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  • Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea

    Flying over the Philippine Sea, an astronaut looked toward the horizon from the International Space Station and shot this photograph of three-dimensional clouds, the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere, and the blackness of space. The late afternoon sunlight brightens a broad swath of the sea surface on the right side of the image.
    11-16-2016, 3:04 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • November 15, 1966: Gemini XII Crew Returns to Earth

    Following the Gemini XII splashdown on Nov. 15, 1966, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, left, and Jim Lovell are welcomed aboard the recovery aircraft carrier, USS Wasp, concluding their four-day mission. Gemini XII was the final flight of the Gemini program, a bridge between the Mercury and Apollo programs.
    11-15-2016, 3:00 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Updates 2017 International Space Station Crew Assignments

    NASA and its international partners have updated the assignments for several crew rotations to the International Space Station in 2017. The changes reflect a switch in assignments for some NASA astronauts, as well as a reduction in the number of Russian cosmonauts on some missions.
    11-15-2016, 2:00 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • NASA Awards Contract for Atmospheric Science, Data Assimilation Support

    NASA has awarded the Support for Atmospheres, Modeling, and Data Assimilation (SAMDA) contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Lanham, Maryland. This contract will support the atmospheric science and data assimilation research conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
    11-14-2016, 8:04 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • Supermoon and Expedition 50 Soyuz

    The moon, or supermoon, is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station at 3:20 p.m. EST Nov. 17.
    11-14-2016, 2:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Awards Contract for Flight Operations Support

    NASA has awarded contracts to nine companies to provide specialized engineering, aeronautics, and manufacturing support for Flight Operations Directorate work, facilities, and aircraft at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
    11-10-2016, 9:00 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • Next Space Station Crew Set for Launch Nov. 17, Watch Live on NASA TV

    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will launch Thursday, Nov. 17, for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.
    11-10-2016, 4:01 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • Getting to Know the Getz Ice Shelf

    As scientists and crew with NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission prepared for a research flight on Nov. 5, 2016, the weather in Punta Arenas, Chile, was cold, wet, and windy. But when they reached their survey site in West Antarctica, skies were clear and winds were calm—a perfect day for scientists to collect data over the Getz Ice Shelf.
    11-10-2016, 2:01 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Wind Carved Rock on Mars

    The distinctively fluted surface and elongated hills in this image in Medusae Fossae are caused by wind erosion of a soft fine-grained rock. Called yardangs, these features are aligned with the prevailing wind direction. This wind direction would have dominated for a very long time to carve these large-scale features into the exposed rock.
    11-09-2016, 4:00 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Election Day 2016

    Thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislators that put in place technical voting procedure for astronauts, they have the ability to vote from space through specially designed absentee ballots. To preserve the integrity of the secret vote, the ballot is encrypted and only accessible by the astronaut and the county clerk responsible for casting it.
    11-08-2016, 4:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Small Satellites Set to Take a Fresh Look at Earth

    Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet.
    11-07-2016, 6:01 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • Ring Details on Display

    This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings.
    11-07-2016, 3:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Hubble Takes Flight with the Toucan and the Cluster

    NGC 299 is an open star cluster located within the Small Magellanic Cloud just under 200,000 light-years away.
    11-04-2016, 4:05 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Announces Media Briefing on New Hurricane Mission

    NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 10, to discuss the upcoming Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission, a constellation of eight microsatellites that will gather never-before-seen details on the formation and intensity of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.
    11-03-2016, 11:00 AM by NASA Breaking News
  • Orion Crew Module Underway Recovery Testing

    U.S. Navy divers and other personnel in a rigid hull Zodiac boat have attached tether lines to a test version of the Orion crew module during Underway Recovery Test 5 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. NASA and the U.S. Navy are conducting a series of tests to practice for recovery of Orion on its return from deep space missions.
    11-03-2016, 4:05 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • James Webb Space Telescope Mirrors Will Piece Together Cosmic Puzzles

    The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope that consists of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The telescope will help piece together puzzles scientists have been trying to solve throughout the cosmos.
    11-02-2016, 2:03 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Prototype Capture System, Mock Asteroid Help Simulate Mission Sequence

    A prototype of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) robotic capture module system is tested with a mock asteroid boulder in its clutches at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The robotic portion of ARM is targeted for launch in 2021.
    11-01-2016, 2:01 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Rains of Terror on Exoplanet HD 189733b

    This Halloween, take a tour with NASA's Exoplanet Exploration site of some of the most terrifying destinations in our galaxy. The nightmare world of HD 189733 b is the killer you never see coming. To the human eye, this far-off planet looks bright blue. But any space traveler confusing it with the friendly skies of Earth would be badly mistaken.
    10-31-2016, 7:01 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Expedition 49 Soyuz Spacecraft Landing

    The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 49 crew members NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 (Kazakh time).
    10-29-2016, 7:00 PM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Prepares For the Journey Home

    NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is pictured inside of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft while conducting routine spacesuit checks. The Expedition 49 trio of Rubins, JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin are scheduled to undock their Soyuz on Saturday, Oct. 29, and land at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
    10-28-2016, 4:04 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Prepares For the Journey Home

    NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is pictured inside of the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft while conducting routine spacesuit checks. The Expedition 49 trio of Rubins, JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin are scheduled to undock their Soyuz on Saturday, Oct. 29, and land at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
    10-28-2016, 4:04 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • First Pass of Echo 1 Satellite Over the Goldstone Tracking Station

    This photograph shows the first pass of Echo 1, America’s first communications satellite, over the Goldstone Tracking Station managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 1960. The movement of the antenna, star trails, and Echo 1 (the long streak in the middle) are visible in this image.
    10-27-2016, 6:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • First Pass of Echo 1 Satellite Over the Goldstone Tracking Station

    This photograph shows the first pass of Echo 1, America’s first communications satellite, over the Goldstone Tracking Station managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 1960. The movement of the antenna, star trails, and Echo 1 (the long streak in the middle) are visible in this image.
    10-27-2016, 6:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Paw Paw Bends

    The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of the Potomac River and canal on September 27, 2016. The image shows the stretch between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland—about 97 kilometers (60 miles) if you were to hike or bike along the towpath between these two towns. West Virginia is south of the river.
    10-26-2016, 7:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day
  • Paw Paw Bends

    The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of the Potomac River and canal on September 27, 2016. The image shows the stretch between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland—about 97 kilometers (60 miles) if you were to hike or bike along the towpath between these two towns. West Virginia is south of the river.
    10-26-2016, 7:02 AM by NASA Image of the Day

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