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

2018/04/30

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2r9ZQcZ

2018/04/27

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

2018/04/26

2018/04/25

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

2018/04/24

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

Gravity’s Rainbow


Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in this view captured on Aug. 22, 2009, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. via NASA https://ift.tt/2vGDJ3t

2018/04/20

The Galápagos Islands


"The Enchanted Islands of #Ecuador – the Galápagos," were photographed by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold from aboard the International Space Station. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Hf4zB6

2018/04/19

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

2018/04/17

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2HG8gkj

2018/04/16

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

2018/04/13

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2HAq6VW

2018/04/11

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

2018/04/10

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Hbs8xK

2018/04/09

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. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Hcq20R

2018/04/06

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