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March 2018



The Expedition 55 crew is cleaning up today after a spacewalk and getting ready for next week's cargo delivery aboard the SpaceX Dragon space freighter. The four astronauts and two cosmonauts are also researching life science and reviewing emergency hardware today.


'Unrestored' 70mm print of Kubrick's landmark 1968 masterpiece to be released in select U.S. theatres, following world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, introduced by filmmaker Christopher Nolan.


The slow fade of radioactive elements following a supernova allows astrophysicists to study them at length.


For decades, airtight plastic containers have been synonymous with keeping baked goods and leftovers fresh. Now a manufacturer of iconic, household plasticware is helping provide fresh food in space.


NASA Television has begun coverage of today's spacewalk, as Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA prepare to work outside the International Space Station for approximately 6.5 hours.


This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second.


In the next few days, an unoccupied Chinese space station, Tiangong-1, is expected to reenter the atmosphere following the end of its operational life.


A new video features a visualization of the first three-dimensional numerical model of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere, developed by scientist Jussi Leinonen.


In late March 2018, the people of Eastern Europe and Russia found their snow cover had a distinctly orange tint.


Veteran NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold will head outside the International Space Station at approximately 8 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a 6.5-hour spacewalk. Live coverage will be available on NASA Television and the agency's website beginning at 6:30 a.m.


Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is undergoing final preparations for its April 16 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.


A Yale-led research team has discovered a galaxy that contains no dark matter -- a finding that confirms the possibility of dark matter as a separate material elsewhere in the universe.


Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.


The Dutch are now starting to see their famous spring flowers poke through the winter soil, but a few weeks ago it was a different story as a cold snap took grip.


The Expedition 55 crew is ramping up for Thursday's spacewalk and training for next week's arrival of the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship.


Tomato plants are growing under red and blue LED lights in a growth chamber inside a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.


Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's InSight spacecraft is rotated on a fixture for further testing.


This image from Hubble has plucked out an underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 that are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds.


It is the end of March and wildfires are already breaking out in the South.


Three new Expedition 55 crew members are beginning their first full workweek aboard the International Space Station.


A hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet with a density similar to Mercury - situated 339 million light years away -- has been detected and characterised by a global team of astronomers, including the University of Warwick.


The first interstellar object ever seen in our solar system, named 'Oumuamua, is giving scientists a fresh perspective on the development of planetary systems.


The Project Mercury astronauts were military test pilots on active duty who volunteered for these missions.


The universe is full of mysterious exploding phenomena that go boom in the dark.


Today - Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Earlier today, the crew performed EVA tool configuration, completed training on use of the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER), reviewed EVA procedures, and had a conference with ground specialists.


When plants on Earth search for nutrients and water, what drives their direction? Very simply, gravitational force helps them find the easiest path to the substances they need to grow and thrive. What happens if gravity is no longer part of the equation?


NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken by the rover in January offers a preview of what comes next.


Crew aboard the International Space Station are now running two Veggie facilities simultaneously!


On Nov. 11, 2014, a global network of telescopes picked up signals from 300 million light-years away that were created by a tidal disruption flare -- an explosion of electromagnetic energy that occurs when a black hole rips apart a passing star.


Three crew members, including NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:44 p.m. EDT Wednesday (11:44 p.m. Baikonur time).


Common table salt might prove effective in reflecting sunlight and mitigating rising temperatures leading to climate change. How does this happen?


A Soyuz rocket stands at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ready to blast off Wednesday with three Expedition 55-56 crew members to the International Space Station. In the following two weeks the expanded Expedition 55 crew will conduct a spacewalk and welcome a new SpaceX Dragon cargo craft.


A pair of U.S. astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut are just two days away from launching on a 50-hour, 34-orbit flight to the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will flank Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev inside the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft and blast off Wednesday at 1:44 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


About 70,000 years ago, when the human species was already on Earth, a small reddish star approached our solar system and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids.


Almost every product we use has a shelf life. From milk and meat to laundry detergent and batteries, it's important to know when it's safe to use a product, and when it's time to replace it. But what about materials used for spacecraft?


Rocket engine nozzles operate in extreme temperatures and pressures from the combustion process and are complex and expensive to manufacture.


A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought.


New research finds that 'Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system.


Today - Veg-03: Today the crew watered the Veg-03 plants and harvested leaves from each plant.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Japanese capital of Tokyo.


