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The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

NASA Image of the Day



Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot

This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 — or Arp 243 — and is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab).

Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot


Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:55 EDT

Jovian Moon Shadow

Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the gas giant planet in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Jovian Moon Shadow


Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:01 EDT

What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?

Hidden beneath Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep our James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryogenic testing.

What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?


Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:34 EDT

Puerto Rico From the Space Station

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba photographed Puerto Rico from the cupola of the International Space Station on Oct. 12, 2017. Sharing the image with his followers on social media, he wrote, "Finally a chance to see the beautiful island of Puerto Rico from @Space_Station. Continued thoughts throughout the recovery process."

Puerto Rico From the Space Station


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:25 EDT

When (Neutron) Stars Collide

This illustration shows the hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from neutron stars just before they collided.

When (Neutron) Stars Collide


Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:10 EDT

Glorious Sunrise at the Start of a Spacewalk

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei exits the International Space Station on Oct. 10, 2017, for a spacewalk in this photograph taken by fellow spacewalker Randy Bresnik. Bresnik wrote, "A glorious sunrise greeted @Astro_Sabot and I at the start of our 2nd #spacewalk. His visor reflection shows the airlock hatch we came out."

Glorious Sunrise at the Start of a Spacewalk


Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:44 EDT

Dream Chaser at Dawn

Dawn brings the sight of Dream Chaser, Sierra Nevada Corporation's reusable spaceplane, as it sits on the runway at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Dream Chaser at Dawn


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:35 EDT

Apollo 7 Launches on October 11, 1968

The Apollo 7 Saturn IB launched from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 a.m. October 11, 1968. This image show the tracking antenna on the left and a pad service structure on the right.

Apollo 7 Launches on October 11, 1968


Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:14 EDT

Where Does the Sand Come From?

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) shows one possible place where sand grains are being produced on Mars today.

Where Does the Sand Come From?


Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:27 EDT

Suited Up for a Day's Work

Astronaut Randy Bresnik conducts a spacewalk on October 5.

Suited Up for a Day's Work


Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:17 EDT

First Meeting of the National Space Council

Members of the National Space Council are seen during the council's first meeting on Oct. 5 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence heard testimony from representatives from civil space, commercial space, and national security space industry representatives.

First Meeting of the National Space Council


Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:06 EDT

Oct. 4, 1957 - Sputnik, the Dawn of the Space Age

History changed on Oct. 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball, about 23 inches in diameter and weighing less than 190 pounds.

Oct. 4, 1957 - Sputnik, the Dawn of the Space Age


Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:12 EDT

It's Planting Season on the International Space Station

It's planting season on the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Joe Acaba prepared the Veggie facility for three different kinds of lettuce seeds as part of the VEG-03-D investigation. This is the first time seeds from multiple kinds of plants are being grown in the facility all at the same time.

It's Planting Season on the International Space Station


Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:51 EDT

Goodbye to the Dark Side

Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like Cassini.

Goodbye to the Dark Side


Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:21 EDT

95 Minutes Over Jupiter

This sequence of color-enhanced images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter.

95 Minutes Over Jupiter


Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:04 EDT

This Week in NASA History: Second Crewed Skylab Mission Splashes Down – Sept. 25, 1973

This week in 1973, the second crewed Skylab mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean following a successful 59-day mission in the orbiting laboratory.

This Week in NASA History: Second Crewed Skylab Mission Splashes Down – Sept. 25, 1973


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:05 EDT

Rift on Pine Island Glacier

A new iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where ice from the interior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this natural-color image on September 21, 2017, just before the break.

Rift on Pine Island Glacier


Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:20 EDT

OSIRIS-REx Views the Earth During Flyby

A color composite image of Earth was taken on Sept. 22, 2017, by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

OSIRIS-REx Views the Earth During Flyby


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:10 EDT

Phantom Limb

The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. This image is a composite of images taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 29, 2017, using filters that allow infrared, green, and ultraviolet light.

Phantom Limb


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:22 EDT

Soaring Over Jupiter

This striking image of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.

Soaring Over Jupiter


Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:12 EDT

X-plane Preliminary Design Model Tests Quiet Supersonic Technology

Test Engineer Samantha O’Flaherty finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center. The QueSST Preliminary Design is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low-Boom Flight Demonstration experimental airplane, or X-plane.

X-plane Preliminary Design Model Tests Quiet Supersonic Technology


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:11 EDT

Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Thermal Image of Hurricane Maria

The VIIRS instrument on NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a thermal image of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20 at 2:12 a.m. EDT. The image showed very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful thunderstorms in Maria’s eyewall. Maria’s eye was just east of the American Virgin Islands, and its northwestern quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico.

Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Thermal Image of Hurricane Maria


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:39 EDT

Northern Lights Over Canada

The spectacular aurora borealis, or the “northern lights,” over Canada is sighted from the International Space Station near the highest point of its orbital path. The station’s main solar arrays are seen in the left foreground. This photograph was taken by a member of the Expedition 53 crew aboard the station on Sept. 15, 2017.

Northern Lights Over Canada


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:37 EDT

Long Way From Home

This picture of a crescent-shaped Earth and Moon - the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft - was recorded Sept. 18, 1977, by NASA's Voyager 1 when it was 7.25 million miles (11.66 million kilometers) from Earth. The moon is at the top of the picture and beyond the Earth as viewed by Voyager.

Long Way From Home


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:35 EDT

Cassini End of Mission

Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Cassini End of Mission


Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00 EDT

Orion Parachutes Measure Up in High Pressure Test

Orion’s three main orange and white parachutes help a representative model of the spacecraft descend through sky above Arizona, where NASA engineers tested the parachute system on Sept. 13, 2017, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma. NASA is qualifying Orion’s parachutes for missions with astronauts.

Orion Parachutes Measure Up in High Pressure Test


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:09 EDT

Dreamy Swirls on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.

Dreamy Swirls on Saturn


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:22 EDT

Expedition 53 Launches to the International Space Station

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft launches with Expedition 53 crewmembers Joe Acaba of NASA, Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, (Kazakh time) (Sept. 12, U.S. time).

Expedition 53 Launches to the International Space Station


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:16 EDT

Expedition 53 Crew Waves Farewell

Expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA, top, flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, and Soyuz Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, bottom, wave farewell before boarding their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft for launch, Tuesday, Sept. 12. Launch is scheduled at 5:17 p.m. EDT.

Expedition 53 Crew Waves Farewell


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:42 EDT

So Far from Home

With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance.

So Far from Home


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:25 EDT

Geocolor Image of Hurricane Irma

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT, Sept. 8, 2017. Created by NOAA's partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, the experimental imagery enhancement displays geostationary satellite data in different ways for day or night.

Geocolor Image of Hurricane Irma


Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:24 EDT

Staggering Structure

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.

Staggering Structure


Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:31 EDT

Expedition 53 Qualification Exams

Expedition 53 crew members: Joe Acaba of NASA, left, Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, center, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA answer questions from the press outside the Soyuz simulator ahead of their Soyuz qualification exams, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia.

Expedition 53 Qualification Exams


Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:48 EDT

Prospecting from Orbit

The combination of morphological and topographic information from stereo images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Prospecting from Orbit


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:34 EDT

Voyager 1 Launches Aboard Titan III/Centaur

The Voyager 1 aboard the Titan III/Centaur lifted off on September 5, 1977, joining its sister spacecraft, the Voyager 2, on a mission to the outer planets.

Voyager 1 Launches Aboard Titan III/Centaur


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:53 EDT

Hubble's Megamaser Galaxy

MCG+01-38-005 (below) is a special kind of megamaser; the galaxy’s active galactic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, stimulating clouds of surrounding water.

Hubble's Megamaser Galaxy


Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:56 EDT

NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire

NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars.

NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire


Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:22 EDT

NASA's IceBridge Surveys Glaciers in Northeast Greenland

NASA's Operation IceBridge is flying its summer Arctic land ice campaign in Greenland, continuing its measurements of the Greenland Ice Sheet and its outlet glaciers. This photograph from the mission was taken on Aug. 29, 2017, from 28,000 feet, looking north while surveying Nioghalvfjerdsbrae (79 N) Glacier in northeast Greenland.

NASA's IceBridge Surveys Glaciers in Northeast Greenland


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:44 EDT

Aug. 29, 1965 - Gemini V Crew Returns to Earth

Gemini V command pilot Gordon Cooper (right) and Charles "Pete" Conrad, pilot, walk across the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain following their spacecraft's recovery from the ocean on Aug. 29, 1965. The eight-day Gemini V endurance mission doubled America's spaceflight record set two months earlier.

Aug. 29, 1965 - Gemini V Crew Returns to Earth


Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:55 EDT

Supersonic Flight Campaign Continues at Kennedy Space Center

A NASA F-18 jet takes off from the agency's Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 23, 2017. The F-18 jets fly at supersonic speeds while agency researchers measure the effects of low-altitude turbulence caused by sonic booms, part of NASA's Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT II Program.

