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Small Satellite Demonstrates Possible Solution for 'Space Junk'

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:33pm
The International Space Station deployed this small satellite for the NanoRacks-Remove Debris investigation, designed to demonstrate an approach to reduce the risks presented by orbital debris or "space junk."
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First Light Data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 3:42pm
Just over a month into its mission, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. These early observations show that each of the instruments is working well.
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Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:38am
Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor examines her eye with a Funduscope.
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ICESat-2 Lifts Off to Study Earth's Changing Ice

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:44am
A Delta II rocket launches with NASA's ICESat-2 onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge'

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:47pm
A long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" in Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
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Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:06am
NASA completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to deep space.
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Staring Down Hurricane Florence

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 9:54am
Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space.
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Hurricane Florence Viewed from the Space Station

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 11:58am
Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.
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Bright Spots On Ceres

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:49am
Bright surface features on the dwarf planet Ceres known as faculae were first discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2015.
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'Snow Swamp' on Canada's Lowell Glacier

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:15am
Over a mere four days this summer, snow from the previous winter melted into a pond of slush a glaciologist called a “snow swamp.”
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Along the Way to Launch Pad 39B

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:56am
A truck sprays water to reduce the dust as NASA's crawler-transporter 2 with the mobile launcher atop moves slowly along, on its trek to Launch Pad 39B.
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Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:59am
Long, narrow clouds, known as ship tracks, stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean.
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Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:00am
The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it.
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Celebrating Guy Bluford's Historic First Flight

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:32am
Guy Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, launched into space on shuttle Challenger's STS-8 mission thirty-five years ago, on August 30, 1983.
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Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 2:51pm
An expedition that will help NASA search for life in deep space launched today – not with a rocket’s roar, but with a gentle splash into the deep Pacific Ocean. The project will use underwater robots to explore the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii that has similar conditions to what may exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
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Lights of Java

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:57am
Astronauts get to observe the Earth in all her beauty from aboard the International Space Station. A member of the Expedition 56 crew currently onboard the station took this nighttime image of Java, Indonesia's largest island.
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Time-lapse Sequence of Jupiter’s North

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:45am
Striking atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere are captured in this series of color-enhanced images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
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