Science Images of the Month – November, 2014

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 7:51 pm (UTC-5)
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The Orion Spacecraft moves past NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building on November 11, 2014, as it slowly makes its 22 mile journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Orion is scheduled to launch for a test flight on Dec. 4, 2014. (AP)

The Orion Spacecraft moves past NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building on November 11, 2014, as it slowly makes its 22 mile journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Orion is scheduled to launch for a test flight on Dec. 4, 2014. (AP)

Paleontology student Hillary McLean is seen here, on November 25, 2014, piecing together the tusk of an ancient mastodon.  The fossil was part of an extensive discovery unearthed from Snowmass, Colorado. The discovery of ancient bones is providing an intriguing glimpse into what happened some 120,000 years ago when the Earth was as warm as it is today. (AP)

Paleontology student Hillary McLean is seen here, on November 25, 2014, piecing together the tusk of an ancient mastodon. The fossil was part of an extensive discovery unearthed from Snowmass, Colorado. The discovery of ancient bones is providing an intriguing glimpse into what happened some 120,000 years ago when the Earth was as warm as it is today. (AP)

A man watches a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, in Payerne November 13, 2014.  An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. (Reuters)

A man watches a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, in Payerne November 13, 2014. An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. (Reuters)

After spending 5 ½ months in orbit aboard the International Space Station, crew member Alexander Gerst of Germany is seen here being helped out a Soyuz TMA-13M space capsule after safely landing in a remote area in northern Kazakhstan November 10, 2014. Gerst returned to Earth with his fellow crewmembers Maxim Suraev of Russian and Reid Wiseman from the United States. (Reuters)

After spending 5 ½ months in orbit aboard the International Space Station, crew member Alexander Gerst of Germany is seen here being helped out a Soyuz TMA-13M space capsule after safely landing in a remote area in northern Kazakhstan November 10, 2014. Gerst returned to Earth with his fellow crewmembers Maxim Suraev of Russian and Reid Wiseman from the United States. (Reuters)

Here’s a microscopic view of the transfer of Bluefin tuna reproductive cells into a mackerel fry surrogate.  If successful, this procedure will produce tuna when it matures. Researchers at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology are fine-tuning a technology to use mackerel surrogates to spawn the Bluefin to help relieve pressure on wild fish stocks while preserving vital genetic diversity. (AP)

Here’s a microscopic view of the transfer of Bluefin tuna reproductive cells into a mackerel fry surrogate. If successful, this procedure will produce tuna when it matures. Researchers at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology are fine-tuning a technology to use mackerel surrogates to spawn the Bluefin to help relieve pressure on wild fish stocks while preserving vital genetic diversity. (AP)

This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars was captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Nov. 13, 2014. The image includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This northeast-facing view from the lower edge of the pale “Pahrump Hills” outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars was captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Nov. 13, 2014. The image includes wind-sculpted ripples of sand and dust in the middle ground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This humanoid robot face was displayed during the International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid, Spain on November 19, 2014. (Reuters)

This humanoid robot face was displayed during the International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid, Spain on November 19, 2014. (Reuters)

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new International Space Station crewmembers blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.  (AP)

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new International Space Station crewmembers blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP)

Visitors to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show are seen here, on November 20, 2014, examining the Toyota Future Mobility Concept car that was on display in Los Angeles, California. (Reuters)

Visitors to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show are seen here, on November 20, 2014, examining the Toyota Future Mobility Concept car that was on display in Los Angeles, California. (Reuters)

This is a high-fidelity supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun.  NASA researchers use these simulations to learn how these magnetic fields emerge, heat the sun’s outer atmosphere and produce sunspots and flares.  NASA featured this and a number of other computer simulations at SC14, the international supercomputing conference held from November 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans. (NASA/Ames)

This is a high-fidelity supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the sun. NASA researchers use these simulations to learn how these magnetic fields emerge, heat the sun’s outer atmosphere and produce sunspots and flares. NASA featured this and a number of other computer simulations at SC14, the international supercomputing conference held from November 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans. (NASA/Ames)

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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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