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August 2017



Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away -- a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.


Composite image of tropical storm Irma in the Atlantic, at 06:00 UTC on Thursday, 31 August 2017.


Stars which pass close to the Sun could have a noticeable impact on the solar system.


Randy Bresnik‏ @AstroKomrade Houston is reporting blue sky for the first time in many days! May this sunrise start the healing process #HoustonStrong Photo: @Astro2Fish


Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has detected 15 fast radio bursts emanating from the mysterious "repeater" FRB 121102.


As Harvey continues to dump catastrophic rains over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, NASA has been tallying rainfall accumulations in the storm's wake


The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is a highly selective internship and mentorship program that provides extraordinary summer opportunities to current college seniors and graduate students passionate about commercial spaceflight.


During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of the Moon's shadow over a large region of the United States, centered just north of Nashville, Tennessee.


SpaceRef and NASAWatch editor Keith Cowing was interviewed live on China Global Television Network last night about the 5 year agreement that China and Russia have reached regarding various aspects of space exploration.


NASA has a lot of resources providing information on Tropical Storm Harvey as it continues to drop tremendous, flooding rainfall on Texas and Louisiana.


Today - Lung Tissue: The crew took samples and fixed media in Tissue Bags. They then inserted the bags in a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Lung Tissue investigation uses the microgravity environment of space to test strategies for growing new lung tissue.


The Aug. 21 eclipse across America generated interest and excitement far and wide. Our coverage of the historic eclipse - the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse for the U.S. in 99 years - was widespread ... Anchored from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina - we showed you views of the eclipse that only NASA could.


This movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers a unique perspective on Saturn's ring system.


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


The Seven Sisters, as they were known to the ancient Greeks, are now known to modern astronomers as the Pleiades star cluster - a set of stars which are visible to the naked eye and have been studied for thousands of years by cultures all over the world.


The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite saw the temperature at the top of Hurricane Harvey on 25 August 2017 at 04:06 GMT as the storm approached the US state of Texas.


Composite image of category 2 Hurricane Harvey approaching the Gulf Coast of the United States, at 06:00 UTC on Friday, 25 August 2017.


A pair of Expedition 52 astronauts checked out new, smaller exercise gear today. The crew also worked on a variety of human research while a new cosmic ray detector has begun scanning outer space.


Elon Musk @elonmusk Falcon 9 boost stage on droneship Just Read the Instructions


NASA examined Harvey as it began to intensify and organize and found heavy rainfall in the system.


Today - Multi-Omics-Mouse: The crew performed routine maintenance on the Multi-Omics-Mouse Cage Units that are being maintained in microgravity, exchanging waste collection equipment and odor filters.


The International Space Station is a marvel of modern science and engineering.


ESA astronauts Matthias Maurer and Samantha Cristoforetti joined 16 Chinese astronauts in August 2017 for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai.


Overnight, robotics controllers extracted a new astrophysics experiment from the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. The Canadarm2 will hand off the new astronomy gear to the Japanese robotic arm which will then install it outside the Kibo laboratory module.


To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint in the heart of the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion).


In 1977 the twin Voyager spacecraft left planet Earth bound for the outer reaches of our solar system - and beyond. What they discovered changed our way of thinking about how worlds are built and broadened our notions of where life might be found. The story of this audacious project is told in the captivating new documentary "The Farthest: Voyager In Space" which is airing on PBS this week.


A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40 and 46 minutes, respectively.


Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth's surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually rearranging the planet's façade.


Cassini gazes across the icy rings of Saturn toward the icy moon Tethys, whose night side is illuminated by Saturnshine, or sunlight reflected by the planet.


The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Shiveluch, one of the world's most active volcanoes, is seen poking through above a solid cloud deck, with an ash plume streaming to the west.


Today - Solar Eclipse Viewing: The crew removed scratch panes from Cupola windows #4 and #6 and cleaned the window #3 scratch pane.


A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon.


