Added 1 new A* page:The Mars Curiosity rover took a mosaic self-portrait; the dark footprint-like marks to the left of it are where it scooped its first samples of the Martian soil for analysis:|
image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems (source)
^ The "Full Size" version you can download from NASA's source page is quite high-definition, letting you see every nuts and bolt on the rover and nearly every grain of sand around it.
Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken a spacewalk to find the source of an ammonia link in the station's cooling system. The leak's been known since 2007, but it's so slow that it's very hard to track down, and even if they find a likely spot and "fix" it, it would be weeks before they'd be able to tell whether or not that was actually it.
The layout you see in today's page was the second version; first I tried more of a dynamic isometric viewpoint, but with the characters having to be slightly separated and all I was having difficulty capturing the necessary drama--so I scrapped that and went back to an earlier idea of just showing it from the side:
Then I was dithering about whether or not I should fill in the lower-left corner, behind Val:
I loaded that photo in Photoshop and filled the area digitally as an experiment to see if I'd like it, and it seemed to be better that way so I went ahead and inked it in.