearly plays in space is all
that's required to really begin to understand the many 'surprises'
confronting mainstream astronomy.
" "Facts which at first seem improbable will,
even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand
forth in naked and simple beauty."
- Galileo, Discourses Concerning
Two New Sciences (1638)
Nearly 400 years after Galileo first observed the heavens through a
telescope, we continue to seek answers to age-old questions about the
universe. And while the technology has evolved over the centuries, the
inquiry remains essentially the same: What's out there, where did it come
from, and what does it mean?
At the Space Telescope Science Institute, we're working hard to study
and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible
using Hubble's cutting-edge technology. In the course of this exploration
we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe,
because the discoveries belong to all of us."
"The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space
Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta
rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 25 August 2003. During its
mission, Spitzer will obtain images and spectra by detecting the
infrared energy, or heat, radiated by objects in space between
wavelengths of 3 and 180 microns (1 micron is one-millionth of a
meter). Most of this infrared radiation is blocked by the Earth's
atmosphere and cannot be observed from the ground.
Consisting of a 0.85-meter telescope and three cryogenically-cooled
science instruments, Spitzer is the largest infrared telescope ever
launched into space. Its highly sensitive instruments give us a unique
view of the Universe and allow us to peer into regions of space which
are hidden from optical telescopes. Many areas of space are filled with
vast, dense clouds of gas and dust which block our view. Infrared light,
however can penetrate these clouds, allowing us to peer into regions of
star formation, the centers of galaxies, and into newly forming planetary
systems. Infrared also brings us information about the cooler objects in
space, such as smaller stars which are too dim to be detected by their
visible light, extrasolar planets, and giant molecular clouds. Also,
many molecules in space, including organic molecules, have their unique
signatures in the infrared."
"Since its launch on July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-ray
Observatory has been NASA's flagship mission for X-ray astronomy,
taking its place in the fleet of "Great Observatories." "
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra is one of the best sites for space pics including the electrically
generated phenomena, for as we all know X-rays are generated by electricity.
Stunning pics of supernova remnants and such, and most of the main pics on
this site include several sub-images, like 'optical' and 'X-ray' of the same
image. They also have a great range of high-res tiffs for download too,
assuming you have a generous internet plan. **Health Warning** I have
found the Chandra site to be addictive and to lessen my sleeping hours
The space shuttle gallery has outstanding pics from many of the space
shuttle missions, as well as video and audio clips. Just choose your mission
and hit 'go' and there are hundreds of photos from each mission, both in space
and on the ground preparatory pics. A 'must see' site for any shuttle-buffs,
and great for kids school projects.
"Explore thousands of images and dozens of videos and print
products created by the Cassini-Huygens mission team. Cassini multimedia
can be viewed with a variety of free software available on the downloads
Unless otherwise noted, images on this site may be used for any purpose
without prior permission. For a full explanation, read the JPL image policy."
Cassini-Huygens Mission Team
The NASA/JPL Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan - Images Page is
one of the many available through the NASA/JPL Photojournal link above and
is the beginning of their Multimedia Images section, and is deserving of a
quick link of its own.
"The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) is an instrument on
board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. It combines a 5-wavelength visual imaging
system with a 9-wavelength infrared imaging system.
The orbiter launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 7, 2001 and
arrived at Mars on October 24, 2001. The orbiter spent the next several
months achieving a circular mapping orbit by aerobraking (dipping into the
atmosphere to slow and shrink the orbit). Aerobraking concluded in early
February 2002, and primary mapping operations began a few weeks later.
Mars Odyssey carries three main science instruments: The Gamma Ray
Spectrometer (GRS), the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), and the
Mars Radiation Environment Experiment (MARIE)."
Named after the Roman god of war (well, they got it from the Greeks),
Mars captivates our imagination. Although it’s only one-quarter the size
of Earth, it looms large in our minds, whether in the fabled mistranslation
of the Italian word "canali" as canals, or the fertile imagination of H.G.
