Mushroom furniture, space balloons, and more Our favorite science images of the week By Claire Maldarelli December 03, 2016 Science NASA Earth Observatory map by Jesee Allen SHARE Space Balloons The BACCUS mission out of the University of Maryland is sending balloons into space from a launch pad in Antarctica to investigate the components of cosmic rays particles. These particles will be able to tell scientists about the density and chemical makeup of the space between stars. Because the instruments in the balloons are powered by sunlight, it’s ideal to launch them now – when Antarctica has almost 24 hours of sunlight a day. ‘Shroom Furniture First mushroom leather, now mushroom furniture. A group of researchers (and apparent mushroom enthusiasts) are using the mycelium “roots” of mushrooms, agriculture waste, and microorganisms to create cute looking mushroom furniture. Climate Change, In Timelapse Google released its updated version of Google Timelapse. It lets viewers see the effects of climate change on the world, including rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and receding forests. Take a look at it here. Space Sunset Sunsets on Earth are already gorgeous. In space, they get even better. An astronaut on the ISS snapped this image showing the contrast between an already darkened Earth surface and the sun setting in the distance. Nocturnal Clouds Noctilucent clouds, also called polar mesospheric clouds, sit just high enough in the atmosphere to capture the tiniest bit of sunlight. NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft took this photo of the distinctive looking clouds over Antarctica this week. clouds google earth images of the week IOTW mushrooms MORE TO READ RELATED Yes, giant space debris is falling to earth right now. No, it probably won’t hit you. The leftover debris is expected to fall to Earth over the weekend, likely somewhere in the ocean. READ NOW RELATED 14 hypnotizing photos that captured the world in and beyond the pandemic A lot more happened in 2020 than COVID-19.... RELATED Ecstasy is a tool, not a cure-all, for healing trauma There's a reason the therapy is 'MDMA-assisted.'