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May 2018



President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-2 (SPD-2) today in the oval office.


As NASA shifts human exploration back to the Moon, U.S. commercial partnerships will be a key to expediting missions and building a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.


Last September, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot.


Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year.


Astronomers have discovered a special kind of neutron star for the first time outside of the Milky Way galaxy, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.


The lander is currently encapsulated in a protective aeroshell, which launched on top of an Atlas V 401 rocket on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California.


The atmosphere of Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is far from homogeneous.


A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth's mass on and beneath the planet's surface successfully launched at 12:47 p.m. PDT Tuesday from the California coast.


For close to two weeks the combination of a nearly stationary front and tropical moisture caused almost continuous precipitation over much of the Mid-Atlantic.


A camera used at the Gemini North telescope to monitor sky conditions from Hawaii's Maunakea captured a remarkable time-lapse sequence of the Kilauea volcanic eruption.


Hurricane Patricia, which battered the west coast of Mexico in 2015, was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.


Orbital ATK's Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft lifted off at 4:44 a.m. EDT and is on its way to the International Space Station.


Planning a trip to Mars? You'll want to remember your anti-radiation pills.


Scientists have developed a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would be different if they formed under the conditions predicted for the late 21st century.


An object is revolving around the sun in the vicinity of Jupiter but in the opposite direction from most other celestial bodies, according to a study featuring a Brazilian scientist as co-author.


The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft that will resupply the Expedition 55 crew on the International Space Station rolled out to its launch pad Thursday night.


Astronauts soon will have new experiments to conduct related to emergency navigation, DNA sequencing and ultra-cold atom research when the research arrives at the International Space Station following the 4:44 a.m. EDT Monday launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.


Sentinel-3B's first image over Europe shows the east coast of Greenland at 13:20 UTC.


Some of the earliest human explorers used mechanical tools called sextants to navigate vast oceans and discover new lands.


Sending a helicopter to Mars, a busy week for our new Administrator, and showcasing how technology enables exploration - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


NASA's next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is one step closer to searching for new worlds after successfully completing a lunar flyby on May 17.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel in northern France.


The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft that will resupply the Expedition 55 crew on the International Space Station rolled out to its launch pad Thursday night.


NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again.


Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.


The next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station will be carrying among its supplies and experiments three cereal box-sized satellites that will be used to test and demonstrate the next generation of Earth-observing technology.


Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA completed the fifth spacewalk of this year at 2:10 p.m. EDT, lasting 6 hours, 31 minutes.


Sentinel-3B's very first sight was the sunset over the Weddell Sea, just off the coast of Antarctica.


Astronomers have used observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and ESO's Very Large Telescope to determine that star formation in the very distant galaxy MACS1149-JD1 started at an unexpectedly early stage, only 250 million years after the Big Bang.


In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and why.


A Yale-led research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's Sun.


Two NASA astronauts are finalizing their preparations ahead of Wednesday morning's spacewalk to swap thermal control gear outside the International Space Station.


NASA's Voyager 1 took a classic portrait of Earth from several billion miles away in 1990. Now a class of tiny, boxy spacecraft, known as CubeSats, have just taken their own version of a "pale blue dot" image, capturing Earth and its moon in one shot.


Looking at Earth from the International Space Station, astronauts see big, white clouds spreading across the planet.


Astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our Sun every two days.


Veteran astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will embark on the 210th spacewalk Wednesday at the International Space Station to swap out thermal control gear.


A small group of students recently got to experience a rare, spaceflight thrill: seeing if the tiny satellite, called a CubeSat, they designed and built not only survived a rocket launch to space but also successfully gathered and transmitted data once on orbit.


The International Space Station will be orbiting a little higher this weekend to prepare for the departure of three Expedition 55 crew members and the arrival of a new Russian cargo craft.


Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year's springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice on May 2.


The historic first detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes far outside our galaxy opened a new window to understanding the universe.


The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us over Alaska's Columbia Glacier, one of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world.


