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Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars
23 Oct 2014

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This is a photo composite of the encounter of Comet Siding Spring with Mars on October 19, 2014. Separate Hubble Space Telescope images of Mars and the comet have been combined together into a single picture. This is a composite image because a single exposure of the stellar background, Comet Siding Spring, and Mars would be problematic because the objects are all moving with respect to each other and the background stars. Hubble can only track one planetary target at a time. Also, Mars is actually 10,000 times brighter than the comet, and the exposure here has been adjusted so that details on the Red Planet can be seen.

RedOrbit Images Of The Day - Earth

Kansas City
25 Oct 2014
Kansas City
The Missouri and Kansas rivers meet in this space-based view of the Kansas City metropolitan area, photographed on September 6, 2014, by astronauts on the International Space Station. Portions of the Missouri River and State Line Road trace the boundary between the states of Kansas and Missouri. (Note that north is to the upper right.)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 467,000 people live in Kansas City, Missouri, which spans 816 square kilometers (315 square miles). More than 148,000 people lived across the state line in Kansas City, Kansas, which spans about 324 square kilometers (125 square miles). That\'s plenty of fans to get behind the Kansas City Royals, who are facing the San Francisco Giants in baseball\'s 2014 World Series. The teams battled it out in late October at Kauffman Stadium, located along Interstate 70 about 18 kilometers (11 miles) southeast of the river confluence (off the bottom of this photograph).

Just south of I-670 and east of the Kansas River in this photo is the site where the American Royal Association hosts barbecue competitions, livestock exhibitions, rodeos, and horse shows. In recognition of Missouri\'s livestock industry, the baseball team was named the \"Royals\" when they were first organized in 1968.

Before the Royals, the city was home to the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro League baseball team that once featured legends Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige. In 1924, the Monarchs won the first Negro League World Series. Visitors to Kansas City\'s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum can tour exhibits preserving the history of the leagues.

At the time this caption was published, the Royals and Giants were tied in the 2014 World Series with one win apiece. The teams travelled to San Francisco for games three, four, and five, and might return to Kansas City if sixth and seventh games are necessary.

Credit: Astronaut photograph ISS040-E-124239 was acquired on September 6, 2014, with a Nikon D2Xs digital camera using an 800 millimeter lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 40 crew. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed.

RedOrbit Images Of The Day - Mars

Exhuming Landforms
25 Oct 2014
Exhuming Landforms
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a crater and adjacent terrain that have been exhumed from beneath a wind-eroded material. The sharp, pointy ridges inside and immediately adjacent to the crater are the remains of a material that once covered the entire scene. Wind has stripped these materials away, forming yardangs. Inside the crater, the erosion has revealed an older, eroded layered material. This smooth-surfaced layered feature inside the crater was already eroded to nearly its present shape before the yardang-forming material was deposited (and then eroded away).

Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

RedOrbit Images Of The Day - Universe

Ring of Fire
25 Oct 2014
Ring of Fire
A new image from NASA\'s Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red in this view, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light. The stars in the central area produce shorter-wavelength infrared light than that seen in the ring, and are colored blue. This central area is where older stars live, having long ago gobbled up the available gas supply, or fuel, for making new stars.

The galaxy is about 12 billion years old and is located in the Eridanus constellation. It is known as a barred galaxy because a central bar of stars (which looks like a blue \"S\" in this view) dominates its center.

When galaxies are young and gas-rich, stellar bars drive gas toward the center, feeding star formation. Over time, as the star-making fuel runs out, the central regions become quiescent and star-formation activity shifts to the outskirts of a galaxy. There, spiral density waves and resonances induced by the central bar help convert gas to stars. The outer ring, seen here in red, is one such resonance location, where gas has been trapped and ignited into a star-forming frenzy.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Kansas City Metropolitan Area
25 Oct 2014

Kansas City Metropolitan Area
The hometown of a 2014 World Series contender is brimming with baseball history.
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25 Oct 2014

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Rosetta's Comet Scrambling Its Jets
24 Oct 2014

Rosetta Comet Spreads Its Jets

Rosetta's comet destination is beginning to show a clearly visible increase in activity.

NASA Finds Methane Ice Cloud in Titan's Stratosphere
24 Oct 2014

This cloud in the stratosphere over the north pole of Titan is similar to Earth's polar stratospheric clouds.

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

Mars Orbiter's Spectrometer Shows Oort Comet's Coma
24 Oct 2014

Images From Mars-Orbiting Spectrometer Show Comet's Coma

The imaging spectrometer on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided an image of the coma surrounding a comet that flew near Mars this week.

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Samantha during training in the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule
21 Oct 2014

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

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