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April 2017



Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet's red soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients.


In space, being outshone is an occupational hazard.


From a presidential call from the Oval Office with a record-breaking American Astronaut to announcing the discovery of Earth-sized planets outside our solar system, NASA's been busy during the first 100 days of President Trump's term.


On April 24 aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson set a new record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut.


The International Space Station raised its orbit today to get ready for a June crew departure. The first of two orbital reboosts comes just a week after two new crew members arrived to begin their mission with Expedition 51.


This entrancing image shows a few of the tenuous threads that comprise Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog).


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


The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite brings us over the Bering Sea, north of the Alaska Peninsula, on 26 March.


Thomas Pesquet: Undecided whether the disjunctive juxtaposition of these spatial relationships fall more within the #desertart or #winterart style. Either way looking forward to #springart ;)


NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer live-streamed a broadcast from space today using 4K ultra-high-definition technology for the first time. The duo called down to the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas to demonstrate the advanced technology and promote space science and filmmaking.


Holden Crater was once filled by at least two different lakes. The sediments deposited in those lakes are relatively light-toned where exposed, as seen in this observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.


A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory that tsunamis form and acquire their energy mostly from vertical movement of the seafloor.


Thomas Pesquet: A side view: clouds burgeoning in the atmosphere. The theoretical limit of space is the Karman line, at 100km altitude. No cloud reaches that high: they are usually blocked by the tropopause which marks the entry of the troposphere, not higher than 20kms


With more than 750 000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight is a major finding from Europe's largest-ever conference on space debris.


A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago.


An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia.


Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.


Today: NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations: The crew pressurized the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL), performed a leak check and extended the JEMAL Slide Table (ST) into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).


Thomas Pesquet: Can you spot the pyramids with a bit of zoom? You should spot Alexandria, Cairo and the Suez Canal


Thomas Pesque A new landing strip on a small island, this time in the Glorioso Islands. It seems not to be in use (does it count as an airport from space?)


From the earliest days of our solar system's history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution.


NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band.


Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson broke the U.S. record today for most cumulative time living in space, surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams' record of 534 days set during his four spaceflights. She passed Williams' mark at 1:27 a.m. EDT.


Thomas Pesquet: Is that shape distinctive enough? ;) Yes it is Dubai by night!


This is an odd-looking image. It shows gullies during the winter while entirely in the shadow of the crater wall. Illumination comes only from the winter skylight.


This stunning cosmic pairing of the two very different looking spiral galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298 was imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.


From the Oval Office at the White House, President Trump called Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA April 24 to offer congratulations to Whitson on the day she broke the record for most cumulative days on orbit by a U.S. astronaut.


Today: Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 49S subjects completed their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer.


Today: 50 Soyuz (50S) Launch/Dock: 50S launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 2:13AM CDT with Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer aboard and docked in the automated mode to the Mini Research Module (MRM)-2 at 8:24AM CDT.


Today: Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 49S subjects continued their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer.


ESA astronaut Tim Peake posted this image on his Twitter account, @astro_timpeake, with the caption. "New pic from the archives - unusual to catch a mountain sunset from space. #ThrowbackThursday #Patagonia"


Frequent cloud cover in the southern Atlantic Ocean often obscures satellite images of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.


An international research team led by Ariel Goobar at Stockholm University has detected for the first time multiple images from a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova.


On April 20, Expedition 51-52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos launched to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Thomas Pesquet: Watching the Soyuz fly around International Space Station and following the process of docking.


Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson works outside the International Space Station during her record-breaking eighth spacewalk.


On April 20, A few hours after docking their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft to the International Space Station, Expedition 51-52 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA opened hatches and were greeted by station Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency. Yurchikhin and Fischer will spend four and a half months on the station.


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


Brown hills speckle the eastern part of Australia's Lake MacKay in this satellite image.


A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.


A Swedish-led team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to analyse the multiple images of a gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova for the first time.


Research into crystal growth in microgravity was one of the earliest investigations conducted aboard the International Space Station and is continued to this day.


Expedition 51-52 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA launched on the Russian Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft April 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin a six-hour journey to the International Space Station and the start of a four and a half month mission on the outpost.


NASA has long been a leader in understanding the science of space weather, including research into the potential for induced electrical currents to disrupt our power systems.


At the center of the Centaurus galaxy cluster, there is a large elliptical galaxy called NGC 4696. Deeper still, there is a supermassive black hole buried within the core of this galaxy.


If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects--scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis--would claim the most lives? A new study has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the most dangerous effects produced by Earth-impacting asteroids.


NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, "Perseverance Valley."


NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.


Today: Orbital 7 (OA-7) Launch: OA-7 launched successfully from Cape Canaveral at 10:11AM CDT today. Capture and berthing to Node 1 Nadir is planned for Saturday, April 22 starting at 5:05AM CDT. The spacecraft will deliver ~1023 kgs of supplies to support the ongoing ISS Research Program.


LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves.


Massive landslides, similar to those found on Earth, are occurring on the asteroid Ceres. That's according to a new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, adding to the growing evidence that Ceres retains a significant amount of water ice.


Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee.


Sometimes it takes a lot of trees to see the forest. In the case of the latest discovery made by astronomers at the University of Arizona, exactly 732,225.


On April 18, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo space craft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket.


Two rockets on opposite sides of the world rolled out to their launch pads today ready to blast off to the International Space Station.


Thomas Pesquet: It's not a star shower, but sure looks like it! Flying at 28000 km/h allows us to see the starry sky parading before our eyes like a mobile in a children's room... except life-size ;)


Thomas Pesquet: It is not easy to see borders from space, especially around the Sahara... this mine is in Mauritania where they have been excavating copper for many years.


NASA's partnership in a future European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Jupiter and its moons has cleared a key milestone, moving from preliminary instrument design to implementation phase.


A new NASA-funded study has identified which glaciers in West Greenland are most susceptible to thinning in the coming decades by analyzing how they're shaped.


In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy.


The three International Space Station residents upgraded computer hardware and software today. The crew is also heading into the weekend preparing for the arrival of a new crew and a new cargo shipment.


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


Two long-running NASA missions are providing new details about ocean bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn - further heightening scientific interest in these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.


Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers Thomas Pesquet and Oleg Novitskiy juggled a wide variety of space science and human research Thursday. The Expedition 51 trio also switched roles from orbital scientists to high-flying technicians maintaining the systems of the International Space Station.


Although galaxy formation and evolution are still far from being fully understood, the conditions we see within certain galaxies -- such as so-called starburst galaxies -- can tell us a lot about how they have evolved over time.


The three Expedition 51 crew members aboard the International Space Station are waiting for a new cargo shipment and a new crew to arrive next week. The orbiting trio are also performing human research and working on U.S. spacesuits.


Sentinel-2A takes us over central-eastern Brazil - more specifically where the Bahia, Tocantins and Goiás states meet.


Composite image of Tropical Cyclone Cook, East of the Australian coast in the Pacific ocean, from 06:00 UTC on Monday 10 April 2017.


Thomas Pesquet: 56 years ago Gagarin was the first to go to space. since then, we've never stopped to explore! From Vostok to Progress to Soyuz to the International Space Station. 56 years of human spaceflight! Happy Yuri's Night everyone!


When humans begin to colonize the moon and Mars, they will need to be able to make everything from small tools to large buildings using the limited surrounding resources.


This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon, Atlas, was taken on April 12, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of about 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometers).


Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.


I just love the media advisories NASA issues such as this one for Thursday's "NASA to Reveal New Discoveries in News Conference on Oceans Beyond Earth" press event.