The Soviet and, later, Russian space station Mir is seen in 1998 as it orbits Earth after the US space shuttle Endeavour moves away after completing five days of joint operations. The space station would be decommissioned in 2000 and reentered the Earth's atmosphere in 2001.
World Space Week: This week, organizations across the globe celebrate the 11th annual World Space Week, which highlights the contributions of space science and technology to life on Earth.
NASA's STS-32 crew took this view of the moon setting over the Earth's limb. Near the center is a semi-vortex in the clouds - a storm system in the early stages of formation. The moon's image is distorted due to refraction through the Earth's atmosphere.
A tiny goby pokes its head out of a brain coral off the coast of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, in the Caribbean. Gobies are generally only 1 to 2 inches long.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Astronaut Mae Jemison works in the Spacelab-J module, inside the space shuttle. Spacelab-J is a combined National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and NASA. The objectives included life sciences, microgravity and technology research.
Astronaut James S. Voss, mission specialist, handles the newly-delivered main boom of the Russian crane (Strela) to be connected to its operator post in 2000. During this 6-hour, 44-minute extravehicular activity, astronauts Voss and Jeffrey N. Williams also secured a United States-built crane that was installed on the station last year; replaced a faulty antenna for one of the station's communications systems; and installed several handrails and a camera cable on the station's exterior.
In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. This turbulent star formation region is one of astronomy's most dramatic and photogenic celestial objects. More than 3,000 stars of various sizes appear in this image.
A new paper suggests that an area near the Red Sea area could have had favorable characteristics for 'wind setdown' some 3,000 years ago.
Thousands of sparkling young stars are nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603. This stellar "jewel box" is one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. NGC 3603 is a prominent star-forming region in the Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way, about 20,000 light-years away. This latest image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a young star cluster surrounded by a vast region of dust and gas.
Times Higher Education, the United Kingdom's leading higher education news publication, today released its first-ever international university rankings. American universities dominate the top of the Times list, faring much better than in rankings released last week by former Times partner Quacquarelli Symonds. The disparate results have already prompted debate about the criteria for evaluating and ranking universities.