Сергей Рязанский @SergeyISS "You often ask to show photos of #Everest. Here is the "Summit of the World" in person!"


As the International Space Station orbits Earth with three occupants already onboard, on the ground below in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, three more crewmates are engaged in activities leading up to a March 21 liftoff on a Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to join them. (You can watch this launch live on NASA TV, with coverage beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT.)


Notanee Bourassa knew that what he was seeing in the night sky was not normal.


One week from today three individuals will blast off on a two-day trip to the International Space Station. They will join the three Expedition 55 crew members already in space who continue to research the effects of living in space while maintaining the orbital laboratory.


Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system is a dynamic body that continues to evolve and change.


The findings are part of a four-article collection about Juno science results in the March 8th edition of the journal Nature.


The Saturnian irregular satellite, Phoebe, can be broadly described as a water-rich rock.


It's a new day in space aboard the International Space Station, and three Expedition 55 crew members are prepping for an upcoming spacewalk and cargo-transfer activities while also sharing the wonders of our orbiting laboratory.


Asteroids and comets appear to be a much more important suppliers of organic molecules on Mars than expected.


Kicking off the new week, the Expedition 55 crew aboard the International Space Station continued studies evaluating crew health, performance and sustainability for long-duration space missions.


In the Universe, galaxies are not distributed uniformly. There are some places, known as clusters, where dozens or hundreds of galaxies are found close together.


Water is crucial for life, but how do you make water? Cooking up some H2O takes more than mixing hydrogen and oxygen.


Astronomers have put NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on an Indiana Jones-type quest to uncover an ancient "relic galaxy" in our own cosmic backyard.


Today - Electro-static Levitation Furnace (ELF): Today the crew exchanged the sample cartridges within ELF to prepare for upcoming ground commanded operations.


The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite carries a suite of state-of-the art sensors that deliver a wealth of information to monitor our changing world, but this image was captured with its ocean and land camera. With a swath-width of 1270 km, this instrument delivers images that can span several countries, as we see here.


A chance to send your name to the Sun, testing systems for our Orion spacecraft, and sizing up Earth, from space - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


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


Anna Fox, a seventh-grader from Virginia Beach Middle School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was named as the grand prize winner of Langley Research Center's Student Art Contest.


Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 55 crew continued exploring how plants adapt to gravity and began preparing for a suite of combustion experiments. The trio is also continuing the maintenance of the station's life support systems and its microgravity science operations.


Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, both solar panels are deployed on the agency's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).


The three orbiting Expedition 55 crew members focused on maintenance of the International Space Station while studying Earth and biomedical sciences today. Meanwhile, a new set of station crewmates are in Kazakhstan for final training before beginning their mission in two weeks.


Measurements of the three-dimensional structure of the earth, as opposed to the one-dimensional models typically used, can help scientists more accurately determine which areas of the United States are most vulnerable to blackouts during hazardous geomagnetic storms.


Galaxies are not static islands of stars -- they are dynamic and ever-changing, constantly on the move through the darkness of the Universe.


The same satellites that identify severe weather can help save you from it.


Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to uncover a vast, complex dust structure, about 150 billion miles across, enveloping the young star HR 4796A.


This spectacular and unusual image shows part of the famous Orion Nebula, a star formation region lying about 1350 light-years from Earth.


The orbiting Expedition 55 crew members participated in a variety of biology research and life support maintenance today. Their counterparts on the ground took part in traditional ceremonies today ahead of their liftoff to the International Space Station in two weeks.


Although traveling at great speed, the Cassini spacecraft managed to capture this close view of Saturn's small moon Helene during a flyby on March 3, 2010.


The new MATISSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has now successfully made its first observations at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile.


The Crew Interactive MObile companioN (CIMON) is able to see, hear, understand, speak - and fly. It is roughly spherical, has a diameter of 32 centimetres and weighs five kilograms.


Permafrost in the coldest northern Arctic -- formerly thought to be at least temporarily shielded from global warming by its extreme environment -- will thaw enough to become a permanent source of carbon to the atmosphere in this century


The next three International Space Station crew members arrived at their launch site Sunday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are in final launch preparations ahead of their March 21 launch to their new home in space.


Nor'easter over the east coast of the U.S., as observed 2 March 2018 by the VIIRS instrument, on board the joint NOAA/NASA Suomi-NPP satellite.


Although this image might look more like the surface of Mars, it was actually captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and shows southeast Namibia and the western edge of the Kalahari Desert.