Category: cosmos

Milky Way Panorama.

Credit: Adam Moncrieff

Dwarf Galaxy Pisces A.

Credit: NASA, ESA, E Tollerud

Cygnus OB2


Hubble’s View of NGC 5584.

Credit: NASA, ESA, A Riess, L Macri and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Orion Nebula (M42), M43 and the Running Man Nebula.

Credit: Chad Quandt

Rosette Nebula.

Credit: Kevin Morefield

Simeis 147.

Credit: Jerry Lodriguss


Ariane 6 launch pad under construction

Ariane 6 launch pad under construction

by European Space Agency

The launch pad is 28.5 m deep and 200 m wide, formed with enough concrete to fill 67 Olympic sized swimming pools – approximately 167,500 cubic metres. It comprises a 700 tonne steel launch table that supports Ariane 6. Steel deflectors funnel the fiery plumes of Ariane 6 at liftoff into the exhaust tunnels buried deep under the launch table. Four lightning protection masts, and a water tower for deluge systems are also part of the launch pad.

Credits: CNES 2019

Southern Pleiades.

Credit: Rafael Compassi