Science Images of the Month – October, 2014

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 6:57 pm (UTC-5)
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In this photo does the sun look like a jack-o-lantern to you?  This image showing the active regions of the sun was released by NASA on 10/8/14. Happy Halloween! (NASA)

In this photo does the sun look like a jack-o-lantern to you? This image showing the active regions of the sun was released by NASA on 10/8/14. Happy Halloween! (NASA)

An unmanned Antares rocket that was to send a commercial cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded into a spectacular ball of fire seconds after launch on 10/28/14. (NASA-TV)

An unmanned Antares rocket that was to send a commercial cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station exploded into a spectacular ball of fire seconds after launch on 10/28/14. (NASA-TV)

Russia’s space cargo vehicle Progress 57 is seen approaching the International Space Station on 10/29/14, just hours after a NASA rocket carrying a similar spacecraft exploded. (NASA)

Russia’s space cargo vehicle Progress 57 is seen approaching the International Space Station on 10/29/14, just hours after a NASA rocket carrying a similar spacecraft exploded. (NASA)

Rows of robots are covered in plastic sheets at a Kuka Robotics plant in Shanghai.  China said it wants domestic companies to buy more locally made robots to lift productivity, but industry insiders have warned these policies are over-stimulating the market. (Reuters)

Rows of robots are covered in plastic sheets at a Kuka Robotics plant in Shanghai. China said it wants domestic companies to buy more locally made robots to lift productivity, but industry insiders have warned these policies are over-stimulating the market. (Reuters)

This image, released on 10/30/14, is of a massive galaxy cluster called Abell 2744, which is also nicknamed Pandora's Cluster.  Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope recently found forensic evidence of galaxies torn apart long ago in this area of space. The glow comes from stars scattered into intergalactic space as a result of a galaxy's disintegration. (NASA/ESA)

This image, released on 10/30/14, is of a massive galaxy cluster called Abell 2744, which is also nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster. Astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, recently found forensic evidence of galaxies torn apart long ago in this area of space. The glow comes from stars scattered into intergalactic space as a result of a galaxy’s disintegration. (NASA/ESA)

The sun peeks over the edge of Earth in a photo, taken on 10/29/14, by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station. (NASA)

The sun peeks over the edge of Earth in a photo taken on 10/29/14 by NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station. (NASA)

Two members of the US Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team are seen here, on 10/24/14, helping each other with the protective gear they wore during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. (AP)

Two members of the US Department of Defense’s Ebola Military Medical Support Team help each other with the protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. (AP)

The 10/8/14 lunar eclipse is can be seen behind a statue entitled "Enlightenment Giving Power" by John Gelert.  The statue sits atop the dome of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J.  (AP)

The 10/8/14 lunar eclipse is can be seen behind a statue entitled “Enlightenment Giving Power” by John Gelert. The statue sits atop the dome of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J. (AP)

Russian astronauts Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev walk in space outside of the International Space Station to inspect and perform maintenance outside the ISS’ Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) on 10/22/14. (NASA)

Russian astronauts Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev walk in space outside of the International Space Station to inspect and perform maintenance on the ISS’ Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) on 10/22/14. (NASA)

Teams of robots competed against each other on 10/10/14 in the three day 2014 China Robot Competition and Robocup China Open in Hefei, Anhui province. (Reuters)

Teams of robots competed against each other on 10/10/14 in the three-day 2014 China Robot Competition and Robocup China Open in Hefei, Anhui province. (Reuters)

The bay doors of the space shuttle Endeavour are shown wide open following the installation of a space lab, storage pod, replica robotic arm and docking system on 10/10/14.  After being retired following its final mission on 3/9/11, the Endeavor is now being kept at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. (AP)

The bay doors of the space shuttle Endeavour are shown wide open following the installation of a space lab, storage pod, replica robotic arm and docking system on 10/10/14. After being retired following its final mission on 3/9/11, the Endeavor is now being kept at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. (AP)

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, which brushed past Mars for a rare flyby on 10/19/14.  The image of the comet was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li)

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, brushed past Mars for a rare flyby on 10/19/14. The image of the comet was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li)

A boy visiting Tokyo’s “Hikari the Wonder of Light” exhibition on 10/29/14 is seen here looking at a kimono, made from silkworm cocoons, that glow yellow when it’s exposed to blue LEDs. (Reuters)

A boy visiting Tokyo’s “Hikari the Wonder of Light” exhibition on 10/29/14 looks at a kimono, made from silkworm cocoons, that glow yellow when it’s exposed to blue LEDs. (Reuters)

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, shown here in the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Abort System Facility was finished 10/30/14.  It will be rolled out to Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 11/10/14 and will be launched for a test flight on 12/4/14. (NASA/Lockheed Martin)

NASA’s Orion spacecraft, shown here in the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Abort System Facility was finished 10/30/14. It will be rolled out to Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 11/10/14 and will be launched for a test flight on 12/4/14. (NASA/Lockheed Martin)

Astronaut-diver Julien Bonini is seen training in a swimming pool located in Marseille, France on 10/22/14. Ms. Bonini and her fellow astronauts were being trained underwater to help develop expertise in partial gravity spacewalks. (Reuters)

Astronaut-diver Julien Bonini is seen training in a swimming pool located in Marseille, France on 10/22/14. Ms. Bonini and her fellow astronauts were being trained underwater to help develop expertise in partial gravity spacewalks. (Reuters)

Fossilized fragments from the right tibia of a Tachiraptor admirabilis are seen during a news conference in Caracas

Fossilized fragments from the right tibia of a rare carnivorous dinosaur called Tachiraptor admirabilis are displayed at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela on 10/17/14. An international team of scientists discovered the remains of the dinosaur in Western Venezuela. (Reuters)

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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