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Images Dated 17th January 2006

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Nuclear-powered spacecraft, artwork Featured 17 Jan 2006 Print

Nuclear-powered spacecraft, artwork

Nuclear-powered spacecraft at Ganymede, computer artwork. Ganymede is one of the moons of Jupiter. The spacecraft is powered by nuclear fusion, the same process that takes place in the Sun. This is a cleaner source of energy than nuclear fission, though it is thought it will take many years to develop controlled nuclear fusion reactors. Travel to the outer planets, which involves much greater distances and travel times than for travel to the inner planets and the Moon, will probably require nuclear fusion. The crew's living quarters are at right, away from the nuclear propulsion systems at left. This minimises the exposure of the crew to dangerous radiation from the nuclear reactor

© CARL GOODMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, artwork Featured 17 Jan 2006 Print

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, artwork

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. Computer artwork of a fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 approaching Jupiter (top right). Debris forming the tail of the comet fragment is at right. The main part of the comet fragment (bright glow, upper right) is heading towards the dark side of Jupiter. The fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in July 1994, in a series of massive explosions that were directly observed by the Galileo spacecraft as it headed towards Jupiter, and later by other probes and telescopes. The impacts increased our understanding of both Jupiter and comets. The atmospheric turbulence that was created by the impacts remained visible for months afterwards

© CARL GOODMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Gravity Probe B satellite, artwork Featured 17 Jan 2006 Print

Gravity Probe B satellite, artwork

Gravity Probe B satellite, computer artwork. The Earth (background) is shown warping a grid of space-time. The Gravity Probe B satellite is an experiment that was conducted by NASA and Stanford University to test some predictions of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. This theory presents gravity as a warping of space and time, and the Gravity Probe B used gyroscopes to try to detect both the Earth's warping of space-time, and also the predicted drag on space-time caused by the rotation of the Earth. The satellite was launched in 2004, and the experiment finished in September 2005. The analysis of the results is expected to be completed some time in 2007

© CARL GOODMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY