As of June 24, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 was about 22 miles (36 km) from Ryugu. The craft will get slightly closer over the next several days. Latest images here.
The closest view of Ryugu so far, from a distance of only 62 miles (100 kilometers), showing a rough diamond shape, craters and boulders, as well as a bright spot bear the top "point." Image via JAXA/University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/University of Aizu/AIST.
Now that it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts turn to …. mosquitoes! Here’s some handy info from a biologist.
Will your weekend be itchy or not? Image via Shutterstock.
Rosetta journeyed through space for 12 years and performed early flybys of Earth, Mars and 2 asteroids before arriving at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It produced nearly 100,000 images. Some of the best, here.
Here's a Rosetta spacecraft selfie with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in background taken bby the CIVA camera onboard the Philae Lander. The spacecraft and comet were separated by about 31 miles (50 km) at the time. Two frames were taken and merged due to the high contrast. Image via ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA.
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants – the primary food source for more than 3 billion people – produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients.
Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. Image via Kevincure/Flickr.