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1. This Astronaut, on the first lunar landing mission,

 poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States

flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface.

 Do you know which Astronaut this is?


Buzz Aldrin

2. These eerie, dark pillar-like structures are

columns of cool interstellar hydrogen gas

 and dust that are also incubators for new stars.

The pillars protrude from the interior wall of a dark

molecular cloud like stalagmites from the floor of a cavern.

 They are part of the what?, a nearby star-forming

region 7,000 light-years away in the constellation Serpens.


Eagle Nebula


3. What?s the name of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM)?




4. This telescope orbits 600 kilometers (375 miles) above

 Earth, working around the clock to unlock the secrets

of the Universe. What?s the name of this telescope?


Hubble Telescope



5. This shows a thin coating of water ice on the rocks

and soil of what planet? The time of the frost appearance

corresponds almost exactly with the build up of frost

one Martian year (23 Earth Months) ago.



Ice on Mars



6. The Great Red Spot is an anti-cyclonic (high- pressure) storm

on which planet? that can be likened to the worst hurricanes on Earth.


Jupitor's Great Red Spot


7. This stellar swarm is M80 (NGC 6093), one of the densest

of the 147 known globular star clusters in which galaxy?

 Located about 28,000 light-years from Earth, M80

contains hundreds of thousands of stars, all held together

 by their mutual gravitational attraction. Globular clusters are

particularly useful for studying stellar evolution, since all of the

stars in the cluster have the same age (about 15 billion years),

 but cover a range of stellar masses. Every star visible in this

 image is either more highly evolved than, or in a few rare

cases more massive than, our own Sun. Especially obvious

 are the bright red giants, which are stars similar to the Sun

 in mass that are nearing the ends of their lives.


Milky Way



8. The Field Integrated Design and Operations rover

 is being used in ongoing NASA field tests to simulate

 driving conditions on Mars. Can you guess the rover?s name?


FIDO Rover


9. Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 mission

commander, makes a short checkout of the Lunar Roving

 Vehicle during the early part of the first Apollo 17

 extravehicular activity (EVA-1) at the Taurus-Littrow

landing site. What planet is he on?




10. This fleet of spacecraft launched in the mid-sixties

 provided for the first time live television transmissions

of the Moon from lunar orbit. Do you know the name of the spacecraft?


Ranger Spacecraft


A11. A stunning full-color image of the entire dusty

spiral galaxy, NGC 4414. This picture shows that

the central regions of this galaxy, as is typical

of most spirals, contain primarily older, yellow and

 red stars. The outer spiral arms are considerably

bluer due to ongoing formation of young, blue stars,

the brightest of which can be seen individually at

 the high resolution provided by the Hubble camera.

The arms are also very rich in clouds of interstellar

dust, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight.



Dusty Spiral Galaxy







  1. Buzz Aldrin
  2. Eagle Nebula
  3. Eage
  4. Hubble Telescope
  5. Ice on Mars
  6. Jupiter
  7. Milky Way
  8. FIDO Rover
  9. Moon
  10. Ranger Spacecraft
  11. Dusty Spiral Galaxy