Hubble Space Telescope test model, National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC. September 2006.
In honor of the recovery of the primary camera on the Hubble Space Telescope, I chose this photo from the NASM for this week's picture. While I was following the news on Hubble's "safe mode" issues, I was pleasantly surprised to see that an old colleague of mine is the Lead Mission Systems Engineer for HST!
This week's picture is a little different, in the fact that it is a photo that I didn't take or compile myself. This photo is from the TRACE spacecraft and is one of 21 spectacular images of the Sun featured at Boston.com's The Big Picture website.
This photo is from the evening before Hurricane Ike made landfall on Galveston, so the outer cloud bands had already started passing over central Texas. I think there was also some volcanic dust in the atmosphere then, which is what added some of the purple tint-- we got a stretch of really colorful sunsets (even when there were no clouds) courtesy of an Alaskan volcano around that time.
Click on the photo able to go to the Flickr set (only 7 photos since there were a lot that were very similar to one another)
Mars Pathfinder Lander and Sojourner Rover at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. September 2006.
The lander and airbags are actual engineering prototypes and the rover is a full-scale non-functional model built by JPL for the museum.