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 2017-05-25 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 2017-05-20 15:24:38


The swirling brushstrokes of Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops can be seen in this enhanced color view taken by the JunoCam instrument on our Juno spacecraft. In it, you can see a massive counterclockwise rotating storm that appears as a white oven in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere.

Early in the morning on May 19, the Juno spacecraft made its fifth science flyby over these cloud tops, and got as close as about 2,100 miles. Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. At the time of perijove (defined as the point in Juno’s orbit when it is closest to the plent’s center), the spacecraft had logged 63.5 million miles in Jupiter’s orbit.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Bjorn Jonsson

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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 2017-05-17 00:53:15


Saturn’s shadow on the rings grows shorter as the northern hemisphere advances toward summer, thanks to the planet’s permanent tilt as it orbits the sun. This will continue until the solstice later this month. Then, the shadow will extend only as far as the innermost A ring.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Feb. 3, 2017. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 760,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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NASA 2017-05-15 18:35:19


At the edge of the sun, a large prominence and a small prominence began to shift, turn and fall apart in less than one day on May 8-9, 2017. Prominences are notoriously unstable. Competing magnetic forces pulled the plasma back and forth until they dissipated. The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. The 18-second video clip is comprised of almost 600 frames being shown at 30 frames per second.
Credit: NASA
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NASA 2017-05-08 21:20:13


Saturn’s hexagonal polar jet stream shines with the glow of reflected sunlight in this image taken by our Cassini spacecraft. The sunlight falling on Saturn’s north pole, which is just enough to allow us to image and study the region, does not provide much warmth. In addition to being low in the sky (just like summer at Earth’s poles), the sun is nearly ten times as distant from Saturn as from Earth and is only about 1 percent as intense as on Earth.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
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NASA 2017-04-28 17:43:59


The magnetic field lines between a pair of active regions formed a beautiful set of swaying arches, seen in this footage captured by our Solar Dynamics Observatory on April 24-26, 2017.
These arches, which form a connection between regions of opposite magnetic polarity, are visible in exquisite detail in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Extreme ultraviolet light is typically invisible to our eyes, but is colorized here in gold. This video covers almost two days of activity.
Credits: NASA/SDO
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NASA 2017-04-27 17:32:26


We did it! Our Cassini spacecraft successfully dove through the gap between Saturn and its rings – an area previously unexplored by any spacecraft!
These unprocessed images show features in Saturn’s atmosphere from closer than ever before! These views were captured by our Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive between the planet and its rings on April 26, 2017.

As Cassini dove through the gap, it came within about 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of Saturn’s cloud tops (where the air pressure is 1 bar – comparable to the atmospheric pressure of Earth at sea level) and within about 200 miles (300 kilometers) of the innermost visible edge of the rings.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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NASA 2017-03-10 14:06:45


Space ravioli? No, it’s Saturn’s moon Pan. These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7 by our Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).
These images are the closest images ever taken of Pan and will help to characterize its shape and geology.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute (@NASAJPL)

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