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Hubble Uses Gravitational Lens to Capture Disk Galaxy

By combining the power of a "natural lens" in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery—the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang.

Hubble Uses Gravitational Lens to Capture Disk Galaxy


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:01 EDT

The White Cliffs of 'Rover'

This image was acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 18, 2017, at 14:04 local Mars time. It reminded the HiRISE team of the rugged and open terrain of a stark shore-line, perhaps of the British Isles.

The White Cliffs of 'Rover'


Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:38 EDT

Visualization of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes through the continental United States.

Visualization of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:05 EDT

Deployment of the Space Station's Roll Out Solar Array Experiment

Over the weekend of June 17-18, engineers on the ground remotely operated the International Space Station's Canadarm2 to extract the Roll Out Solar Array experiment from the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship. The experiment will remain attached to the Canadarm2 over seven days to test this advanced, flexible array that rolls out like a tape measure.

Deployment of the Space Station's Roll Out Solar Array Experiment


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:46 EDT

Webb Telescope Set for Testing in Space Simulation Chamber

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber, where it will spend a hot Houston summer undergoing tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures.

Webb Telescope Set for Testing in Space Simulation Chamber


Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:36 EDT

Jupiter’s Clouds of Many Colors

NASA’s Juno spacecraft was racing away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass of the planet when JunoCam snapped this image on May 19, 2017, from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above the cloud tops.

Jupiter’s Clouds of Many Colors


Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:22 EDT

Northern Summer on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

Northern Summer on Titan


Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:59 EDT

Celebrating Flag Day

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer took this photograph of an American flag in one of the windows of the International Space Station's cupola, a dome-shaped module through which operations on the outside of the station can be observed and guided. Throughout NASA's history, spacecraft and launch vehicles have always been decorated with flags.

Celebrating Flag Day


Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:52 EDT

Illustration of Cool Dust Around an Active Black Hole

This artist illustration shows the thick ring of dust that can obscure the energetic processes that occur near the supermassive black hole of an active galactic nuclei. Researchers have found that the dust surrounding active, ravenous black holes is much more compact than previously thought.

Illustration of Cool Dust Around an Active Black Hole


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:10 EDT

Turquoise Swirls in the Black Sea

On May 29, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the data for this image of an ongoing phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea. The image is a mosaic, composed from multiple satellite passes over the region.

Turquoise Swirls in the Black Sea


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:55 EDT

Pongal Catena on Ceres

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the northeastern rim of Urvara Crater on Ceres.

Pongal Catena on Ceres


Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:48 EDT

Watching a Volatile Stellar Relationship

In biology, “symbiosis” refers to two organisms that live close to and interact with one another. Astronomers have long studied a class of stars – called symbiotic stars – that co-exist in a similar way. Astronomers are gaining a better understanding of how volatile this close stellar relationship can be.

Watching a Volatile Stellar Relationship


Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:55 EDT

NASA's 2017 Astronaut Candidates

NASA's 2017 astronaut candidates take a group photo at Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Robb Kulin, Jessica Watkins, Loral O'Hara; back row, left to right, Jonny Kim, Frank Rubio, Matthew Dominick, Warren Hoburg, Kayla Barron, Bob Hines, and Raja Chari.

NASA's 2017 Astronaut Candidates


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:27 EDT

An Astronaut's View From the 'Corner Office'

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer tweeted this photograph from the International Space Station on June 3, 2017, writing, "Never had a corner office with a view, but I must admit, I like it… a lot! #SpaceRocks." Fischer, a member of the 2009 astronaut class, has been living and working aboard the orbiting laboratory since April 20, 2017.

An Astronaut's View From the 'Corner Office'


Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:13 EDT

Mimas Dwarfed

From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.

Mimas Dwarfed


Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:59 EDT

SpaceX CRS-11 Cargo Mission Launch

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

SpaceX CRS-11 Cargo Mission Launch


Sat, 03 Jun 2017 18:35 EDT

A South Polar Pit or an Impact Crater?

