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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

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'


Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:28 EDT

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke

The largest fire in California's history, the Mendocino Complex, is still spewing clouds of smoke across the state.

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke


Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:29 EDT

Parker Solar Probe Launches to 'Touch the Sun'

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe on a mission to touch the Sun, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Parker Solar Probe Launches to 'Touch the Sun'


Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:24 EDT

Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun

Inside the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Parker Solar is slated to launch at 3:33 a.m. EDT, Saturday, August 11.

Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun


Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:34 EDT

Mary Ross: A Hidden Figure

Who was Mary Ross? Another 'hidden figure,' a mathematician and engineer.

Mary Ross: A Hidden Figure


Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:35 EDT

40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus

On August 8, 1978, the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe spacecraft launched to study Venus, a planet that has an atmosphere 100 times denser than Earth’s atmosphere and is hotter than the melting point of zinc and lead.

40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus


Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:54 EDT

World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska

The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.

World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska


Tue, 07 Aug 2018 10:42 EDT

California Fires as Seen From the Space Station

The Earth, in all its majesty and its tragedy, is the subject of images taken aboard the International Space Station. This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured from the station on August 3, 2018, by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

California Fires as Seen From the Space Station


Mon, 06 Aug 2018 11:42 EDT

A New Era in Spaceflight

The first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made commercial spacecraft, to and from the International Space Station, wave after being announced, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

A New Era in Spaceflight


Fri, 03 Aug 2018 13:00 EDT

The Future of Space Exploration

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tours the inside of the Orion test crew capsule, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The Future of Space Exploration


Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:15 EDT

Satellite Views Fires Raging in California

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property

Satellite Views Fires Raging in California


Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:10 EDT

Soaring Into an Orbital Sunrise

The International Space Station soars into a sunrise every 90 minutes, each and every day.

Soaring Into an Orbital Sunrise


Mon, 30 Jul 2018 11:38 EDT

From Interns to Astronauts

July 26 is National Intern Day. See how far these two former interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have come!

From Interns to Astronauts


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:30 EDT

Hubble Takes Portrait of Opulent Ring World

Saturn is the solar system’s most photogenic planet, especially in this latest Hubble snapshot with the ring system near its maximum tilt.

Hubble Takes Portrait of Opulent Ring World


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:30 EDT

Flown Orion Spacecraft Visits Washington, DC, for Made in America Showcase

NASA's Orion spacecraft that flew Exploration Flight Test-1 on Dec. 5, 2014, is seen after being uncovered in preparation for being moved onto the White House complex, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 companies across the country manufactured or contributed elements to the spacecraft.

Flown Orion Spacecraft Visits Washington, DC, for Made in America Showcase


Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:59 EDT

Candid Apollo

On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

Candid Apollo


Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:27 EDT

Iceberg Towers Over Greenland Village

In July 2018, an iceberg weighing 11 million tons parked just offshore of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland.

Iceberg Towers Over Greenland Village


Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:12 EDT

At Tranquility Base

Forty-nine years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.

At Tranquility Base


Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:27 EDT

Prepping to Launch for the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has cleared the final procedures in the clean room before its move to the launch pad.

Prepping to Launch for the Sun


Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:35 EDT

Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies

NASA's satellite servicing technologies are opening up a new world where space robots diagnose, maintain and extend a spacecraft’s life.

Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies


Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:21 EDT

Orion Parachutes Chalk Up Another Test Success in Arizona

The parachute system for Orion, America’s spacecraft that will carry humans to deep space, deployed as planned after being dropped from an altitude of 6.6 miles on July 12, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

Orion Parachutes Chalk Up Another Test Success in Arizona


Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:22 EDT

Churning in the Chukchi Sea

Regardless of the amount of winter ice cover, the waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with blooms of phytoplankton.

Churning in the Chukchi Sea


Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:57 EDT

A Merger of Stars

Launched 15 years ago, the Spitzer Space Telescope has made many discoveries, including this detection of the merger of two neutron stars.

A Merger of Stars


Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:57 EDT

Jamming with the 'Spiders' from Mars

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, acquired May 13, 2018 during winter at the South Pole of Mars, shows a carbon dioxide ice cap covering the region and as the sun returns in the spring, "spiders" begin to emerge from the landscape.

Jamming with the 'Spiders' from Mars


Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:51 EDT

'X'-ploring the Eagle Nebula and 'Pillars of Creation'

The Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16, contains the young star cluster NGC 6611. It also the site of the spectacular star-forming region known as the Pillars of Creation, which is located in the southern portion of the Eagle Nebula.

'X'-ploring the Eagle Nebula and 'Pillars of Creation'


Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:28 EDT

The Heart of Madagascar

As the International Space Station flew overhead, NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this photograph of a changing landscape in the heart of Madagascar, observing drainage into the sea in the Betsiboka Estuary due to decimation of rainforests and coastal mangroves.

The Heart of Madagascar


Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:24 EDT

2018 Class of NASA Flight Directors for the Mission Control Center

NASA has selected six women and men to join the elite corps of flight directors who will lead mission control for a variety of new operations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

2018 Class of NASA Flight Directors for the Mission Control Center


Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:02 EDT

A Closer View of the Moon

Posted to Twitter by @Astro_Alex, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, this image shows our planet's Moon as seen from the International Space Station.

A Closer View of the Moon


Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:39 EDT

Ice Block Avalanche

One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits.

Ice Block Avalanche


Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:26 EDT

County Fire Lights Up the Night

Light from the County Fire illuminated the night skies of Northern California when the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image overnight on July 1, 2018.

County Fire Lights Up the Night


Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:27 EDT

Burst of Celestial Fireworks

Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars resembles an aerial burst. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust - the raw material for new star formation.

Burst of Celestial Fireworks


Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:51 EDT

Seeing Jupiter

Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image of Jupiter using data from the Juno spacecraft's JunoCam imager.

Seeing Jupiter


Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:41 EDT

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Dragon to the International Space Station

At 5:42 a.m. EDT Friday, June 29, 2018, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is carrying more than 5,900 pounds of research, equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of investigations aboard the International Space Station.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Dragon to the International Space Station


Fri, 29 Jun 2018 16:30 EDT

NASA's Unmanned Ikhana Flies in National Airspace Without Chase Plane

NASA’s Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, takes off on June 12, 2018, for the agency’s first large-scale, remotely-piloted aircraft flight in the national airspace without a safety chase aircraft.

NASA's Unmanned Ikhana Flies in National Airspace Without Chase Plane


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