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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/13

    A setting sun and Earth's horizon are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 13 crewmember on the International Space Station in 2006.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/12

    In this image of the Andes along the Chile-Bolivia border, the visible and infrared data have been computer enhanced to exaggerate the color differences of the different materials. The scene is dominated by the Pampa Luxsar lava complex, occupying the upper right two-thirds of the scene. Lava flows are distributed around remnants of large dissected cones, the largest of which is Cerro Luxsar.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/09

    Like a sun on a fast rise, Space Shuttle Atlantis arcs into the still-black sky over the Atlantic Ocean, casting a fiery glow on its way. With a crew of five it is heading on the 10th assembly flight to the International Space Station. The primary payload on the mission is the joint airlock module, which will require two spacewalks to attach it to the Space Station. The airlock will be the primary path for Space Station spacewalk entry and departure for US spacesuits, and will also support the Russian Orlan spacesuit for EVA activity.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/07

    This image shows average temperatures in April, 2003, observed by AIRS at an infrared wavelength that senses either the Earth's surface or any intervening cloud. Similar to a photograph of the planet taken with the camera shutter held open for a month, stationary features are captured while those obscured by moving clouds are blurred. Many continental features stand out boldly, such as our planet's vast deserts, and India, now at the end of its long, clear dry season.

  • Six great summer getaways...in space!

    Six great summer getaways...in space!

    If you've got an adventurous spirit and a fat bank balance, these out-of-this-world holidays are for you.

  • Out-of-control Russian robot ship careens past space station

    Out-of-control Russian robot ship careens past space station

    An unmanned Russian ship loaded with nearly 2.5 tons of fresh food, clothes, and equipment has gone rogue, blowing past the International Space Station.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/02

    This image courtesy of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows an artist's impression of an active galaxy that has jets. The central engine is thought to be a supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disc and enshrouded in a thick doughnut-shaped structure of gas and dust, which astronomers call a "torus". The torus of dust and gas can be seen orbiting a flatter disc of swirling gas. In the center, the supermassive black hole is surrounded by a flat accretion disc of rapidly orbiting material. The jets are emitted at right angles from the plane of the disc.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/01

    This infrared composite image of the two hemispheres of Uranus was obtained with Keck adaptive optics. The images were obtained on July 11 and 12, 2004. The representative balance of these infrared images which were selected to display the vertical structure of atmospheric features gives a reddish tint to the rings, an artifact of the process. The North pole is at 4 o'clock.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 06/30

    What happens when you crash into a comet? That was a question considered by astronomers when they designed the Deep Impact mission, launched in January. On July 4, the Deep Impact spaceship will reach its target, Comet Tempel 1, and fire an impactor at its surface, photographing the result. The remaining crater may tell how Tempel 1 is constructed. If, for example, the comet is an extremely loose pile of debris, the impactor may leave little or no discernable crater. But if the comet's surface is relatively firm, the impactor's ripple may leave quite a large crater. Pictured above is an artist's impression of the initial encounter between the spacecraft and the comet.

  • Soyuz spacecraft moves to new docking port

    Soyuz spacecraft moves to new docking port

    Soyuz spacecraft took a short flight outside the International Space Station Monday to move to a new docking port, after delay.