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This close-up image is of a 2-inch-deep hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA's Curiosity rover. The hole is about 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. This image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057.

LIFTOFF!

The GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

GRACE-FO Launches to Provide a Unique View of Earth’s Climate

(GRACE-FO) mission launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

Orbital ATK Antares Rocket Lifts Off on Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A, Monday, May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Cygnus will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle har

Antares Rocket Set to Launch NASA Science to the International Space Station

The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen at launch Pad-0A, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Liftoff is currently targeted for 4:39 a.m. Eastern on Monday, May 21.

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise

NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

An Amazing View

Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk.

Blue Waters

This image of the southern Greenland town of Narsaq was taken during an Operation IceBridge flight on Apr. 26, 2018.

A Sunny Day

Each and every day NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observes our Sun and relays observational data to scientists on Earth.

Europa by the Numbers

Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter's moon Europa in 1610. More than four centuries later, astronomers are still making discoveries about its icy surface.

Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster

In the darkness of the distant universe, these galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, charred embers floating up from a bonfire, and light bulbs softly shining.

Full Moon Over Newfoundland

The crew of the International Space Station snapped this image of the full moon on April 30, 2018, as the station orbited off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Astronaut-Educator Ricky Arnold Conducts Science on Station

Astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold conducts student-designed science on the Space Station.

Spring Color in the North Sea

Warm air and sunlight beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton.

InSight Mars Mission Lifts Off From Vandenberg Air Force Base

The NASA InSight spacecraft launches onboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, Saturday, May 5, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a M

Voyage to the Red Planet

NASA's InSight spacecraft rests aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket, awaiting launch scheduled on May 5, 2018.

Tangled Up in Blue

The lone active region visible on our Sun put on a fine display with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it (Apr. 24-26, 2018) when viewed in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.

Training 'Guardian Angels'

«Guardian Angel» Pararescue specialists secure a covered life raft during an astronaut rescue training exercise. This exercise is part of preparation, with NASA's commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, to fly astronauts to and from the Internation

Testing the InSight Mars Lander's Solar Arrays

NASA's InSight Mars mission will help scientists understand the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago. InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, is targ

Ganymede: A Moon Like No Other

Far across the solar system, where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter. Newly resurrected data from Galileo's first flyby of Jupiter's moon Ganymede is yielding new insights.

Dividing Line

NASA's Operation IceBridge successfully collected data over several glaciers, research sites, and some parallel coastal grid lines on April 26, 2018, as part of its Spring 2018 campaign.

Greece and the Aegean and Ionian Seas

This view from above the nation of Turkey looks out across the Aegean Sea, over Greece and onto the Ionian Sea where Sicily and the boot of Italy are barely visible. The sun's glint on the Mediterranean waters highlight the Greek islands while clouds cloak th

Celebrating National Park Week With a View of Mount Rainier

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this clear view of Mount Rainier National Park as the International Space Station orbited above, sharing the image with his followers on April 25 to celebrate National Park Week.

Gravity’s Rainbow

Saturn’s rings display their subtle colors in this view captured on Aug. 22, 2009, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Behold the Northern Lights

As our nearest star, the Sun bathes Earth in a steady stream of energetic particles, magnetic fields and radiation that can stimulate our atmosphere and light up the night sky, like the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

The Galápagos Islands

«The Enchanted Islands of #Ecuador – the Galápagos,» were photographed by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold from aboard the International Space Station.

Celebrating 28 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

This colorful image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary stellar tapestry of birth and destruction.

Sounding Rocket Launches CHESS Mission to Study the Matter Between Stars

The Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, or CHESS 4, was successfully launched on a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 12:47 p.m. EDT, April 16 (4:47 a.m. local, April 17) from the Kwajalein Atoll in The Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Seasons of Snow Cover in the West

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this photo while flying over the western United States. The wide field of view stretches from the Sierra Nevada of California to the Columbia Plateau of Oregon and the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Lak

NASA's TESS Mission Hopes to Find Exoplanets Beyond Our Solar System

The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” and they come in a wide variety of sizes, from gas giants larger than Jupiter to small, rocky planets about as big around as Earth or Mars. This rocky super-Earth is an illustration of the type of p

The Aurora and the Sunrise

Auroras are one of the many Earthly phenomena the crew of the International Space Station observe from their perch high above the planet.

Our Sun: Three Different Wavelengths

From March 20-23, 2018, the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a series of images of our Sun and then ran together three sequences in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.

We Were There: 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival

Attendees talk with NASA staff at exhibit booths during Sneak Peek Friday at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, Friday, April 6, 2018. At the festival, NASA showcased the future of human space exploration – including the Orion spacecraft and the Spac

Hubble Finds an Einstein Ring

These graceful arcs are a cosmic phenomenon known as an Einstein ring - created as the light from distant galaxies warps around an extremely large mass, like a galaxy cluster.

Gullies of Matara Crater

Gullies on Martian sand dunes, like these in Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows in the last ten years.

Memphis From Space

We honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered the famous «I've been to the mountaintop» speech in Memphis, Tennessee fifty years ago, the day before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This image taken from the International S

Transforming Aviation

Aeronautical innovations are part of a government-industry partnership to collect data that could make supersonic flight over land possible, dramatically reducing travel time in the United States.

Hangout in Space

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel seemingly hangs off the International Space Station while conducting a spacewalk on March 29, 2018.

Technology Then and Now

Before there were computers and software that could stitch together digital images, they were printed on photo paper, trimmed by hand, and taped in place on a large black board.
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