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NASA Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

Glory of the Heavens 21 Aug 2017, 9:12 pm

This composite image shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park, Washington on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

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Atlas V Rocket and TDRS-M 18 Aug 2017, 5:04 pm

As the Sun rises at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket vents liquid oxygen propellant vapors during fueling for the lift of. […]

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Jupiter: A New Point of View 17 Aug 2017, 12:54 pm

This striking Jovian vista was created by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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Space Station Flight Over the Bahamas 16 Aug 2017, 3:43 pm

One of the most recognizable points on the Earth for astronauts to photograph is the Bahamas. Randy Bresnik of NASA shared this Aug. 13 photo from the International Space Station, saying, "The stunnin. […]

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Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island 15 Aug 2017, 4:47 pm

On May 24, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured a natural-color image of long, spiraling cloud patterns, or "von Kármán vortices," on the l. […]

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SpaceX CRS-12 Cargo Mission Launch 14 Aug 2017, 8:17 pm

The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kenney Space Center carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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Highlighting Titan's Hazes 14 Aug 2017, 12:20 pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn's moon Titan in a view that highlights the extended, hazy nature of the moon's atmosphere.

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Hubble Displays a Dwarf Spiral Galaxy 11 Aug 2017, 2:21 pm

Dwarf galaxy NGC 5949 sits at a distance of around 44 million light-years from us, placing it within the Milky Way’s cosmic neighborhood.

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A Starburst with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves 10 Aug 2017, 4:30 pm

More than a hundred years after Swift’s discovery of the "starburst" galaxy IC 10, astronomers are studying IC 10 with the most powerful telescopes of the 21st century.

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Solar Evaporation Ponds Near Moab, Utah 9 Aug 2017, 7:19 pm

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of solar evaporation ponds outside the city of Moab, Utah. There are 23 colorful ponds spread across 400 acres. They are part o. […]

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Moon Rise From the Space Station 8 Aug 2017, 3:16 pm

From his vantage point aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik pointed his camera toward the rising Moon and captured this beautiful image on August 3, 2017. Bresnik wrote. […]

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Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring 7 Aug 2017, 2:24 pm

The thin sliver of Saturn's moon Prometheus lurks near ghostly structures in Saturn's narrow F ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot 4 Aug 2017, 3:54 pm

On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on the Sun. This image shows a blended view of the. […]

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A Look Inside the Space Station's Experimental BEAM Module 3 Aug 2017, 5:24 pm

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik looks through the hatch of the International Space Station's Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on July 31, 2017. The BEAM is an experimental expandable module jus. […]

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Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru 2 Aug 2017, 2:11 pm

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Super Typhoon Noru on August 1, 2017, as the International Space Station passed overhead. He shared images of the massive storm on social media, writing, "Sup. […]

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August 1, 1971 - Second Apollo 15 Moonwalk 1 Aug 2017, 2:47 pm

This mini-panorama combines two photographs taken by Apollo 15 lunar module pilot Jim Irwin, from the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) site, at the end of the second Apollo 15 moonwalk. […]

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Sunrise Through the Solar Arrays 31 Jul 2017, 1:55 pm

On July 26, 2017, a member of the Expedition 52 crew aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of one of the 16 sunrises they experience every day, as the orbiting laboratory travels. […]

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Expedition 52 Soyuz Launches to the Space Station 28 Jul 2017, 8:06 pm

The Soyuz MS-05 rocket is launched with Expedition 52 flight engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, flight engineer Randy Bresnik of NASA, and flight engineer Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Ag. […]

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Haze on the Horizon 27 Jul 2017, 12:10 pm

This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon.

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Expedition 52 Soyuz Rollout 26 Jul 2017, 3:42 pm

The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The Expedition 52 crew is scheduled to l. […]

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Watching the Aurora From Orbit 25 Jul 2017, 2:49 pm

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA shared photos and time-lapse video of a glowing green aurora seen from his vantage point 250 miles up, aboard the International Space Station. This a. […]

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Hubble’s Hunting Dog Galaxy 24 Jul 2017, 2:52 pm

Tucked away in the small northern constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) is the galaxy NGC 4242.

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Enhanced Color Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars 21 Jul 2017, 12:37 pm

Toward the right side of this enhanced-color scene is a broad notch in the crest of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. Wheel tracks in that area were left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Op. […]

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Lunar Module at Tranquility Base 20 Jul 2017, 1:36 pm

This photograph of the Lunar Module at Tranquility Base was taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission, from the rim of Little West Crater on the lunar surface. Armstrong's shadow and the sh. […]

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July 14 Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection 19 Jul 2017, 2:50 pm

A medium-sized (M2) solar flare and a coronal mass ejection erupted from the same, large active region of the sun on July 14, 2017. The flare lasted almost two hours, quite a long duration. The coils. […]

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NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion Spacecraft 18 Jul 2017, 2:48 pm

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they’ll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on. […]

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NASA Langley and the Space Race 17 Jul 2017, 3:54 pm

Neil Armstrong trained for the Apollo 11 mission at NASA Langley's Lunar Landing Research Facility on equipment that cancelled all but one-sixth of Earth's gravitational force. Armstrong offered perha. […]

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Hubble Spots a Barred Lynx Spiral 14 Jul 2017, 2:01 pm

NGC 2500 is a particular kind of spiral galaxy known as a barred spiral, its wispy arms swirling out from a bright, elongated core.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (Enhanced Color) 13 Jul 2017, 12:27 pm

This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was created by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

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Looking Back: Aircraft Engineering Research Conference at Langley's Full Scale Tunnel, 1934 12 Jul 2017, 3:15 pm

This year, NASA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In Langley's early years of crafting flight, aviation pioneers flocked to the cente. […]

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Lakes and Rivers Have Ice, Too 11 Jul 2017, 3:38 pm

On May 29, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of ice covering the Amundsen Gulf, Great Bear Lake, and numerous small lakes. […]

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Dawn’s Early Light 10 Jul 2017, 2:25 pm

The light of a new day on Saturn illuminates the planet’s wavy cloud patterns and the smooth arcs of the vast rings.

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Winds Trigger Pond Growth 7 Jul 2017, 12:48 pm

Wind is a force to be reckoned with. It can stir up monsoons, carry dust thousands of miles, and sculpt rock into sinuous arches. But sometimes, the effects of wind go unnoticed for years, like when i. […]

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Vice President Mike Pence Visits Kennedy Space Center 6 Jul 2017, 9:07 pm

Vice President Mike Pence addresses NASA employees, Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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This Week in NASA History: Apollo AS-203 Launches -- July 5, 1966 5 Jul 2017, 1:30 pm

This week in 1966, the AS-203 rocket launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Apollo AS-203 mission was an uncrewed test of the vehicle’s second stage, the S-IVB stage, and the instrument un. […]

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Happy Fourth of July From the Space Station 4 Jul 2017, 5:10 pm

NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson celebrated the Fourth of July from over 250 miles above Earth on the International Space Station. Fischer shared this photo on social media and said, "We. […]

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Dragon Returns Space Station Science to Earth 3 Jul 2017, 5:00 pm

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer photographed the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it reentered Earth's atmosphere before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California at 8:12 a.m. EDT, July 3, 2017.. […]

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The ‘Face’ of Jupiter 30 Jun 2017, 11:49 am

JunoCam images aren’t just for art and science – sometimes they are processed to bring a chuckle.

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Starry Night and Aurora 29 Jun 2017, 2:17 pm

Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA photographed the glowing nighttime lights of an aurora from his vantage point in the International Space Station's cupola module on June 19, 2017. Pa. […]

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The Niagara Falls of Mars 28 Jun 2017, 10:19 am

Various researchers are often pre-occupied with the quest for flowing water on Mars.

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As the Sun Rises, NASA's Global Hawk is Being Prepared for Flight 27 Jun 2017, 12:38 pm

Hot summer days in Southern California’s Antelope Valley force many aircraft operations to start early in the morning before the sun rises. On a back ramp at Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwa. […]

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Saturnian Dawn 26 Jun 2017, 2:25 pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.

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Hubble Uses Gravitational Lens to Capture Disk Galaxy 23 Jun 2017, 3:01 pm

By combining the power of a "natural lens" in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery—the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spi. […]

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The White Cliffs of 'Rover' 22 Jun 2017, 3:38 pm

This image was acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on April 18, 2017, at 14:04 local Mars time. It reminded the HiRISE. […]

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Visualization of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse 21 Jun 2017, 2:05 pm

On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years,. […]

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Deployment of the Space Station's Roll Out Solar Array Experiment 20 Jun 2017, 3:46 pm

Over the weekend of June 17-18, engineers on the ground remotely operated the International Space Station's Canadarm2 to extract the Roll Out Solar Array experiment from the SpaceX Dragon resupply shi. […]

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Webb Telescope Set for Testing in Space Simulation Chamber 19 Jun 2017, 1:36 pm

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope will soon be moved into the chamber,. […]

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Jupiter’s Clouds of Many Colors 16 Jun 2017, 12:22 pm

NASA’s Juno spacecraft was racing away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass of the planet when JunoCam snapped this image on May 19, 2017, from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above. […]

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Northern Summer on Titan 15 Jun 2017, 12:59 pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft sees bright methane clouds drifting in the summer skies of Saturn's moon Titan, along with dark hydrocarbon lakes and seas clustered around the north pole.

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Celebrating Flag Day 14 Jun 2017, 7:52 pm

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer took this photograph of an American flag in one of the windows of the International Space Station's cupola, a dome-shaped module through which operations on the outside of. […]

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Illustration of Cool Dust Around an Active Black Hole 13 Jun 2017, 6:10 pm

This artist illustration shows the thick ring of dust that can obscure the energetic processes that occur near the supermassive black hole of an active galactic nuclei. Researchers have found that the. […]

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Turquoise Swirls in the Black Sea 12 Jun 2017, 3:55 pm

On May 29, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the data for this image of an ongoing phytoplankton bloom in the Black Sea. The image is. […]

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Pongal Catena on Ceres 9 Jun 2017, 3:48 pm

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the northeastern rim of Urvara Crater on Ceres.

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Watching a Volatile Stellar Relationship 8 Jun 2017, 10:55 am

In biology, “symbiosis” refers to two organisms that live close to and interact with one another. Astronomers have long studied a class of stars – called symbiotic stars – that co-exist in a s. […]

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NASA's 2017 Astronaut Candidates 7 Jun 2017, 4:27 pm

NASA's 2017 astronaut candidates take a group photo at Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Robb Kulin, Jessica Watkins, Lo. […]

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An Astronaut's View From the 'Corner Office' 6 Jun 2017, 3:13 pm

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer tweeted this photograph from the International Space Station on June 3, 2017, writing, "Never had a corner office with a view, but I must admit, I like it… a lot! #SpaceR. […]

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Mimas Dwarfed 5 Jun 2017, 4:59 pm

From high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes over the planet's north pole, with its intriguing hexagon and bullseye-like central vortex.

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SpaceX CRS-11 Cargo Mission Launch 3 Jun 2017, 10:35 pm

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

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A South Polar Pit or an Impact Crater? 2 Jun 2017, 11:32 am

This observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show it is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images.

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Eleventh SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission to Space Station Set for Launch 1 Jun 2017, 3:07 pm

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after being raised vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday,. […]

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NASA Breaking News

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

NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite 18 Aug 2017, 3:53 pm

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

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2017 Astronaut Candidates Available for Interviews Before Training 16 Aug 2017, 1:35 pm

NASA’s newest astronaut candidates, a diverse dozen women and men, will participate in media interviews and a final news conference before training on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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NASA Awards Contract for Infrastructure, Applications, Communications 15 Aug 2017, 8:00 pm

NASA has awarded the Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications and Communication (KIAC) contract to ASRC Federal Data Solutions, LLC of Beltsville, Maryland.

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NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of Research, Development Center 15 Aug 2017, 8:00 pm

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Communications Satellite 15 Aug 2017, 7:00 pm

NASA is targeting 8:03 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, for the launch of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) mission atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch, and related activities that begin Thursday, Aug. 17, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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NASA Signs Combined Data Services Agreement for Polar Satellite Program 14 Aug 2017, 8:08 pm

NASA has procured combined data support services under an agreement with the Norwegian Space Centre in Oslo, Norway, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program and various cooperative international missions. This action is supported under an international agreement between the United States and Norway.

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NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission 14 Aug 2017, 4:33 pm

Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today’s 12:31 p.m. EDT launch.

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NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse 11 Aug 2017, 8:34 pm

On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during the live four-hour broadcast Eclipse Across America: Thro

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NASA Awards Contract for Modification of Mobile Launcher 11 Aug 2017, 8:00 pm

NASA has awarded a contract to RS&H, Inc. of Merritt Island, Florida, for architectural engineering and design services for the modification of the mobile launcher at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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NASA Awards Acquisition, Business Support Services Contract 11 Aug 2017, 8:00 pm

NASA has awarded a contract to Paragon TEC, Inc. of Cleveland to provide acquisition and business support services at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

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