(TMU) — It’s at a time like this, when millions of people across the world are heeding shelter in place orders, that we start missing the things were able to do freely before. Things we took for granted, like taking a walk in the park, meeting with friends, or finding a good spot to watch the moon and stars on a clear night are difficult, if not impossible, to do now.
Thankfully, through social media we can still chat with our friends, work, study, and explore the great, vast and fascinating universe. Those stuck indoors can take the opportunity to discover and learn about NASA’s ongoing research in space, going where man has yet to go… and they’re working hard on making that a reality for the future.
The Great Red Spot and tempestuous southern hemisphere taken by NASA’s spacecraft Juno during a nearby pass of this great gas planet
Meanwhile, NASA has gone far, far away since landing man on the moon. To name just a few achievements, this year celebrates 20 years of the International Space Station orbiting Earth; the Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, has provided mind blowing images of planets and galaxies; and the Curiosity Rover was launched on November 26, 2011 and landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 to determine whether Mars was ever able to support microbial life.
Jupiters’ southern hemisphere is totally overtaken by these whirling cloud belts in the image taken by NASA’s spacecraft Juno.
An extraordinary image captured of 2 storms merging together taken from NASA’s spacecraft Juno of Jupiter’s atmosphere
Nearby the South Pole of Jupiter, twirling cloud configurations are captured looking upwards to the equatorial area.
NASA’s New Frontiers Program is particularly exciting and started with the launch of the New Horizons on January 19, 2006, passing Jupiter in February 2007, and conducting a six-month-long flyby study of Pluto and its moons in the summer of 2015, providing amazing images and, pending approval, is expected to venture further into the Kuiper Belt to examine other icy mini worlds, estimated to be at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.
Clearly shown is the intricate detail of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. This picture has…
Juno is the second spacecraft designed for the New Frontiers Program and successfully launched on August 5, 2011, some deep space maneuvers and an Earth flyby gravity assist in October 2013, Juno finally arrived at Jupiter in July 2016 and has been photographing the gigantic planet for scientific research ever since.
Juno’s pictures of Jupiter, 484 million miles away from Earth, were released recently, showing a captivating sight of the planet’s southern hemisphere. This mesmerizing picture of Jupiter was just a taste which led to a series of other enchanting pictures of this fascinating planet.
The Jovian cloudscape is dominated by a vigorous storm on the southern edge of Jupiter’s northern polar region
A striking image of Jupiter’s distinct Great Red Spot and the enfolding turbulent areas captured by NASA’s spacecraft Juno.
Complex and intriguing patterns in a jet stream region of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere known as “JetN3” are taken from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
During a flyby of the gas giant on the 16th of December 2017, the abundant white clouds are seen in this picture of…
Captured with Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, turbulent and twirling cloud bands are depicted in what could look like a water colour painting at first glance!
A whirlpool with a deep dark core is clearly depicted in this image of a view of an area inside a Jovian jet stream. The…
On the 21st of December 2018 this stunning image of the southern hemisphere of Jupiter was taken from Juno, NASA’s spacecraft on nearby flyby of the gas planet
Turbulent northern areas are captured by Juno, NASA’s spacecraft on the close advance on the 17th of February 2020
Remarkable hues of blue are depicted in this image of Jovian clouds taken by NASA’s spacecraft, Juno.
A stunning image of Jupiter’s moon Io, generating its shadow onto the planet. Same as Earth when solar eclipses are experienced, is when Io passes in front of the Sun on Jupiter.
Jupiter does not have a dense surface like Earth and data collected by NASA’s spacecraft Juno, has revealed that this…
Known as a white oval, these are images of “pop-up” swirling clouds that emerge in an anticyclonic storm. Captured by NASA’s spacecraft Juno, in Jupiter’s vibrant North North Temperate Belt
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.