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Flooding Along the Nueces River

On Nov. 1, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a false-color view of flooding along the Nueces River in a series of storms that have delivered historic amounts of rain to central Texas.

Flooding Along the Nueces River


Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:23 EST

The Frozen Wild Dnieper River

Curling snow drifts are magnified by the terrain around the 1,400 mile Dnieper River, flowing from Russia to the Black Sea in this image from the International Space Station on Feb. 9th, 2017.

The Frozen Wild Dnieper River


Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:25 EST

Recovery of the Test Orion Capsule in the Pacific Ocean

On Nov. 1, 2018, the USS John P. Murtha recovered the test version of the Orion capsule at sunset in the Pacific Ocean. This is one in a series of tests that will verify and validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean following deep space exploration missions.

Recovery of the Test Orion Capsule in the Pacific Ocean


Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:39 EST

Earth Enveloped in Airglow

Earth Enveloped in Airglow

Earth Enveloped in Airglow


Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:08 EST

Suwannee Blackwater River Meets the Sea

The Suwannee is known as a “blackwater river” because of its dark-brown waters laden with organic material.

Suwannee Blackwater River Meets the Sea


Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:58 EST

The International Space Station as of Oct. 4, 2018

The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.

The International Space Station as of Oct. 4, 2018


Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00 EDT

Orion’s European Service Module to Arrive for First Mission

The Airbus team poses with the European Service Module during preparations for shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Orion’s European Service Module to Arrive for First Mission


Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:06 EDT

Happy Birthday, Michael Collins!

Happy birthday, Michael Collins! Test pilot and NASA astronaut Michael Collins served as the pilot for Gemini X and as the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission, the first time humans set foot on another celestial body.

Happy Birthday, Michael Collins!


Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:29 EDT

A New View of Our Starry Night

After nine years in deep space collecting data that revealed our night sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.

A New View of Our Starry Night


Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:00 EDT

John Glenn Returns to Space on the STS-95 Mission

Senator John Glenn during water survival training for the STS-95 mission at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. On Oct. 29, 1998, space shuttle Discovery launched with Senator Glenn aboard, as he returned to space for the first time since his 1962 flight.

John Glenn Returns to Space on the STS-95 Mission


Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:36 EDT

It’s Valley Fog Season

It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, which means many people living in mountainous areas are awakening to fog-filled valleys.

It’s Valley Fog Season


Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:25 EDT

Hubble Captures the Ghost of Cassiopeia

The ghost of Cassieopeia's ethereal glow might remind people of apparitions such as those reported by paranormal investigators.

Hubble Captures the Ghost of Cassiopeia


Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00 EDT

Parker Solar Probe Looks Back at Earth

On Sept. 25, 2018, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible in the right side of this image.

Parker Solar Probe Looks Back at Earth


Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:45 EDT

Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat's Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the Milky Way galaxy, located in the constellation Scorpius.

Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula


Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:13 EDT

Splashdown! Apollo 7 Returns Home

On October 22, 1968, 50 years ago, the Apollo 7 crew splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Splashdown! Apollo 7 Returns Home


Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:11 EDT

Hubble Spies Glittering Star Cluster in Nearby Galaxy

This glittering ball of stars is the globular cluster NGC 1898, which lies toward the center of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Hubble Spies Glittering Star Cluster in Nearby Galaxy


Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:56 EDT

Launching the Galileo Mission

On Oct. 18, 1989, space shuttle Atlantis deployed NASA's Galileo spacecraft six hours, 30 minutes into the STS-34 mission. Galileo arrived at Jupiter in December, 1995 and spent eight years in orbit around the gas giant, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit an outer planet.

Launching the Galileo Mission


Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:59 EDT

Magnetic Fields May Be the Key to Black Hole Activity

This artist’s conception of the core of Cygnus A shows the dusty donut-shaped surroundings, called a torus, and jets launching from its center.

