Pictures of Spacecraft
This combined image sequence shows Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 transiting the Sun on June 17, 2013. The images were captured from Southern France using a Takahashi FSQ-106 refracting telescope, a Coronado SM90 double stack solar filter, and an IDS CMOSIS 4Mp sensor shooting at 38 fps.
China’s Shenzhou 10 spacecraft and Tiangong 1 space station transit the Sun on June 16, 2013. The image was taken from Southern France using a Takahashi TOA-150 refractor, a Baader Herschel solar prism and a Canon 6D camera shooting at 1/4000s, at ISO 100.
On sol 292 (June 2, 2013), Curiosity performed some nighttime MAHLI close-up imaging of the drill hole at Cumberland. The scene is illuminated only by the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) next to the MAHLI optics.
Exhaust from Ariane 5 VA213's twin solid rocket boosters is backlit by the waning French Guiana twilight on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The rocket carried the European Space Agency's ATV Albert Einstein into orbit for an eventual docking with the International Space Station.
This is a time lapse video from the Curiosity Rover, created using RAW data products from the Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) acquired during the period between Sol 0 (August 8, 2012) and Sol 281 (May 21, 2013).
A Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter closeup on the Mare Cognitum landing site of both the robotic spacecraft Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12. The Apollo descent stage, the Surveyor lander, the ALSEP experiment package and astronaut foot trails are all clearly visible. In this series of images taken on different days, the site is seen at various times from sunrise to sunset.
This image shows a simulated Opportunity about to descend into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove dubbed Duck Bay. Inside the crater, the rover examined the deeper, older rocks that harbored clues to Mars' wet past. Duck Bay has slopes of about 15 to 20 degrees and exposed bedrock, which made it the safest site for entry.
In this picture of Home Plate, taken by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can easily see the stark white figure that is Spirit to the left (west) of the geologic formation in this image color enhanced by Stuart Atkinson. "If you look carefully you can actually see bright trailing leading to Spirit - this is the result of the (right front) broken wheel being dragged through the dirt, unearthing brighter material beneath," he points out. For more of Atkinson's enhanced images and poems, check out his blog, Road to Endeavour at: http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/
Taken from a post by user "Galactic Penguin" at the forum NASASpaceflight.com.
SpaceShipTwo fires her rocket motor in flight for the first time in a flight over the Mojave Desert on April 29, 2013.
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