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Science From the Moon’s Shadow

11 hours 57 min ago
The Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse was rare in its long, uninterrupted path over land, which provided scientists with a rare chance to investigate the Sun and its influence on Earth in ways that aren’t usually possible. On Dec. 11, researchers discussed initial findings based on observations gathered during the eclipse.
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Retrospective: Moon

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:12am
This false-color image is composed of 15 images taken through three color filters by NASA's Galileo spacecraft as it passed through the Earth-Moon system on Dec. 8, 1992.
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NASA's Science Aircraft Flies Over Thomas Fire in California

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:14am
During an engineering flight test of the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument, a view from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s ER-2 aircraft shows smoke plumes, from roughly 65,000 feet, produced by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, around 1 p.m. PST on Dec. 5th, 2017.
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Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft at Sunrise

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:22pm
NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft at sunrise, prior to its departure from the International Space Station at 8:11 a.m., Dec. 6, 2017. Expedition 53 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA gave the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm the command to release Cygnus.
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Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:09am
Frigid air blowing from Eastern Russia created dramatic cloud formations over the Sea of Okhotsk in late November, 2017. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the stunning scene on November 25.
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Space Station Transits the Moon

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 9:42am
The International Space Station is seen in silhouette as it transits the Moon at roughly five miles per second, Dec. 2, 2017, in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania. Onboard are NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Ryanzansky; and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
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Hubble Sees Galaxy Cluster Warping Space and Time

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:04am
The Hubble Space Telescope peers into the distant universe to reveal a galaxy cluster called Abell 2537.
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Space Station in the Sky Over Washington D.C.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:37am
The International Space Station is seen in this twenty-second exposure as it flies over the Washington National Cathedral, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Onboard are: NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Ryanzansky; and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
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A Proving Ground in Space

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:26am
Dellingr is a shoebox-sized spacecraft built to show that CubeSat platforms could be cost-effective, reliable and capable of gathering highly robust science.
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Alpha and Omega

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 9:44am
These two images illustrate just how far Cassini traveled to get to Saturn.
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Star Wanders Too Close to a Black Hole

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 11:07am
This artist's rendering shows the tidal disruption event named ASASSN-14li, where a star wandering too close to a 3-million-solar-mass black hole was torn apart. The debris gathered into an accretion disk around the black hole.
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The Beauty of Ice

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:42am
Ice can be stunningly beautiful and also quite varied in its appearance.
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Tending Your Garden ... In Space

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:46am
If you plant it, will it grow (in space)? The answer is yes, at least for certain types of plants.
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Behold! Observing the Sun

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:07am
A broad hole in the corona was the Sun's dominant feature November 7-9, 2017.
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Jovian Tempest

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:39am
This color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
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Sunrise Flight to the Space Station

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:56am
Orbital ATK's Cygnus resupply ship with its cymbal-ike UltraFlex solar arrays approaches the International Space Station on Nov. 14, 2017.
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How to See the Atmosphere

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:04pm
How can you see the atmosphere? The answer is blowing in the wind.
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Mariner 9 Sees Shield Volcano on Mars

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:15pm
On November 14, 1971, Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to orbit the Red Planet, took this image of a shield volcano on Mars.
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