Magnetic Fields May Be the Key to Black Hole Activity


Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:37 EDT

Uncrewed Japanese Vehicle Delivers Supplies to the Space Station

Viewed from a window inside the cupola, the International Space Station's "window to the world," is the Japanese Exploration Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle-7.

Uncrewed Japanese Vehicle Delivers Supplies to the Space Station


Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:36 EDT

Ellen Ochoa at Work on the Shuttle

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the achievements of astronaut Ellen Ochoa and other Hispanic astronauts and professionals at NASA. Floating upside down and reading a checklist may not be how most of us perform the day's work, but it was for Ochoa on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-96 mission.

Ellen Ochoa at Work on the Shuttle


Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:27 EDT

Southern California as Seen From Apollo 7

This view of southern California was taken by the Apollo 7 crew during their 18th revolution of the Earth on Oct. 12, 1968.

Southern California as Seen From Apollo 7


Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:12 EDT

Expedition 57 Crew Returns to Baikonur

Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, left, and astronaut Nick Hague of NASA, right. embrace their families after landing at the Krayniy Airport.

Expedition 57 Crew Returns to Baikonur


Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:57 EDT

The Space Station Transits Our Sun

This composite image shows the International Space Station, with a crew of three onboard, in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

The Space Station Transits Our Sun


Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:34 EDT

Soyuz Rolls to the Pad for Next Launch to the Space Station

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, for the Expedition 57 launch.

Soyuz Rolls to the Pad for Next Launch to the Space Station


Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:53 EDT

Astronaut Joe Acaba Farms in Space

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this image, astronaut Joe Acaba installs botany gear for the International Space Station's Veggie facility, to demonstrate plant growth in space.

Astronaut Joe Acaba Farms in Space


Fri, 05 Oct 2018 11:34 EDT

Home Again! Space Station Crew Lands

The landing jets fire as the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft lands with Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev, members of the Expedition 55 and 56 crews onboard the International Space Station.

Home Again! Space Station Crew Lands


Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:56 EDT

The Creativity of Mother Nature

International Space Station Commander Alexander Gerst has a better view of our home planet than most.

The Creativity of Mother Nature


Wed, 03 Oct 2018 10:38 EDT

Astronaut Ricky Arnold Works With a Student-Designed Experiment

International Space Station astronaut and former teacher Ricky Arnold works with a student-designed experiment using NanoRacks commercial science hardware.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold Works With a Student-Designed Experiment


Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:30 EDT

Aeronautics: NASA's First 'A'

Aeronautics, the first A of the NASA acronym, has always been a part of the agency.

Aeronautics: NASA's First 'A'


Mon, 01 Oct 2018 09:08 EDT

Apollo 7 Crew Trains to Test Technology for Missions to the Moon

This Aug. 5 1968 image was taken aboard the MV Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Apollo 7 crew, Walter Schirra, Walter Cunningham and Donn Eisele practiced water egress procedures in preparation for the October 1968 mission.

Apollo 7 Crew Trains to Test Technology for Missions to the Moon


Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:47 EDT

Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria Works on Constructing the International Space Station

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this Feb. 2007 photo, astronaut Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Expedition 14 commander, participates in a 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk as construction continues on the International Space Station.

Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria Works on Constructing the International Space Station


Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:44 EDT

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture


Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:39 EDT

Our Sun: Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory views our Sun in ten different wavelengths because each wavelength reveals different solar features.

Our Sun: Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images


Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:10 EDT

John Young Makes Last Minute Inspection of Gemini III

John W. Young (1930-2018), born on Sept. 24, was NASA's longest-serving astronaut and the only astronaut to fly missions in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

John Young Makes Last Minute Inspection of Gemini III


Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:59 EDT

Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts

In the northern constellation of Coma Berenices lies the impressive Coma Cluster —?a structure of over a thousand galaxies bound together by gravity.

Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts


Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:38 EDT

Small Satellite Demonstrates Possible Solution for 'Space Junk'

The International Space Station deployed this small satellite for the NanoRacks-Remove Debris investigation, designed to demonstrate an approach to reduce the risks presented by orbital debris or "space junk."

