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Going Forward

This close-up image is of a 2-inch-deep hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA's Curiosity rover. The hole is about 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. This image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057.

Going Forward


Thu, 24 May 2018 09:31 EDT

LIFTOFF!

The GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

LIFTOFF!


Wed, 23 May 2018 09:40 EDT

GRACE-FO Launches to Provide a Unique View of Earth’s Climate

(GRACE-FO) mission launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

GRACE-FO Launches to Provide a Unique View of Earth’s Climate


Tue, 22 May 2018 16:27 EDT

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station and its crew.

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station


Mon, 21 May 2018 06:18 EDT

Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to the International Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen at launch Pad-0A, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Liftoff is currently targeted for 4:39 a.m. Eastern on Monday, May 21.

Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to the International Space Station


Sun, 20 May 2018 11:11 EDT

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise

NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise


Fri, 18 May 2018 10:00 EDT

Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch

An Orbital ATK rocket rolls out to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on May 17, 2018, in advance of a May 21 launch from Wallops Island, VA. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch


Fri, 18 May 2018 07:49 EDT

An Amazing View

Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk.

An Amazing View


Thu, 17 May 2018 12:41 EDT

Blue Waters

This image of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq was taken during an Operation IceBridge flight on Apr. 26, 2018.

Blue Waters


Wed, 16 May 2018 14:40 EDT

A Sunny Day

Each and every day NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observes our Sun and relays observational data to scientists on Earth.

A Sunny Day


Tue, 15 May 2018 10:38 EDT

Europa by the Numbers

Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter's moon Europa in 1610. More than four centuries later, astronomers are still making discoveries about its icy surface.

Europa by the Numbers


Mon, 14 May 2018 09:53 EDT

Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster

In the darkness of the distant universe, these galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, charred embers floating up from a bonfire, and light bulbs softly shining.

Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster


Fri, 11 May 2018 10:39 EDT

Full Moon Over Newfoundland

The crew of the International Space Station snapped this image of the full moon on April 30, 2018, as the station orbited off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Full Moon Over Newfoundland


Wed, 09 May 2018 10:35 EDT

Spring Color in the North Sea

Warm air and sunlight beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton.

Spring Color in the North Sea


Tue, 08 May 2018 11:21 EDT

Astronaut-Educator Ricky Arnold Conducts Science on Station

Astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold conducts student-designed science on the Space Station.

Astronaut-Educator Ricky Arnold Conducts Science on Station


Mon, 07 May 2018 11:03 EDT

InSight Mars Mission Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base

The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

InSight Mars Mission Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base


Sat, 05 May 2018 10:51 EDT

Voyage to the Red Planet

NASA's InSight spacecraft rests aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket, awaiting launch scheduled on May 5, 2018.

Voyage to the Red Planet


Fri, 04 May 2018 10:35 EDT

Tangled Up in Blue

The lone active region visible on our Sun put on a fine display with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it (Apr. 24-26, 2018) when viewed in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.

Tangled Up in Blue


Thu, 03 May 2018 13:02 EDT

Training 'Guardian Angels'

"Guardian Angel" Pararescue specialists secure a covered life raft during an astronaut rescue training exercise. This exercise is part of preparation, with NASA's commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard the Starliner and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Training 'Guardian Angels'


Wed, 02 May 2018 11:01 EDT

Testing the InSight Mars Lander's Solar Arrays

NASA's InSight Mars mission will help scientists understand the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago. InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, is targeted to launch Saturday, May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Testing the InSight Mars Lander's Solar Arrays


Tue, 01 May 2018 11:08 EDT

Ganymede: A Moon Like No Other

Far across the solar system, where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter. Newly resurrected data from Galileo's first flyby of Jupiter's moon Ganymede is yielding new insights.

Ganymede: A Moon Like No Other


Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:56 EDT

Dividing Line

NASA's Operation IceBridge successfully collected data over several glaciers, research sites, and some parallel coastal grid lines on April 26, 2018, as part of its Spring 2018 campaign.

