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The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

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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Orion Parachutes Measure Up in High Pressure Test 14 Sep 2017, 4:09 pm

Orion’s three main orange and white parachutes help a representative model of the spacecraft descend through sky above Arizona, where NASA engineers tested the parachute system on Sept. 13, 2017, at. […]

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Dreamy Swirls on Saturn 13 Sep 2017, 12:22 pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy subtle, multi-hued bands in the clouds there.

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Expedition 53 Launches to the International Space Station 13 Sep 2017, 2:16 am

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft launches with Expedition 53 crewmembers Joe Acaba of NASA, Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Wednesday,. […]

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Expedition 53 Crew Waves Farewell 12 Sep 2017, 7:42 pm

Expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA, top, flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA, and Soyuz Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, bottom, wave farewell before boarding their Soyuz MS-. […]

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So Far from Home 11 Sep 2017, 2:25 pm

With this view, Cassini captured one of its last looks at Saturn and its main rings from a distance.

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Geocolor Image of Hurricane Irma 8 Sep 2017, 6:24 pm

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT, Sept. 8, 2017. Created by NOAA's partners at the Cooperative Institute. […]

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Staggering Structure 7 Sep 2017, 1:31 pm

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows a wave structure in Saturn's rings known as the Janus 2:1 spiral density wave.

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Expedition 53 Qualification Exams 6 Sep 2017, 2:48 pm

Expedition 53 crew members: Joe Acaba of NASA, left, Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, center, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA answer questions from the press outside the Soyuz simulator ahead of their Soyu. […]

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Prospecting from Orbit 5 Sep 2017, 7:34 pm

The combination of morphological and topographic information from stereo images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Voyager 1 Launches Aboard Titan III/Centaur 5 Sep 2017, 3:53 pm

The Voyager 1 aboard the Titan III/Centaur lifted off on September 5, 1977, joining its sister spacecraft, the Voyager 2, on a mission to the outer planets.

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Hubble's Megamaser Galaxy 1 Sep 2017, 1:56 pm

MCG+01-38-005 (below) is a special kind of megamaser; the galaxy’s active galactic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, stimulating clouds of surrounding water.

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NASA Concludes Summer of Testing with Fifth Flight Controller Hot Fire 31 Aug 2017, 12:22 pm

NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing Aug. 30 for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being built to carry astrona. […]

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NASA's IceBridge Surveys Glaciers in Northeast Greenland 30 Aug 2017, 4:44 pm

NASA's Operation IceBridge is flying its summer Arctic land ice campaign in Greenland, continuing its measurements of the Greenland Ice Sheet and its outlet glaciers. This photograph from the mission. […]

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Aug. 29, 1965 - Gemini V Crew Returns to Earth 29 Aug 2017, 4:55 pm

Gemini V command pilot Gordon Cooper (right) and Charles "Pete" Conrad, pilot, walk across the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain following their spacecraft's recovery from the ocean on A. […]

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Supersonic Flight Campaign Continues at Kennedy Space Center 28 Aug 2017, 2:22 pm

A NASA F-18 jet takes off from the agency's Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 23, 2017. The F-18 jets fly at supersonic speeds while agency researchers measure. […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Seen From the Cupola of the International Space Station 25 Aug 2017, 9:05 pm

On August 25, 2017, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer photographed Hurricane Harvey from the cupola module aboard the International Space Station as it intensified on its way toward the Texas coast. The Exp. […]

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A World of Snowy Dunes on Mars 24 Aug 2017, 2:36 pm

It was spring in the Northern hemisphere when this image was taken on May 21, 2017, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Over the winter, snow and ice have inexorably covered th. […]

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The Eclipse 2017 Umbra Viewed from Space 23 Aug 2017, 12:21 pm

As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space. The space station crossed. […]

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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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Saturn-lit Tethys 21 Aug 2017, 2:22 pm

Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.

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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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NASA Breaking News

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

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event 16 Oct 2017, 1:36 pm

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

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Facebook Live with Astronauts Kicks Off Year of Education on Space Station 12 Oct 2017, 11:15 pm

The first major event for the Year of Education on Station (YES) will be hosted by NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli on a special Facebook Live broadcast from the International Space Station.

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NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike 12 Oct 2017, 6:26 pm

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.

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NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results 10 Oct 2017, 5:49 pm

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The research is based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and other satellites.

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NASA TV to Broadcast Hispanic Heritage Event 10 Oct 2017, 5:03 pm

NASA will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency’s headquarters in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to NASA’s mission and the importance of Hispanic representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

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NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking 10 Oct 2017, 1:10 pm

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 5:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12.

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Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 Satellite 6 Oct 2017, 6:58 pm

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, which will help increase weather forecast accuracy from three to seven days out, is scheduled to launch on Friday, Nov. 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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NASA Offers Access to Cygnus Spacecraft Ahead of Next Space Station Mission 6 Oct 2017, 6:27 pm

Media are invited to view and photograph Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft, packed with cargo and scientific experiments for its upcoming flight to the International Space Station, at 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 18, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

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NASA Statement on National Space Council Policy for Future American Leadership in Space 5 Oct 2017, 3:08 pm

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot about the results from the first meeting of the National Space Council on Thursday:

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Michigan Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station 4 Oct 2017, 10:05 pm

Students at St. Mary Cathedral School in Gaylord, Michigan, will speak with NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 6.

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