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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nano-Satellite / New breathtaking astronomy pics

The "Nano" Satellite O/OREOS (Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses) pictured below, counter-intuitively, isn't microscopic, nor very appetizing.  This is a 12 pound unit to be set into orbit and deployed off of Minotaur IV, which was successfully launched yesterday 11/19/2010.  O/OREOS will be conducting two experiments: one to document the effects of weightlessness and cosmic radiation on certain bacteria; and the other to document the effects of UV light, space radiation, and other cosmic influences, on a carefully selected batch of molecules chosen for their abundance in our galaxy.  Article on Discovery News

Image Credit: NASA

A breathtaking view from the International Space Station window, this photo of the beginning of a sunrise is not doctored in any way.  Article on LightsInTheDark

Image Credit: NASA/Doug Wheelock

Visiting one of my favorite blogs, Bad Astronomy, this picture of night lights of the France/Italy border caught my eye because of its beauty.

Image Credit: NASA Look Here for additional information on this picture

And finally, the Astronomy Picture of the Day, "Stephan's Quintet" taken by Hubble

Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing: Hunter Wilson

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