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The APOD Wallpaper software automatically updates your Windows desktop wallpaper from the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) web site.  The APOD site has cool pictures of stars, nebula, galaxies, space missions, the earth, and planets along with descriptions like those below.
  Use the APOD WallPaper software to ensure that you don't miss any of the APOD images. 


The software is free and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 with Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0  or later.   Download it now.



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At about 100 meters from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless II was farther out than anyone had ever been before. Guided by a Manned Maneuvering Unit MMU), astronaut McCandless, pictured above, was floating free in space.

McCandless and fellow NASA astronaut, Robert Stewart, were the first to experience such an tethered space walk during a Space Shuttle mission in 1984.

Picture Credit: STS-41B, NASA



Why were the statues on Easter Island built? No one is sure. What is sure is that over 800 large stone statues exist there. The Easter Island statues, stand, on the average, over twice as tall as a person and have over 200 times as much mass. Few specifics are known about the history or meaning of the unusual statues, but many believe that they were created about 500 years ago in the images of local leaders of a lost civilization. 

Picture Credit: Stéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de Chile), TWAN



This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The above image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.

Picture Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU); Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (Skyfactory)