Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This might look like a routine scientific experiment, but you’re actually looking at European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst as he sets fire to samples of various solids aboard the International Space Station to see how they burn. This man truly has a wonderful job. (Credit: ESA)
The BICEP2 telescope at twilight, which occurs only twice a year at the South Pole. The MAPO observatory (home of the Keck Array telescope) and the South Pole station can be seen in the background.