Science Images of the Week

Posted May 30th, 2014 at 7:21 pm (UTC+0)
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The Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Suraev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the U.S. blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome May 29, 2014.

The Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Suraev of Russia, and Reid Wiseman of the U.S., blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome May 29, 2014. (AP)

US President Barack Obama holds a model used to demonstrate how polymers expand at the 2014 White House Science Fair that was held this past week. The science fair featured the work of students from throughout the US who won science, technology, engineering and math competitions. (AP)

US President Barack Obama holds a model used to demonstrate how polymers expand at the 2014 White House Science Fair on May 27, 2014. The science fair featured the work of students from throughout the US who won science, technology, engineering and math competitions. (AP)

The SpaceX Corporation unveils its new manned spacecraft, Dragon V2, May 29, 2014. SpaceX hopes its spaceship will someday transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. (AP)

Here’s a view of the inside of the newly unveiled SpaceX Dragon V2. (Reuters)

Here’s a view inside the SpaceX Dragon V2 that was unveiled May 29, 2014. (Reuters)

Robot dancers open the first LEGO League Open Championship in Pamploma, Spain.  90 teams from a number of countries around the world are taking part in this completion; organizers say celebrates science and technology. (AP)

Robot dancers open the first LEGO League Open Championship in Pamploma, Spain, on May 29, 2014. Ninety teams from around the world are taking part in the competition which celebrates science and technology. (AP)

NASA is planning to test its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project and fly an inflatable saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers are shown here preparing the vehicle for shipment to the test facility in Hawaii. (NASA)

NASA is planning to test its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project and fly an inflatable saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week. NASA workers are shown here preparing the vehicle for shipment to the test facility in Hawaii. (NASA)

Mounted on a piece of glass is a 1958 prototype of an integrated circuit chip.  It was designed by Jack Kirby at Texas Instruments.  The historical piece of electronic technology is expected to fetch up to $2 million at an auction held by Christie’s in New York City on June 19th. Kirby, who won the 2000 Nobel Physics Prize Physics died in 2005. (AP)

Mounted on a piece of glass is a 1958 prototype of an integrated circuit chip designed by Noble Prize Physics winner Jack Kirby of Texas Instruments. The prototype microchip, a historical contribution to the modern computing era, is expected to fetch up to $2 million at an auction held by Christie’s in New York City on June 19, 2014. (AP)

Tibor Toth, owner of a zoo in Abony, Hungary, just east of Budapest, is shown here feeding a couple of cute 7-week-old white lion cubs on May 30, 2014. (Reuters)

Tibor Toth, owner of a zoo in Abony, Hungary, just east of Budapest, is shown here feeding a couple of cute 7-week-old white lion cubs on May 30, 2014. (Reuters)

With much fewer than the 200 meteor per hour display that was predicted, a lot of people have called last weekend’s so called “spectacular” Camelopardalid meteor shower a dud. But we’ve got a shot of one of the meteors that did make an appearance streaking across the sky of Castaic Lake, California. (Reuters)

We didn’t get the 200-meteor-per-hour display that was predicted, but the Camelopardalid meteor shower did offer this sight streaking across the sky of Castaic Lake, California, on May 24, 2014. (Reuters)

He Liang spent 10 years transforming an ordinary suitcase into an electric powered motor scooter.  He’s shown here riding his home-made suitcase-scooter down a street in Changsha, Hunan province.   He Liang says that the suitcase-scooter can zoom down the road at a top speed of up to 20km/h and one electrical charge will allow it to travel up to 50-60km. (Reuters)

He Liang spent 10 years transforming an ordinary suitcase into an electric powered motor scooter. He’s shown here on May 28, 2014, riding his home-made suitcase-scooter down a street in Changsha, Hunan province. He Liang says the suitcase-scooter can zoom down the road at a top speed of up to 20km/h and one electrical charge will allow it to travel up to 50-60km. (Reuters)

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