Image description: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft resumed the kind of orbits that allow for spectacular views of Saturn’s rings. This view, from Cassini’s imaging camera, shows the outer A ring and the F ring. Learn more about Cassini’s new view of Saturn.
Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Image description: This full-circle photo of Mars’ surface is made of 817 images taken by the panoramic camera on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. It shows the terrain that surrounded the rover while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian winter. Learn more about the Martian features in the photo.
The explorer Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, landed on Mars in January 2004. NASA’s next-generation Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars in August.
Image from NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University
Image description: Erin Wilson, a NASA engineer, adds aluminum tape to electrical cables to protect them from the cold during environmental testing of special optical equipment. These tests will verify the alignment of flight instruments that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
Photo by Chris Gunn, NASA
Image description: The Archivist of the United States recently posted this story about patents that you may not know:
You may think that the National Archives is an unlikely place to learn the secrets of Michael Jackson’s dance moves — but you’re wrong!
Within Record Group 241, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, patent 5,255,452 gives us the secrets behind one move in particular — Michael’s “lean” as done in the music video, “Smooth Criminal.”
Learn more about Michael Jackson’s patent for “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.”
Image description: Mel Parsons from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dives at the Tippo Bayou sampling station in the Mississippi Delta near Philipp, MS.
In what looks like pea soup, the diver was helping to collect ‘Sediment Oxygen Demand’ information. Sediment oxygen demand refers to how much oxygen is being used by organisms and plants in the sediment. The EPA uses these measurements to better understand the overall health of the water.
Photo from the EPA