2018/07/18

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Nr9KQX

2018/07/17

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NWw1XS

2018/07/16

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Ngz5gv

2018/07/13

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2LgTC42

2018/07/12

'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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NLowD9

2018/07/11

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NLGEfY

2018/07/10

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2uleobi

2018/07/09

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NzWwSS

2018/07/06

Ice Block Avalanche


One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits. via NASA https://ift.tt/2MX4iFs

2018/07/05

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2u9uCnN

2018/07/03

Burst of Celestial Fireworks


Like a July 4 fireworks display a young, glittering collection of stars looks like an aerial burst. via NASA https://ift.tt/2tTuglS

2018/07/02

Seeing Jupiter


Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image of Jupiter using data from the Juno spacecraft's JunoCam imager. via NASA https://ift.tt/2tWvOLb

2018/06/29

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2tRKScO

2018/06/22

Chaotic Clouds of Jupiter


This image captures swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices within Jupiter’s northern hemisphere. via NASA https://ift.tt/2yASshS

2018/06/21

Launching to Observe Our Sun


On June 21, 1975, NASA successfully launched the eighth Orbiting Solar Observatory aboard a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This satellite was the final in a series of spacecraft specifically designed to look at the Sun in high-energy wavelength bands. via NASA https://ift.tt/2tseeyr

2018/06/20

Once in a Blue Dune


Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2M9bzkO

2018/06/19

Rover Under the Milky Way - Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies


The Moon begins to rise behind the ARADS rover during the 2017 season of field tests in Chile’s Atacama Desert. via NASA https://ift.tt/2tmlFat

2018/06/15

Bang and Whoosh!


This HiRISE image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JOOk2f

2018/06/14

A Deep Space Communications Hub in the Desert


When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JCG1qW

2018/06/12

Evaluating the Noise of Future Aircraft


To address the expected noise levels of future aircraft, NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology project is already developing technologies focused on reducing the noise produced by an aircraft’s engine exhaust. via NASA https://ift.tt/2sQ9PG6

2018/06/11

Clouds Over Alaska's Wrangell Mountains


Operation IceBridge missions over Alaska reveal some majestic icescapes, like this image of the Wrangell Mountains in eastern Alaska. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Mcj5MR

2018/06/08

Hubble Images a Galaxy with Threads of Blue


A ripple of bright blue gas threads through this galaxy like a misshapen lake system. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JnOH4k

2018/06/06

Soyuz Lifts Off to Bring New Crew to Space Station


The Soyuz MS-09 rocket is launched with Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA on June 6, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2szfjFa

2018/06/04

Soyuz Rolled to the Pad for Wednesday Launch to Space Station


The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad, Monday, June 4, 2018, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Lis79M

2018/06/03

Expedition 55 Crew Returns Home from the International Space Station


The Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 55 crew members Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, June 3, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2sCdHts

2018/06/01

Jovian Jet Stream


See a jet stream speeding through Jupiter’s atmosphere in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Lb4CPM

2018/05/31

Exposed Bedrock on the Red Planet's Hale Crater


This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Hale Crater, a large impact crater. via NASA https://ift.tt/2xEBCOL

2018/05/30

Black Hole Bounty Captured in the Center of the Milky Way


Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of black holes located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. via NASA https://ift.tt/2LI5Tz7

2018/05/29

Our Sputtering Sun


An active region rotated into view and sputtered with numerous small flares and towering magnetic field lines that stretched out many times the diameter of Earth. via NASA https://ift.tt/2kvu6vY

2018/05/25

Hubble’s Galaxy Cluster Cornucopia


The swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster. via NASA https://ift.tt/2xexaWF

2018/05/24

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2x8O5d9

2018/05/23

LIFTOFF!


The GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2knuFI1

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 via NASA https://ift.tt/2scBdNx

2018/05/21

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2x5XtxU

2018/05/20

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2KDn4jU

2018/05/18

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2k8bPor

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2KCXCuN

2018/05/17

An Amazing View


Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk. via NASA https://ift.tt/2L8kFyR

2018/05/16

Blue Waters


This image of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq was taken during an Operation IceBridge flight on Apr. 26, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Itd8IW

2018/05/15

A Sunny Day


Each and every day NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observes our Sun and relays observational data to scientists on Earth. via NASA https://ift.tt/2IkYsf2

2018/05/14

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2wElr3b

2018/05/11

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2rA7xKw

2018/05/09

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2rviCfM

2018/05/08

Spring Color in the North Sea


Warm air and sunlight beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton. via NASA https://ift.tt/2IqMWlB

Astronaut-Educator Ricky Arnold Conducts Science on Station


Astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold conducts student-designed science on the Space Station. via NASA https://ift.tt/2rskpSU

2018/05/05

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2wo8P0f

2018/05/04

Voyage to the Red Planet


NASA's InSight spacecraft rests aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket, awaiting launch scheduled on May 5, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2jsm0Uk

2018/05/03

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2w8P906

2018/05/02

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2HHOiIZ

2018/05/01

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2HJbe6R