These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights, that give a name to every fixed star, have no more profit of their shining nights than those that walk and know not what they are.

— William Shakespeare

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Raging Six-Day-Old Camp Fire Reaches 125,000 Acres in Size

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:08am
The six day old Camp Fire has already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire.
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Flooding Along the Nueces River

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:23pm
On Nov. 1, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a false-color view of flooding along the Nueces River in a series of storms that have delivered historic amounts of rain to central Texas.
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The Frozen Wild Dnieper River

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:25pm
Curling snow drifts are magnified by the terrain around the 1,400 mile Dnieper River, flowing from Russia to the Black Sea in this image from the International Space Station on Feb. 9th, 2017.
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Recovery of the Test Orion Capsule in the Pacific Ocean

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:39pm
On Nov. 1, 2018, the USS John P. Murtha recovered the test version of the Orion capsule at sunset in the Pacific Ocean. This is one in a series of tests that will verify and validate procedures and hardware that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean following deep space exploration missions.
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Earth Enveloped in Airglow

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:08pm
Earth Enveloped in Airglow
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Suwannee Blackwater River Meets the Sea

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:58pm
The Suwannee is known as a “blackwater river” because of its dark-brown waters laden with organic material.
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The International Space Station as of Oct. 4, 2018

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:00am
The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.
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Orion’s European Service Module to Arrive for First Mission

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:06am
The Airbus team poses with the European Service Module during preparations for shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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Happy Birthday, Michael Collins!

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 9:29am
Happy birthday, Michael Collins! Test pilot and NASA astronaut Michael Collins served as the pilot for Gemini X and as the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission, the first time humans set foot on another celestial body.
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A New View of Our Starry Night

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 7:00am
After nine years in deep space collecting data that revealed our night sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations.
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John Glenn Returns to Space on the STS-95 Mission

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 9:36am
Senator John Glenn during water survival training for the STS-95 mission at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. On Oct. 29, 1998, space shuttle Discovery launched with Senator Glenn aboard, as he returned to space for the first time since his 1962 flight.
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It’s Valley Fog Season

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:25pm
It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, which means many people living in mountainous areas are awakening to fog-filled valleys.
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Hubble Captures the Ghost of Cassiopeia

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 9:00am
The ghost of Cassieopeia's ethereal glow might remind people of apparitions such as those reported by paranormal investigators.
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Parker Solar Probe Looks Back at Earth

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:45pm
On Sept. 25, 2018, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of Earth as it sped toward the first Venus gravity assist of the mission. Earth is the bright, round object visible in the right side of this image.
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Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:13am
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cat's Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint. The nebula is a star-forming region in the Milky Way galaxy, located in the constellation Scorpius.
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Splashdown! Apollo 7 Returns Home

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:11am
On October 22, 1968, 50 years ago, the Apollo 7 crew splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Hubble Spies Glittering Star Cluster in Nearby Galaxy

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 8:56am
This glittering ball of stars is the globular cluster NGC 1898, which lies toward the center of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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Launching the Galileo Mission

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 9:59am
On Oct. 18, 1989, space shuttle Atlantis deployed NASA's Galileo spacecraft six hours, 30 minutes into the STS-34 mission. Galileo arrived at Jupiter in December, 1995 and spent eight years in orbit around the gas giant, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit an outer planet.
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Magnetic Fields May Be the Key to Black Hole Activity

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 9:37am
This artist’s conception of the core of Cygnus A shows the dusty donut-shaped surroundings, called a torus, and jets launching from its center.
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