Tuesday, June 27, 2006

NightRide to Venus

How would you like to see a volcano erupting. Not interesting. What if its on Venus. Here is an image of the same. It definately looks like pancakes, but its actually lava seeping from underground and cooling. Creates a marvellous effect. I suppose this picture is from the Magnellan spacecraft.
Venus Express is finally in orbit around Venus. Its been circling around Venus in a elliptical orbit. SO much for science.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mars Image

Gale Crater is seen in this false-color image taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), a multi-wavelength camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. The view combines a daytime photo taken at visible wavelengths with a nighttime infrared image. The bluish-white tones mark areas with fine-grain materials (sand, dust) thickly covering the surface, while redder tints indicate locations where harder, rockier material lies exposed. Gale Crater is one of a number of possible exploration zones for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory to be launched in 2009. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University.