“This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets.”
(That last GIF is a prototype,..it’s like we’re using the natural mechanics of flower petals for space..so awesome.)
One day this may be used to take the first picture of another Earth.
god damn it, that’s so cool. Science advances so fast, 15 years ago we didn’t even have solid evidence that there were planets beyond our own solar system… and now we’re planning to take pictures of them.