Supersonic Flight Campaign Continues at Kennedy Space Center


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:22 EDT

Hurricane Harvey, Seen From the Cupola of the International Space Station

On August 25, 2017, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer photographed Hurricane Harvey from the cupola module aboard the International Space Station as it intensified on its way toward the Texas coast. The Expedition 52 crew on the station has been tracking this storm for the past two days and capturing Earth observation photographs and videos.

Hurricane Harvey, Seen From the Cupola of the International Space Station


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:05 EDT

A World of Snowy Dunes on Mars

It was spring in the Northern hemisphere when this image was taken on May 21, 2017, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Over the winter, snow and ice have inexorably covered the dunes. Unlike on Earth, this snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice.

A World of Snowy Dunes on Mars


Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:36 EDT

The Eclipse 2017 Umbra Viewed from Space

As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles.

The Eclipse 2017 Umbra Viewed from Space


Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:21 EDT

Glory of the Heavens

This composite image shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Glory of the Heavens


Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:12 EDT

Saturn-lit Tethys

Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.

Saturn-lit Tethys


Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:22 EDT

Atlas V Rocket and TDRS-M

As the Sun rises at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket vents liquid oxygen propellant vapors during fueling for the lift off of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M.

Atlas V Rocket and TDRS-M


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:04 EDT

Jupiter: A New Point of View

This striking Jovian vista was created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Jupiter: A New Point of View


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:54 EDT

Space Station Flight Over the Bahamas

One of the most recognizable points on the Earth for astronauts to photograph is the Bahamas. Randy Bresnik of NASA shared this Aug. 13 photo from the International Space Station, saying, "The stunning Bahamas were a real treat for us. The vivid turquoise of the water over the reef was absolutely captivating."

Space Station Flight Over the Bahamas


Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:43 EDT

Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island

On May 24, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured a natural-color image of long, spiraling cloud patterns, or "von Kármán vortices," on the lee side of Guadalupe Island. The volcanic island rises from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:47 EDT

SpaceX CRS-12 Cargo Mission Launch

The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kenney Space Center carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station.

SpaceX CRS-12 Cargo Mission Launch


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:17 EDT

Highlighting Titan's Hazes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.

Highlighting Titan's Hazes


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:20 EDT

Hubble Displays a Dwarf Spiral Galaxy

Dwarf galaxy NGC 5949 sits at a distance of around 44 million light-years from us, placing it within the Milky Way’s cosmic neighborhood.

Hubble Displays a Dwarf Spiral Galaxy


Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:21 EDT

A Starburst with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves

More than a hundred years after Swift’s discovery of the "starburst" galaxy IC 10, astronomers are studying IC 10 with the most powerful telescopes of the 21st century.

A Starburst with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves


Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:30 EDT

Solar Evaporation Ponds Near Moab, Utah

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of solar evaporation ponds outside the city of Moab, Utah. There are 23 colorful ponds spread across 400 acres. They are part of a large operation to mine potassium chloride—more commonly referred to as muriate of potash (MOP)—from ore buried underground.

Solar Evaporation Ponds Near Moab, Utah


Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:19 EDT

Moon Rise From the Space Station

From his vantage point aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik pointed his camera toward the rising Moon and captured this beautiful image on August 3, 2017. Bresnik wrote, "Gorgeous moon rise! Such great detail when seen from space. Next full moon marks #Eclipse2017. We’ll be watching from @Space_Station."

Moon Rise From the Space Station


Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:16 EDT

Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring

The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring


Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:24 EDT

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot

On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on the Sun. This image shows a blended view of the sunspot in visible and extreme ultraviolet light, revealing bright coils arcing over the active region — particles spiraling along magnetic field lines.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot


Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:54 EDT

A Look Inside the Space Station's Experimental BEAM Module

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looks through the hatch of the International Space Station's Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on July 31, 2017. The BEAM is an experimental expandable module just over halfway into its planned two-year demonstration on the space station.

A Look Inside the Space Station's Experimental BEAM Module


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:24 EDT

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Super Typhoon Noru on August 1, 2017, as the International Space Station passed overhead. He shared images of the massive storm on social media, writing, "Super Typhoon #Noru, amazing the size of this weather phenomenon, you can almost sense its power from 250 miles above."

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru


Wed, 02 Aug 2017 10:11 EDT

August 1, 1971 - Second Apollo 15 Moonwalk

This mini-panorama combines two photographs taken by Apollo 15 lunar module pilot Jim Irwin, from the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) site, at the end of the second Apollo 15 moonwalk on August 1, 1971. Apollo 15 was the fourth crewed mission to land on the Moon.

August 1, 1971 - Second Apollo 15 Moonwalk


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