Science Images from May 2015

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-4)
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NASA posted this photo on 5/3/15, of Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sipping a cup of espresso aboard the International Space Station.  Her cup of the robust coffee was brewed with the first ever espresso machine in space. (NASA)

In this NASA photo posted on May 3, 2015, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sips a cup of espresso aboard the International Space Station. Her cup of the robust coffee was brewed with the first ever espresso machine in space. (NASA)

On 5/19/15 a broken pipeline near Santa Barbara, CA spilled crude oil into a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean.  Here, staff members and volunteers are shown working to clean oil off a brown pelican, on 5/22/15, at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. (AP)

On May 19, 2015, a broken pipeline near Santa Barbara, California spilled crude oil into a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean. Here, staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles on  May 22, 2015. (AP)

Investigators with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are seen inspecting the LDSD spacecraft on 5/28/15.  The space vehicle that’s been dubbed the “flying saucer” is used to test new technologies that will allow the space agency to safely land heavier spacecraft such as those that would be used for future manned missions to Mars.  (NASA)

Investigators with the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project (LDSD) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory inspect the LDSD spacecraft on May 28, 2015. The space vehicle dubbed the “flying saucer” is used to test new technologies that will allow the space agency to safely land heavier spacecraft for future manned missions to Mars. (NASA)

This is a part of the High Performance Computing and Storage Complex II that’s been installed at the new data center of the Lehmann Center of the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden, Germany.  The data center was officially opened on 5/13/15.  This new supercomputer includes more than 43,000 CPU cores and attains a peak performance of 1.5 quadrillion floating point operations per second. (AP)

This is a part of the High Performance Computing and Storage Complex II that’s been installed at the new data center of the Lehmann Center of the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden, Germany. The data center was officially opened on May 13, 2015. This new supercomputer includes more than 43,000 CPU cores and attains a peak performance of 1.5 quadrillion floating point operations per second. (AP)

An international team of astronomers announced on 5/15/15 that they have discovered the most distant galaxy ever detected.  They measured the exact distance of EGS-zs8-1 (pictured in this Hubble image) and found that the galaxy is 13.1 billion light years away from Earth. The light from the galaxy now reaching Earth was produced back when the universe was only 5% of its present age. (Pascal Oesch and Ivelina Momcheva, NASA, European Space Agency)

An international team of astronomers announced on May 15, 2015 that they have discovered the most distant galaxy ever detected. They measured the exact distance of EGS-zs8-1 (pictured in this Hubble image) and found that the galaxy is 13.1 billion light years away from Earth. The light from the galaxy now reaching Earth was produced back when the universe was only 5 percent of its present age. (Pascal Oesch, Ivelina Momcheva, NASA, European Space Agency)

NOAA Fisheries announced on 5/15/15 that they found the first fully warm-blooded fish.  NOAA Fisheries scientists said that the opah or moonfish (seen here) is the first fully warm-blooded fish much like mammals and birds.  (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center)

NOAA Fisheries announced on May 15, 2015 that they found the first fully warm-blooded fish. NOAA Fisheries scientists said the Opah or Moonfish (seen here) is the first fully warm-blooded fish, much like mammals and birds. (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center)

Sunset on Mars – On 5/8/15, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this color image captured a few weeks earlier by the Curiosity rover from its location in Gale Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M Univ.)

Sunset on Mars, on May 8, 2015. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this color image captured a few weeks earlier by the Curiosity rover from its location in Gale Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M Univ.)

In this 5/11/15 photo, technicians, standing behind a protective barrier, at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Hot Fuel Examination Facility, operate a robotic arm that is handling radioactive material.  The U.S. Department of Energy wants scientists at the facility to get better understanding the storage and shipment of spent “High Burnup” nuclear fuel – burned in a nuclear reactor for 45 GigaWatt days per Metric Ton of Uranium or longer.  (AP)

In this May 11, 2015 photo, technicians standing behind a protective barrier at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Hot Fuel Examination Facility operate a robotic arm that is handling radioactive material. (AP)

This is a Russian sokol suit worn by astronauts/cosmonauts who fly up and back from the International Space Station. The photo was taken on 5/7/15 as members of the upcoming ISS expedition 44/45 crew prepare for their spaceflight to the space station. (NASA)

This is a Russian sokol suit worn by astronauts/cosmonauts who fly up and back from the International Space Station. The photo was taken on May 17, 2015 as members of the upcoming ISS expedition 44/45 crew prepare for their flight to the space station. (NASA)

Two small robots made from a CD, toothbrush bristles and motors sits atop a table on 5/11/15 at the Reuseum, a technology education and recycling center in Boise, Idaho. The Reuseum encourages children to pursue science and technology related fields by providing them with opportunities to tinker and create with used materials. (AP)

Two small robots made from a CD, toothbrush bristles and motors sit atop a table on May 11, 2015 at the Reuseum, a technology education and recycling center in Boise, Idaho. The Reuseum encourages children to pursue science and technology related fields by providing them with opportunities to tinker and create with used materials. (AP)

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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