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April 2018



A pair of new spacecraft that will observe our planet's ever-changing water cycle, ice sheets, and crust is in final preparations for a California launch no earlier than Saturday, May 19.


Far across the solar system, from where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA's Galileo spacecraft spent eight years orbiting Jupiter.


Houston, Texas, the home of NASA's Johnson Space Center, and Galveston Bay are pictured from the space station at an altitude of about 250 miles.


New Shepard flew again for the eighth time on April 29, 2018, from Blue Origin's West Texas Launch Site.


Vice President Pence swears in our new NASA Administrator, a Hubble anniversary flythrough of a nebula, and the smell in the clouds of one of our outermost planets - 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.


This mosaic of cloud-free images from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite spans the entire continent of Europe, and more.


A wide variety of life science is being explored today aboard the International Space Station as Expedition 55 crew members prepare for a spacewalk planned for next month.


How stripped-envelope supernovas lose that outer envelope is not entirely clear.


The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned the first images of the Red Planet from its new orbit.


The Expedition 55 crew is experimenting with space gardening today while packing research samples and cargo for return to Earth.


A group of students and researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a starship capable of keeping generations of crew alive as they cross the gulf between stars - and they've turned to ESA for the starship's life support.


Around four billion years ago, the Moon had a magnetic field that was about as strong as Earth's magnetic field is today.


The first stars in the universe blazed to life about 200 to 400 million years after the big bang.


The six Expedition 55 crew members are not only space scientists but also space plumbers who periodically work on the International Space Station's toilet.


Astronomers are beginning to understand what happens when black holes get the urge to roam the Milky Way.


For scientists, parts of the Moon's Tycho crater remain a mystery.


This view of Cuba looks from east to west and reaches the cities of Santiago de Cuba on its west coast and Havana on its east coast. The sun's glint is reflected off the Caribbean Sea on Cuba's southern coast.


Spring arrived in the United States on March 20, but that did not stop a winter storm from dropping snow across the Upper Midwest a month later.


Today - Live Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event from ISS: Following today's swearing-in of NASA Administrator Bridenstine, the US crew spoke with US Vice President Pence and Bridenstine about their experiences on the ISS and their time at NASA.


Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives rotten eggs their distinctive odor, permeates the upper atmosphere of the planet Uranus - as has been long debated, but never definitively proven.


Jim Bridenstine officially took office as the 13th administrator of NASA Monday after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence at the agency's headquarters in Washington.


The Aristarchus plateau is an area of the Moon ripe for future exploration due to the diversity of its impact and volcanic materials.


A trio of islands that are part of the volcanic ten-island nation of Cape Verde is pictured off the northwestern coast of Africa as the International Space Station orbited over the Atlantic Ocean.


The Tasmania Fire Service webpage shows that all fires captured in this Aqua image from April 20, 2018 are, in fact, fires deliberately set for land management.


The outside of the International Space Station is a harsh environment but scientists are taking advantage of the extreme conditions to conduct advanced space research.


The outside of the International Space Station is a harsh environment but scientists are taking advantage of the extreme conditions to conduct advanced space research.


The Moon's Orientale basin is a massive lunar crater, about the size of Texas.


The United States island territory of Puerto Rico and the surrounding blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on its southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean on its northern coast were pictured by an Expedition 55 crew member aboard the International Space Station.


An iceberg surrounded by sea ice just north of Venable Ice Shelf, as seen during an Operation IceBridge flight on Nov. 16, 2017.


A new NASA Administrator is confirmed, our next planet-hunting mission launches, and the first 3-D microscopic image on the space station - 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.


Biomedical research to improve health on Earth and in space dominated today's science activities aboard the International Space Station.


Henderson Island lies in the South Pacific, about halfway between New Zealand and Chile.


As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet's watery past comes into clearer focus.


This colourful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery.


One of the most fundamental predictions of Einstein's theory of relativity is the existence of black holes.


A docked Russian cargo craft automatically fired its engines this morning boosting the International Space Station's altitude a little higher. During the rest of the day, the Expedition 55 crew supported life science and swapped out station hardware.


