A miniature version of the Nile River, seen on Saturn’s moon Titan by the international Cassini mission. The river valley stretches more than 400 km from its ‘headwaters’ to a large sea, and likely contains hydrocarbons.
The image was acquired on 26 September 2012, on Cassini’s 87th close flyby of Titan. The river valley crosses Titan’s north polar region and runs into Kraken Mare, one of the three great seas in the high northern latitudes of the moon.
Reflection patterns off one of the gold-plated spare mirrors of ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope.
This image is a compilation of three radar images from the Japanese ALOS satellite and shows the Po River, which flows over 650 km from west to east across northern Italy as the country’s longest river. Agriculture is one of the main economic uses of the Po Basin because of the fertile soils, and this image clearly shows a landscape dominated by fields. Branching off of the river in the centre of the image and snaking through the landscape to the lower-right corner is the Po di Goro, one of the main channels of the Po Delta. The section of the main river pictured and the Po di Goro form the border of the Italy’s Veneto (north) and Emilia–Romagna (south) regions.
This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
Ahead of its launch, Ariane 5 Flight VA211 is prepared at CSG, Europe's Spaceport, Kourou, French Guiana.
The Proba-1 microsatellite's High Resolution Camera images the French-Italian Concordia base in the Antarctic interior. The image has 5-m spatial resolution and covers approximately 25 sq km. It was acquired on 24 November 2012.
A stunning view view of ESA's new 35m deep-space station in Malargüe, Argentina. On Friday, 24 August 2012, Mars Express became the first mission to downlink telemetry via Malargüe station. Inauguration is set for December 2012 and it enters service in early 2013.
Week in Images
10-14 December 2012