NASA's Cassini spacecraft is off snapping shots of Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons — this one was taken from 20,000 miles away. Cassini has already discovered an icy plume shooting from Enceladus and is back to learn more about this small, active moon.
On February 10, 2011, astronauts on the International Space Station took this image of central pivot fields and grid fields just south of the city of Perdizes in Brazil. Small streams also run through this true-color image with crops including sunflowers, wheat, potatoes, coffee, rice, soybeans and corn.
Saturn's moon Titan has a thick atmosphere of methane, which means it may have a geography very similar to ours. You know, plus methane and at extremely cold temperatures. But we're just now seeing the first images of the moon experiencing a mighty methane rainstorm.
If you think it sucks when you run out of gas here on Earth, imagine what it's like out in space. A Canadian company plans to fix this problem, by launching Space's first gas station, and yes, it's full serve.
There's a lot of crap up there in orbit. Like, seriously, a lot, and it's becoming a problem. This concept for a space debris collection and recycling ship from artist Vaughan Ling shows one potential way of taking care of all the junk.
The Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a massive underground chamber near the moon's equator, one that would be perfect for housing a moon base. A moon base!
Here's a lovely shot of sea ice surrounding the island of Shikotan, one of the largest in the chain of Kuril Islands stretching from northern Japan to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. This quick-forming ice was captured by NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite and carved into swirling patterns by strong winds.
When starlight bounces off of dust particles, the surrounding area casts off a bluish hue. That's exactly what you're looking at here with the nebula M78, thanks to Chile's European Southern Observatory — and the two bright stars illuminating M78....
After more than 250 long days in a wood-paneled approximation of a spaceship headed toward the Red Planet, the six-man crew of Mars500 has finally reached their goal: touching down on Mars. Even though this "Mars" is really just a sandbox in a suburb, one team member still saw the sight as inspiring.
Once we got rid of Pluto, we thought we had our Solar System really nailed down. Turns out, there might be a new ninth planet called Tyche out there. And if real, it'd be a whopping four times the mass of Jupiter.