This composite image, made from seven frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 near Banner, Wyoming.


SLAC's X-ray laser and Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument allow researchers to examine the exotic precipitation in real-time as it materializes in the laboratory


As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon's shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space.


Astronomers have identified a white dwarf star in our galaxy that may be the leftover remains of a recently discovered type of supernova.


The Expedition 52 crew wrapped up a busy week on Friday with more science work, cargo unloading and cleanup after a Russian spacewalk on Thursday. They are also busy preparing for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on Monday with the chance at several unique views of the event.


For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? Following the shadow of the Moon in two retrofitted WB-57F jet planes.


On August 21, 2017, a continent-spanning wave of instruments from home-made pinhole cameras to the most sophisticated telescopes in operation today will be trained on the Eclipse Across America.


Natural phenomena such as the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse can inspire awe, but scientists can also use eclipse-like events to learn more about the universe.


To ensure everything performs as planned, the Orion spacecraft destined for Exploration Mission-1 was successfully powered up for the first time this week in the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center.


Composite image showing Tropical Storm Harvey over Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada, from 09:00 UTC on Friday, 18 August 2017.


In 1887, American astronomer Lewis Swift discovered a glowing cloud, or nebula, that turned out to be a small galaxy about 2.2 million light years from Earth.


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


The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m. EDT. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened as soon as later today.


Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars.


Brown dwarfs have powerful winds and clouds -- specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust.


While the International Space Station was traveling over the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the Dragon spacecraft at 6:52 a.m. EDT using the station's robotic arm. It then will be installed on the station's Harmony module.


A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the Moon got its mysterious "tattoos" -- swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 locations across the lunar surface.


Hidden from our sight, the Westerhout 43 star-forming region is revealed in full glory in this far-infrared image from ESA's Herschel space observatory.


Scientists have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of Neptune - the most distant planet in our solar system.


As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.


The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which was launched on August 14 from Falcon 9 rocket has arrived at the International Space Station.


The SpaceX Dragon is hauling advanced space research for delivery Wednesday morning to the International Space Station. Two cosmonauts are also gearing up for the seventh station spacewalk this year set to begin Thursday morning.


The aurora and the night sky above Earth's atmosphere are pictured from the space station.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $900,000 for fundamental research in combustion and thermal transport to be performed on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory for the benefit of life on Earth.


The subject of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is a dwarf galaxy named NGC 5949.


On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption.


Today - SpaceX (SpX)-12 Launch: SpX-12 launched successfully today from Kennedy Space Center at 11:31 am CDT.


Australian scientists have discovered why heavyweight galaxies living in a dense crowd of galaxies tend to spin more slowly than their lighter neighbours.


A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet.


Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today's 12:31 p.m. EDT launch.


Today - Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Zero Robotics (ZR): The crew provided support for a SPHERES ZR Challenge competition between students from middle schools in the United States and Russia.


This paper discusses the physics, engineering and mission architecture relating to a gram-sized interstellar probe propelled by a laser beam.


Astronaut Paolo Nespoli checks out a science freezer inside Japan's Kibo laboratory module.


Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale.


An ancient mountain range on Mars preserves a complex volcanic and tectonic past imprinted with signs of water and ice interactions.


Crescent Earth as seen by Japan's Himawari 8 at 3:10 am PST this morning.


The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse across America is generating a lot of interest - and a lot of questions. You'll find answers to many of your eclipse questions at NASA's Eclipse 2017 website -- eclipse2017.nasa.gov.


Jack Fischer ‏@Astro2fish "I didn't know if we could fit our whole crew for movie night, but we just needed more bungees and boom! Have a great weekend, everyone!"


Composite image showing tropical storm Franklin in the Gulf of Mexico, from 06:00 UTC on Wednesday, 9 August 2017.


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


Production of the five-segment powerhouse motors for the Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters is on target at prime contractor Orbital ATK's facilities in Utah, with 10 motor segments cast with propellant and four of those segments complete.