Oh, would it not be absurd if there was no objective state?
What if the unobserved always waits, insubstantial,
till our eyes give it shape?

— Peter Hammill

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President Kennedy Awards Alan Shepard NASA's Distinguished Service Medal

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 8:03am
A U.S. Marine helicopter recovery team hoists astronaut Alan Shepard from his Mercury spacecraft after a successful flight and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Alan Shepard Completes His Mission

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 4:15am
On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard piloted his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule in a 15-minute suborbital flight, becoming America's first astronaut. In this image, he is shown being hoisted aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter after splashdown. The flight carried him to an altitude of 116 statute miles.
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Discovering Circumbinary Star Systems

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 7:31am
When the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, it featured the now-iconic two-sun, “circumbinary” planet Tatooine.
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Perseverance Mars Rover Mission Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Operations Lead Swati Mohan

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 9:43am
Swati Mohan is currently the Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Operations Lead, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Hubble Views a Dazzling Cosmic Necklace

Fri, 04/30/2021 - 9:00am
The interaction of two doomed stars has created this spectacular ring adorned with bright clumps of gas ­– a diamond necklace of cosmic proportions.
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Space Launch System Core Stage Arrives at the Kennedy Space Center

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:35am
After its journey from NASA’s Stennis Space Center aboard the Pegasus barge, the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center on April 27, 2021.
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Constant Gardening on the Space Station

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 8:27am
Astronauts on the space station recently enjoyed a fresh supply of leafy greens, thanks in large part to the efforts of astronaut Michael Hopkins.
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A View of SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Approaching the Station

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 8:41am
This image from April 24, 2021, shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour as it approached the International Space Station.
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How Stars Explode

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 8:27am
Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova.
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SpaceX Crew-2 Launch

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 7:52am
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is seen to the right of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington as it is launches the Crew-2 mission.
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There's No Place Like Home

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 8:24pm
​Sunset at Gobabeb, Namibia.
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The Places We Call Home

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 7:15am
In this image that astronaut Scott Kelly posted to Twitter on Aug. 9, 2015 during his #YearInSpace captures all the the places humans dwell.
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SpaceX Crew-2 Dress Rehearsal

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 8:41am
Crew-2 are seen as they prepare to depart for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
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Almost Every Galaxy Has One – A Black Hole, That Is

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 9:06am
Spectacular jets are powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A.
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Tokyo at Night

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 8:46am
The night lights of Tokyo, Japan, are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above the island nation.
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Sometimes Black Holes Are Prettier in Pink

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 8:28am
This image, taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in 2012, shows an extraordinary outburst from a black hole.
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Photographing a Black Hole

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 7:57am
In April 2019, ablack hole and its shadow were captured in an image for the first time.
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STS-1 Takes Flight

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 7:33am
When space shuttle Columbia took to the skies, a new era of spaceflight took wing.
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Celebrating Mary W. Jackson's 100th Birthday

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 7:56am
Mary W. Jackson (second from left) seen in 1984 Student Symposium at Langley Research Center.
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Blue Dunes on the Red Planet

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 8:34am
A sea of dark dunes, sculpted by the wind into long lines, surrounds Mars' northern polar cap and covers an area as big as Texas.
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