NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1:28 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The trip to Mars takes 10 months, and MAVEN will go into orbit around Mars in September 2014.
Iceberg B-31 separating from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier on November 13th, 2013 This iceberg is 700 square kilometers, 50% larger than previous icebergs in this area. Scientists are studying Pine Island Glacier closely because there is evidence that warmer seawater below the shelf will cause the glacier to thin and move more rapidly into the sea.
A reminder that there is an image of the sunset seen from Mars.
Take a moment to realize that this is the result of a robotic motor vehicle travelling millions of kilometres of space, successfully landing on the surface of another planet and communicating with Earth from there.
As Galileo receded from its second flyby of Earth on December 16 and 17, 1992, it captured this sequence of Earth rotating as the Moon zipped by on its orbit. There are 56 frames in total, each separated by 15 minutes, spanning about 14 hours.