A Gorgeous View of the Great Lakes from International Space Station

On Sunday, Commander Barry Wilmore of Expedition 42 took this photo of the Great Lakes and the surrounding region from the International Space Station. In addition to the spider-webbing of lights and the sweep of clouds, there's also a "Wow, Michigan really is shaped like that!" factor to this beautiful shot of Earth. » 12/11/14 12:30am 12/11/14 12:30am

An Incredibly Detailed Geologic Map Of Giant Asteroid Vesta

Appearing in the December issue of the journal Icarus, this beautiful geologic map of big ol' asteroid/minor-planet Vesta was created by a team led by planetary scientist David Williams, from data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its 15-month orbit of the oblong object between 2011 and 2012. » 11/20/14 7:00pm 11/20/14 7:00pm