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Robert Lawrence: America's First African-American Astronaut

On June 30, 1967, the U.S. Air Force selcted Maj. Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Authorized in August 1965, a program which envisioned a series of mini-space stations in low polar Earth orbit.

Orion’s Powerhouse

A technician works on the European Service Module that will propel the Orion spacecraft in space and provide air, water and electricity for future crews.

Destination: History

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn made history by becoming the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the place we call home--planet Earth.

Jupiter’s Swirling Cloud Formations

See swirling cloud formations in the northern area of Jupiter's north temperate belt in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Clyde Foster

In June 1975, Marshall management named Clyde Foster to the position of director of the Equal Opportunity Office where he directed and administered a comprehensive program to assure equal opportunity in the conduct of all operations undertaken by the Center a

An Icy Heart

Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest running survey of the state of polar ice, shattered records in 2017.

Preparing for Space

In this image from 2009, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is attired in a training version of her shuttle launch and entry suit.

The State of NASA

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot discusses the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal during a State of NASA address Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

A View of the Winter Olympics From Above

Since the Winter Olympics were first held in 1924, they only have been hosted twice in Asia, both times in Japan. This year the games will find a new home in South Korea, in the northeastern cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung, visible in this natural-color i

Splitting Slope Streaks

This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows streaks forming on slopes when dust cascades downhill.

Columbus: Celebrating 10 Years of Science on Station

The European Space Agency's Columbus module celebrates 10 years of science on the International Space Station.

December 2006: Constructing the Space Station

NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam works on the International Space Station's S1 truss during the space shuttle Discovery's STS-116 mission in Dec. 2006.

A Lunar Tribute to Former NASA Chief Exploration Scientist

Lunar crater is named after former NASA chief exploration scientist.

Eroded Layers in Shalbatana Valles

Layers, probably sedimentary in origin, have undergone extensive erosion in this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of Shalbatana Valles, a prominent channel that cuts through Xanthe Terra.

Saying Goodnight

Astronaut Mark Vande Hei took this image of the eastern U.S. and Canada at night, writing, «Good night from @Space_Station. DC, NY, Toronto, Cleveland, and surrounding areas!»

International Space Station Transits the Full Moon

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.

Helping to Create the Future of Space Travel

Dr. Lonnie Reid had a long and storied career at NASA's Glenn Research Center. His expertise in the internal flow of advance aerospace propulsion systems was nationally recognized and he was influential in recruiting and mentoring the next generation of scien

Observations From -369.7 Degrees Fahrenheit

Taken from inside Chamber A at the Johnson Space Center in September 2017, this image shows the James Webb Space Telescope as it was undergoing cryogenic testing and the temperature was approximately -369.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Signs of Ships in the Clouds

Ships churning through the Atlantic Ocean produced this patchwork of bright, criss-crossing cloud trails off the coast of Portugal and Spain.

Jupiter’s Swirling South Pole

This image of Jupiter’s swirling south polar region was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it neared completion of its tenth close flyby of the gas giant planet.

Even in the Desert

For the second time in three years, snow has accumulated in the desert near the northern Algerian town of Aïn Séfra.

Jupiter’s Colorful Cloud Belts

Colorful swirling cloud belts dominate Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in this image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Now This: The Apollo 11 Crew

On Jan. 9, 1969, NASA announced the prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. This portrait was taken on Jan. 10, the day after the announcement of the crew assignment. From left to right are lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, commander Neil Armstrong;

New Day

Sunrise as seen from the International Space Station.

Veil of Ice

Saturn’s rings, made of countless icy particles, form a translucent veil in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Winter Storm Pummels the East Coast

Millions of people along the East Coast of the United States faced snow and ice, gusty winds, power outages, travel delays, school closings, and flooding as a rapidly-intensifying Nor’easter plowed northward during the first week of 2018.

From the Earth, Moon and Beyond

THE OSIRIS-REx mission will map and return samples from asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich hunk of rock that might contain organic materials or molecular precursors to life. OSIRIS-Rex is expected to reach Bennu in August, 2018.

Under the Midnight Sun

In September 2017, a new iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean.

Naples at Night

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the city lights of Naples and the Campania region of southern Italy.

Kwanzaa Tholus on Ceres

These images show a subtle feature on dwarf planet Ceres called Kwanzaa Tholus.

Hello From Above

Greetings from @Astro_Sabot, otherwise known as Mark Vande Hei, from aboard the International Space Station.

New Research Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Dragon will bring supplies, equipment and new science experiments for

Soyuz Carrying Expedition 53 Crew Lands in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakh

Chandra Reveals the Elementary Nature of Cassiopeia A

Due to its unique evolutionary status, Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is one of the most intensely studied of these supernova remnants.

Science From the Moon’s Shadow

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 discusse

Retrospective: Moon

This false-color image composed of 15 images taken through three color filters by the Galileo spacecraft as it passed through the Earth-Moon system on Dec. 8, 1992.

Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk

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 scen

Space Station Transits the Moon

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

Hubble Sees Galaxy Cluster Warping Space and Time

The Hubble Space Telescope peers into the distant universe to reveal a galaxy cluster called Abell 2537.
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