September 2016 Science Images

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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One of the last images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was taken by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. This shot was taken at 0818 UTC 9/30/16 from an altitude of 5.7 km above the comet’s surface. Rosetta’s mission ended when the spacecraft was sent crashing into the comet’s surface. (ESA)

One of the last images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was taken by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. This shot was taken at 0818 UTC 9/30/16 from an altitude of 5.7 km above the comet’s surface. Rosetta’s mission ended when the spacecraft was sent crashing into the comet’s surface. (ESA)

Up up and away! The 3rd of six Jet Propulsion Laboratory Remote payload flights was launched on 9/27/16, from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Launch Site at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. JPL’s Remote mission is an upper atmosphere research experiment that will help better understand stratospheric chemistry and the stability of the ozone layer. (NASA/JPL)

Up up and away! The 3rd of six Jet Propulsion Laboratory Remote payload flights was launched on 9/27/16, from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Launch Site at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. JPL’s Remote mission is an upper atmosphere research experiment that will help better understand stratospheric chemistry and the stability of the ozone layer. (NASA/JPL)

A glass squid that was found off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island is shown in this 9/16 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Federal researchers just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii. (NOAA via AP)

A glass squid that was found off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is shown in this 9/16 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Federal researchers just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii. (NOAA via AP)

Here’s another photo, taken in September 2016, of another odd sea creature found by researchers during a recent expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii. In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a Commerson's frogfish. (NOAA via AP)

Here’s another photo, taken in September 2016, of another odd sea creature found by researchers during a recent expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii. In this photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a Commerson’s frogfish. (NOAA via AP)

The Pisces V submersible sits on the deck of a research vessel during an expedition to previously unexplored seamounts off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island on 9/8/16. (AP)

The Pisces V submersible sits on the deck of a research vessel during an expedition to previously unexplored seamounts off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island on 9/8/16. (AP)

On 9/29/16 NASA announced the discovery of the first gamma-ray binary system to be found inside another galaxy. The binary system called LMC P3 (circled) was found in a supernova remnant called DEM L241 within the Large Magellanic Cloud. (NOAO/CTIO/MCELS, DSS)

On 9/29/16 NASA announced the discovery of the first gamma-ray binary system to be found inside another galaxy. The binary system called LMC P3 (circled) was found in a supernova remnant called DEM L241 within the Large Magellanic Cloud. (NOAO/CTIO/MCELS, DSS)

This image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on 9/8/16 provides a view of an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the "Murray Buttes" region on lower Mount Sharp. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

This image taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on 9/8/16 provides a view of an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the “Murray Buttes” region on lower Mount Sharp. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Here’s a group of self-driving Uber vehicles that are ready to take journalists on rides during a media preview at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, on 9/12/16. (AP)

Here’s a group of self-driving Uber vehicles that are ready to take journalists on rides during a media preview at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, on 9/12/16. (AP)

This animation released by on 9/15/16 by NASA shows the slow migration of building-size fragments from Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami over a three-day period in January 2016. The animation was made from a sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images. The fragment broke off of the comet’s main nucleus in late 2015 its orbit brought it close to the sun (NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA))

This animation released by on 9/15/16 by NASA shows the slow migration of building-size fragments from Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami over a three-day period in January 2016. The animation was made from a sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images. The fragment broke off of the comet’s main nucleus in late 2015 its orbit brought it close to the sun (NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA))

In this 9/7/16 photo, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduces Apple’s new AirPods, Bluetooth headsets that were designed to work seamlessly with Apple’s software. (AP)

In this 9/7/16 photo, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduces Apple’s new AirPods, Bluetooth headsets that were designed to work seamlessly with Apple’s software. (AP)

A municipal worker fumigates an alley in an impoverished area to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in New Delhi, India 9/2/16. Scientists say that 2.6 billion people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of infection by the Zika virus. (AP)

A municipal worker fumigates an alley in an impoverished area to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in New Delhi, India 9/2/16. Scientists say that 2.6 billion people living in parts of Asia and Africa could be at risk of infection by the Zika virus. (AP)

A Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft with returning ISS Expedition 48 crew members Jeff Williams a NASA astronaut and cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin, and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is about to land near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on 9/7/16. (NASA)

A Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft with returning ISS Expedition 48 crew members Jeff Williams a NASA astronaut and cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin, and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos is about to land near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on 9/7/16. (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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