At Tranquility Base
Forty-nine years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.
Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies
NASA's satellite servicing technologies are opening up a new world where space robots diagnose, maintain and extend a spacecraft’s life.
Orion Parachutes Chalk Up Another Test Success in Arizona
The parachute system for Orion, America’s spacecraft that will carry humans to deep space, deployed as planned after being dropped from an altitude of 6.6 miles on July 12, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.
Churning in the Chukchi Sea
Regardless of the amount of winter ice cover, the waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with blooms of phytoplankton.
A Merger of Stars
Launched 15 years ago, the Spitzer Space Telescope has made many discoveries, including this detection of the merger of two neutron stars.
Jamming with the 'Spiders' from Mars
This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, acquired May 13, 2018 during winter at the South Pole of Mars, shows a carbon dioxide ice cap covering the region and as the sun returns in the spring, "spiders" begin to emerge from the landscape.
'X'-ploring the Eagle Nebula and 'Pillars of Creation'
The Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16, contains the young star cluster NGC 6611. It also the site of the spectacular star-forming region known as the Pillars of Creation, which is located in the southern portion of the Eagle Nebula.
The Heart of Madagascar
As the International Space Station flew overhead, NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this photograph of a changing landscape in the heart of Madagascar, observing drainage into the sea in the Betsiboka Estuary due to decimation of rainforests and coastal mangroves.
2018 Class of NASA Flight Directors for the Mission Control Center
NASA has selected six women and men to join the elite corps of flight directors who will lead mission control for a variety of new operations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
A Closer View of the Moon
Posted to Twitter by @Astro_Alex, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, this image shows our planet's Moon as seen from the International Space Station.
Ice Block Avalanche
One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits.
County Fire Lights Up the Night
Light from the County Fire illuminated the night skies of Northern California when the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image overnight on July 1, 2018.
Burst of Celestial Fireworks
Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars resembles an aerial burst. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust - the raw material for new star formation.
Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image of Jupiter using data from the Juno spacecraft's JunoCam imager.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Dragon to the International Space Station
At 5:42 a.m. EDT Friday, June 29, 2018, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is carrying more than 5,900 pounds of research, equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of investigations aboard the International Space Station.
NASA's Unmanned Ikhana Flies in National Airspace Without Chase Plane
NASA’s Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, takes off on June 12, 2018, for the agency’s first large-scale, remotely-piloted aircraft flight in the national airspace without a safety chase aircraft.
Earth's Limb, Pacific Ocean and the Space Station's Kibo Laboratory
The Earth's limb and the Pacific Ocean contrast segments of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in this June 23, 2018 image. At right is a portion of the Experiment Logistics Module, Pressurized Section (ELM-PS) which is the Kibo lab's storage facility.
A Slice of Glory
If you have ever seen a series of concentric rings of color near a mist or fog, you have likely seen a glory. This colorful optical phenomenon, bright red on the outside and blue toward the center, forms when water droplets scatter sunlight back toward a source of light.
Crew Dragon Hardware Put to the Test
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is at NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio, to undergo testing in the In-Space Propulsion Facility. The chamber will allow SpaceX and NASA to verify Crew Dragon’s ability to withstand the extreme temperatures and vacuum of space.
Chaotic Clouds of Jupiter
This image captures swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices within Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.
Launching to Observe Our Sun
On June 21, 1975, NASA successfully launched the eighth Orbiting Solar Observatory aboard a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This satellite was the final in a series of spacecraft specifically designed to look at the Sun in high-energy wavelength bands.
Rover Under the Milky Way - Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies
The Moon begins to rise behind the ARADS rover during the 2017 season of field tests in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Once in a Blue Dune
Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018.
Another Day at the Office
"Space was our office yesterday. #EVA51," said International Space Station astronaut Ricky Arnold on Friday.
Bang and Whoosh!
This HiRISE image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.
A Deep Space Communications Hub in the Desert
When NASA engineers were looking for a place to build a network of large radio antennas in the 1950s, they knew they needed somewhere quiet.
Shades of Martian Darkness
Science operations for NASA's Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a dust storm on Mars. This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky blotting out the Sun from NASA's Opportunity rover's point of view,.
Evaluating the Noise of Future Aircraft
To address the expected noise levels of future aircraft, NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology project is already developing technologies focused on reducing the noise produced by an aircraft’s engine exhaust.
Clouds Over Alaska's Wrangell Mountains
Operation IceBridge missions over Alaska reveal some majestic icescapes, like this image of the Wrangell Mountains in eastern Alaska.
New Crew Arrives at the International Space Station
Expedition 56 astronauts arrive at the International Space Station.
Hubble Images a Galaxy with Threads of Blue
A ripple of bright blue gas threads through this galaxy like a misshapen lake system.
Soyuz Lifts Off to Bring New Crew to Space Station
The Soyuz MS-09 rocket is launched with Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA on June 6, 2018.
Patches of Snow on the Red Planet
In early Martian summer, at the time NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover.
Soyuz Rolled to the Pad for Wednesday Launch to Space Station
The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad, Monday, June 4, 2018, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Expedition 55 Crew Returns Home from the International Space Station
The Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 55 crew members Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Jovian Jet Stream
See a jet stream speeding through Jupiter’s atmosphere in this new view taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Exposed Bedrock on the Red Planet's Hale Crater
This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Hale Crater, a large impact crater.
Black Hole Bounty Captured in the Center of the Milky Way
Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of black holes located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
Our Sputtering Sun
An active region rotated into view and sputtered with numerous small flares and towering magnetic field lines that stretched out many times the diameter of Earth.
Hubble’s Galaxy Cluster Cornucopia
The swirling spiral to the lower left of the frame is far from the most interesting spectacle here — behind it sits a galaxy cluster.
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.
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 hardware to the International Space Station and its crew.
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.
Orbital ATK Rocket Rolls Out for May 21 Launch
An Orbital ATK rocket rolls out to launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on May 17, 2018, in advance of a May 21 launch from Wallops Island, VA. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
An Amazing View
Astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk.
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.
Spring Color in the North Sea
Warm air and sunlight beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton.
Astronaut-Educator Ricky Arnold Conducts Science on Station
Astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold conducts student-designed science on the Space Station.
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 Mars lander designed to study the "inner space" of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.
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 International Space Station aboard the Starliner and Crew Dragon spacecraft.
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 targeted to launch Saturday, May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.