Two Expedition 55 Flight Engineers are using virtual reality and computer training today to prepare for next week's spacewalk at the International Space Station.


Kibo was pictured as the International Space Station orbited over the southern Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand.


Scientists analyzing the first data from the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission have found two stars that revolve around each other every 38 minutes.


This movie, based on images taken by ESA's Mars Express, showcases the 102 km wide Neukum Crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars.


An international team of astronomers has used ESO telescopes to investigate a relic of the primordial Solar System.


Earth's magnetic field provides an invisible but crucial barrier that protects Earth from the solar wind--a stream of charged particles launched from the sun's outer layers.


Today - Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer 8 (J-SSOD#8): Today the crew depressurized and vented the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock in support of J-SSOD#8 operations this week. The launch of small satellites from the J-SSOD#8 deployers is planned for Friday, May 11th.


This black hole bounty consists of stellar-mass black holes, which typically weigh between 5 and 30 times the mass of the Sun.


The structure for Europe's second service module for NASA's Orion spacecraft arrived at the Airbus clean room in Bremen, Germany, last week.


The SuperCDMS SNOLAB project, a multi-institutional effort led by SLAC, is expanding the hunt for dark matter to particles with properties not accessible to any other experiment.


The Sun's corona, invisible to the human eye except when it appears briefly as a fiery halo of plasma during a solar eclipse, remains a puzzle even to scientists who study it closely.


An international team of astronomers headed by Dutch researchers from Leiden University has coincidently found a small companion around the young double star CS Cha.


International Space Station officials will preview a pair of upcoming spacewalks live on NASA TV Tuesday. Meanwhile, Orbital ATK is getting its Cygnus resupply ship ready for launch in less than two weeks while the Expedition 55 crew focuses on biomedical studies today.


"Now in its fourth year, the annual Humans to Mars Report (H2MR) has become one of the most influential publications in the space community", said Rick Zucker, Explore Mars' Vice President (Policy).


The full moon was pictured April 30, 2018 as the International Space Station orbited off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.


A team led by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory plans to include X-ray Navigation technology on a proposed CubeSat mission to the Moon. NASA engineers are now studying the possibly of adding the capability to future human-exploration spacecraft.


Heavy seasonal rainfall has recently caused flooding in Kenya and NASA analyzed and estimated the total rainfall using data from a suite of satellites and gauges.


The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano. The fissures and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas prompted evacuations in the area.


Using an onboard focusing process, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity created this product by merging two to eight images previously taken by the MAHLI, located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm.


Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately 10 billion years, but they weren't sure what would happen next...until now.


Today - SpaceX (SpX)-14 Dragon Departure Preparation: Early this morning, the crew completed re-packing of the Double Coldbags required for return of temperature-controlled items on Dragon.


NASA has received radio signals indicating that the first-ever CubeSats headed to deep space are alive and well.


An Atlas V rocket lifted off at 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying NASA's InSight spacecraft.


The Expedition 55 crew members are getting their U.S. spacesuits and equipment ready for a spacewalk in two weeks. The Dragon cargo craft from SpaceX is nearly loaded with NASA science and gear ahead of its Saturday return to Earth.


NASA and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.


The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship's stay at the International Space Station has been extended until Saturday after unfavorable conditions were reported at the splashdown zone in the Pacific Ocean.


Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b.


A new CubeSat mission -- GTOSat -- will not only provide key observations of the environmentally forbidding radiation belts that encircle Earth, it will provide initial steps of a new technological vision.


Sure, it sounds kind of far out: a modular space telescope, nearly 100 feet across, composed of individual units launched as ancillary payloads on space missions over a period of months and years, units that will navigate autonomously to a pre-determined point in space and self-assemble.


The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship is packed with International Space Station hardware and scientific samples ready for return to Earth on Saturday.


The Expedition 55 crew members are packing up the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft today for its return to Earth on Wednesday.


Robotics controllers and Expedition 55 crew members are getting ready for the departure of the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship next week.


Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good quality environmental data: the Moon.