Wells, Mars has intrigued, confused, and even frightened us.
Launched in August 2005, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment
(HiRISE) is flying onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission.
HiRISE will investigate deposits and landforms resulting from geologic and
climatic processes and assist in the evaluation of candidate landing sites."
"Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) was established in 1990
to design, develop, operate, and conduct science investigations with
instruments that fly on unmanned spacecraft. As of March 2006, MSSS
has cameras on all 3 U.S. spacecraft presently operating in orbit
around the planet Mars.
The initial focus of MSSS was on the development and operation of
the Mars Observer Camera Ground Data System. After the loss of Mars
Observer in August 1993, MSSS participated in studies aimed at recovering
from the spacecraft loss, and was selected to provide the spare Mars
Observer Camera for the re-flight mission, Mars Global Surveyor. At the
same time, MSSS was developing a very small, modular camera system for
future flight missions. That work culminated with the selection of MSSS to
provide cameras for both the Mars Surveyor '98 Orbiter and Lander. Prior
to the dual loss of '98 spacecraft, Mars Climate Orbiter (and the Mars
Color Imager, MARCI) and the Mars Polar Lander (and the Mars Descent
Imager, MARDI), MSSS was selected by Arizona State University to provide
the Visible Imaging Subsystem of the THEMIS instrument aboard the Mars
Odyssey 2001 orbiter, and by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to provide
a descent camera for the Mars Surveyor 2001 lander (subsequently canceled
after the Polar Lander failure). The THEMIS instrument, operaed by ASU,
has been in Mars orbit for over two years. The 2001 descent camera will
fly on the Phoenix Mars Scout Mission in 2005. MSSS developed the Mars
Color Imager (MARCI'05) and Context Camera (CTX) for the 2005 Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began orbiting Mars in March 2006. In
December 2004, MSSS was selected to provide three camera systems
(Descent, HandLens, and Mast) for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
mission, and three cameras for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (2008)
mission, under contract to Northwestern University (Mark Robinson,
Malin Space Science Systems
As you can see, MSSS have their fingers in many pies, and bring you
over 212,000 images from these missions.
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These images are available for personal use. If you wish to use these
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"The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), launched by a
Pegasus rocket on April 28 2003, has been observing the sky using
detectors sensitive to ultraviolet light. Click on the images below
to see full size images, their interpretation and to download images
in various formats."
"On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical
Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and
the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged
into one independent administrative institution: the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA). While space development and utilization,
and aviation research and development are the measures to achieve
the nation's policy objectives, our contribution to problem solving
is also an important mission for us. JAXA hopes to succeed in its
long-term vision to realize our own mission.
As a core organization for aerospace technology, JAXA will promote
consistent activities, from basic research to technology development
JAXA will also pursue the enormous possibilities in space and
aviation, and challenge various research and development fields in
the aim of "Sustainable Development" in order to contribute to peace
and happiness for all mankind."
"After over three decades, we're finally getting ready to go back to the Moon.
To help you prepare, and to whet your appetite for exploration, we
teamed up with scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center to bring you this
collection of lunar maps and charts. This tool is an exciting new way to explore
the story of the Apollo missions, still the only time mankind has set foot on
"This map of Mars, published by Percival Lowell in 1895, was
the result of many years spent carefully studying the Red Planet through
his telescope. Now you can do the same through your web browser. In
collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we've
created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.
If you have half as much fun exploring them as we did making them, you're in for a great time."
"Space photos, sound clips, online videos available for downloading,
animations, online interactive and virtual reality programs, CDROMs, DVDs,
and videotapes are all available from numerous sources on the web."
msnbc Space Slide Show
A good site to catch up on recent space related news, the Space
Slide Show covers a wide variety of topics, and has many of the
best pics from some of the sites mentioned above. A good pictorial
romp from one place, for the busy space-pic chaser.