Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Ariane 5 is ready for liftoff on Arianespace’s heavy-lift mission with ATV Albert Einstein

The Ariane 5 with its record-setting heavyweight payload has rolled out in French Guiana, setting the stage for Arianespace's Flight VA213 mission tomorrow evening with Europe's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle on a servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Buckley, community leaders team up to collaborate ideas

Key installation and community members came together to collaborate ideas as part of the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative initial planning meeting May 30.

Buckley is one of 15 bases in the first group of Air Force installations to press forward with the initiative. The focus is aimed at leveraging military installations and local community capabilities and resources to reduce operating and service costs in support of the Air Force mission.

"We've got a really interesting opportunity and really want to capture (it) at the front end," said Col. Robert Uemura, 460th Mission Support Group commander. "We've been really lucky that Buckley was identified as one of the test programs.
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Mars north polar ice cap

The north polar ice cap of Mars, presented as a mosaic of 57 separate images from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express. The ice cap spans approximately 1000 km and is seen here in polar stereographic projection. The images were taken throughout the entire mission, when Mars Express was at its closest to Mars along its orbit, at about 300-500 km altitude.

The mosaic was published as space science image of the week on the occasion of the tenth anniversary since the mission launched on 2 June 2003.

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NGC 1579: The Trifid of the North

Unlike the venomous fictional plants that share its name, the Trifid of the North, otherwise known as the Northern Trifid or NGC 1579, poses no threat to your vision. The nebula’s moniker is inspired by the better-known Messier 20, the Trifid Nebula, which lies very much further south in the sky and displays strikingly similar swirling clouds of gas and dust.

The Trifid of the North is a large, dusty region that is currently forming new stars. These stars are very hot and therefore appear to be very blue. During their short lives they radiate strongly into the gas surrounding them, causing it to glow brightly. Many regions like the Trifid of the North — named H II regions — are clumpy and strangely shaped due to the powerful winds emanating from the stars within them. H II regions also have relatively short lives, furiously forming baby stars until the immense winds from these bodies blow the gas and dust away, leaving just stars behind.

The image above, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the bright body of the nebula, with dark dust lanes snaking across the frame. The Trifid of the North glows strongly due to the many stars within it, like young binary EM* LkHA 101. Visible to the bottom right of the image, this binary is thought to be surrounded by a hundred or so fainter and less massive stars, making up a recently formed cluster. It lies behind a cloud of dust so thick that it is almost invisible to astronomers at optical wavelengths. Infrared imaging has now penetrated this dusty veil and is uncovering the secrets of this binary star, which is about five thousand times brighter than our own Sun.

A version of this image by Bruno Conti was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures competition.

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