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Astronaut Nicole Mann Trains in T-38

Wed, 10/05/2022 - 10:32am
Astronaut Nicole Mann sits inside a T-38 trainer jet at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas in this image from Nov. 15, 2018.
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Staring Into the Hurricane's Eye

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 9:49am
On September 28, the Landsat 8 satellite passed directly over Ian’s eye as the storm approached southwest Florida. The natural-color image above was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) at 11:57 a.m. local time (15:57 Universal Time), three hours before the storm made landfall in Caya Costa.
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DART’s Penultimate View

Mon, 10/03/2022 - 11:31am
This is the last complete image of the asteroid Dimorphos, as seen by our Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) 2 seconds before impact.
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Neptune Shows Off Its Rings in Near-Infrared Light

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 11:37am
On Sept. 21, 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope delivered the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in more than 30 years.
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Ellen Ochoa Suits Up

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:52am
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-110 flight engineer, wears a launch and entry suit as part of water survival training in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in 2001.
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DART Team Celebrates Successful Collision

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 12:09pm
In this image from Sept. 26, 2022, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) team, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, and guests at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory cheer as they receive confirmation of DART’s collision with Dimorphos.
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Golden DART’s Galactic Unboxing

Mon, 09/26/2022 - 11:21am
Technicians prepare to move NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft from a shipping container onto a work stand inside the Astrotech Space Operations Facility at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California in this image from Oct. 4, 2021.
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John W. Young’s Lunar Salute

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 10:22am
Astronaut John W. Young, commander of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, leaps from the lunar surface as he salutes the United States flag at the Descartes landing site during the first Apollo 16 spacewalk.
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Endeavour Gets a Piggyback Ride

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:57am
Our Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferries the Space Shuttle Endeavour over the Johnson Space Center in Houston in this Sept. 20, 2012, image.
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Frank Rubio Trains for Spacewalk

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 2:05pm
In this March 7, 2022, image, astronaut Frank Rubio gets help putting on a spacesuit at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to train for spacewalks.
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A Stormy Stellar Nursery

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:37am
This cloudy, turbulent scene shows a stellar nursery within the Large Magellanic Cloud known as N159.
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Michael E. López-Alegría Poses During Spacewalk

Thu, 09/15/2022 - 10:34am
Astronaut Michael E. López-Alegría, mission specialist, is photographed in this close-up view during one of the STS-92 sessions of extravehicular activity on Oct. 18, 2000.
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A Bird's-Eye View of the Vehicle Assembly Base

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 9:25am
A little blue heron is seen in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building as preparations for launch continue, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Hubble Studies a Spectacular Spiral

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 8:00am
The galaxy NGC 1961 unfurls its gorgeous spiral arms in this newly released image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
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Snowcapped Mountains in Western China

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 11:56am
The International Space Station captured a portion of the Tanggula Mountains near Hala Lake from 260 miles above the Earth on Sept. 5th, 2022.
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Setting the Clock on a Stellar Explosion

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 10:18am
A new image of SNR 0519-69.0 shows the debris of a star that exploded several hundred years ago in Earth’s timeframe.
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Reflecting on President Kennedy's Moonshot Speech

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 10:10am
On Sept. 12, 1962, President Kennedy speaks before a crowd of 35,000 people at Rice University in Houston.
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Mediterranean Cities Light Up the Night

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 11:18am
This nighttime photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited 261 miles above looks across the Mediterranean Sea from north Africa to southern Europe.
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