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Return of the sun after the long winter darkness Featured 2004 Print

Return of the sun after the long winter darkness

Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962)
Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17 (Endurance). Leader: Ernest Shackleton
Return of the sun after the long winter darkness

© Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Illustration of Leonardo da Vincis parachute Featured 2004 Print

Illustration of Leonardo da Vincis parachute

First parachute design. Parachute designed and drawn by the Italian inventer Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Leonardo was the first person to suggest using a parachute to slow a person's rate of fall. At lower left is some of the mirror hand- writing that he used to keep his ideas secret. Leonardo devoted many years of research into studying flight and designing potential aircraft. Like many of his projects, the parachute design was never published and the parachute was never actually constructed. After Leonardo's death his notes lay unnoticed in a library until 1796, just a few years after parachutes had been re-invented by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard

© Sheila Terry/Science Photo Library

Cosmic microwave background Featured 2004 Print

Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background. Spherical projection of the cosmic microwave background, using all-sky data from the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe). Since it is a spherical projection, it only shows half the sky. The microwave background is radiation from the beginning of the universe (actually 380, 000 years after its creation) that has been stretched (cooled to around 3 Kelvin) by the expansion of the universe. The colours show the variation in the temperature (then equivalent to density) of the early universe. Denser regions (red, yellow) formed the seeds of galaxies and other structures. Data obtained in 2003

© NASA/WMAP SCIENCE TEAM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY