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The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

Science From the Moon’s Shadow 11 Dec 2017, 4:29 pm

The Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse was rare in its long, uninterrupted path over land, which provided scientists with a rare chance to investigate the Sun and its influence on Earth in ways that a. […]

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Retrospective: Moon 8 Dec 2017, 4:12 pm

This false-color image is composed of 15 images taken through three color filters by NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it passed through the Earth-Moon system on Dec. 8, 1992.

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NASA's Science Aircraft Flies Over Thomas Fire in California 7 Dec 2017, 3:14 pm

During an engineering flight test of the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument, a view from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s ER-2 aircraft shows smoke plumes, from roughly 65,000. […]

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Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft at Sunrise 6 Dec 2017, 7:22 pm

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft at sunrise, prior to its departure from the International Space Station at 8:11 a.m., Dec. 6, 2017. Expedition 53 Flight. […]

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Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk 5 Dec 2017, 4:09 pm

Frigid air blowing from Eastern Russia created dramatic cloud formations over the Sea of Okhotsk in late November, 2017. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra. […]

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Space Station Transits the Moon 4 Dec 2017, 2:42 pm

The International Space Station is seen in silhouette as it transits the Moon at roughly five miles per second, Dec. 2, 2017, in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. Onboard are NASA astron. […]

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Hubble Sees Galaxy Cluster Warping Space and Time 1 Dec 2017, 3:04 pm

The Hubble Space Telescope peers into the distant universe to reveal a galaxy cluster called Abell 2537.

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Space Station in the Sky Over Washington D.C. 30 Nov 2017, 3:37 pm

The International Space Station is seen in this twenty-second exposure as it flies over the Washington National Cathedral, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Onboard are: NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande. […]

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A Proving Ground in Space 28 Nov 2017, 3:26 pm

Dellingr is a shoebox-sized spacecraft built to show that CubeSat platforms could be cost-effective, reliable and capable of gathering highly robust science.

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Alpha and Omega 27 Nov 2017, 2:44 pm

These two images illustrate just how far Cassini traveled to get to Saturn.

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Star Wanders Too Close to a Black Hole 24 Nov 2017, 4:07 pm

This artist's rendering shows the tidal disruption event named ASASSN-14li, where a star wandering too close to a 3-million-solar-mass black hole was torn apart. The debris gathered into an accretion. […]

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The Beauty of Ice 22 Nov 2017, 3:42 pm

Ice can be stunningly beautiful and also quite varied in its appearance.

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Tending Your Garden ... In Space 21 Nov 2017, 3:46 pm

If you plant it, will it grow (in space)? The answer is yes, at least for certain types of plants.

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Behold! Observing the Sun 20 Nov 2017, 3:07 pm

A broad hole in the corona was the Sun's dominant feature November 7-9, 2017.

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Jovian Tempest 17 Nov 2017, 1:39 pm

This color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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Sunrise Flight to the Space Station 16 Nov 2017, 3:56 pm

Orbital ATK's Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station on Nov. 14, 2017.

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How to See the Atmosphere 15 Nov 2017, 5:04 pm

How can you see the atmosphere? The answer is blowing in the wind.

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Mariner 9 Sees Shield Volcano on Mars 14 Nov 2017, 5:15 pm

On November 14, 1971, Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit the Red Planet, took this image of a shield volcano on Mars.

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Our Living Earth ... From Space 13 Nov 2017, 6:05 pm

Can you identify this river?

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Liftoff! Orbital Antares Rocket Launches From Wallops Flight Facility 12 Nov 2017, 1:06 pm

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

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Astronaut Jack Fischer With Honor Flight Veterans 10 Nov 2017, 2:01 pm

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer talks with veterans at the World War II Memorial who traveled to Washington, DC with the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight. Fischer, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, wrote, "Few. […]

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Earth as Viewed From 10,000 Miles 9 Nov 2017, 4:17 pm

On November 9, 1967, the uncrewed Apollo 4 test flight made a great ellipse around Earth as a test of the translunar motors and of the high speed entry required of a crewed flight returning from the M. […]

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Rare Encircling Filament 8 Nov 2017, 8:04 pm

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory came across an oddity that the spacecraft has rarely observed before: a dark filament encircling an active region (Oct. 29-31, 2017). Solar filaments are clouds of ch. […]

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Space Station Crew Sees Lots of Clouds 7 Nov 2017, 4:18 pm

Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed cloudy skies over Sudan during an International Space Station flyover on Oct. 22, 2017. Nespoli shared the i. […]

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Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber 6 Nov 2017, 3:22 pm

As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.

