A solar explosion erupted on December 31 2012 that extended around 160,000 miles out from the sun’s surface - or roughly 20 times the diameter of Earth.
The explosion made for an awesome light show, as it was recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory.
Commercial Rocket Makes Trek to Launchpad
Published on Apr 6, 2013 On April 6 at Wallops Flight Facility, NASA commercial partner Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out the first fully-integrated Antares rocket to Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A , in preparation for its inaugural flight. Orbital is testing Antares under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. NASA initiatives like COTS are helping develop a robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the space station and low-Earth orbit.
Earth from Orbit 2012