This beautiful satellite image shows one of the most saddening long-term natural disasters on Earth. It's the Aral Sea on the Kazak/Uzbeki border, and it's like an abstract depiction of human stupidity. Read More >>
This image was taken from high above the Azores island of São Miguel. Look closely, and you can see the five-kilometre-wide human habitation called the Sete Cidades Massif within the extinct volcano. Read more >>
This new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo— it's the shadow of the spacecraft itself. Read more >
No, this isn't some hi-tech torture dungeon: it's the Maxwell Test Chamber at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. It's used to simulate the vacuum of space for satellites. Inside, no-one can hear you scream. Read More >>
The European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is a new wingless space plane that's set to face a 100-minute crew-less test some 420km above Earth on February 11th. Here, it's shown while fairing encapsulation in preparation for the launch.
Who gave this telescope a lightsaber? Just kidding: this is, of course, the ESA's Optical Ground Station telescope in Tenerife, in the process of laser-tagging the International Space Station to establish a data connection. Read More >
This is the shoreline of the north-east Caspian Sea as seen by Korea Aerospace Research Institute's Kompsat-2 satellite. The green mass is called algal bloom and is caused by the presence of lots of unnwated phosphorous. What we are seeing is the world's largest lake in a state of suffocation.
In this image, you can see the European Space Agency's Expose-R2 project. The unit, attached to the outside of the ISS, contains 46 species of bacteria, fungi and arthropods, which will all be tested to see if they can cope with the stresses of space.