Alan Shepard Completes His Mission
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Alan Shepard Completes His Mission

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...
How Stars Explode
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How Stars Explode

Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova.
SpaceX Crew-2 Launch
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SpaceX Crew-2 Launch

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 launch...
The Places We Call Home
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The Places We Call Home

In this image that astronaut Scott Kelly posted to Twitter on Aug. 9, 2015 during his #YearInSpace captures all the the places humans dwell.
SpaceX Crew-2 Dress Rehearsal
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SpaceX Crew-2 Dress Rehearsal

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.
Tokyo at Night
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Tokyo at Night

The night lights of Tokyo, Japan, are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above the island nation.
STS-1 Takes Flight
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STS-1 Takes Flight

When space shuttle Columbia took to the skies, a new era of spaceflight took wing.
Blue Dunes on the Red Planet
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Blue Dunes on the Red Planet

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.
Expedition 65 Soyuz Rollout
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Expedition 65 Soyuz Rollout

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad at Site 31, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Hubble Revisits the Veil Nebula
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Hubble Revisits the Veil Nebula

This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope revisits the Veil Nebula, which was featured in a previous Hubble image release.
Frosty Sand Dunes of Mars
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Frosty Sand Dunes of Mars

A field of sand dunes occupies this frosty 5-kilometer diameter crater in the high-latitudes of the northern plains of Mars.
Exploring the Earth's Water
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Exploring the Earth's Water

NASA has investigated humanity's impact on a number of our home planet's natural resources and recently explored our impact on freshwater resources.
Saturn's Spring
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Saturn's Spring

Spring doesn't just hapen on Earth. Spring also happens on some of our neighboring planets in the solar system.
Hubble Shows Us the Future
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Hubble Shows Us the Future

Sometime in the far distant future, about 4 billion years from now, our Milky Way galaxy will collide with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, as illust...
Testing the Mars Helicopter
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Testing the Mars Helicopter

In this image from Jan. 18, 2019, Teddy Tzanetos, MiMi Aung and Bob Balaram of NASA’s Mars Helicopter project observe a flight test of a model of the ...
Portrait of a Nebula
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Portrait of a Nebula

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features an impressive portrait of M1-63, an example of a bipolar planetary nebula located in the ...
Hypergiant Star Canis Majoris
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Hypergiant Star Canis Majoris

This artist's impression of hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris shows the star's vast convection cells and violent ejections.
Hubble: 30 Years and Counting
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Hubble: 30 Years and Counting

It's March 2021 and in about another month the Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate 31 years in space observing the universe.
Reflections from a Black Hole
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Reflections from a Black Hole

This 2003 composite X-ray and optical image of galaxy NGC 1068 shows gas blowing away in a high-speed wind from the vicinity of a supermassive black h...
Traversing Mars' Jezero Crater
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Traversing Mars' Jezero Crater

This image depicts a possible area through which the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover could traverse across Jezero Crater.
Alvin Drew: Down to Earth
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Alvin Drew: Down to Earth

On Feb. 28, 2011, NASA astronaut Alvin Drew participates in the STS-133 mission's first spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the Inte...
The Coalsack Nebula
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The Coalsack Nebula

This stunning image captures a small region on the edge of the inky Coalsack Nebula, or Caldwell 99.
Sunrise Over the Pacific
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Sunrise Over the Pacific

This view of a sunrise breaking through the Earth's horizon was taken as the International Space Station orbited 271 miles above the Pacific Ocean off...
Seeing Our Moon from the Space Station
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Seeing Our Moon from the Space Station

The waning gibbous moon is pictured the day after its full Moon phase as the International Space Station orbited 264 miles above China near the Mongol...
Remembering STS-107 and Her Crew
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Remembering STS-107 and Her Crew

The STS-107 crewmembers strike a ‘flying’ pose for their traditional in-flight crew portrait in the SPACEHAB Research Double Module aboard the Space S...
Finding a New Earth
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Finding a New Earth

Kepler-22b is the first planet discovered inside the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.
Hot Fire Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage
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Hot Fire Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage

The core stage for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket is seen in the B-2 Test Stand during a scheduled 8-minute duration h...
Fulfilling the Dream
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Fulfilling the Dream

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, look on.
Bright, Blue Stars
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Bright, Blue Stars

Inside star cluster NGC 602, a star-forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud, bright, blue, newly formed stars are blowing a cavity in this nebula...
Finding a Missing Black Hole
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Finding a Missing Black Hole

Astronomers have no evidence that a distant black hole estimated to weigh between 3 billion and 100 billion times the mass of the Sun is anywhere to b...
Behold: The City of Boston at Night!
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Behold: The City of Boston at Night!