This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show it is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images.

A South Polar Pit or an Impact Crater?


Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:32 EDT

Eleventh SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission to Space Station Set for Launch

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after being raised vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday, June 1, 2017. Liftoff is scheduled for 5:55 p.m EDT.

Eleventh SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission to Space Station Set for Launch


Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:07 EDT

Space Station's View of Florida at Night

Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet captured this nighttime photo of Florida from the International Space Station. Bright lights include the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, and Orlando, with Cape Canaveral to the east, where launch preparations for SpaceX's next cargo mission are underway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Space Station's View of Florida at Night


Wed, 31 May 2017 12:22 EDT

Space Station's EarthKAM Sees the Grand Canyon

On April 3, 2017, the student-controlled EarthKAM camera aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of a favorite target -- the Grand Canyon -- from low Earth orbit. The camera has been aboard the orbiting outpost since the first space station expedition began in November 2000 and supports approximately four missions annually.

Space Station's EarthKAM Sees the Grand Canyon


Tue, 30 May 2017 11:57 EDT

Close-up View of Neutron Star Mission's X-Ray Concentrator Optics

A new NASA mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. In this photo, NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space.

Close-up View of Neutron Star Mission's X-Ray Concentrator Optics


Fri, 26 May 2017 10:46 EDT

Sequence of Juno Spacecraft's Close Approach to Jupiter

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

Sequence of Juno Spacecraft's Close Approach to Jupiter


Thu, 25 May 2017 13:11 EDT

May 24, 1962 - Scott Carpenter on the Way to Mercury-Atlas 7 Launch Site

Astronaut Scott Carpenter walks to the launch site to begin the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) mission on May 24, 1962. Carpenter's Aurora 7 capsule lifted off aboard an Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:45 a.m. EST, May 24. Carpenter was the fourth American in space and second American to orbit Earth.

May 24, 1962 - Scott Carpenter on the Way to Mercury-Atlas 7 Launch Site


Wed, 24 May 2017 11:47 EDT

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Artist’s Concept

This illustration depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars. The mission, targeted for launch in July/August 2020, takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself.

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Artist’s Concept


Tue, 23 May 2017 12:26 EDT

Slim Crescent of Ice

The low angle of sunlight along the slim crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Slim Crescent of Ice


Mon, 22 May 2017 10:25 EDT

CubeSats Deployed Outside Station's Kibo Lab Module

Three CubeSats, with the Earth's limb in the background, are seen moments after being ejected from a small satellite deployer outside of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module on Wednesday, May 16, 2017. Over a dozen CubeSats were ejected into Earth orbit this week to study Earth and space phenomena for the next one to two years.

CubeSats Deployed Outside Station's Kibo Lab Module


Fri, 19 May 2017 10:31 EDT

May 18, 1969 - Apollo 10 View of the Earth

A view of Earth from 36,000 nautical miles away as photographed from the Apollo 10 spacecraft during its trans-lunar journey toward the moon. While the Yucatan Peninsula is obscured by clouds, nearly all of Mexico north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec can be clearly delineated.

May 18, 1969 - Apollo 10 View of the Earth


Thu, 18 May 2017 10:14 EDT

NASA's IceBridge Wraps Up 2017 Arctic Campaign With Southern Greenland Flight

A fjord in southern Greenland, as seen during Operation IceBridge's last flight of the 2017 Arctic campaign, on May 12, 2017. This final full science flight, ICESat-2 South, was designed along the ground tracks of NASA’s upcoming ICESat-2, to fill in a gap in altimetry coverage of central southern Greenland.

NASA's IceBridge Wraps Up 2017 Arctic Campaign With Southern Greenland Flight


Wed, 17 May 2017 11:38 EDT

James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Prepared for Testing at Johnson Space Center

The towering primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands inside a cleanroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it will undergo its last cryogenic test before it is launched into space in 2018. In preparation for testing, the “wings” of the mirror (which consist of the three segments on each side) were spread open.

