Breathtaking view of the Milky Way from the surface of Mars

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NASA just landed a rover on Mars, this is the very first picture.  This JUST happened minutes ago.
1:42am EST 8/6/2012
Confirmed Touchdown: Curiosity Lands on Mars.


Pictures confirming the successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. This was probably the biggest extraterrestrial landing since Apollo11. And it was performed with absolute precision. The one ton rover, which is about the size of an SUV,  is by far the most capable scientific device ever landed on Mars. This opens up doors for future sample return missions, and even manned missions.

Go NASA. Science is amazing.

In this Spitzer image, the myriad of stars crowding the center of our galaxy creates the blue haze that brightens towards the center of the image. The green features are from carbon-rich dust molecules, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are illuminated by the surrounding starlight as they swirl around the galaxy’s core. The yellow-red patches are the thermal glow from warm dust. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dust are associated with bustling hubs of young stars. These materials, mixed with gas, are required for making new stars.
The brightest white feature at the center of the image is the central star cluster in our galaxy. At a distance of 26,000 light years away from Earth, it is so distant that, to Spitzer’s view, most of the light from the thousands of individual stars is blurred into a single glowing blotch. Astronomers have determined that these stars are orbiting a massive black hole that lies at the very center of the galaxy.
The region pictured here is immense, with a horizontal span of 2,400 light-years (5.3 degrees) and a vertical span of 1,360 light-years (3 degrees). Though most of the objects seen in this image are located near the galactic center, the features above and below the galactic plane tend to lie closer to Earth.

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SETI Institute Astronomer Mark Showalter Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting PlutoA team of astronomers led by SETI Institute Astronomer Mark Showalter using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.

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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) —- This view of Earth’s horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible.

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