NASA 2017-05-18 22:29:59


Shrouded in clouds today in 1969, this image was taken by the crew of Apollo 10 as they began their lunar journey. From 36,000 nautical miles away, this full disk view of our home planet shows the crew’s vantage point from space.

The crew members on Apollo 10 were astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, commander; John W. Young, command module pilot; and Eugene E. Cernan, lunar module pilot. Astronaut Young remained in lunar orbit, in the Command and Service Module (CSM) “Charlie Brown”, while astronauts Stafford and Cernan descended to within nine miles of the lunar surface, in the Lunar Module (LM) “Snoopy”. Credit: NASA

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NASA 2017-04-20 18:02:29


NASA astronaut Jack Fischer (@astro2fish) and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. After a six-hour flight, their Soyuz arrived at the International Space Station (@ISS) at 9:18 a.m. EDT Thursday, where the two new crew members joined Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). The crew members will conduct approximately 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

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NASA 2017-04-14 18:45:48


“A classic that I never get tired of: the orange solar panel in front of the blue–white background and the curvature of Earth” wrote astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) from aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). The space station serves as the world’s leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Credit: NASA/ESA #nasa #space #iss #spacestation #astronauts #esa #earth #Proxima #europe

NASA 2017-04-10 16:31:49


Touchdown! A Soyuz spacecraft is seen as it lands with astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@Astro_Kimbrough) of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Monday, April 10, 2017. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov, and Borisenko are returning after 173 days in space onboard the International Space Station (@ISS). While living and working aboard the space station, the crew members contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory. For example, the Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells investigation had crew members observe cell growth and other characteristics in microgravity. Results from this investigation could lead to the treatment of diseases and injury in space, and provide a way to improve stem cell production for medical therapies on Earth.

Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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NASA 2017-04-07 21:09:29


‘Europe at night is one of the most spectacular views. Here we were travelling along the Adriatic towards the Middle East,’ wrote astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) from aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). The space station serves as the world’s leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Credit: NASA/ESA

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NASA 2017-04-03 12:09:25


Aboard the International Space Station (@ISS), astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) snapped this photo and wrote, ‘The view at night recently has been simply magnificent: few clouds, intense #aurora. I can’t look away from the windows.’ The dancing lights of the aurora provide stunning views, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun. Aurora are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

Credit: NASA/ESA

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NASA 2017-04-01 20:49:55


Aboard the International Space Station (@ISS), astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) snapped this photo and wrote, ‘File under desktop #wallpapers: the blue gradients of a sunrise.’ Credit: NASA/ESA

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NASA 2017-03-30 23:53:37


Spacewalk complete and new astronaut record set! Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson of NASA successfully reconnected cables and electrical connections on an adapter-3 that will provide the pressurized interface between the station and the second of two international docking adapters to be delivered to the complex to support the dockings of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft in the future. The duo were also tasked with installing four thermal protection shields on the Tranquility module of the International Space Station (@ISS). Having completed her eighth spacewalk, Whitson now holds the record for the most spacewalks and accumulated time spacewalking by a female astronaut. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 1,243 hours and 42 minutes outside the station during 199 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of ESA (@europeanspaceagency) posted this image and wrote, ‘ Shane and Peggy on their way to their first #spacewalk tasks.’ Credit: ESA/NASA

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NASA 2017-03-28 16:01:48


‘Incredible view out of the Space Station windows this morning – Northern Lights #aurora,’ wrote astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) for aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). The dancing lights of the aurora provide stunning views, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun. Aurora are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

Credit: NASA

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NASA 2017-03-26 21:48:34


It’s a long ways down. This is a view from the vantage point of astronaut Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) during his spacewalk Friday outside the International Space Station (@ISS). Shane posted this photo and wrote, ” View of our spectacular planet (and my boots) during the #spacewalk yesterday with @Thom_astro.” During the spacewalk with Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of ESA (@europeanspaceagency), which lasted just over six-and-a-half hours, the two astronauts successfully disconnected cables and electrical connections to prepare for its robotic move Sunday, March 26.

Credit: NASA

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