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The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.
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.
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.
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.
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:39 EST
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:19 EDT
Planet of Clouds
Our cloud-covered planet is seen from aboard the International Space Station.
Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:27 EDT
Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!
Wishing legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz the happiest of birthdays!
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.
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:27 EDT
Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'
Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?