SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:16 p.m. on 5 December 2018 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Click to view the photo gallery.
After launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on 8 September 2016, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft arrived on 3 December 2018 at its destination — the asteroid Bennu. Classified as a near-Earth asteroid, Bennu is small, about 0.3 miles in diameter but its makeup dates back to the beginnings of the solar system. OSIRIS-REx will study the asteroid for about two years before landing on its surface to retrieve a sample to […]
If you look closely you can see the tail-end remains of a fish in the talons of this Osprey about to land in a tree to finish off its breakfast at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. From the OspreyWatch project.
An abdomen colored with black and yellow strikes marks this as a male halictid bee unlike the all green female. These green metallic bees are loners though their other name, sweat bee, betrays the interest they may have when humans come near. Luckily it was a cool day for exploring the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area where this action was seen.