The layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this colour image from NASA's Curiosity rover showing the base of Mount Sharp. The image was taken on August 23. Scientists enhanced the colour in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain. The pointy mound in the centre of the image, looming above the rover-sized rock, is about 300 metres across and 100 metres high.
Portrait of Mars ... this image released by NASA on Monday, 27 August 2012, taken by the Mast Camera, highlights the geology of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover landed.
Venus approaching the Pleiades (or Seven Sisters) on 31 March, photographed by astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake of Stagecoach, Colorado. A few days later the planet passed directly in front of the star cluster
The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters (Messier object 45), is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
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"Scrambling Saturn’s B-ring: Zooming in on clumps in Saturn’s B-ring (lower left), the image also spans the ringlets of the Cassini Division towards the A-ring in the top right. The view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 31 degrees below the ring plane. The image scale is approximately 2 km per pixel. Cassini is a joint mission between ESA, NASA and ASI and has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004. The second phase, the Cassini Solstice Mission, will continue until…