Friday, December 30, 2005

TommyWonk Year in Review: Science Images

The world of science gave us some spectacular images this year. The ESA gave us this image of water ice in a Martian crater that looks like an otherworldly desert: a creme brulee or the pumpkin pie my nephew made for Thanksgiving.
The NASA space probe Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1, creating an interplanetary fireworks show early in the morning on July 4. Scientists are reviewing the images of the crater created by the collision and analyzing the spectrum from the impact to determine the chemical composition of the asteroid.

Two Japanese researchers, Tsunemi Kubodera and Kyoichi Mori, did what explorers have tried and failed to do for centuries; they photographed a live Architeuthis, the elusive giant squid.


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