ESA astronaut Tim Peake, of British nationality, meets Prime Minister David Cameron at number 10, Downing Street.
This Kompsat-2 image was acquired on 24 November 2012 over southwestern Kazakhstan’s Mangistau region east of the Caspian Sea. Along the top of the image we can see water and wetlands, with eroded areas at the top and on the right. The majority of the image is dominated by flatland covered with low-lying vegetation. The bright web of roads in the lower left section of the image is the Karakuduk oil field. The white squares in this ‘web’ indicate where wells are located. We can also see buildings and other structures related to oil production. Kazakhstan – and in particular, the Mangistau oblast – has large fossil fuel reserves and an abundant supply of other minerals and metals. Because of this, Mangistau is sometimes called the ‘treasure peninsula’ of Kazakhstan.
This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
Several telescopes have teamed up to discover a rare and massive merging of two galaxies that took place when the Universe was just 3 billion years old.
ESA’s Herschel space observatory first spotted the colliding duo, collectively called HXMM01, in images taken with longer-wavelength infrared light, as shown in the image at left. Follow-up observations from many telescopes helped determine the extreme degree of star-formation taking place in the merger, as well as its incredible mass – each galaxy boasts a stellar mass equal to about 100 billion Suns and an equivalent amount of gas.
The image at right shows a close-up view, with the merging galaxies circled. The red data are from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Submillimeter Array (SMA) atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and show dust-enshrouded regions of star formation. The green data, taken by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array (JVLA), near Socorro, New Mexico, show carbon monoxide gas in the galaxies. In addition, the blue shows starlight. A bridge of material connects the two galaxies, showing they are interacting.
The blue blobs outside of the circle are galaxies located much closer to us. These near-infrared light observations are from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Moonrise over Earth, as seen by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first flyby of Earth on 4 March 2005. The image was taken 3 minutes before closest approach at an altitude of about 1950 km.
The image was highlighted as Space Science image of the week on 21 May 2013.
At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg (left), Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (centre) and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano clasp hands, 30 April 2013, as they began final qualification training for their launch to the International Space Station.
The three crew members are preparing for their launch, 29 May 2013, Kazakh time, in the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a long-duration mission to the International Space Station.
Soyuz spacecraft, carrying crews of three, are launched to the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Week In Images
20-24 May 2013