Small Satellite Demonstrates Possible Solution for 'Space Junk'


Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:33 EDT

First Light Data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Just over a month into its mission, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. These early observations show that each of the instruments is working well.

First Light Data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe


Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:42 EDT

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this photo from Expedition 56, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor examines her eye with a Funduscope.

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes


Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:38 EDT

ICESat-2 Lifts Off to Study Earth's Changing Ice

A Delta II rocket launches with NASA's ICESat-2 onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

ICESat-2 Lifts Off to Study Earth's Changing Ice


Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:44 EDT

Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge'

A long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" in Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.

Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge'


Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:47 EDT

Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed

NASA completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to deep space.

Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed


Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:06 EDT

Staring Down Hurricane Florence

Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space.

Staring Down Hurricane Florence


Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:54 EDT

Hurricane Florence Viewed from the Space Station

Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.

Hurricane Florence Viewed from the Space Station


Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:58 EDT

Bright Spots On Ceres

Bright surface features on the dwarf planet Ceres known as faculae were first discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2015.

Bright Spots On Ceres


Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:49 EDT

'Snow Swamp' on Canada's Lowell Glacier

Over a mere four days this summer, snow from the previous winter melted into a pond of slush a glaciologist called a “snow swamp.”

'Snow Swamp' on Canada's Lowell Glacier


Thu, 06 Sep 2018 10:15 EDT

Along the Way to Launch Pad 39B

A truck sprays water to reduce the dust as NASA's crawler-transporter 2 with the mobile launcher atop moves slowly along, on its trek to Launch Pad 39B.

Along the Way to Launch Pad 39B


Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:56 EDT

Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

Long, narrow clouds, known as ship tracks, stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean.

Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific


Tue, 04 Sep 2018 11:59 EDT

Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud

The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it.

Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud


Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:00 EDT

Celebrating Guy Bluford's Historic First Flight

Guy Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, launched into space on shuttle Challenger's STS-8 mission thirty-five years ago, on August 30, 1983.

Celebrating Guy Bluford's Historic First Flight


Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:32 EDT

Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions

An expedition that will help NASA search for life in deep space launched today – not with a rocket’s roar, but with a gentle splash into the deep Pacific Ocean. The project will use underwater robots to explore the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii that has similar conditions to what may exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions


Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:51 EDT

Lights of Java

Astronauts get to observe the Earth in all her beauty from aboard the International Space Station. A member of the Expedition 56 crew currently onboard the station took this nighttime image of Java, Indonesia's largest island.

Lights of Java


Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:57 EDT

Time-lapse Sequence of Jupiter’s North

Striking atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere are captured in this series of color-enhanced images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Time-lapse Sequence of Jupiter’s North


Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:45 EDT

Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth

Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. These ubiquitous specks of matter are known as aerosols, and they can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between.

Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth


Fri, 24 Aug 2018 10:37 EDT

A World On Fire

The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview.

A World On Fire


Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:16 EDT

Space Station Flight Over Hurricane Lane

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold photographed a massive storm in the Pacific Ocean during a flyover from the International Space Station. Arnold shared images on social media on Aug. 22, 2018, and wrote, "#HurricaneLane in the early morning hours near #Hawaii. The crew of the @Space_Station sends much aloha to everyone there."

Space Station Flight Over Hurricane Lane


Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:53 EDT

Looking Back at Eclipse 2017

One year ago on August 21, 2017, the continental United States experienced the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Looking Back at Eclipse 2017


Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:19 EDT

Planet of Clouds

Our cloud-covered planet is seen from aboard the International Space Station.

Planet of Clouds


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:27 EDT

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!

Wishing legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz the happiest of birthdays!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!


Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:54 EDT

Sun's Magnetic Field Portrayed

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018. The bright active region right at the central area of the Sun clearly shows a concentration of field lines, as well as the small active region at the Sun's right edge.

Sun's Magnetic Field Portrayed


Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:27 EDT

Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'

Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?

Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'


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