February 2017 Science Images

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 4:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Artist imagery of the surface of exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f one of 7 planets discovered orbiting a nearby star that was announced on 2/22/17. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Artist imagery of the surface of exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f one of seven planets discovered orbiting a nearby star that was announced on 2/22/17. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

In this photo taken 2/3/17, a student looks up at the moon through a telescope, during a visit by The Traveling Telescope at St Andrew's School near Molo in Kenya's Rift Valley. The Traveling Telescope visits some of the country's most remote areas with telescopes and virtual reality goggles. (AP)

In this photo taken 2/3/17, a student, at St Andrew’s School near Molo in Kenya’s Rift Valley, looks up at the moon through a telescope, during a visit by The Traveling Telescope . The Traveling Telescope visits some of the country’s most remote areas with telescopes and virtual reality goggles. (AP)

As NASA's Juno spacecraft flew directly over Jupiter's South Pole on 2/2/17 its JunoCam took this image from an altitude of about 101,000 kilometers above the cloud tops. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino)

As NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew directly over Jupiter’s South Pole on 2/2/17 and with its JunoCam took this image from an altitude of about 101,000 kilometers above the cloud tops. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino)

A replica of the 'Maria' a robot that was designed and featured in Fritz Lang's classic science fiction motion picture Metropolis is shown on display, during a press preview for the Robots exhibition held at the Science Museum in London, 2/7/17. (AP)

A replica of the ‘Maria’ a robot that was designed and featured in Fritz Lang’s classic science fiction motion picture “Metropolis” is shown on display, during a press preview for the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum in London, 2/7/17. (AP)

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft snapped this enhanced color composite image of an area around the Ernutet crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn scientists say that the red areas in this photo, released 2/16/17 could be evidence of organic material. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft snapped this enhanced color composite image of an area around the Ernutet crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn scientists say that the red areas in this photo, released 2/16/17, could be evidence of organic material. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

This photograph released by Indian Space Research Organization shows its polar satellite launch vehicle lifting off from a launch pad on 2/15/17. The Indian space agency sent a record 104 satellites on single rocket into space. (Indian Space Research Organization via AP)

This photograph released by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) shows its polar satellite launch vehicle lifting off from a launch pad on 2/15/17. The Indian space agency sent a record 104 satellites on single rocket into space. (Indian Space Research Organization via AP)

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft got this image of Saturn’s North Pole. You can see clouds churning around it driven by the fast winds of the ringed planet. You can also see some of the planet’s moons and small particles that form its ring. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft got this image of Saturn’s North Pole. You can see clouds churning around it driven by the fast winds of the ringed planet. You can also see some of the planet’s moons and small particles that form its ring. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

An employee works on an artificial heart valve at a research and technology plant of the "Planar" corporation in Minsk, Belarus on 2/22/17. (Reuters)

An employee works on an artificial heart valve at a research and technology plant of the “Planar” corporation in Minsk, Belarus on 2/22/17. (Reuters)

Animated sequence from NASA’s Curiosity Rover of a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil making way across the Martian landscape at Gale Crater on, Sol 1597 or 2/1/17. (NASA/JPL/Caltech)

Animated sequence from NASA’s Curiosity Rover of a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil making way across the Martian landscape at Gale Crater on, Sol 1597 or 2/1/17. (NASA/JPL/Caltech)

A rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2/14/17, in New York City, you can see the Manhattan skyline is at top. According to the New York City Mayor’s office, these new panels will generate 1.1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year. (AP)

A rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2/14/17, in New York City, you can see the Manhattan skyline is at top. According to the New York City Mayor’s office, these new panels will generate 1.1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year. (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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