January 2017 Science Images

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 9:12 am (UTC-5)
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In this animated GIF released January 30, three solar flares are seen in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA's STEREO satellites. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected high-energy gamma rays from all of them.

In this animated GIF released January 30, three solar flares are seen in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s STEREO satellites. NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected high-energy gamma rays from all of them.

Japan's H-IIA rocket carrying the Kirameki-2 satellite was launched from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, on January 24, 2017. Along with modernizing Japanese military communications, the satellite reportedly will be used to better monitor North Korean missile launches. (AFP Photo/JIJI Press)

Japan’s H-IIA rocket carrying the Kirameki-2 satellite was launched from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, on January 24, 2017. Along with modernizing Japanese military communications, the satellite reportedly will be used to better monitor North Korean missile launches. (AFP Photo/JIJI Press)

On Monday, NASA’s Cassini Mission released this photo of Saturn’s outer B ring, which shows a never-before-seen level of detail. Cassini made a series of dives through the outer edge of the main ring system as it wraps up its mission, scheduled to end in September 2017. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

On Monday, NASA’s Cassini Mission released this photo of Saturn’s outer B ring, which shows a never-before-seen level of detail. Cassini made a series of dives through the outer edge of the main ring system as it wraps up its mission, scheduled to end in September 2017. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

In this image made from a video, astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on January 16. Both she and Commander Shane Kimbrough worked outside of the space station to connect new batteries on its sprawling power grid. (NASA via AP)

In this image made from a video, astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on January 16. Both she and Commander Shane Kimbrough worked outside of the space station to connect new batteries on its sprawling power grid. (NASA via AP)

On January 19, a team of four men and two women moved into their new simulated space home on Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Loa volcano to begin where they will live for the next 8 months. The team is conducting a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it develops plans for sending astronauts on deep space destinations such as Mars. (University of Hawaii via AP)

On January 19, a team of four men and two women moved into their new simulated space home on Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Loa volcano to begin where they will live for the next 8 months. The team is conducting a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it develops plans for sending astronauts on deep space destinations such as Mars. (University of Hawaii via AP)

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image released January 16 shows part of the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) in stunning detail. (ESA/Hubble & NASA)

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image released January 16 shows part of the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) in stunning detail. (ESA/Hubble & NASA)

Engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on January 24 simulated the extreme vibrating conditions spacesuit-clad astronauts would experience as an Orion spacecraft is launched atop the powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations. (NASA)

Engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on January 24 simulated the extreme vibrating conditions spacesuit-clad astronauts would experience as an Orion spacecraft is launched atop the powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations. (NASA)

NASA launched a sounding rocket into the Alaskan night sky on January 27. The rocket, launched from the Poker Flat Research Ranger in Alaska, carried an experiment to measure nitric oxide in the polar sky. (NASA)

NASA launched a sounding rocket into the Alaskan night sky on January 27. The rocket, launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska, carried an experiment to measure nitric oxide in the polar sky. (NASA)

No, it’s not the Death Star from Star Wars. This is an image, taken by the Cassini spacecraft and released January 23, of Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons. The resemblance to the fictional space station is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

No, it’s not the Death Star from Star Wars. This is an image, taken by the Cassini spacecraft and released January 23, of Tethys, one of Saturn’s larger icy moons. The resemblance to the fictional space station is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Hector Rodriguez, senior mechanical technician, works on the Keck Cosmic Web Imager in a clean room at Caltech. The device was shipped from California to the Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Loa on January 12. (Caltech)

Hector Rodriguez, senior mechanical technician, works on the Keck Cosmic Web Imager in a clean room at Caltech. The device was shipped from California to the Keck Observatory on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa on January 12. (Caltech)

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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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