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Apr - 15 - 2011
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Presenting your attention the photographs of outer space and the pictures of Earth from space, made in February 2011.

Approaching. On the background of white clouds and water expanses of the Earth , we see space shuttle Discovery, which was last prepared to dock with the ISS. On this photograph, taken on February 26, a member of the crew of the ISS, we see a Russian spacecraft Progress, docked with the International Space Station, which seemed to indicate to the shuttle.

Swirls of ice. Shikotran Island – a volcanic island located on the southern edge of the Kuril Islands off the coast of the Far East. Shikotan lies on the southern edge of the North Atlantic Ocean. This picture was taken from aboard NASA satellites observing the Earth, on February 14. In the photo saved the real color. The island is surrounded by a swirling flow of gray-blue of the sea ice.

Space reflection. This photograph, taken on February 16 with the telescope, European Southern Observatory, located in Chile, we see the reflection nebula. These colors were superimposed on each other from pictures with long exposure taken through blue, green and red filters. With these filters, the radiation was removed, which gives hydrogen.

Training in the pool. With the active participation of divers train astronauts to perform different actions in conditions of weightlessness. Pool, which are teaching, is located at the Russian Star City near Moscow.

Continent in the sky. On this photograph, taken by NASA February 10, we can admire the view from the Spitzer Space Telescope in the North America Nebula in visible light and infrared light. The left side of the image we see the bright shades of blue – is the region where the accumulated hot gas. In the brown areas are a powerful infra-red radiation.

Terrible outbreak in the Sun. When the sun, an outbreak of class M-3, 6, and it looked great. Exciting mass of the ejected plasma, circling above the surface of the Sun and a half hours. This event was recorded in ultraviolet light, the Observatory of solar activity, which is owned by NASA. Some fragments of the erupted material carried away in space, and some have settled back to the surface.

Northern storm on Saturn. Cassini orbiting satellite, which is regularly photographed the atmosphere of Saturn, made a series of photographs from which was drawn up this picture. In the photo we see the storm that swept over the northern latitudes of the planet. The image is composed of three photographs taken in the infrared, green and blue light.

Preparation for work. Discovery astronaut Alvin Drew is preparing to go into outer space. Photographs taken on February 28, we see part of the International Space Station, which is located outside the ship. Drew and his partner Steve Bowen received a lot of different jobs during the last flight of Discovery to the ISS.

Accepted in open arms. ISS robot arm reaches out to the Japanese ship Kunotori 2. Japan Agency for Space Research reports that their device docked to the ISS on 27 January. On board Kunotori 2 were about 6 tons of food, water, clothing and experimental equipment for the station astronauts.

Light show. Northern lights shining at night over Norway on 21 February. Such a dawn phenomenon caused by the interaction between charged particles from the Sun and the gas molecules in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Ready for planting. This retouched photograph depicts the Golden Crater on Mars – one of four possible landing sites for NASA’s Mars rover Kyuriositi. Mars rover to land on Mars this year. High-resolution camera, installed on board an orbiting satellite of Mars Orbiter Rekonessans owned by NASA, has photographed all four “candidates” that the scientists were able to choose which place is more suitable for landing. This photo Golden Crater was published on February 16.

Walks on the layout of Mars. Training mission landed on Mars held on February 14 on the layout of the Red Planet. A few days later, the crew of volunteers made three trips to the imaginary planet Mars. In fact, the model of Mars is a huge sandbox, built a research center in Moscow. The yield was the culmination of the experiment, during which the crew was in complete isolation for 520 days. The aim of the experiment was to determine how to behave this crew in a real situation, in fulfilling its mission to Mars.

A ring of black holes. This composite picture, published on February 9, shows Arp-2 – a pair of interacting galaxies, which are about 430 million light-years from Earth. X-ray scan from a board belonging to NASA’s Chandra X-ray showed pink spots, but that was photographed in the visible spectrum, the picture is shown in red, green and blue. Scientists believe that the pink spots – a selection of black holes.

Large galaxy. This photo from the Hubble Space Telescope, released on February 17, depicts a majestic ring of stars and cosmic dust in the spiral galaxy NGC 2841. The bright light of the stars denote the center of the galaxy.

Time to hit the road. Photographers make images of space shuttle Discovery on a 16-floor building for the collection of engines for space ships. Photo session took place on 31 th January – shortly before sending the shuttle into space. In the picture we see a spare fuel tank of a ship, painted in bright orange. Ferry shuttle to the launch pad took about seven hours.

Partial contamination of the atmosphere of Uranus came after the 19 th July 2009 a substance was released into the air. These infrared images obtained with the NASA telescope, located in Hawaii, and published on January 26, 2011. Shot on the left was taken on July 20, 2009, and the second – 16 August 2009. Stroke and its effects are visible on the first shot in the lower hemisphere (bright spots), and even after a month of it left traces that are visible on the right pictures.

Remembering the Challenger. People with flowers spend a minute of silence at the memorial ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center, dedicated to the 25 th anniversary of the tragedy Chelenzhdera. Immediately after the launch of Challenger exploded, when an accident killed the entire crew, consisting of seven people.

Stunning views. Amazing ice-covered landscape of Canada has been photographed from the ISS on January 11. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli sent this image of the Earth from your account at one of the social networks.

Looking into the sky. Four antennas of the European Southern Observatory, working on the airwaves, with the eagerly awaited news from the cosmos. In the picture we also see the moon, which lights up the bottom right corner, and the Milky Way stretching across the upper left corner of the photo. This shot was the “photo of the week” ESO 21-th of February.

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