Zinnia Flowers Starting to Grow on the International Space Station

I wonder what these flowers will look like. Growing in 0g is critical to exploration and these developments help terrestrial small gardeners as well. Zinnia flowers are starting to grow in the International Space Station’s Veggie facility as part of the VEG-01 investigation. Veggie provides lighting and nutrient supply for plants in the form of a low-cost growth chamber and planting “pillows” to provide nutrients for the root system. via NASA http://ift.tt/1mApUtZ

A Hubble Cosmic Couple

Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it. from NASA http://ift.tt/1U4ogtV via IFTTT

Welcome to Blue’s Bar

My story begins with an alien walking into a bar. I’ve had a very clear image of this bar / diner in my head since the story first popped into my head. While researching diners on the internet, I found one very similar located on Route 40, called the Route 40 Classic Diner. Today my wonderful brother went there for lunch and took pictures of it for me. He assures me the food was as good as the atmosphere. If you’re ever in the area,…

Hubble Finds a Little Gem

This colorful bubble is a planetary nebula called NGC 6818, also known as the Little Gem Nebula. The rich glow of the cloud is just over half a light-year across — humongous compared to its tiny central star — but still a little gem on a cosmic scale. from NASA http://ift.tt/1K7fc2m via IFTTT

Stormy Seas in Sagittarius

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name, in the constellation of Sagittarius. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust. from NASA http://ift.tt/1gdKYmi via IFTTT

Watching Meteors From the Space Station

Astronaut Ron Garan tweeted this image from the International Space Station in August, 2011, writing, “What a `Shooting Star’ looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower.” A special camera to record meteor showers will launch to the station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft, currently scheduled to launch on June 28, 2015. from NASA http://ift.tt/1BScbFu via IFTTT