Posts from the ‘picture’ Category

Five holes blasted by Curiosity using its super-awesome laser on some Martian ground. Not only does it shoot, but it can break down the resulting plasma and determine what molecules are present.

Well, I certainly won’t say he’s wrong. And if you’re in the museum in the first place, you’re off to a good start!


Molten sulfur

The shuttle about to dock with the ISS, silhouetted against the sun.


Earth from MARS!

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission.

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the panoramic camera image was increased two times to make Earth easier to see.The inset shows a combination of four panoramic camera images zoomed in on Earth. The arrow points to Earth. Earth was too faint to be detected in images taken with the panoramic camera’s color filters.

(via we-are-star-stuff)

This protein is the result of spelling out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in amino acids (with a couple substitutions being made for non-corresponding letters).


The eyes (anterior lateral and median) of a jumping spider photographed in reflected light by Walter Piorkowski of South Beloit, Illinois.

Source: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, The Big Picture,

(I had serious trouble choosing just one picture. They are all truly stunning.)

A picture of a butterfly egg from National Geographics “Photo of the Day” : 

Dryas iulia
Perched on the tendril of a Passiflora plant, the egg of the Julia heliconian butterfly may be safe from hungry ants. This species lays its eggs almost exclusively on this plant’s twisted vines.