March, 2016 Science Images

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-4)
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ESA Astronaut Tim Peake shared this image he took on March 21, 2016, from the International Space Station on Facebook.  He commented: "Every so often our orbit lets us enjoy a longer sunrise and sunset - more time to capture the spectacular colours!" (© ESA/NASA)

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake shared this image he took on March 21, 2016, from the International Space Station on Facebook. He commented: “Every so often our orbit lets us enjoy a longer sunrise and sunset – more time to capture the spectacular colours!” (© ESA/NASA)

Contractors are seen working on a nearly completed floating solar panel array on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir near Walton-on-Thames in south west London, Monday, March 21, 2016. The floating array will consist of just over 23,000 solar photo-voltaic panels and within its first year will generate an estimated 5.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The arrays will help produce power on both cloudy and sunny days. (AP)

Contractors are seen working on a nearly completed floating solar panel array on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir near Walton-on-Thames in south west London, Monday, March 21, 2016. The floating array will consist of just over 23,000 solar photo-voltaic panels and within its first year will generate an estimated 5.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The arrays will help produce power on both cloudy and sunny days. (AP)

An Orbital Cygnus resupply spacecraft is launched atop an Atlas V launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 22, 2016. The spacecraft delivered 7,500 pounds of supplies, science payloads and experiments. (NASA)

An Orbital Cygnus resupply spacecraft is launched atop an Atlas V launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 22, 2016. The spacecraft delivered 7,500 pounds of supplies, science payloads and experiments. (NASA)

The Nissan Micro Mobility Concept vehicle is displayed at the New York International Auto Show. The electric vehicle, show in this Monday, March 21, 2016, photo, is designed to transport two people over short distances. (AP)

The Nissan Micro Mobility Concept vehicle is displayed at the New York International Auto Show. The electric vehicle, show in this Monday, March 21, 2016, photo, is designed to transport two people over short distances. (AP)

On March 24, 2016, NASA released an image captured by its New Horizons spacecraft of what it says appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen.  The feature is located in a mountain range just north of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

On March 24, 2016, NASA released an image captured by its New Horizons spacecraft of what it says appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen. The feature is located in a mountain range just north of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

Dolphin therapy is helping to rehabilitate soldiers in Ukraine. Sergiy, a Ukrainian soldier who suffered a serious head injury in Eastern Ukraine, is seen here kissing one of the dolphins on March 1, 2016, during a therapy session at a Kiev aquarium. (AP)

Dolphin therapy is helping to rehabilitate soldiers in Ukraine. Sergiy, a Ukrainian soldier who suffered a serious head injury in Eastern Ukraine, is seen here kissing one of the dolphins on March 1, 2016, during a therapy session at a Kiev aquarium. (AP)

The illustration maps the magnetic field lines coming from the Sun. Their interactions are superimposed on an extreme ultraviolet image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on March 12, 2016. (Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA)

The illustration maps the magnetic field lines coming from the Sun. Their interactions are superimposed on an extreme ultraviolet image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on March 12, 2016. (Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA)

Here’s another shot of a new solar panel array.  This one is being constructed at a photovoltaic solar park on the outskirts of the coastal town of Lamberts Bay, South Africa, Tuesday, March 29, 2016.  The solar power plant, which is expected to produce up to 75 Megawatts, will be connected to the South African electric grid. (AP)

Here’s another shot of a new solar panel array. This one is being constructed at a photovoltaic solar park on the outskirts of the coastal town of Lamberts Bay, South Africa, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The solar power plant, which is expected to produce up to 75 Megawatts, will be connected to the South African electric grid. (AP)

Kazakhstan at 09:31 GMT on March 14, 2016. ((c)ESA–Stephane Corvaja)

ExoMars 2016 lifted off on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 09:31 GMT on March 14, 2016. ((c)ESA–Stephane Corvaja)

A total solar eclipse is seen in Belitung, Indonesia on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse was witnessed along a narrow path that stretched across Indonesia while in other parts of Asia a partial eclipse was visible. (AP)

A total solar eclipse is seen in Belitung, Indonesia on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse was witnessed along a narrow path that stretched across Indonesia while in other parts of Asia a partial eclipse was visible. (AP)

Buses with solar panels installed on their roofs to save electricity are seen in a parking lot in Hangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, March 17, 2016. (Reuters)

Buses with solar panels installed on their roofs to save electricity are seen in a parking lot in Hangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, March 17, 2016. (Reuters)

According to a study published on March 22, 2016, solar storms are triggering X-ray auroras on Jupiter that are about eight times brighter than normal over a large area of the planet and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s "northern lights.  The auroras, seen in purple, were captured by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. (X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCL/W.Dunn et al, Optical: NASA/STSc)

According to a study published on March 22, 2016, solar storms are triggering X-ray auroras on Jupiter that are about eight times brighter than normal over a large area of the planet and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s “northern lights. The auroras, seen in purple, were captured by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. (X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCL/W.Dunn et al, Optical: NASA/STSc)

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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