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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


Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:47 EDT

Sunrise Through the Solar Arrays

On July 26, 2017, a member of the Expedition 52 crew aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of one of the 16 sunrises they experience every day, as the orbiting laboratory travels around Earth. One of the solar panels that provides power to the station is seen in the upper left.

Sunrise Through the Solar Arrays


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:55 EDT

Expedition 52 Soyuz Launches to the Space Station

The Soyuz MS-05 rocket is launched with Expedition 52 flight engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, flight engineer Randy Bresnik of NASA, and flight engineer Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency), Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 52 Soyuz Launches to the Space Station


Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:06 EDT

Haze on the Horizon

This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon.

Haze on the Horizon


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:10 EDT

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout

The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The Expedition 52 crew is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz on Friday, July 28, at 11:41 a.m. EDT (9:41 p.m. Baikonur time).

Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:42 EDT

Watching the Aurora From Orbit

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA shared photos and time-lapse video of a glowing green aurora seen from his vantage point 250 miles up, aboard the International Space Station. This aurora photo was taken on June 26, 2017.

Watching the Aurora From Orbit


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:49 EDT

Hubble’s Hunting Dog Galaxy

Tucked away in the small northern constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) is the galaxy NGC 4242.

Hubble’s Hunting Dog Galaxy


Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:52 EDT

Enhanced Color Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars

Toward the right side of this enhanced-color scene is a broad notch in the crest of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. Wheel tracks in that area were left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it observed "Perseverance Valley" from above in the spring of 2017.

Enhanced Color Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars


Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:37 EDT

Lunar Module at Tranquility Base

This photograph of the Lunar Module at Tranquility Base was taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission, from the rim of Little West Crater on the lunar surface. Armstrong's shadow and the shadow of the camera are visible in the foreground. This is the furthest distance from the lunar module traveled by either astronaut while on the moon.

Lunar Module at Tranquility Base


Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:36 EDT

July 14 Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection

A medium-sized (M2) solar flare and a coronal mass ejection erupted from the same, large active region of the sun on July 14, 2017. The flare lasted almost two hours, quite a long duration. The coils arcing over this active region are particles spiraling along magnetic field lines.

July 14 Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection


Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:50 EDT

NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion Spacecraft

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land. Using the waters off the coast of Galveston, a NASA and Department of Defense team tested Orion exit procedures on July 10-14, 2017.

NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion Spacecraft


Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:48 EDT

NASA Langley and the Space Race

Neil Armstrong trained for the Apollo 11 mission at NASA Langley's Lunar Landing Research Facility on equipment that cancelled all but one-sixth of Earth's gravitational force. Armstrong offered perhaps the greatest tribute to the importance of his training when asked what it was like to land on the moon, replying, "Like Langley."

NASA Langley and the Space Race


Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:54 EDT

Hubble Spots a Barred Lynx Spiral

NGC 2500 is a particular kind of spiral galaxy known as a barred spiral, its wispy arms swirling out from a bright, elongated core.

Hubble Spots a Barred Lynx Spiral


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:01 EDT

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (Enhanced Color)

This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was created by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (Enhanced Color)


Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:27 EDT

Looking Back: Aircraft Engineering Research Conference at Langley's Full Scale Tunnel, 1934

This year, NASA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In Langley's early years of crafting flight, aviation pioneers flocked to the center for engineering conferences. This photo was taken in Langley's Full Scale Tunnel during the 1934 Aircraft Engineering Research Conference.

Looking Back: Aircraft Engineering Research Conference at Langley's Full Scale Tunnel, 1934


Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:15 EDT

Lakes and Rivers Have Ice, Too

On May 29, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of ice covering the Amundsen Gulf, Great Bear Lake, and numerous small lakes in the northern reaches of Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Icy lakes and rivers make a significant footprint on the Arctic landscape.

Lakes and Rivers Have Ice, Too


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:38 EDT

Dawn’s Early Light

The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet’s wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings.

Dawn’s Early Light


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:25 EDT

Winds Trigger Pond Growth

Wind is a force to be reckoned with. It can stir up monsoons, carry dust thousands of miles, and sculpt rock into sinuous arches. But sometimes, the effects of wind go unnoticed for years, like when it carves away slowly at the edges of a pond.

Winds Trigger Pond Growth


Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:48 EDT

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Kennedy Space Center

Vice President Mike Pence addresses NASA employees, Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Kennedy Space Center


Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:07 EDT

This Week in NASA History: Apollo AS-203 Launches -- July 5, 1966

This week in 1966, the AS-203 rocket launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo AS-203 mission was an uncrewed test of the vehicle’s second stage, the S-IVB stage, and the instrument unit of the Saturn V to obtain flight information under orbital conditions.

This Week in NASA History: Apollo AS-203 Launches -- July 5, 1966


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:30 EDT

Happy Fourth of July From the Space Station

NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson celebrated the Fourth of July from over 250 miles above Earth on the International Space Station. Fischer shared this photo on social media and said, "We sometimes have issues standing up straight, but we have no problems at all showing our American pride-Happy 4th!"

Happy Fourth of July From the Space Station


Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:10 EDT

Dragon Returns Space Station Science to Earth

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer photographed the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it reentered Earth's atmosphere before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California at 8:12 a.m. EDT, July 3, 2017. Fischer commented, "Beautiful expanse of stars-but the “long” orange one is SpaceX-11 reentering!"

Dragon Returns Space Station Science to Earth


Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00 EDT

The ‘Face’ of Jupiter

JunoCam images aren’t just for art and science – sometimes they are processed to bring a chuckle.

The ‘Face’ of Jupiter


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:49 EDT

Starry Night and Aurora

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA photographed the glowing nighttime lights of an aurora from his vantage point in the International Space Station's cupola module on June 19, 2017. Part of the station's solar array is also visible.

Starry Night and Aurora


Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:17 EDT

The Niagara Falls of Mars

Various researchers are often pre-occupied with the quest for flowing water on Mars.

The Niagara Falls of Mars


Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:19 EDT

As the Sun Rises, NASA's Global Hawk is Being Prepared for Flight

Hot summer days in Southern California’s Antelope Valley force many aircraft operations to start early in the morning before the sun rises. On a back ramp at Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, a NASA Global Hawk goes through testing of its communication components and satellite connection links in preparation for flight.

As the Sun Rises, NASA's Global Hawk is Being Prepared for Flight


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:38 EDT

Saturnian Dawn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

Saturnian Dawn


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:25 EDT

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


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