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On Mars, The Frost Is Made Of CO2

Briefly: This is Mars’ Hellas Chaos, an area covered in wind-blown dunes and flat-topped mesas. The dusting of white is in fact carbon dioxide frost — so, pretty chilly then! [ESA]


This Is The Future Of Heavy Work, And It Looks Awesome

Always fancied riveting one-handed like a super-hero factory worker, some kind of 21st century John Henry? No problem! Lockheed Martin’s Fortis exoskeleton — introduced in 2014 — allows any worker to handle heavy hand tools while standing or kneeling. And it looks like the future.


How Solar Winds Form And Swirl, A Simulation

Briefly: This supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun reveal in unprecedented detail how solar winds form and swirl. The colours represent magnetic field strength from weak (blue) to strong (red). [NASA]


Look At This Ball Of Molten Metal Levitating In Space

This is perfect sphere of liquid metal, suspended using a strong magnetic field so that it can levitate in space. Oh and it’s aboard the International Space Station.


The Egg Nebula As Photographed By The Hubble Telescope

Briefly: A shimmering, multicolour beacon — like some kind of cosmic lighthouse — this is the Egg Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright shafts of light are pumped out as a central star dies, creating the beautiful colours as they pass through the clouds of gas and dust. [ESA]


The Soyuz TMA-15M Rocket Launches From Kazakhstan

Briefly: The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just last night. The craft will carry three astronauts up to the International Space Station where they will undertake a five-and-a-half month mission. And install a coffee machine. [NASA]


Briefly: A Radar Image Of Tokyo

This radar image of Tokyo was acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite earlier this year. The data is so accurate that it can monitor ground movements down to a few millimetres — which helps urban planners know where they can and can’t build. [ESA]


A Spectral Sunset Over A Creepy War Plane

Briefly: A spectral sunset over a creepy war plane. Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work on an AC-130U Spooky Gunship at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California on November 3. [Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/US Air Force]


Graphene Foam Sure Looks Stunning Up Close

This isn’t some tortured starfish or CGIed brain synapse. You’re looking at an extreme close-up of graphene foam, captured using an electron microscope.


These Are Real Monsters Of War

Briefly: These are real monsters of war. Members of 34 Regiment Squadron from RAF Leeming firing a .50 calibre heavy machine gun mounted on a Mastiff armoured vehicle, during a night time live firing exercise at Warcop Ranges in Cumbria, UK. [Cpl Babbs Robinson / RAF / MoD / Crown]


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