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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]