This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) shows in great detail a solar prominence taken from a March 30, 2010 eruption. The twisting motion of the material is the most noticeable feature.
The Hayabusa probe was launched by Japan in 2003.
For years scientists had a hard time figuring out which asteroids the meteorites came from.
South Korean officials said they did not know where to pin blame, but noted the explosion occurred in the Russian-made first-stage of the rocket rather than in the Korean-made second stage. The failure of the South Korea rocket launch was an embarrassing setback.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are keeping an eye on the World Cup soccer tournament beginning Friday in South Africa.
Comet McNaught 2009 R1 is pictured in the night sky over Jauerling, Austria, on June 9. The green shimmering comet can be seen with the naked eye under ideal conditions and might become as bright as Ursa Major within June.
Calvin Dale Smith of Houston has been charged with stealing several NASA artifacts.
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (c.) is seen inside of the Soyuz capsule through the porthole, with the reflection of ground personnel pictured in its glass, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 4. Yurchikhin, U.S. astronauts Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on June 15.