The lights of the city of Boston seemingly spread from a central point in this image taken by the crew of the International Space Station.
Pareidolia: Seeing Shapes in the Cosmos
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Pareidolia: Seeing Shapes in the Cosmos

What is pareidolia? It is the psychological phenomenon where we see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or ...
Shaping a Spiral Galaxy
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Shaping a Spiral Galaxy

Magnetic fields in NGC 1068, or M77, are shown as streamlines over a visible light and X-ray composite image of the galaxy.
Apollo 8: Earthrise
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Apollo 8: Earthrise

This iconic picture shows Earth peeking out from beyond the lunar surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon.
Stellar Snowflake Cluster
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Stellar Snowflake Cluster

The newly revealed infant stars appear as pink and red specks toward the center and appear to have formed in regularly spaced intervals along linear s...
Stellar Jewel Box
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Stellar Jewel Box

Thousands of sparkling young stars are nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603, one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. ...
A Great Conjunction Draws Near
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A Great Conjunction Draws Near

The Moon, left, Saturn, upper right, and Jupiter, lower right, are seen after sunset with the Washington Monument, Thurs. Dec. 17, 2020, in Washington...
Starry, Starry Night
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Starry, Starry Night

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a crowd of stars that looks rather like a stadium darkened before a show, lit only by the flashbulbs of the audien...
Seeing the Station From Earth
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Seeing the Station From Earth

The International Space Station is seen in this 13 second exposure as it flies over Arlington, Virginia, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.
Awakening Newborn Stars
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Awakening Newborn Stars

Lying inside our home galaxy, the Milky Way, this Herbig–Haro object is a turbulent birthing ground for new stars in a region known as the Orion B mol...
It's Black Hole Friday!
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It's Black Hole Friday!

What is a black hole? A black hole is an astronomical object with a gravitational pull so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape it.
Artemis I Stacks Up
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Artemis I Stacks Up

The first of 10 pieces of the twin Space Launch System (SLS) rocket boosters for NASA’s Artemis I mission was placed on the mobile launcher Saturday, ...
Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy at JPL
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Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy at JPL

With a degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California, Lauren Denson is now an quality engineer and su...
Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy
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Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy

With a degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California, Lauren Denson is now an quality engineer and su...
Hubble Catches a Cosmic Cascade
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Hubble Catches a Cosmic Cascade

The galaxy UGCA 193, seen here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a galaxy in the constellation of Sextans (The Sextant).
Our Sun's Glint Beams Off San Francisco
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Our Sun's Glint Beams Off San Francisco

The crew aboard the International Space Station snapped this image of the Earth's limb, or horizon, with the Sun's glint beaming off the U.S. West Coa...
Our Halloween Sun
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Our Halloween Sun

Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014.
Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall
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Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall

In this spectacular image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 2799 (on the left) is seemingly being pulled into the center...
Studying Aircraft Noise
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Studying Aircraft Noise

An array of 960 microphones is seen here off the end of runway 11 at Boeing’s research facility near Glasgow, Montana.
Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu
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Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample collection mission performed a successful “Touch-And-Go” (TAG) maneuver.
Hubble Snaps a Special Stellar Nursery
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Hubble Snaps a Special Stellar Nursery

This Hubble image shows a special class of star-forming nursery known as Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules. Called frEGGs for short, these da...
The Ghost Nebula
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The Ghost Nebula

​Powerful gushers of energy from seething stars can sculpt eerie-looking figures with long flowing veils of gas and dust.
The Iris Nebula
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The Iris Nebula

The beautiful, blushing Iris Nebula is unique amongst its counterparts.
Thumbs Up From Out of This World
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Thumbs Up From Out of This World

ASA spacewalkers (from left) Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy give a thumbs up during a spacewalk to install hardware and upgrade International Space Sta...
Grappling With the Future
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Grappling With the Future

The tip of the Canadarm2 robotic arm, also formally known as the Latching End Effector, is pictured as the International Space Station soared over the...
Hubble Captures Galactic Glamour Shot
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Hubble Captures Galactic Glamour Shot

This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (the Wolf). NGC 5643 is a...
Retroreflectors: From Apollo to Mars
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Retroreflectors: From Apollo to Mars

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the crew brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors.
Hubble Shoots the Moon
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Hubble Shoots the Moon

This image from 1991 shows Earth's Moon, with its dark basaltic mare, clearly visible in great detail.
NASA Has Eyes on the Universe
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NASA Has Eyes on the Universe

Humanity has "eyes" that can detect all different types of light through telescopes around the globe and a fleet of observatories in space.
Moon Shadow Over Jupiter
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Moon Shadow Over Jupiter

Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
A New View of Jupiter's Storms
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A New View of Jupiter's Storms

A unique and exciting detail of Hubble’s snapshot appears at mid-northern latitudes as a bright, white, stretched-out storm traveling around the plane...
Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars
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Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars

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 o...
California's Creek Fire at Night
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California's Creek Fire at Night

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 ...
Mars's Twin Peaks
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Mars's Twin Peaks

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...
Sunrise Shadows Over the Philippine Sea
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Sunrise Shadows Over the Philippine Sea

As the International Space Station orbited more than 200 miles above our home planet, the crew caught this glimpse of the sunrise casting long shadows...
Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast
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Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast

This Hubble Space Telescope image depicts a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, the result of the "death" of a star 20 times more massiv...
Defining Radiation Risk to Astronauts
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Defining Radiation Risk to Astronauts

In this image, one of the radiation detectors for the Radi-N2 experiment floats in the space station. This device will help researchers explore the ra...
Hubble Hooks a Supernova Host Galaxy
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Hubble Hooks a Supernova Host Galaxy

Galaxy NGC 2442, seen here by the Hubble Space Telescope, is nicknamed the Meathook galaxy owing to its extremely asymmetrical and irregular shape.