Science Images of the Week

Posted August 8th, 2014 at 7:05 pm (UTC+0)
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An elephant takes a dip in the indoor pachyderm pool located at the Zoo in Leipzig, Germany, August 5, 2014. (AP)

An elephant takes a dip in the indoor pachyderm pool located at the Zoo in Leipzig, Germany, August 5, 2014. (AP)

Technicians at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana are shown in this photo released on August 8, 2014 as they fuel a Galileo FOC spacecraft. The European Space Agency says that two Galileo FOC spacecraft are scheduled to be launched aboard the Arianespace Flight VS09 on August 21, 2014. (ESA)

Technicians at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana are shown in a photo released on August 8, 2014 as they fuel a Galileo FOC spacecraft. The European Space Agency says that two Galileo FOC spacecraft are scheduled to be launched aboard the Arianespace Flight VS09 on August 21, 2014. (ESA)

Jiang Changgen is shown here preparing to fly his home-built helicopter" in China’s Dexing, Jiangxi province.  Unfortunately, Jiang, who spent 100,000 yuan ($16,214 US) on his home-made chopper, was unsuccessful in his attempt to fly the craft, according to local media. (Reuters)

Jiang Changgen is shown preparing to fly his home-built helicopter in China’s Dexing, Jiangxi province. Unfortunately, Jiang, who spent 100,000 yuan ($16,214 US) on his home-made chopper, was unsuccessful in his attempt to fly the craft, according to local media. (Reuters)

NASA, along with Lockheed Martin Corporation and the US Navy will soon be conducting recovery tests in the Pacific Ocean that will simulate the return of the new Orion spacecraft from a space mission.  Here an Orion “test vehicle” is shown sitting in the well deck of the USS Anchorage at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP)

NASA released this photo on August 6, 2014, that shows a thin solar prominence above the Sun.  The prominence, which is controlled by the sun’s strong magnetic fields beneath it, then sprouted a number of plasma streams that disappeared back into the sun about a day later. NASA said that the photo was taken in extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

NASA released this photo on August 6, 2014, showing a thin solar prominence rising above the surface of the sun. The prominence, which is controlled by the sun’s strong magnetic fields beneath it, then sprouted a number of plasma streams that disappeared back into the sun about a day later. NASA said that the photo was taken in extreme ultraviolet light. (NASA/SDO)

In a photo taken August 5, 2014, here’s a look of the pump hall that surrounds the reactor inside the decommissioned, Soviet designed Unit Six of the Greifswald nuclear power station. Located outside the resort town of Lubmin, in was once East Germany, the power plant was just about completed when construction was stopped in 1990 due to the reunification of the then divided nation. The plant was decommissioned because it did not meet the much higher West German safety standards. (Reuters)

In a photo taken August 5, 2014, we see the pump hall that surrounds the reactor inside the decommissioned, Soviet designed Unit Six of the Greifswald nuclear power station. Located outside the resort town of Lubmin in what was once East Germany, the power plant was just about completed when construction was stopped in 1990 due to the reunification of the then divided nation. The plant was decommissioned because it did not meet the much higher West German safety standards. (Reuters)

Last week we introduced you to the hitch-hiking robot, ‘hitchBOT’ as he prepared to thumb his way across Canada.  We check in on hitchBot who is seen here next to Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on August 5, 2014. Latest reports have the robotic hitch-hiker at the halfway point in its cross-country journey. (Reuters)

Last week we introduced you to the hitch-hiking robot, ‘hitchBOT’ as he prepared to thumb his way across Canada. We check in on hitchBot who is seen here next to Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on August 5, 2014. Latest reports have the robotic hitch-hiker at the halfway point of its cross-country journey. (Reuters)

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft met up with its target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this past Wednesday August 6, 2014. This image, taken from a distance of about 120 km, by cameras aboard the spacecraft, shows the comet’s ‘head’ (left), which is casting shadow onto its ‘neck’ and ‘body’ (right). The Rosetta has been flying in space for more than a decade to reach the comet. (AP)

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft met up with its target comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this past Wednesday August 6, 2014. This image, taken from a distance of about 120 km by cameras aboard the spacecraft, shows the comet’s ‘head’ (left), which is casting shadow onto its ‘neck’ and ‘body’ (right). The Rosetta has been flying in space for more than a decade to reach the comet. (AP)

Archaeologist Julien Beck, from the University of Geneva, is shown here climbing up to the deck of the world’s largest solar-powered boat, the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, at Zea Harbor, in Athens, on Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014.  The big sun powered boat will help Beck and his colleagues with an underwater archaeology project that hopes to find traces of what could be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. (AP)

Archaeologist Julien Beck, from the University of Geneva, is shown here climbing up to the deck of the world’s largest solar-powered boat, the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, at Zea Harbor, in Athens, on Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014. The big sun-powered boat will help Beck and his colleagues with an underwater archaeology project that hopes to find traces of what could be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. (AP)

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