NASA 2017-06-04 17:24:35


Jagged spikes, speckled noise and weird, clashing colors…what does this Hubble Space Telescope image show? A distant galaxy, visible as the smudge to the lower right, as it begins to align and pass behind a star sitting nearer to us within the Milky Way. This is an event known as a transit and can tell us a lot about these celestial objects.
Image credit: ESA/NASA
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NASA 2017-06-03 22:29:39


LIFTOFF! SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle successfully launched from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:07 p.m. EDT today. Carrying more than 6,000 pounds of supplies and science to the International Space Station, the spacecraft will arrive at the orbiting laboratory on Monday, where it will stay for about a month.
Numerous experiments are packed inside the Dragon spacecraft, including some that will enhance study of the heart in microgravity, study microbial aboard the space station and continue research on plants grown in orbit.
Credit: NASA
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NASA 2017-06-02 14:44:53


Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (@thom_astro) of the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) shared this image saying “One last glance…before we depart. The Space Station is such a unique and remote and almost magical place… I will miss it.” After spending 196 days in space, Pesquet and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos landed their spacecraft in Kazakhstan at approximately 10:10 a.m. EDT on June 2. Together, the crew pursued hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only orbiting laboratory. The International Space Station (@iss) is also the primary platform for technology development and testing in space enabling human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Credit: ESA/NASA
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NASA 2017-06-02 02:59:12


What’s Up in the sky for June? Have a planet party and compare Saturn and Jupiter! We’ll show you where and when to point your telescope or binoculars to see these planets and their largest moons. Through a telescope, you’ll even be able to compare cloud bands on two planets!
Credit: NASA
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NASA 2017-06-01 15:10:22


It’s Launch Day! Final preparations are underway for today’s 5:55 p.m. EDT launch of the eleventh SpaceX (@SpaceX) cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (@ISS) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida (@NASAKennedy). The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will liftoff into orbit atop the Falcon 9 rocket carrying about 6,000 pounds of crew supplies, equipment and scientific research to crewmembers living aboard the station. The flight will deliver investigations and facilities that study neutron stars, osteoporosis, solar panels, tools for Earth-observation, and more.
Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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NASA 2017-05-30 00:10:11


Today on #MemorialDay, we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Seen here is a close-up view of the U.S. flag deployed on the moon at the Taurus-Littrow landing site by the crew of Apollo 17. The crescent Earth can be seen in the far distant background above the flag.

Image Credit: NASA
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NASA 2017-05-28 01:34:54


A new mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station (@iss) next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. Launching aboard SpaceX’s CRS-11 commercial resupply mission, NICER will be installed aboard the orbiting laboratory as the first mission dedicated to studying neutron stars, a type of collapsed star that is so dense scientists are unsure how matter behaves deep inside it.

In this photo, NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected under a black light for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space. The payload’s 56 mirror assemblies concentrate X-rays onto silicon detectors to gather data that will probe the interior makeup of neutron stars, including those that appear to flash regularly, called pulsars.

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Keith Gendreau
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NASA 2017-05-26 22:00:08


Our sun observing spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, witnessed a partial solar eclipse in space on May 25, 2017 when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted about an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the face of the sun.

Credits: NASA/SDO

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NASA 2017-05-25 19:36:01


Swipe to see the swirling Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of our Juno spacecraft (@nasajuno)! Captured on May 19, these images show waves of turbulent clouds that dominate Jupiter’s atmosphere. Details as small as 4 miles across can be identified here. See those small, bright, high clouds? They’re about 16 miles across and in some areas appear to form “sqall lines” – a narrow band of high winds and storms associated with a cold front. On Jupiter, clouds this high are almost certainly comprised of water and/or ammonia ice.
The small bright clouds that dot Jupiter’s entire south tropical zone (3rd image) appear tiny, but actually tower roughly 30 miles wide and 30 miles high and cast shadows on the clouds below. It’s possible that these clouds may be sources of lightning. This is the first time so many cloud towers have been visible, possibly because the late-afternoon lighting is particularly good at this geometry.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
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NASA 2017-05-24 23:04:23


Hellllooooo planet Earth! NASA astronaut Jack Fischer excitedly waves to the camera during Tuesday’s spacewalk on the International Space Station (@iss). From 250 miles above our home planet, Fischer and astronaut Peggy Whitson performed a contingency spacewalk to replace a failed data relay box. During their 2 hour 46 minute spacewalk, they were also able to install a pair of antennas on station to enhance wireless communication for future spacewalks.
Credit: NASA
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