James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Prepared for Testing at Johnson Space Center


Tue, 16 May 2017 11:12 EDT

Short Shadow

The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn’s season advances toward northern summer.

Short Shadow


Mon, 15 May 2017 10:25 EDT

Rocket Blasts Off During 2017 Student Launch Challenge

Nearly 50 student teams from middle and high schools, colleges and universities in 22 states demonstrated advanced rocketry and engineering skills in NASA's 2017 Student Launch challenge. Teams spent eight months building and testing rockets designed to fly to an altitude of one mile, deploy an automated parachute system, and safely land for reuse.

Rocket Blasts Off During 2017 Student Launch Challenge


Fri, 12 May 2017 11:32 EDT

NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer Prepares for Friday Spacewalk

Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA is seen inside the International Space Station in his spacesuit during a fit check, in preparation for a spacewalk on Friday, May 12, 2017. This will be the 200th spacewalk at the station for assembly and maintenance, the ninth spacewalk for NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and the first for Fischer.

NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer Prepares for Friday Spacewalk


Thu, 11 May 2017 11:48 EDT

New View of the Crab Nebula

This composite image of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the XMM-Newton Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

New View of the Crab Nebula


Wed, 10 May 2017 13:18 EDT

NASA's P-3 Aircraft Flies Over Southeast Greenland

The shadow of NASA's P-3 aircraft is seen over an iceberg on a May 8, 2017 flight supporting NASA's Operation IceBridge mission. IceBridge began its final week of Arctic Spring 2017 surveys with a glacier-packed mission in Greenland, called Southeast Glaciers 01.

NASA's P-3 Aircraft Flies Over Southeast Greenland


Tue, 09 May 2017 11:19 EDT

Hail the Hexagon

Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn.

Hail the Hexagon


Mon, 08 May 2017 10:22 EDT

Panorama with Active Linear Dune in Gale Crater, Mars

This 360-degree mosaic from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks out over a portion of the Bagnold Dunes, which stretch for several miles.

Panorama with Active Linear Dune in Gale Crater, Mars


Fri, 05 May 2017 09:31 EDT

Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet

This illustration shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B. With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in "Star Wars" looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, we know that two-star systems can indeed support planets.

Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet


Thu, 04 May 2017 10:04 EDT

North Pole of Enceladus

In the north, Enceladus' surface appears to be about as old as any in the solar system. The south, however, is an entirely different story.

North Pole of Enceladus


Wed, 03 May 2017 09:13 EDT

NASA Marks Progress on Hardware for Orion's Second Flight with Space Launch System Rocket

Machining for NASA's Orion spacecraft, scheduled to fly on the second integrated flight with agency's Space Launch System rocket, is well underway at Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford, Illinois. The new deep space spacecraft will take humans farther into the solar system than we have ever traveled before.

NASA Marks Progress on Hardware for Orion's Second Flight with Space Launch System Rocket


Tue, 02 May 2017 10:25 EDT

Clouds ‘Roll’ Over Pacific Atolls

Areas near the equator are frequently cloudy, obscuring the view of Earth’s surface from space. April 7, 2017, was no different. On that day, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of clouds over the Gilbert Islands.

Clouds ‘Roll’ Over Pacific Atolls


Mon, 01 May 2017 11:25 EDT

SLS Engine Section Test Article Loaded on Barge Pegasus

A engine section structural qualification test article for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, is loaded onto the barge Pegasus at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The test article now will make its way from Michoud to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for structural loads testing.

SLS Engine Section Test Article Loaded on Barge Pegasus


Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:16 EDT

Cassini Captures Closest Images of Saturn's Atmosphere

This unprocessed image shows features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26, 2017.

Cassini Captures Closest Images of Saturn's Atmosphere


Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:01 EDT

Cygnus Spacecraft Approaches Space Station in the Sunset

On Saturday April 22, 2017, Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station. Using the station's robotic Canadarm2, Cygnus was successfully captured by Pesquet and Commander Peggy Whitson at 6:05 a.m. EDT Saturday morning.

