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June 2016



In orbit above the semi-desert grasslands in Kazakhstan, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station spotted one of the few features that stand out.


During a news briefing from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California the science team involved with the Juno mission to Jupiter talked about the scientific goals of the mission.


Juno has been headed for Jupiter since 2011 to study the gas giant's atmosphere, aurora, gravity and magnetic field. This infographic illustrates the radiation environments Juno has traveled through on its journey near Earth and in interplanetary space.


Three Expedition 48 crew members worked on a variety of science experiments today before this weekend's cargo ship maneuvers. On the ground in Kazakhstan, another set of crew members is getting ready for a two-day trip to the International Space Station next week.


A new day dawns for the crew of Expedition 48 on board the International Space Station on June 19, 2016.


Rochester Institute of Technology professors have developed a faster, more accurate way to assess gravitational wave signals and infer the astronomical sources that made them.


The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to a new study from scientists on NASA's Dawn mission.


NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4.


Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams is conducting a 3-D printing experiment inside the Destiny laboratory module today. His crewmates, Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, worked on a variety of Russian experiments and readied a cargo ship for departure.


Earth sunset from the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured the photo's for this composite of the sun falling slowly across the oceans of our planet.


Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris.


This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic tadpole, with its bright head and elongated tail, wriggling through the inky black pool of space.


A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.


A pair of Expedition 48 cosmonauts are getting a Progress cargo ship ready to undock and redock Friday morning before its ultimate departure Saturday night. The maneuver will test an upgraded telerobotically operated rendezvous system installed in the Zvezda service module after the Progress docked in December.


It started when NASA answered a call for a tool to detect dangerous gases and chemicals with a smartphone. The result became a smartphone-linked device that can do, well, just about anything someone can build a sensor for.


A Southwest Research Institute-led team has discovered an elusive, dark moon orbiting Makemake, one of the "big four" dwarf planets populating the Kuiper Belt region at the edge of our solar system.


Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA took this photograph on June 21, 2016, from the International Space Station.


Composite image of a large area of convection which has persisted over central Australasia since 17 June, bringing localised flooding to some areas of Indonesia.


Scientists led by Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology ran the huge cosmological simulations that can be used to predict the rate at which gravitational waves caused by collisions between the monster black holes might be detected.


Brown dwarfs are sometimes called failed stars. They're stars' dim, low-mass siblings and they fade in brightness over time.


Three Expedition 48-49 crew members are at the Baikonur Cosmodrome awaiting the beginning of their mission in less than two weeks. Back inside the International Space Station, the orbiting crew is working on research hardware and conducting life science.


In preparation for the imminent arrival of NASA's Juno spacecraft, astronomers have used ESO's Very Large Telescope to obtain spectacular new infrared images of Jupiter.


NASA announced June 20, astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.


Today at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment with Jupiter.


Now available is the June 8, 2016 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Lawrence Kuznetz of Space Spinoffs, Inc. who discussed "Future Spacesuits, the Moon vs Mars, and Engaging STEM Talent".


The first test article of a SpaceX Crew Dragon undergoes structural load testing to demonstrate the spacecraft's ability to withstand the tremendous forces it's exposed to during space flight.


Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.


New calculations predict that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) will detect approximately 1,000 mergers of massive black holes annually once it achieves full sensitivity early next decade.


NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.


Research teams on both sides of the Atlantic have shown that precise modeling of the universe and its contents will change the detailed understanding of the evolution of the universe and the growth of structure in it.


Various countries in the Mediterranean Sea were captured last 10 May by the Sentinel-3A satellite, in this false-colour image.


Three Expedition 48 crew members are orbiting Earth awaiting the addition of a new trio preparing to join them next month on the International Space Station. As the new crew gets ready to head to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Friday, the orbiting crew is conducting advanced science and maintaining the orbital lab systems.


Hydrogen is the most-abundant element in the universe. It's also the simplest--sporting only a single electron in each atom. But that simplicity is deceptive, because there is still so much we have to learn about hydrogen.


Disruptive technologies have often changed the course of history, breaking the status quo and unlocking possibilities that have yet to be imagined.


Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and work in space.


New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune.


Commander Jeff Williams continued the ongoing maintenance on U.S. spacesuits throughout the workday on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Cygnus cargo craft from Orbital ATK re-entered the Earth's atmosphere completing one final experiment.


Roughly 90 percent of the biggest black holes in the known universe are dormant, meaning that they are not actively devouring matter and, consequently, not giving off any light or other radiation.


A cargo ship that was released last week from the International Space Station will re-enter Earth's atmosphere Wednesday. Back inside the orbital lab, the crew practiced emergency procedures after a light day of science and maintenance.


This month, NASA took a major step toward creating a Solar System Internet by establishing operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station.


At 11:57 p.m. EDT (8:57 a.m. Indian local time) the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV-34 rocket with 20 satellites onboard flawlessly launched. It was a milestone mission for India as it continues to showcase its developing launch capability.


With eruptions of ice and water vapor, and an ocean covered by an ice shell, Saturn's moon Enceladus is one of the most fascinating in the solar system


When the NASA's New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf planet might have -- or had at one time -- a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust.


Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.


Tropical Storm Danielle formed on June 20 and by June 21 the storm had dissipated over eastern Mexico.


ESA's Venus Express may have helped to explain the puzzling lack of water on Venus.


A test version of the European Service Module at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, USA.


Now available is the June 1, 2016 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Koki Ho an assistant professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) who discussed "Campaign-Level Dynamic Network Modelling for Spaceflight Logistics for the Flexible Path Concept".


Expedition 48 officially began Saturday morning with Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin continuing their stay aboard the International Space Station. They await the addition of three new crew members who will launch July 6 for a two-day ride to their new home in space.


The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) has released ESPI Report 50 "Space for Sustainable Development". The report builds on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.


Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere


Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field, protects our planet from the harsh battering of the solar wind.


NASA and NOAA satellites saw the tropical low pressure area formerly known as System 94L develop into tropical depression 4 then become the fourth named tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 20.


A team of astronomers has confirmed the existence of a young planet, only 11 million years old, that orbits very close to its star (at 0.05 AU), with an orbital period of 5.4 days.


Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.


Now available is the May 25, 2016 NASA Future In-Space Operations (FISO) telecon material. The speaker was Markus Landgraf (ESA/ESTEC) who discussed "HERACLES: Preparing Human Exploration by Integrated Certification of Crew and Hardware for Lunar Surface Operations".


On June 17, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gave the keynote address at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington.


Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health.


Tim Peake: Go army. Wonder why the International Space Station is in such great shape right now? #GoArmy ;) From left: Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams.


An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67.


The southern-central edge of the Tibetan Plateau near the border with western Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim is pictured in this Sentinel-2A image from 1 February 2016.


Three Expedition 47 crew members are preparing to go home early Saturday morning. Three other station residents will stay behind beginning Expedition 48 on the International Space Station.


Tim Peake: The unmistakable lush green vista of the Amazon rainforest Credits: ESA/NASA Larger image


ExoMars captured its first images of Mars this week as part of its preparations for arriving at the Red Planet in October.


A team of astronomers has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect glowing oxygen in a distant galaxy seen just 700 million years after the Big Bang.


The Sentinel-2B optical satellite is the second of its type from Airbus Defence and Space, providing the "Colour Vision" of Europe┬┤s Earth observation programme Copernicus, a joint project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA).


A pair of Expedition 47 crew members tested the motion control system of the docked Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake will ride the Soyuz back to Earth early Saturday morning. They will undock from the Rassvet module then land in Kazakhstan ending a 186-day mission in space.


Life is hard for a little moon. Epimetheus, seen here with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process.


A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come.


On December 26, 2015, at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of spacetime -- for the second time.


Expedition 47 robotic arm operator Tim Kopra of NASA commanded the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the Cygnus spacecraft at 9:30 a.m. EDT while the space station was flying above Paraguay. Earlier, ground controllers detached Cygnus from the station and maneuvered it into place for its departure.


Tim Peake: Stunning colours. Sunlight reflecting the stunning colours of Himalayan Lake Name (Namtso)


A bright disruption in Saturn's narrow F ring suggests it may have been disturbed recently.


Astronomers hunt for planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets) using a variety of methods.


Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and work in space.