Check out this never-seen-before, multi-angle footage of Felix Baumgartner's historic 24-mile jump from the stratosphere, uninterrupted and complete with a real-time display of mission data.
This fresh-outta-space image captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope shows the most detailed view of IC 1295, a planetary nebula lying 3,300 light-years away in the constellation Scutum, glowing in its ghostly green beauty. If you want more, check out the video released by ESO.
NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California captured this striking footage of Toutatis, an asteroid that flew by on December 12 and 13, about 4.3 million miles from Earth. Meanwhile, the Chinese National Space Agency also took interest in the three-mile-long rock by coordinating its Chang'e 2 space probe to fly by and take pictures at a close proximity of 3.2 km (2 miles) and relative velocity of 10.73 km per second, according to an official statement. Toutatis is known to make a trip around the sun every four years and the next close encounter will arrive in November 2069.
Here's a strange view of the Hercules A galaxy and its massive plasma jets stretching over one million light years , combined from a visible light image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and a radio image take by the Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes in New Mexico, USA. While the physics behind the shape of the jets remain unanswered, NASA says it is likely related to a supermassive black hole at the dead center of the image, which is estimated to be nearly 1,000 times more massive than the black hole at our Milky Way's center.
NASA announced today that its Messenger spacecraft has discovered "compelling" evidence of frozen water and possible organic materials on Mercury's north pole (shown left in red), confirming decades of suspicion in the scientific community.
"The neutron data indicate that Mercury's radar-bright polar deposits contain, on average, a hydrogen-rich layer more than tens of centimeters thick beneath a surficial layer 10 to 20 centimeters thick that is less rich in hydrogen," according to David Lawrence, a Johns Hopkins University physics scientist working on the Messenger project.
The Horsehead Nebula, located approximately 1,300 to 1,500 lightyears from Earth in the constellation of Orion, is making buzz in the space news circuit after researchers at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy detected an unusually dense presence of hydrocarbon molecule C3H+—one of the smallest molecules that compose petroleum and natural gas—estimated to be 200 times more than the total amount of water on Earth.