Cygnus Spacecraft Approaches Space Station in the Sunset


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:19 EDT

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom

It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope’s 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom


Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:14 EDT

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record

534 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes and counting. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson flew through the standing record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut at 1:27 a.m. EDT on April 24, 2017, and with the recent extension of her stay at the International Space Station, she has five months to rack up a new one.

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record


Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:32 EDT

NASA's Fleet of Satellites Keep an Eye on Earth

NASA's fleet of 18 Earth science missions in space, supported by aircraft, ships and ground observations, measure aspects of the environment that touch the lives of every person around the world. This visualization shows the NASA fleet in 2017.

NASA's Fleet of Satellites Keep an Eye on Earth


Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:33 EDT

Expedition 51 Launch to the International Space Station

The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1:13 p.m. Baikonur time carrying NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station.

Expedition 51 Launch to the International Space Station


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:21 EDT

The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart

At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy. New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes has revealed details about this giant black hole.

The Arrhythmic Beating of a Black Hole Heart


Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00 EDT

Liftoff of Orbital ATK Cargo Mission to International Space Station

The Orbital ATK Cygnus pressurized cargo module is carried atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Orbital ATK's seventh commercial resupply services mission will deliver 7,600 pounds of supplies, equipment and scientific research materials to the International Space Station.

Liftoff of Orbital ATK Cargo Mission to International Space Station


Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:01 EDT

Watercolor World

When imaged at infrared wavelengths that pierce the planet’s upper haze layer, the high-speed winds of Saturn's atmosphere produce watercolor-like patterns.

Watercolor World


Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:22 EDT

Hubble Sees Starbursts in Virgo

Starburst galaxies contain regions where stars are forming at such a breakneck rate that the galaxy is eating up its gas supply faster than it can be replenished.

Hubble Sees Starbursts in Virgo


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:14 EDT

Illustration of Cassini Spacecraft Diving Through Plume of 'Ocean World' Enceladus

This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft diving through the plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus, in 2015. Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.

Illustration of Cassini Spacecraft Diving Through Plume of 'Ocean World' Enceladus


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:08 EDT

New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night

NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night.

New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night


Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:32 EDT

New Technique For Designing and Manufacturing Heat Shields Under Study

Through NASA's Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) program, a fresh approach to designing and manufacturing heat-thwarting thermal protection systems - or heatshields - for spacecraft is being developed and tested, offering the promise of fabricating larger tile sizes while reducing labor, cost and waste.

New Technique For Designing and Manufacturing Heat Shields Under Study


Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:01 EDT

Expedition 50 Soyuz MS-02 Landing

The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Monday, April 10, 2017 (Kazakh time).

Expedition 50 Soyuz MS-02 Landing


Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00 EDT

When Jovian Light and Dark Collide

This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights a feature on Jupiter where multiple atmospheric conditions appear to collide.

When Jovian Light and Dark Collide


Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:48 EDT

Interment of John Glenn at Arlington National Cemetery

A horse drawn caisson carries former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn to his final resting place during the interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Virginia. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth on Feb. 20, 1962, in a five-hour flight aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft.

Interment of John Glenn at Arlington National Cemetery


Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:01 EDT

Illustration of Cassini Spacecraft's Grand Finale Dive

This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission's grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission on Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn.

Illustration of Cassini Spacecraft's Grand Finale Dive


Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:48 EDT

Space Station View of Auroras

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed brightly glowing auroras from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station on March 27, 2017. Pesquet wrote, "The view at night recently has been simply magnificent: few clouds, intense auroras. I can’t look away from the windows."

Space Station View of Auroras


Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:56 EDT

Sliver of Saturn

Although only a sliver of Saturn's sunlit face is visible in this view, the mighty gas giant planet still dominates the view.

Sliver of Saturn


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