The southeast geography of the state of Massachusetts including Cape Cod Bay, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and the arm-shaped peninsula is clearly seen from the International Space Station as it orbited over the Atlantic coast of the United States.


When the validation mission for a satellite the size of a cereal box launches in May, it will test a small component in space that could have big benefits for future NASA satellite missions.


NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.


The International Space Station is set to raise its orbit Wednesday ahead of upcoming cargo and crew missions. Meanwhile, the six Expedition 55 crew members are staying busy today with medical tests, cargo work and lab maintenance.


A new instrument that will provide a unique, space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability has arrived at Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for launch to the International Space Station this summer.


An Australian-led group of astronomers working with European collaborators has revealed the "DNA" of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the sky.


Scientists on the ground and in space this week are exploring a wide variety of phenomena affecting humans living in space.


This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a massive galaxy cluster glowing brightly in the darkness. Despite its beauty, this cluster bears the distinctly unpoetic name of PLCK G308.3-20.2.


Ever wanted a deeper dive into the life of the International Space Station?


A challenge for the next generation of explorers, an eye-popping virtual tour of the Moon, and introducing the public to a universe of discovery - 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.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over southern India to the capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.


Today's research aboard the International Space Station is primarily focusing on how plants react and how medicine works in space.


The ASTERIA satellite, which was deployed into low-Earth orbit in November, is only slightly larger than a box of cereal, but it could be used to help astrophysicists study planets orbiting other stars.


The Expedition 55 crew explored a wide variety of life science today studying how different biological systems are affected by long-term exposure to microgravity.


Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.


The SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile allows astronomers to suppress the brilliant light of nearby stars in order to obtain a better view of the regions surrounding them.


Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond Earth.


Legendary explorers and visionaries, real and fictitious, are among those immortalized in the first set of official surface-feature names for Pluto's largest moon, Charon.


The fully-staffed Expedition 55 crew worked throughout the International Space Station today exploring how microgravity affects a variety of phenomena including biology and physics.


Scientists have decoded faint distortions in the patterns of the universe's earliest light to map huge tubelike structures invisible to our eyes - known as filaments - that serve as superhighways for delivering matter to dense hubs such as galaxy clusters.


Today - Plant Gravity Perception (PGP): The crew began the final Plant Gravity Perception experiment run on Saturday with three of the Experiment Containers maintaining power.


The HESS international collaboration, to which CNRS and CEA contribute, has published the results of fifteen years of gamma ray observations of the Milky Way.


Today - Mobile Servicing System (MSS) SpX-14 Operations: Overnight, the Robotics ground controllers released the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) from the SpaceX-14 Dragon Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF).


Building the future of quiet supersonic flight, science and supplies delivered to the space station, and uncovering the farthest star ever seen - a few of the stories to tell you about, This Week at NASA.


The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over southern Siberia and the world's largest freshwater lake: Lake Baikal.


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


The SpaceX Dragon space freighter is open for business today as the Expedition 55 crew begins unloading and activating new time-sensitive space experiments aboard the International Space Station.


SpaceX Dragon CRS-14 cargo spacecraft was captured with the International Space Station's robotic Canadarm2 on 4 April 2018.


Construction of the space telescope CHEOPS is finished. The engineers from the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern will package the instrument this week and send it to Madrid, where it will be integrated on the satellite platform.


Spectacular new pictures, created from images from both ground- and space-based telescopes, tell the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in the Small Magellanic Cloud, about 200 000 light-years from Earth.


Two days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:00 a.m. EDT.


An international team of researchers has imaged newly forming jets of plasma from a massive black hole with unprecedented accuracy.


The SpaceX Dragon space freighter is midway on its trip to the resupply the International Space Station's Expedition 55 crew.


The Dark Zone of Greenland ice sheet is a large continuous region on the western flank of the ice sheet; it is some 400 kilometers wide stretching about 100 kilometres up from the margin of the ice.


Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe, a collection of stars born shortly after the Big Bang.


Legendary photographer Ansel Adams created many stunning black-and-white landscape images during his lifetime, and one of his most striking masterpieces is Denali and Wonder Lake (formerly known as Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake).