Small Satellite Demonstrates Possible Solution for 'Space Junk'
The International Space Station deployed this small satellite for the NanoRacks-Remove Debris investigation, designed to demonstrate an approach to reduce the risks presented by orbital debris or "space junk."
First Light Data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe
Just over a month into its mission, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. These early observations show that each of the instruments is working well.
Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes
Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor examines her eye with a Funduscope.
ICESat-2 Lifts Off to Study Earth's Changing Ice
A Delta II rocket launches with NASA's ICESat-2 onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge'
A long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" in Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed
NASA completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to deep space.
Staring Down Hurricane Florence
Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space.
Hurricane Florence Viewed from the Space Station
Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.
Bright Spots On Ceres
Bright surface features on the dwarf planet Ceres known as faculae were first discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2015.
'Snow Swamp' on Canada's Lowell Glacier
Over a mere four days this summer, snow from the previous winter melted into a pond of slush a glaciologist called a “snow swamp.”
Along the Way to Launch Pad 39B
A truck sprays water to reduce the dust as NASA's crawler-transporter 2 with the mobile launcher atop moves slowly along, on its trek to Launch Pad 39B.
Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific
Long, narrow clouds, known as ship tracks, stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean.
Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud
The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it.
Celebrating Guy Bluford's Historic First Flight
Guy Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, launched into space on shuttle Challenger's STS-8 mission thirty-five years ago, on August 30, 1983.
Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions
An expedition that will help NASA search for life in deep space launched today – not with a rocket’s roar, but with a gentle splash into the deep Pacific Ocean. The project will use underwater robots to explore the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii that has similar conditions to what may exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
Lights of Java
Astronauts get to observe the Earth in all her beauty from aboard the International Space Station. A member of the Expedition 56 crew currently onboard the station took this nighttime image of Java, Indonesia's largest island.
Time-lapse Sequence of Jupiter’s North
Striking atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere are captured in this series of color-enhanced images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth
Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. These ubiquitous specks of matter are known as aerosols, and they can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between.
A World On Fire
The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview.
Space Station Flight Over Hurricane Lane
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold photographed a massive storm in the Pacific Ocean during a flyover from the International Space Station. Arnold shared images on social media on Aug. 22, 2018, and wrote, "#HurricaneLane in the early morning hours near #Hawaii. The crew of the @Space_Station sends much aloha to everyone there."
Looking Back at Eclipse 2017
One year ago on August 21, 2017, the continental United States experienced the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.
Planet of Clouds
Our cloud-covered planet is seen from aboard the International Space Station.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!
Wishing legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz the happiest of birthdays!
Sun's Magnetic Field Portrayed
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018. The bright active region right at the central area of the Sun clearly shows a concentration of field lines, as well as the small active region at the Sun's right edge.
Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'
Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?
Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke
The largest fire in California's history, the Mendocino Complex, is still spewing clouds of smoke across the state.
Parker Solar Probe Launches to 'Touch the Sun'
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe on a mission to touch the Sun, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun
Inside the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Parker Solar is slated to launch at 3:33 a.m. EDT, Saturday, August 11.
Mary Ross: A Hidden Figure
Who was Mary Ross? Another 'hidden figure,' a mathematician and engineer.
40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus
On August 8, 1978, the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe spacecraft launched to study Venus, a planet that has an atmosphere 100 times denser than Earth’s atmosphere and is hotter than the melting point of zinc and lead.
World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska
The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.
California Fires as Seen From the Space Station
The Earth, in all its majesty and its tragedy, is the subject of images taken aboard the International Space Station. This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured from the station on August 3, 2018, by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.
A New Era in Spaceflight
The first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made commercial spacecraft, to and from the International Space Station, wave after being announced, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.
The Future of Space Exploration
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tours the inside of the Orion test crew capsule, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Satellite Views Fires Raging in California
More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property
Soaring Into an Orbital Sunrise
The International Space Station soars into a sunrise every 90 minutes, each and every day.
From Interns to Astronauts
July 26 is National Intern Day. See how far these two former interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have come!
Hubble Takes Portrait of Opulent Ring World
Saturn is the solar system’s most photogenic planet, especially in this latest Hubble snapshot with the ring system near its maximum tilt.
Flown Orion Spacecraft Visits Washington, DC, for Made in America Showcase
NASA's Orion spacecraft that flew Exploration Flight Test-1 on Dec. 5, 2014, is seen after being uncovered in preparation for being moved onto the White House complex, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 companies across the country manufactured or contributed elements to the spacecraft.
On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.
Iceberg Towers Over Greenland Village
In July 2018, an iceberg weighing 11 million tons parked just offshore of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland.
At Tranquility Base
Forty-nine years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.
Prepping to Launch for the Sun
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has cleared the final procedures in the clean room before its move to the launch pad.
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.