In celebration of the twenty-firstt anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment in April 2011, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute pointed Hubble's eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.
Mike Massimino takes on a tour of the shuttle toilet trainer – the tiny hole, the vacuum tube, the foot restraints, the self-controlled toilet cam (no, really) – basically everything you need to get strapped in and start purging all that freeze-dried ice cream.
Google engineers sent some Android phones into near space with weather balloons. They collected data with embedded sensors (GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) and capture some stunning imagery and videos of Earth.
Colin Rich tries for the second time his home made high altitude weather balloon photography project, Pacific Star. The balloon was launched at 5:37pm (PST) from Oxnard, CA and reached an altitude of 125,000 feet snapping photos and recording video along the way.
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. The images come from the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas.