Space station astronauts snapshot a coastal village with numerous fishing boats (blue-ish lights) floating in the South China Sea at night.
Abel Méndez, planetary scientist and director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico, used Hubble albedo data to render a computer visualization of Pluto. In 2015, we'll see what Pluto really looks like when NASA's New Horizons probe flies by.
Amateur astronomer Bruce Gary captured this view of the brightening Comet ISON on Nov. 14, 2013, from Hereford, Ariz.
Mars rover Opportunity looks up at Murray Ridge, a 40 meter high hill on Endeavour’s rim above the surrounding plain, Meridiani Planum. It was named after ex-JPL director Bruce Murray who died earlier this year at the age of 81.
On July 19, NASA's Cassini Saturn orbiter drifted behind the ringed gas giant, photographing this mosaic of Saturn blocking the sun -- Earth, Venus and Mars also appeared, as tiny specks of distant light. This week, the incredible mosaic was released to the world.
The famous Cassiopeia A supernova remnant will be on display like never before, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a 3D tour from the Smithsonian Institution.
This composite image shows examples of galaxies similar to our Milky Way at various stages of construction over a time span of 11 billion years, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft departs from the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module on Nov. 10, bringing Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 37 commander; along with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano back to Earth.
A view from a Russian search and rescue helicopter it flies from the city of Karaganda to Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, Nov. 10, 2013, Kazakh time, a day ahead of the scheduled landing of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft with the Expedition 37 crew.
The Soyuz TMA-09M's retrorockets fire as the Expedition 37 crew touch down southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, after nearly six months in space.