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 Gal├ípagos," 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

2018/04/05

Gullies of Matara Crater


Gullies on Martian sand dunes, like these in Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows in the last ten years. via NASA https://ift.tt/2GDsf1J

2018/04/04

Memphis From Space


We honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered the famous "I've been to the mountaintop" speech in Memphis, Tennessee fifty years ago, the day before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This image taken from the International Space Station shows a detailed view of the city of Memphis from low-Earth orbit. via NASA https://ift.tt/2q7bgyo

2018/04/03

Transforming Aviation


Aeronautical innovations are part of a government-industry partnership to collect data that could make supersonic flight over land possible, dramatically reducing travel time in the United States. via NASA https://ift.tt/2q3irqu

2018/04/02

Hangout in Space


NASA astronaut Drew Feustel seemingly hangs off the International Space Station while conducting a spacewalk on March 29, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2J8uJXz

2018/03/30

Technology Then and Now


Before there were computers and software that could stitch together digital images, they were printed on photo paper, trimmed by hand, and taped in place on a large black board. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Gqyvtz

2018/03/29

Getting InSight on the Interior of Mars


Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, Mars lander is tested ahead of its scheduled launch on May 5, 2018. via NASA https://ift.tt/2urTvyE

2018/03/28

This is TESS, Our Newest Planet-Hunter


TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life. via NASA https://ift.tt/2J1kCU9

2018/03/27

Curiosity Rover Gets Ready for Its Next Adventure


This mosaic, taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, looks uphill at Mount Sharp. via NASA https://ift.tt/2pOJ4j9

2018/03/26

Claudia Alexander and Her Life Well-Lived


Claudia Alexander, the project scientist overseeing NASA's support role in the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, stands on the view deck of mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. via NASA https://ift.tt/2pHX9yJ

2018/03/23

Hubble’s Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery


An underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds. via NASA http://ift.tt/2pxRyfc

2018/03/22

A View From a Launch


The Soyuz MS-08 rocket launched Wednesday, March 21, 2018, bringing three new crewmembers to the International Space Station. via NASA http://ift.tt/2Gjdlk2

2018/03/21

The Beauty of Light


The Soyuz MS-08 rocket is launched with Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, March 21, 2018, to join the crew of the Space Station. via NASA http://ift.tt/2FYN9Yx

2018/03/20

Space Station Bound!


Workers are seen on the launch pad as the Soyuz rocket arrives after being rolled out by train, Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. via NASA http://ift.tt/2pqzV0K

2018/03/19

Going for Atmospheric GOLD


In late Jan. 2018, NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument was launched into space aboard a commercial satellite. via NASA http://ift.tt/2GHMTyz

2018/03/16

Rose-Colored Jupiter


This image captures a close-up view of a storm with bright cloud tops in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter. via NASA http://ift.tt/2FESHeN

2018/03/15

The Aurora Named STEVE


What's in a name? If your name is Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement aka STEVE, then there's quite bit behind the name. via NASA http://ift.tt/2FF42f2