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In an unlikely corner of our solar system, scientists have discovered evidence of what they believe is a subterranean ocean. The water means a tiny moon orbiting Saturn could be one of the few places in the solar system with the right ingredients for life.
The moon Enceladus is only 300 miles wide—it would fit between New York City and Charlottesville, Va. It’s a mini-world with a bright, icy, frigid surface, and it is just one of an astounding 62 moons orbiting the ringed planet. But it is not just a static, boring ice ball. Fractures on the moon’s surface—evocatively named “tiger stripes”—emit jets of frozen water that help form one of the bands in Saturn’s rings.
The first moments of an X-class significant solar flare in different wavelengths of light.
(Photo credit: REUTERS/NASA/SDO)
Big Shots: Amazing image of North Korea at night (the black gap between South Korea and China) via NASA.
NASA | Six Decades of a Warming Earth (by NASA Goddard)
NASA says photos taken by Curiosity provide ample evidence of an “ancient streambed on Mars, similar to some on Earth.”
Super legit photography of the Enterprise Shuttle on its New York City fly-by earlier this morning. We spotted Eric Hwang (go visit his website!) on the 9th floor of IAC with a killer camera snapping away, so naturally asked if we could run some of his photos on the tumblr. Thanks Eric! These are great!!
The Enterprise Shuttle, Instagrammed, naturally, as it flies by New York City on the way to its forever home at the Intrepid.
On This Date 45 Years Ago:
‘FIRE IN THE SPACECRAFT!’
Relaxing supine in contour couches in a newly minted spacecraft, the three astronauts seemed safe as men watching television in a living room. Then at 6:31 p.m. EST it happened. “Fire in the spacecraft!” an astronaut shouted over the communications hookup. On the TV monitor, the men in the blockhouse simultaneously saw the capsule obscured in a flash of fire and smoke. It was over in an instant. The atmosphere in the cabin was pure, 100 per cent oxygen. With a great whoosh, like the sound of an oven being lit, the pure 02 in the cabin made every combustible item in the ship burn with super intensity. Death for all three astronauts was instantaneous- either by incineration or asphyxiation.
Newsweek February 6, 1967
This happened on January 27th, 1967—45 years ago today. The dead: Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. May they rest in space.