Ares 1-X at the launch pad
NASA's Ares 1-X rocket sits on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, October 26, 2009.(This image was modified using Gimp)
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On April 25, 2008, NASA's Swift satellite picked up a record-setting flare from a star known as EV Lacertae. The flare was thousands of times more powerful than the biggest observed solar flare(This image was modified using Gimp)
While attending the Texas Star Party last week, John A. Davis took this image from the Sproul Ranch. Next door was this huge radio telescope, which is part of an immense array that includes scopes from as far away as Hawaii. (Nikon D700 DSLR, 20mm Nikon lens at f/4, ISO 3200, 45-second exposure)
This illustration shows an outer solar system orb, discovered in 2005, which was recently renamed Makemake (pronounced MAH-kay MAH-kay). It is one of the largest objects known in the outer solar system and has been recently classified as a dwarf planet under the new subcategory plutoid. This Kuiper Belt object is only slightly smaller than Pluto.
The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off May 11, 2009, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a crew of seven for a rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope.
A photo from the Hong Kong 2009 partial Eclipse. Taken from the Hong Kong Space Museum.