One of the latest missions from the ISS is kind of amazing. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS. Though temperature is controlled, the cameras are exposed to the radiation from the sun, which will allow astronauts to understand how radiation affects the instruments.
Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
One of the more stunning space-shots we’ve seen in some time, this photograph of a JAXA HTV-4 spacecraft was taken from ISS during the delivery vehicle’s return to Earth. Strange to think how the most otherworldly photographs are often of our home planet. Keep scrolling for the full image, with details from Mika McKinnon.