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Soyuz MS-16 Spacecraft Docked to the Space Station

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 9:03am
Pictured is the Soyuz MS-16 crew ship, currently docked to the International Space Station's Poisk module.
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Hubble Shoots the Moon

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 9:37am
This image from 1991 shows Earth's Moon, with its dark basaltic mare, clearly visible in great detail.
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NASA Has Eyes on the Universe

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 9:37am
Humanity has "eyes" that can detect all different types of light through telescopes around the globe and a fleet of observatories in space.
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Cyclones of Color at Jupiter’s North Pole

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:08am
Cyclones at the north pole of Jupiter appear as swirls of striking colors in this extreme false color rendering of an image from NASA’s Juno mission.
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Ellen Ochoa Shakes Hands with First Humanoid Robot to Head to Station

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 9:20am
Then-NASA Johnson Space Center deputy director Ellen Ochoa poses for a photo with Robonaut 2 (R2) during media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility on Aug. 4, 2010.
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Moon Shadow Over Jupiter

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 9:56am
Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
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Franklin Chang-Diaz Performs a Spacewalk on the STS-111 Mission

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 8:58am
In this mage from June 2002, astronaut Franklin R. Chang-Diaz works with a grapple fixture during a spacewalk to perform work on the International Space Station.
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A New View of Jupiter's Storms

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 2:14pm
A unique and exciting detail of Hubble’s snapshot appears at mid-northern latitudes as a bright, white, stretched-out storm traveling around the planet at 350 miles per hour.
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NASA Image Shows Fires, Hurricanes Across the U.S.

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 2:30pm
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the United States on Sep. 15, 2020, showing the fires in the West, the smoke from those fires drifting over the country, several hurricanes converging from different angles.
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Frank Rubio: From Pilot to Doctor to Astronaut

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:46am
Dr. Frank Rubio was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment.
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She's Back: Kate Rubins Set to Return to Space Station

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 8:41am
During her first mission to space and to the International Space Station, Kate Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space.
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Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 7:30am
Globular cluster NGC 1805, a tight grouping of thousands of stars is, located near the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. In the dense center of one of these clusters, stars are 100 to 1,000 times closer together than the nearest stars are to our Sun.
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Be a NASA Flight Director

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 9:12am
Not every flight director is a legend, but some are. Take Eugene Kranz, for example.
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California's Creek Fire at Night

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 8:42am
This NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite image from Sept. 7, 2020, shows the night band image of the Creek Fire at night as well as the smoke from the fire causing lights at night to diffuse or "bloom."
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Star Trek and NASA: 54 Years and Counting

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 8:07am
Star Trek debuted 54 years ago on Sept. 8, 1966.
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Completing the Roman Telescope's Primary Mirror

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 12:57am
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s primary mirror, which will collect and focus light from cosmic objects near and far, has been completed.
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Booster Test for Future Space Launch System Flights

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 8:00pm
The first solid rocket booster test for Space Launch System (SLS) missions beyond Artemis III seen here during a two-minute hot fire test, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the T-97 Northrop Grumman test facility in Promontory, Utah.
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Mars's Twin Peaks

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 8:57am
NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the Red Planet on July 4, 1997. It's tiny rover, named Sojourner after abolitionist Sojourner Truth, spent 83 days of a planned seven-day mission exploring the Martian terrain.
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Skylab Commander Jerry Carr Trains for His Mission

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 9:48am
Carr passed away on Aug. 26, 2020. “NASA and the nation have lost a pioneer of long duration spaceflight," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Read the statement.
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