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Tests Ensure Astronaut, Ground Crew Safety Before Orion Launches 3 Nov 2017, 4:39 pm

NASA is performing a series of tests to evaluate how astronauts and ground crew involved in final preparations before Orion missions will quickly get out of the spacecraft, if an emergency were to occ. […]

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Revealing What Lies Beneath 2 Nov 2017, 2:53 pm

This false-color image demonstrates how use of special filters available on the Curiosity Mars rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) can reveal the presence of certain minerals in target rocks.

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From Hot to Hottest 1 Nov 2017, 3:13 pm

This sequence of images shows the Sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere, all taken at about the same time on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Learning to Walk Before Heading to Space 31 Oct 2017, 3:37 pm

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen is suspended over a mock-up of the International Space Station during a microgravity simulation.

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Viewing Australia's Great Sandy Desert From Space 30 Oct 2017, 3:39 pm

Flying hundreds of miles above, astronauts aboard the International Space Station photographed Lake Hazlett and Lake Willis in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert. Hundreds of ephemeral salt lakes. […]

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Hubble Digs into Cosmic Archaeology 27 Oct 2017, 12:45 pm

This Hubble infrared image is part of an observing program that imaged 41 massive galaxy clusters to find the brightest distant galaxies for theJames Webb Space Telescope to study.

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Studying the Genetics of Organisms in Space 26 Oct 2017, 3:29 pm

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, organisms in a Petri plate are exposed to blue excitation lighting in a Spectrum prototype unit. NASA scientists and engineers are developing experiments to determine h. […]

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NASA Astronauts on Third and Final Spacewalk in October Series 25 Oct 2017, 4:42 pm

NASA astronauts Joe Acaba (left) and Randy Bresnik (right) at work outside the International Space Station on Oct. 20, 2017, in the third of a series of three planned spacewalks. The two astronauts su. […]

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Remembering Astronaut Paul Weitz 24 Oct 2017, 2:11 pm

In this June 1973 photo, astronaut Paul J. Weitz, Skylab 2 pilot, mans the control and display console of the Apollo Telescope Mount. Weitz, who also commanded the STS-6 shuttle mission and served as. […]

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The Grace of Saturn 23 Oct 2017, 2:22 pm

Saturn's graceful lanes of orbiting ice -- its iconic rings -- wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the horizon in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Hubble Unravels a Twisted Cosmic Knot 20 Oct 2017, 1:55 pm

This Hubble image shows what happens when two galaxies become one. The twisted cosmic knot seen here is NGC 2623 — or Arp 243 — and is located about 250 million light-years away in the constellati. […]

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Jovian Moon Shadow 19 Oct 2017, 8:01 pm

Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the gas giant planet in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A? 18 Oct 2017, 2:34 pm

Hidden beneath Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center is an area engineers used to test critical contamination control technology that has helped keep our James Webb Space Telescope clean during cryoge. […]

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Puerto Rico From the Space Station 17 Oct 2017, 3:25 pm

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba photographed Puerto Rico from the cupola of the International Space Station on Oct. 12, 2017. Sharing the image with his followers on social media, he wrote, "Finally a chance. […]

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When (Neutron) Stars Collide 16 Oct 2017, 6:10 pm

This illustration shows the hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from neutron stars just before they collided.

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Glorious Sunrise at the Start of a Spacewalk 13 Oct 2017, 3:44 pm

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei exits the International Space Station on Oct. 10, 2017, for a spacewalk in this photograph taken by fellow spacewalker Randy Bresnik. Bresnik wrote, "A glorious sunrise g. […]

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Dream Chaser at Dawn 12 Oct 2017, 4:35 pm

Dawn brings the sight of Dream Chaser, Sierra Nevada Corporation's reusable spaceplane, as it sits on the runway at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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Apollo 7 Launches on October 11, 1968 11 Oct 2017, 7:14 pm

The Apollo 7 Saturn IB launched from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 34 at 11:03 a.m. October 11, 1968. This image show the tracking antenna on the left and a pad service structure on the ri. […]

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Where Does the Sand Come From? 10 Oct 2017, 10:27 am

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) shows one possible place where sand grains are being produced on Mars today.

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Suited Up for a Day's Work 6 Oct 2017, 8:17 pm

Astronaut Randy Bresnik conducts a spacewalk on October 5.

