Science Images of the Week

Posted August 29th, 2014 at 6:55 pm (UTC+0)
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Here’s a photo of Pacific Hurricane Marie that was taken from the International Space Station by astronaut/crewmember Reid Wiseman on August 26, 2014.  Officials said that enormous waves stirred up by Marie caused extensive damage to picturesque Catalina Island that’s located just off the coast of Southern California.  (NASA)

Here’s a photo of Pacific Hurricane Marie taken from the International Space Station by astronaut/crew member Reid Wiseman on August 26, 2014. Officials said that enormous waves stirred up by Marie caused extensive damage to picturesque Catalina Island that’s located just off the coast of Southern California. (NASA)

Several volcanoes around the world have become active recently.  Among them is Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano.  Here steam and smoke are shown rising above a lava field fissure that’s part of the Bardabunga Volcano system on August 29, 2014.  (Reuters)

Several volcanoes around the world became active recently. Among them is Iceland’s Bardabunga Volcano. Here steam and smoke are shown rising above a lava field fissure that’s part of the Bardabunga Volcano system on August 29, 2014. (Reuters)

Here’s another of this week’s active volcanoes.  This is Ecuador's Tungurahua, or “Throat of Fire”, volcano as it erupts on August 24, 2014. (Reuters)

Here’s another of this week’s active volcanoes. This is Ecuador’s Tungurahua, or “Throat of Fire”, volcano as it erupts on August 24, 2014. (Reuters)

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets have become quite a popular feature at recent technology shows and conferences.  Here South Korean children enjoy a virtual reality experience at SK Telecom's "T.um mobile", a hands-on experience center that recently opened in Seoul South Korea. (AP)

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets have become quite a popular feature at recent technology shows and conferences. Here South Korean children enjoy a virtual reality experience at SK Telecom’s “T.um mobile”, a hands-on experience center that recently opened in Seoul South Korea. (AP)

The sun recently let loose with a burst of radiation in this M5 class or mid-level solar flare that peaked at 1216 UTC, on August 24, 2014.  This image was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).  The M class of solar flares is about ten times less powerful than the most powerful flares, called X-class flares. (NASA/SDO)

The sun recently let loose with a burst of radiation in this M5 class or mid-level solar flare (left) that peaked at 1216 UTC, on August 24, 2014. This image was taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The M class of solar flares is about ten times less powerful than the most powerful flares, called X-class flares. (NASA/SDO)

A 5-percent scale model of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is ignited for a test at the space agency’s Marshal Space Flight Center in Alabama on August 28, 2014.  NASA engineers are using these tests to better understand just how loud the SLS vehicle will be during liftoff.  Data gathered from the tests will help the engineers design a water sound suppression system that reduces liftoff vibrations on the vehicle. (NASA)

A 5-percent scale model of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is ignited for a test at the space agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama on August 28, 2014. NASA engineers are using these tests to better understand just how loud the SLS vehicle will be during liftoff. Data gathered from the tests will help the engineers design a water sound suppression system that reduces liftoff vibrations on the vehicle. (NASA)

Baby sea turtles crawl to the sea after they were released near Tyre, Lebanon on August 28, 2014 by members of the Orange House conservation project.   The Orange House Project’s mission is to protect and conserve sea turtles in South Lebanon. (Reuters)

Baby sea turtles crawl to the sea after they were released near Tyre, Lebanon on August 28, 2014 by members of the Orange House conservation project. The Orange House Project’s mission is to protect and conserve sea turtles in South Lebanon. (Reuters)

NASA and the European Space Agency released this image on August 25, 2014, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows a star, known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212, in its early stages of life being flanked by a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. (© ESA/NASA)

NASA and the European Space Agency released this image on August 25, 2014, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows a star, known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212, in its early stages of life being flanked by a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. (© ESA/NASA)

White clouds swirling above blue ocean waters form an interesting pattern.  This August 28, 2014 photo was taken from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut, and crewmember Alexander Gerst.  (© ESA/NASA)

White clouds swirling above blue ocean waters form an interesting pattern. This August 28, 2014 photo was taken from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut, and crew member Alexander Gerst. (© ESA/NASA)

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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One Response to “Science Images of the Week”

  1. Cranksy (USA) says:

    Thanks for bringing me to these places.