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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2014 August 3
Dark Shuttle Approaching 
What’s that approaching? Astronauts on board the International Space Station first saw it in early 2010 far in the distance. Soon it enlarged to become a dark silhouette. As it came even closer, the silhouette appeared to be a spaceship. Finally, the object revealed itself to be the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and it soon docked as expected with the Earth-orbiting space station. Pictured above, Endeavour was imaged near Earth’s horizon as it approached, where several layers of the Earth’s atmosphere were visible. Directly behind the shuttle is the mesosphere, which appears blue. The atmospheric layer that appears white is the stratosphere, while the orange layer is Earth’s Troposphere. 
This shuttle mission began with a dramatic night launch. Tasks completed during this shuttle’s visit to the ISS included the delivery of the Tranquility Module which contained a cupola bay window complex that allows even better views of spaceships approaching and leaving the space station.

Io’s Surface: Under Construction

Mars: Victoria Crater
"Victoria Crater," about 800 meters (one-half mile) in diameter, has been home ground for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity for more 14 of the rover’s first 46 months on Mars. This view shows the rover’s path overlaid on an image of the crater taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Opportunity first reached the crater’s rim on Sept. 27, 2006, during the 951st Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work in the Meridian Planum region of Mars. The rover then explored clockwise about one-fourth of the way around the rim before returning to a point close to its first overlook. On the mission’s 1,293rd sol (Sept. 13, 2007), Opportunity began a sustained exploration of the interior of the crater, entering at an alcove called "Duck Bay" on the western side of Victoria. This traverse map includes Opportunity’s route though Sol 1,365 (Nov. 26, 2007). The scale bar is 300 meters (984 feet) long. Caption: NASA/JPL

A Roll Cloud Over Missouri


RCW 86: Historical Supernova Remnant