Science Images of the Week

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 7:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Doppler radar installation in Arizona's Empire Mountains, east of Tucson, set (Photo: Bill Morrow via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Doppler radar installation in Arizona’s Empire Mountains, east of Tucson (Photo: Bill Morrow via Creative Commons/Flickr)

Curiosity's Heat Shield dropping away as seen by during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Curiosity takes a picture of its heat shield dropping away during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

A technician tests a component of the Curiosity rover's ChemCam unit, which will help identify rock and soil targets on Mars. (Photo: LeRoy Sanchez/NNSA-USDOE)

A technician tests a component of the Curiosity rover’s ChemCam unit, which will help identify rock and soil targets on Mars. (Photo: LeRoy Sanchez/NNSA-USDOE)

From the Hubble Space Telescope - Two spiral galaxies are squaring off in the constellation of Virgo. When two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not. This is because galaxies are mostly empty space. (Photo: NASA, ESA, M. Livio (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))

The Hubble Space Telescope captured two spiral galaxies squaring off in the constellation of Virgo. When two galaxies collide, the stars that compose them usually do not, because galaxies are mostly empty space. (Photo: NASA)

View of the interior of the newly attached Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3) docked to the International Space Station, (Photo: NASA/ISS Expedition 32)

View of the interior of the newly-attached Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) transfer vehicle  docked to the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA)

Participants of marine debris removal activities sit atop a mound of derelict fishing gear collected in Papahānaumokuākea. (Photo: NOAA)

Participants of marine debris removal activities sit atop a mound of derelict fishing gear collected in Hawaii. (Photo: NOAA)

Captured lightning (Photo: Bert Hickman, Stoneridge Engineering via NSF)

This “fossil” of an electrical discharge is created by striking a nail into a highly-charged block of acrylic where this captured lightning is stored.  These creations help scientists create a network of artificial blood vessels. (Photo: Bert Hickman, Stoneridge Engineering via NSF)

Hubble's Deepest View of Universe Unveils Never-Before-Seen Galaxies (Photo: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory and the University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (UCO/Lick Observatory and Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team)

Hubble’s deepest view of the universe unveils never-before-seen galaxies (Photo: NASA)

A hydrothermal vent field at Axial Volcano (submarine volcano and seamount) as seen through the porthole of the submersible Alvin. (Photo: Mark Spear/WHOI via NSF)

Photo taken from the submersible Alvin of a hydrothermal vent – a break in the surface of the sea floor that spews water which has been heated by the underlying magma of the Axial volcano – some 480 km west of Cannon Beach, Oregon. (Photo: Mark Spear/WHOI via NSF)

Glassy powder being applied to a metal component, when the powder is fused with lasers it forms a new super durable coating material that helps extended the life of tools that wear out quickly (Photo:Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Glassy powder being applied to a metal component. When the powder is fused with lasers, it forms a new super-durable coating that helps extend the life of tools that wear out quickly. (Photo:Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Rick Pantaleo
Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

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