Dividing Line


Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:36 EDT

Greece and the Aegean and Ionian Seas

This view from above the nation of Turkey looks out across the Aegean Sea, over Greece and onto the Ionian Sea where Sicily and the boot of Italy are barely visible. The sun's glint on the Mediterranean waters highlight the Greek islands while clouds cloak the island of Crete.

Greece and the Aegean and Ionian Seas


Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:00 EDT

Celebrating National Park Week With a View of Mount Rainier

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this clear view of Mount Rainier National Park as the International Space Station orbited above, sharing the image with his followers on April 25 to celebrate National Park Week.

Celebrating National Park Week With a View of Mount Rainier


Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:36 EDT

Behold the Northern Lights

As our nearest star, the Sun bathes Earth in a steady stream of energetic particles, magnetic fields and radiation that can stimulate our atmosphere and light up the night sky, like the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Behold the Northern Lights


Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:36 EDT

Gravity’s Rainbow

Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in this view captured on Aug. 22, 2009, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Gravity’s Rainbow


Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:30 EDT

The Galápagos Islands

"The Enchanted Islands of #Ecuador – the Galápagos," were photographed by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold from aboard the International Space Station.

The Galápagos Islands


Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04 EDT

Celebrating 28 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

This colorful image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary stellar tapestry of birth and destruction.

Celebrating 28 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope


Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:07 EDT

Sounding Rocket Launches CHESS Mission to Study the Matter Between Stars

The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, or CHESS 4, was successfully launched on a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 12:47 p.m. EDT, April 16 (4:47 a.m. local, April 17) from the Kwajalein Atoll in The Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Sounding Rocket Launches CHESS Mission to Study the Matter Between Stars


Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:16 EDT

Seasons of Snow Cover in the West

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this photo while flying over the western United States. The wide field of view stretches from the Sierra Nevada of California to the Columbia Plateau of Oregon and the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Lake Tahoe is nestled on the border of California and Nevada.

Seasons of Snow Cover in the West


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:21 EDT

NASA's TESS Mission Hopes to Find Exoplanets Beyond Our Solar System

The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” and they come in a wide variety of sizes, from gas giants larger than Jupiter to small, rocky planets about as big around as Earth or Mars. This rocky super-Earth is an illustration of the type of planets future telescopes, like NASA's TESS, hope to find outside our solar system.

NASA's TESS Mission Hopes to Find Exoplanets Beyond Our Solar System


Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:56 EDT

The Aurora and the Sunrise

Auroras are one of the many Earthly phenomena the crew of the International Space Station observe from their perch high above the planet.

The Aurora and the Sunrise


Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:35 EDT

Our Sun: Three Different Wavelengths

From March 20-23, 2018, the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a series of images of our Sun and then ran together three sequences in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.

Our Sun: Three Different Wavelengths


Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:01 EDT

We Were There: 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival

Attendees talk with NASA staff at exhibit booths during Sneak Peek Friday at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, Friday, April 6, 2018. At the festival, NASA showcased the future of human space exploration – including the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System rocket.

We Were There: 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival


Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:05 EDT

Hubble Finds an Einstein Ring

These graceful arcs are a cosmic phenomenon known as an Einstein ring - created as the light from distant galaxies warps around an extremely large mass, like a galaxy cluster.

Hubble Finds an Einstein Ring


Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:34 EDT

Gullies of Matara Crater

Gullies on Martian sand dunes, like these in Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows in the last ten years.

Gullies of Matara Crater


Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:28 EDT

Memphis From Space

We honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered the famous "I've been to the mountaintop" speech in Memphis, Tennessee fifty years ago, the day before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This image taken from the International Space Station shows a detailed view of the city of Memphis from low-Earth orbit.

Memphis From Space


Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:03 EDT

Transforming Aviation

Aeronautical innovations are part of a government-industry partnership to collect data that could make supersonic flight over land possible, dramatically reducing travel time in the United States.

Transforming Aviation


Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:01 EDT

Hangout in Space

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel seemingly hangs off the International Space Station while conducting a spacewalk on March 29, 2018.

