Going out of town this weekend (writing this late Thursday evening) and I don’t have the energy for a full-on Friday Picspam this week… so here, have a shuttle in a sling. This is shuttle Atlantis at Dryden Flight Research Center, preparing to be ferried back to Florida on the back of a 747.
Archives for May 2009
This is one from further back in the APOD archives, the Tarantula Nebula:
Explanation: The Tarantula Nebula is a giant emission nebula within our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. Inside this cosmic arachnid lies a huge central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136 and partially visible on the upper right. The energetic light and winds from this cluster light up the nebula and sculpt the surrounding gas and dust into vast complex filaments. These “tentacles” give the Tarantula Nebula its name. In this impressive color image from the Wide-Field Imager camera on ESO’s 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory, intricacies of the nebula’s complex array of dust and gas are visible. A 300 light-year portion of the Tarantula Nebula is imaged. The Tarantula Nebula, also dubbed 30 Doradus, lies 170,000 light years away toward the constellation of Dorado.
The Iconfactory has long been one of my favorite haunts, and yet again they’ve delivered, with official desktop wallpapers and icons from the new Star Trek movie. I mean… really, who wouldn’t want these on their desktop??
STS-125 landed safely yesterday at Edwards Air Force Base — congratulations to the successful conclusion of the last Hubble servicing mission!
Hyperion looks like a sponge. If they sold Hyperion-brand dish sponges, I’d buy ’em. I admit it.
Colors in image below are less visible than they appear. Still, I like it:
Finally, if you haven’t seen Lunch Bag Art, you’re really missing out; he featured the new Star Trek movie on May 11: