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Expedition 50 Spacewalks Prepare Station for Arrival of Commercial Crew Spacecraft

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:06am
Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA is seen floating outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk. Pesquet and Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA conducted the six-hour-and-34-minute spacewalk on March 24, 2017. A second spacewalk, by Kimbrough and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, is scheduled for Thursday, March 30.
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Dark Spot and Jovian ‘Galaxy’

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 8:15am
This enhanced-color image of a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter seems to reveal a Jovian “galaxy” of swirling storms.
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Hubble Spots Two Interacting Galaxies Defying Cosmic Convention

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 9:42am
Hubble spots two interacting galaxies some 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.
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Dr. Ellen Ochoa on the Flight Deck of Shuttle Atlantis

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:50pm
On April 15, 2002, STS-110 Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa works at the Remote Manipulator System controls on the aft flight deck of space shuttle Atlantis. Dr. Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, is currently the 11th director of Johnson Space Center. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the STS-56 mission.
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Space Station View of Mount Etna Erupting

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:13am
The Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station had a nighttime view from orbit of Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupting on March 19, 2017. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA captured this image, writing, "Mount Etna, in Sicily. The volcano is currently erupting and the molten ava is visible from space, at night!"
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Photographer Carla Thomas on a Supersonic Flight

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:44am
“Armstrong Flight Research Center chief pilot Nils Larson and I were flying supersonic runs to note the handling qualities between the single seat and two seat F/A-18 aircraft for the Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT program," said Carla Thomas, one of NASA's two female in-flight photographers.
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Mackenzie River in Canada's Northwest Territories

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:30am
This view, acquired on Nov. 7, 2016, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, shows a portion of Canada's Mackenzie River Delta and the town of Inuvik, home to more than 3,000 people. A frozen highway -- 194 kilometers (120 miles) long -- runs between the remote outposts of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk along the river’s East Channel.
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Dublin at Night

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:16am
Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA shared this nighttime image of Dublin on March 17, 2017, writing, "Happy #StPatricksDay Spectacular #Dublin, Ireland captured by @thom_astro from @Space_Station. Enjoy the #StPatricksFest Parade down there!"
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Annie Easley, Computer Scientist and Mathematician

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:54am
Annie Easley at NASA Glenn Research Center. In 1955, Easley began her career at NASA, then the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), as a human computer performing complex mathematical calculations.
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NASA's Webb Telescope Ghostly 'Lights Out' Inspection

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 9:48am
The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive golden mirrors look like ghostly wraiths in this image as they conduct a "lights out inspection" in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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Traffic-free and Sky-high

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:52am
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of cloud streets over the Barents Sea and Mezhdusharsky Island on March 7, 2017. Such formations occur frequently in the region in late winter.
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The Big One

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:19am
Mimas' gigantic crater Herschel lies near the moon's limb in this Cassini view.
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Hubble Homes In on a Hypergiant's Home

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:20am
The super star cluster Westerlund 1, only 15,000 light-years away in our Milky Way neighborhood, hosts one of the largest stars ever discovered.
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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Parachutes Tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:49am
Engineers Successfully Test the Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground
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Women Scientists at NASA in January 1959

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:34pm
January 1959. Women Scientists Lucille Coltrane, Jean Clark Keating, Katherine Cullie Speegle, Doris 'Dot' Lee, Ruth Whitman, and Emily Stephens Mueller.
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A Mass of Viscous Flow Features

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 6:49am
Viscous, lobate flow features are commonly found at the bases of slopes in the mid-latitudes of Mars, and are often associated with gullies.
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Technicians Secure the Protective Covering Around Cygnus

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:38pm
In the Space Station Processing Facility high bay at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orbital ATK Cygnus pressurized cargo module is secured the KAMAG transporter and the crane has been removed.
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Hubble Showcases a Remarkable Galactic Hybrid

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:04am
UGC 12591's classification straddles somewhere between a lenticular and a spiral galaxy. It lies just under 400 million light-years from us in the Pisces–Perseus Supercluster.
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Pearl Young at Langley's Flight Instrumentation Facility, March 1929

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 4:22pm
In this March 29, 1929 photograph, Pearl I. Young is working in the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory's Flight Instrumentation Facility (Building 1202). Young was the first woman hired as a technical employee, a physicist at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and the second female physicist working for the federal government.
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