Mushroom furniture, space balloons, and more

Our favorite science images of the week

NASA space balloons

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.NASA
mushroom furniture

'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.Knvul Sheikh
google timelapse

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.Landsat/Copernicus
sunset from space

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.NASA
nocturnal clouds

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.NASA Earth Observatory map by Jesee Allen