Apocalypse Coins, Biocakes, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Plus, evidence of consciousness in some vegetative patients.

The Landing Area

The European Space Agency has finally figured out where it will land Philae, the probe that travelled with their Rosetta spacecraft to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Now they’re holding a contest to decide what to name the site.
In this still from a super-slow-motion youtube video, a laser blasts water droplets into fragments. The research is expected to advance scientists’ understanding of semiconductors, but it doesn’t hurt that it creates some gorgeous imagery in the process.

Planetary Twofer

In this image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Earth and Mars come together for a single snapshot. The LRO normally stays pointed at the Lunar surface, but the team operating it flipped it around for a chance at this shot.

Homemade Minter

Popular Science’s intrepid DIY contributor Hackett designed a coin mint using materials that might be available after the apocalypse. You can watch a video of his process and read what he has to say about it here.

A Speedy Return

A new delivery system could make ferrying supplies from the International Space Station a whole lot easier. The Terrestrial Return Vehicle will enable experiments to return to Earth the day they’re needed, ending long waits.

Yum?

> Many congrats to Abigayle Driscoll, the winner of #biobakes! Her winning entry is a set of lungs pic.twitter.com/a40trz9kPj > > — PhysiologicalSociety (@ThePhySoc) October 17, 2014 The Physiological Society (@ThePhysSoc) tweeted this image of the winner of their #biobakes contest: a pair of edible human lungs. You can see more images from the contest here.

Jack-O’-Lantern Sun

NASA released this October-appropriate image of the sun last week, showing active regions that mimic a Jack-O’-Lantern’s toothy grin. It’s just a coincidence, but it’s nice to see old Sol getting in on the Halloween action.