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This Is How Organisms Are Tested To See If They Can Survive Space

Ever wondered how astronauts go about working out if organisms can survive the stresses of space? Largely by strapping them to the side of the International Space Station, that’s how.

This Rare Rainbow Appeared Over The Desert At 2900m Above Sea Level

This scattered rainbow is one of the most amazing natural phenomena I have ever seen on my computer screen. Since Atacama desert is one of the driest places on Earth, it is almost a miracle that we can admire this beauty.

This Is Where NASA's Super Guppy Gets Some Rest

NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft — the aeroplane that carries the space agency’s biggest loads — sits overnight at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, for a well-deserved break. In fact, it had carried the fuselage of… another aircraft, due to be tested at the centre.

These Aerial Photos Make For Incredible Phone Backgrounds

I still remember the original iPhone background. You know. The ridiculously simple shot of Earth. No phone background since has really captured my imagination in the same way since. Aerial Wallpapers, a site that finds great satellite photos and optimizes them for phones, has just changed all of that.

NASA Has Some Beautiful New Maps Of Saturn's Moons

Back in the 1980s, NASA’s Voyager spacecraft made a brief flyby of Saturn’s moons, providing us with a tantalising glimpse of new worlds. Now, the Cassini mission has finished the job, providing us with high-resolution, colour maps of Saturn’s six icy moons.

This Is What The Air Flow Around A Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Looks Like

Briefly: This is what the air flow around a vertical-axis wind turbine looks like. Created by researchers at Caltech, these flow visualisations allow engineers to work out where to place new turbines — to make sure they’re both safe and efficient.

The Most Intricate Images Of Live Nerves Ever Captured

You’re looking at some of the most intricate images of live nerve endings ever captured, in which it’s possible to make out individual nerves and touch receptors in unprecedented detail.

This Is What The International Space Station Looks Like In Infrared

No, this isn’t a secret extra vehicle from an old Star Wars movie. In fact, it’s the International Space Station viewed in infrared light.

This Is One Way To Get Around Planning Restrictions

What you’re looking at is probably the most overbuilt answer to the centuries-old problem of ‘I want to build a skyscraper, but there’s a pesky protected building on the plot already’.

The Most Heartwrenching Photo Of The Orion Launch

Since Orion launched on Friday, we’ve seen dozens of fabulous photos of NASA’s EFT-1 mission, mostly of the majestic Delta IV Heavy launch at Kennedy Space Center. But this one is truly outstanding.