NASA’s Curiosity rover has bored a 64mm-deep hole into a flat veiny patch of fine-grained sedimentary Martian bedrock for samples, which will be analysed onboard for evidence about long-gone wet environments. This is the first time we’ve drilled for samples on Mars.
eXtreme Deep Field (Hubble, 2012)
The latest, most extensive yet XDF photo. You must see this in hi-res. Click through for the full 13MB TIFF. It’ll take a moment to load but is worth it.
Bright impact on Jupiter’s surface captured , captured by George Hall, who writes on his website: “The impact was observed by Dan Petersen of Racine, Wisconsin visually this morning. His observation was posted later on the ALPO_Jupiter forum. When I saw the post, I went back and examined the videos that I had collected this morning.” Amazing stuff.
This year the competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Sky at Night Magazine, received a record number of entries from amateurs and professional photographers from around the globe. The awards will be announced on 19 September and an exhibition of the winning entries will open at the observatory on 20 September.