This photograph highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. The three largest volcanoes visible at the center include Kliuchevskoy, Bezymianny, and Ushkovsky. A thin ash and steam plume extends to the east-southeast from the summit of Kliuchevskoy, typical of activity reported at the volcano from early May of this year, when this image was taken from the International Space Station. For more on this image and location, see http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthObservatory/articles/KlyuchevskoyVolcano.htm.
NEEMO20 Splashdown was yesterday…let the analog exploration begin! Check out the NEEMO 20 geology sampling tools! This sampling kit includes a number of end effectors for collection of surface samples, regolith samples, and rock chips & cores. The hand and power drivers used to operate the end effectors are pictured in the lower right. As part of this analog test the crew will also use a simulated geophysical array pictured in the upper right. The JSC NASA EVA tool team, with support from NASA_ARES science experts, have done a great job designing and making tools for the challenging underwater environment the NEEMO 20 crew will be operating in during the next two weeks.
Today, July 20, we celebrate the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. Apollo 11 carried the first geologic samples from the Moon back to Earth. Astronauts collected 22 kilograms of material, including 50 rocks, samples of the fine-grained lunar “soil,” and two core tubes that included material from up to 13 centimeters below the Moon’s surface. Shown here is Apollo 11 sample #10049, a lunar basalt. #NASA_ARES curates all extraterrestrial materials collected from NASA missions including the entire #Apollo lunar collection. Check out our collections at: http://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/index.cfm