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Glory of the Heavens

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:12
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.

Saturn-lit Tethys

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:22
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.

Atlas V Rocket and TDRS-M

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:04
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 off of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-M.

Jupiter: A New Point of View

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:54
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.

Space Station Flight Over the Bahamas

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:43
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 stunning Bahamas were a real treat for us. The vivid turquoise of the water over the reef was absolutely captivating."

Spiraling Cloud Patterns Over Guadalupe Island

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:47
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 lee side of Guadalupe Island. The volcanic island rises from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.

SpaceX CRS-12 Cargo Mission Launch

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:17
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.

Highlighting Titan's Hazes

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:20
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.

Hubble Displays a Dwarf Spiral Galaxy

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:21
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.

A Starburst with the Prospect of Gravitational Waves

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:30
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.

Solar Evaporation Ponds Near Moab, Utah

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 15:19
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 of a large operation to mine potassium chloride—more commonly referred to as muriate of potash (MOP)—from ore buried underground.

Moon Rise From the Space Station

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:16
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, "Gorgeous moon rise! Such great detail when seen from space. Next full moon marks #Eclipse2017. We’ll be watching from @Space_Station."

Prometheus and the Ghostly F Ring

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:24
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.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:54
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 sunspot in visible and extreme ultraviolet light, revealing bright coils arcing over the active region — particles spiraling along magnetic field lines.

A Look Inside the Space Station's Experimental BEAM Module

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 13:24
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 just over halfway into its planned two-year demonstration on the space station.

Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:11
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, "Super Typhoon #Noru, amazing the size of this weather phenomenon, you can almost sense its power from 250 miles above."

August 1, 1971 - Second Apollo 15 Moonwalk

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 10:47
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 on August 1, 1971. Apollo 15 was the fourth crewed mission to land on the Moon.

Sunrise Through the Solar Arrays

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:55
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 around Earth. One of the solar panels that provides power to the station is seen in the upper left.

Expedition 52 Soyuz Launches to the Space Station

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 16:06
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 Agency), Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Haze on the Horizon

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 08:10
This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn's sunlit horizon.