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This is the Terrifying Beauty of a Suffocated Sea

By Jamie Condliffe on at

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.

This is What Orion Looks Like Naked

By Attila Nagy on at

It's amazing how effective those thermal shields are on NASA's Orion spacecraft. With all of the panels removed for a viewing by Kennedy Space Center workers, you can hardly see any heat-related damage under the skin of the spacecraft, after its successful launch and re-entry that it performed late last year.

This is a Fresh Scar on Mars's Surface

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The Red Planet just took a hit. This image shows a new impact crater in Elysium Planitia, discovered by the HiRISE imager aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You can see a very distinct crater rim with ejecta that's much darker than the surroundings. NASA believes that the distribution of the ejecta suggests that whatever it was that hit the planet struck from the west. [NASA]