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First Meeting of the National Space Council 5 Oct 2017, 9:06 pm

Members of the National Space Council are seen during the council's first meeting on Oct. 5 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The council, chaired by Vice. […]

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Oct. 4, 1957 - Sputnik, the Dawn of the Space Age 4 Oct 2017, 7:12 pm

History changed on Oct. 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ba. […]

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It's Planting Season on the International Space Station 3 Oct 2017, 3:51 pm

It's planting season on the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Joe Acaba prepared the Veggie facility for three different kinds of lettuce seeds as part of the VEG-03-D investigation. This is. […]

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Goodbye to the Dark Side 2 Oct 2017, 2:21 pm

Stunning views like this image of Saturn's night side are only possible thanks to our robotic emissaries like Cassini.

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95 Minutes Over Jupiter 28 Sep 2017, 9:04 pm

This sequence of color-enhanced images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter.

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This Week in NASA History: Second Crewed Skylab Mission Splashes Down – Sept. 25, 1973 27 Sep 2017, 4:05 pm

This week in 1973, the second crewed Skylab mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean following a successful 59-day mission in the orbiting laboratory.

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Rift on Pine Island Glacier 27 Sep 2017, 3:20 pm

A new iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where ice from the interior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Lands. […]

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OSIRIS-REx Views the Earth During Flyby 26 Sep 2017, 5:10 pm

A color composite image of Earth was taken on Sept. 22, 2017, by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

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Phantom Limb 25 Sep 2017, 2:22 pm

The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. This image is a composite of images taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 29, 2017. […]

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Soaring Over Jupiter 22 Sep 2017, 12:12 pm

This striking image of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet.

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X-plane Preliminary Design Model Tests Quiet Supersonic Technology 21 Sep 2017, 3:11 pm

Test Engineer Samantha O’Flaherty finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center. […]

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Suomi NPP Satellite Captures Thermal Image of Hurricane Maria 20 Sep 2017, 5:39 pm

The VIIRS instrument on NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured a thermal image of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20 at 2:12 a.m. EDT. The image showed very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful th. […]

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Northern Lights Over Canada 19 Sep 2017, 6:37 pm

The spectacular aurora borealis, or the “northern lights,” over Canada is sighted from the International Space Station near the highest point of its orbital path. The station’s main solar arrays. […]

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Long Way From Home 18 Sep 2017, 12:35 pm

This picture of a crescent-shaped Earth and Moon - the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft - was recorded Sept. 18, 1977, by NASA's Voyager 1 when it was 7.25 million miles (11.66 million kil. […]

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Cassini End of Mission 15 Sep 2017, 1:00 pm

Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Frid. […]

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NASA Breaking News

A RSS news feed containing the latest NASA news articles and press releases.

New Space Policy Directive Calls for Human Expansion Across Solar System 11 Dec 2017, 9:13 pm

President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon.

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NASA Provides Coverage of Today’s Space Policy Directive Signing 11 Dec 2017, 5:43 pm

NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the Space Policy Directive 1 signing ceremony at the White House at 3 p.m. EST today.

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NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery 8 Dec 2017, 6:30 pm

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

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NASA Selects Three Companies to Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes 7 Dec 2017, 9:00 pm

NASA is taking the next step in the development of a space-based, on-demand fabrication capability by partnering with three U.S. companies, under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, to create prototypes.

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NASA Highlights Jupiter, Search for Life at American Geophysical Union 7 Dec 2017, 7:10 pm

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 11-15 in New Orleans. NASA-related briefings will stream live on the agency’s website.

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The Moon Shines Brightly Among NASA’s 2017 Highlights 7 Dec 2017, 5:31 pm

The Moon became a key focus point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the Sun during one of the most-viewed events in U.S. history, or reinvigorating the agency’s human space exploration plans.

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission 6 Dec 2017, 8:56 pm

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is now targeting its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 11:46 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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NASA Television Coverage Set for Space Station Crew Landing, Launch 6 Dec 2017, 5:44 pm

Three crew members on the International Space Station are scheduled to end their mission and return to Earth on Thursday, Dec. 14, just days before another three space travelers begin their mission. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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NASA Invites Media to Orion Spacecraft Parachute Test in Arizona 5 Dec 2017, 2:38 pm

NASA is inviting media to attend a test of parachutes for the agency’s Orion spacecraft Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission 1 Dec 2017, 5:24 pm

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8.

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