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Elon Musk’s spacecraft manufacturing company SpaceX made history today at 9:56 a.m. ET, when its Dragon capsule was captured by the International Space Station’s robotic arm. The vessel made berth at the ISS at 12:12 p.m. ET.
DragonX is the first privately owned space vessel to dock at the International Space Station.
The seven original Mercury astronauts participate in U.S. Air Force survival school at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada. From left to right: L. Gordon Cooper Jr., M. Scott Carpenter, John H. Glenn Jr., Alan Shepard, Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra Jr., and Donald K. Slayton. Portions of their clothing have been fashioned from parachute material, and all have grown beards from their time in the wilderness. The purpose of this training was to prepare astronauts in the event of an emergency or faulty landing in a remote area. (NASA)
Go look at all of these. So, so cool.
Hubble’s sharpest view of the Orion Nebula. In this picture thousands of stars are forming. The Orion Nebula is a picture book of star formation, from the massive, young stars that are shaping the nebula to the pillars of dense gas that may be the homes of budding stars.
The basalt dunes near Mars’s north pole undergo a physical transformation each spring. When the winter layer of carbon-dioxide ice melts, the thawing can disturb the sand and cause small avalanches, which create new alcoves on a dune’s slipface. As a result, some Martian sand dunes look quite different from year.
From NASA’s best space photos 2010: the Andromeda Galaxy. This pair of mosaic images were created from data returned by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope. While the top image shows light seen by the telescope’s longest-wavelength infrared detectors, the bottom image was captured using all four of the WISE infrared detectors.
To see the rest of the best from 2010, visit HuffPost Tech.