Clouds of the Large Magellanic Cloud
The Galaxy, the Jet, and the Black Hole
Ariane 6 launch pad under construction
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 Cross to Eta Carinae
Credit: Rafael Compassi
Shape of the Southern Crab Nebula
In the Vicinity of the Cone Nebula
Cone Nebula NGC 2264.
Credit: NASA, H Ford, G Illingworth, M Clampin, G Hartig, the ACS Science Team and ESA