Hangout in Space


Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:46 EDT

Technology Then and Now

Before there were computers and software that could stitch together digital images, they were printed on photo paper, trimmed by hand, and taped in place on a large black board.

Technology Then and Now


Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:49 EDT

Getting InSight on the Interior of Mars

Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, Mars lander is tested ahead of its scheduled launch on May 5, 2018.

Getting InSight on the Interior of Mars


Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:33 EDT

This is TESS, Our Newest Planet-Hunter

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life.

This is TESS, Our Newest Planet-Hunter


Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:17 EDT

Curiosity Rover Gets Ready for Its Next Adventure

This mosaic, taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, looks uphill at Mount Sharp.

Curiosity Rover Gets Ready for Its Next Adventure


Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:25 EDT

Claudia Alexander and Her Life Well-Lived

Claudia Alexander, the project scientist overseeing NASA's support role in the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, stands on the view deck of mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Claudia Alexander and Her Life Well-Lived


Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:23 EDT

Hubble’s Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery

An underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds.

Hubble’s Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery


Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:25 EDT

A View From a Launch

The Soyuz MS-08 rocket launched Wednesday, March 21, 2018, bringing three new crewmembers to the International Space Station.

A View From a Launch


Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:54 EDT

The Beauty of Light

The Soyuz MS-08 rocket is launched with Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, March 21, 2018, to join the crew of the Space Station.

The Beauty of Light


Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:12 EDT

Space Station Bound!

Workers are seen on the launch pad as the Soyuz rocket arrives after being rolled out by train, Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Space Station Bound!


Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:25 EDT

Going for Atmospheric GOLD

In late Jan. 2018, NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument was launched into space aboard a commercial satellite.

Going for Atmospheric GOLD


Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:30 EDT

Rose-Colored Jupiter

This image captures a close-up view of a storm with bright cloud tops in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter.

Rose-Colored Jupiter


Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:11 EDT

The Aurora Named STEVE

What's in a name? If your name is Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement aka STEVE, then there's quite bit behind the name.

The Aurora Named STEVE


Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:29 EDT

There's Always Pi!

Just by determining how circular a given crater is – using pi and the crater’s perimeter and area – planetary geologists can reveal clues about how the crater was formed and the surface that was impacted.

There's Always Pi!


Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00 EDT

Running a Real-Time Simulation of Go-No-Go for Apollo 17

Not everyone gets to become a part of history, but mathematician Billie Robertson is one of the lucky ones. In this image taken on Nov. 27, 1972, she was running a real-time simulation of Translunar Injection (TLI) Go-No-Go for the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.

Running a Real-Time Simulation of Go-No-Go for Apollo 17


Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00 EDT

Dramatic Dione

Cassini captured this striking view of Saturn’s moon Dione on July 23, 2012.

Dramatic Dione


Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:40 EDT

Veggies in Space!

The crew aboard the International Space Station have grown two batches of mixed greens (mizuna, red romaine lettuce and tokyo bekana cabbage), and are now running two Veggie facilities simultaneously.

Veggies in Space!


Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:10 EST

Imaging the Universe

Known as the 'Mother of Hubble,' Nancy Grace Roman is shown here at the Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago in 1948, where she was studying for her doctorate in astronomy.

Imaging the Universe


Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:29 EST

Structural Test Version of the Intertank for NASA's New Deep Space Rocket

The intertank is the second piece of structural hardware for the massive Space Launch System core stage, built at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and delivered to Marshall Space Flight Center for testing.

Structural Test Version of the Intertank for NASA's New Deep Space Rocket


Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:31 EST

The Case of the Martian Boulder Piles

This image was originally meant to track the movement of sand dunes near the North Pole of Mars, but what's on the ground in between the dunes is just as interesting!

The Case of the Martian Boulder Piles


Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:27 EST

Building the Space Station

Astronauts Joan Higginbotham (foreground) and Suni Williams refer to a procedures checklist as they work the controls of the Canadarm2, in this 2006 image.

Building the Space Station


Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:59 EST

Jovian ‘Twilight Zone’

This image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial region.

Jovian ‘Twilight Zone’


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