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Slim Crescent of Ice

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:25am
The low angle of sunlight along the slim crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
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CubeSats Deployed Outside Station's Kibo Lab Module

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:31am
A pair of CubeSats, with the Earth's limb in the background, moments after being ejected from a small satellite deployer outside of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module on Wednesday, May 16, 2017. Over a dozen CubeSats were ejected into Earth orbit this week to study Earth and space phenomena for the next one to two years.
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May 18, 1969 - Apollo 10 View of the Earth

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:14am
A view of Earth from 36,000 nautical miles away as photographed from the Apollo 10 spacecraft during its trans-lunar journey toward the moon. While the Yucatan Peninsula is obscured by clouds, nearly all of Mexico north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec can be clearly delineated.
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NASA's IceBridge Wraps Up 2017 Arctic Campaign With Southern Greenland Flight

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:38am
A fjord in southern Greenland, as seen during Operation IceBridge's last flight of the 2017 Arctic campaign, on May 12, 2017. This final full science flight, ICESat-2 South, was designed along the ground tracks of NASA’s upcoming ICESat-2, to fill in a gap in altimetry coverage of central southern Greenland.
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James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Prepared for Testing at Johnson Space Center

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:12am
The towering primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands inside a cleanroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it will undergo its last cryogenic test before it is launched into space in 2018. In preparation for testing, the “wings” of the mirror (which consist of the three segments on each side) were spread open.
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Short Shadow

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:25am
The projection of Saturn's shadow on the rings grows shorter as Saturn’s season advances toward northern summer.
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Rocket Blasts Off During 2017 Student Launch Challenge

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:32am
Nearly 50 student teams from middle and high schools, colleges and universities in 22 states demonstrated advanced rocketry and engineering skills in NASA's 2017 Student Launch challenge. Teams spent eight months building and testing rockets designed to fly to an altitude of one mile, deploy an automated parachute system, and safely land for reuse.
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NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer Prepares for Friday Spacewalk

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:48am
Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA is seen inside the International Space Station in his spacesuit during a fit check, in preparation for a spacewalk on Friday, May 12, 2017. This will be the 200th spacewalk at the station for assembly and maintenance, the ninth spacewalk for NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and the first for Fischer.
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New View of the Crab Nebula

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 1:18pm
This composite image of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the XMM-Newton Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
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NASA's P-3 Aircraft Flies Over Southeast Greenland

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:19am
The shadow of NASA's P-3 aircraft is seen over an iceberg on a May 8, 2017 flight supporting NASA's Operation IceBridge mission. IceBridge began its final week of Arctic Spring 2017 surveys with a glacier-packed mission in Greenland, called Southeast Glaciers 01.
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Hail the Hexagon

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:22am
Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream is the shining feature of almost every view of the north polar region of Saturn.
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Panorama with Active Linear Dune in Gale Crater, Mars

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 9:31am
This 360-degree mosaic from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover looks out over a portion of the Bagnold Dunes, which stretch for several miles.
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Illustration of an Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planet

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:04am
This illustration shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B. With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in "Star Wars" looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, we know that two-star systems can indeed support planets.
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North Pole of Enceladus

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:13am
In the north, Enceladus' surface appears to be about as old as any in the solar system. The south, however, is an entirely different story.
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NASA Marks Progress on Hardware for Orion's Second Flight with Space Launch System Rocket

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:25am
Machining for NASA's Orion spacecraft, scheduled to fly on the second integrated flight with agency's Space Launch System rocket, is well underway at Ingersoll Machine Tools in Rockford, Illinois. The new deep space spacecraft will take humans farther into the solar system than we have ever traveled before.
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Clouds ‘Roll’ Over Pacific Atolls

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:25am
Areas near the equator are frequently cloudy, obscuring the view of Earth’s surface from space. April 7, 2017, was no different. On that day, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of clouds over the Gilbert Islands.
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SLS Engine Section Test Article Loaded on Barge Pegasus

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:16am
A engine section structural qualification test article for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, is loaded onto the barge Pegasus at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The test article now will make its way from Michoud to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for structural loads testing.
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Cassini Captures Closest Images of Saturn's Atmosphere

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:01am
This unprocessed image shows features in Saturn's atmosphere from closer than ever before. The view was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its first Grand Finale dive past the planet on April 26, 2017.
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Cygnus Spacecraft Approaches Space Station in the Sunset

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:19am
On Saturday April 22, 2017, Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station. Using the station's robotic Canadarm2, Cygnus was successfully captured by Pesquet and Commander Peggy Whitson at 6:05 a.m. EDT Saturday morning.
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James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:14am
It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope’s 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to capture infrared light from the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.
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