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June 2018



For Asteroid Day, the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Gosses Bluff crater in the Northern Territory of Australia. The crater is visible in the left centre of the image and it is about 22 km in diameter. It was most likely formed 140 million years ago by the impact of a large comet or meteorite slamming into the surface of Earth.


Today's report - Umbilical Interface Assembly (UIA) Remove and Replace (R&R) Troubleshooting:Yesterday the crew investigated if loosening the 20 fasteners securing the UIA to the Airlock mounting bracket would generate any free play and allow the crew to close the gap in the Oxygen Supply lines; unfortunately, the crew indicated the tolerances were too tight and this was not possible.


Mission controllers have turned off the industrious ion engines on NASA's Dawn spacecraft for the last time and do not expect to turn them back on again.


A team of researchers, supported under ESA's Basic Activities, has recently investigated a resourceful new method of monitoring space weather.


'Oumuamua -- the first interstellar object discovered within our solar system -- has been the subject of intense scrutiny since its discovery in October 2017.


Today's science activities aboard the International Space Station are looking to improve cancer therapies and benefit cement processing on Earth. Meanwhile, two astronauts are practicing to capture the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft next week.


Observations from Hubble and ground-based observatories have confirmed ′Oumuamua got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year.


JAXA confirmed Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, rendezvoused with Ryugu, the target asteroid.


An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.


The Expedition 56 crew members are configuring the International Space Station for several new experiments being delivered on the upcoming SpaceX Dragon cargo mission. The orbital residents also explored space physics and serviced U.S. spacesuits.


A European team of astronomers has discovered that dust particles around a star already coagulate before the star is fully grown.


The Expedition 56 crew members are getting ready for the arrival next week of the 15th SpaceX Dragon mission to the International Space Station.


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will use its unparalleled infrared capabilities to study Jupiter's Great Red Spot.


Researchers at the University of Bonn and the University of California at Irvine used sophisticated computer simulations to devise a test that could answer a burning question in astrophysics: is there really dark matter?


This unique video shows a full launch of the Soyuz MS-09: from liftoff to orbit. Watch the launch from inside the crew capsule with first-ever shots from outside the spacecraft recorded by cameras fixed to the exterior of the Soyuz.


The Expedition 56 crew members researched microbes and plants today and conducted more eye exams to benefit future space residents as well as people on Earth.


Sitting between Mars and Jupiter, the doughnut-shaped asteroid belt is packed full of rocky bodies and debris.


In June 2018, winds lofted dust from the Sahara Desert and carried it over the Red Sea. On June 14, the dust storm had been blowing for about a week.


In astronomy, the devil is in the details -- as this image, taken by the NASA/ESA (European Space Agency) Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide-Field Camera 3, demonstrates.


While Tropical Storm Bud was lashing parts of western Mexico and causing flooding that extended into the American Southwest, a tropical disturbance was spinning over the Gulf of Mexico and straddling southeastern Texas.


The third meeting of the National Space Council, seeking a partnership to power our Gateway, and - an educational activity that's quite a blast ... 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.


Quite a wide variety of science activities took place today aboard the International Space Station exploring time perception, exercise and eyesight.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Lake Huron, the second largest of the five Great Lakes of North America. Bound on the north and east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south and west by the state of Michigan in the U.S., Lake Huron was the first of the Great Lakes to be seen by Europeans in 1615.


Using the MUSE instrument on ESO's VLT , a team led by Thomas Collett from the University of Portsmouth in the UK first calculated the mass of ESO 325-G004 by measuring the movement of stars within this nearby elliptical galaxy .


Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some 50,000 stars.


The International Space Station deployed a satellite this morning to demonstrate the potential of removing space junk. Back inside the orbital lab, the Expedition 56 crew explored space physics, studied human research and conducted an emergency drill.


Earth from Meteosat-11's POV at 10:00 UTC today. More information at EUMETSAT


The onboard ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic) imaged Ryugu from June 18, 2018 at around 12:00 JST to June 20 at around 19:00 JST.


A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.


A new multiagency report outlines how the U.S. could become better prepared for near-Earth objects -- asteroids and comets whose orbits come within 30 million miles of Earth -- otherwise known as NEOs.


The Expedition 56 crew's schedule is full of space science today as cleanup continues after last week's spacewalk.


Astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover the tale-telling signs of planets in the young, likely planet-forming disk around the star MWC 758.


Doctors learn a lot about their patients' health by taking their temperature. An elevated temperature, or fever, can be a sign of illness.


Today - Gravitational References for Sensitomotor Performance (GRASP): The crew reconfigured the GRASP equipment from the seated configuration to the quasi-free floating configuration this morning.


A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August.


Scientists have been able to prove the existence of small black holes and those that are super-massive but the existence of an elusive type of black hole, known as intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) is hotly debated.


Today - Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Activities: Following yesterday's successful US EVA #51 Node 2 (N2) Forward External Wireless Communications (EWC), the crew began stowing the tools and cameras used during the EVA and conducted an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) water recharge.


President Trump signed Space Policy Directive - 3 on space traffic management today at the beginning of the third National Space Council Meeting.


During a post flight presentation June 15 at NASA Headquarters, astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei shared their experiences living and working on the International Space Station as members of the Expedition 53/54 crew.


Administrator Bridenstine chats with a couple of our astronauts, a massive dust storm on Mars, and astronauts at work outside 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.


Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel and Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold of NASA completed the sixth spacewalk at the International Space Station this year at 2:55 p.m. EDT, lasting 6 hours, 49 minutes.


Mount Makalu in the Himalayas is pictured in this Copernicus Sentinel-2B image from 9 December 2017.


Is dark matter a source of a yet unknown force in addition to gravity? The mysterious dark matter is little understood and trying to understand its properties is an important challenge in modern physics and astrophysics.


A team of Japanese scientists led by Masahiro Kayama of Tohoku University's Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, has discovered a mineral known as moganite in a lunar meteorite found in a hot desert in northwest Africa.


The Expedition 56 astronauts huddled together today finalizing preparations for Thursday's spacewalk to ready the International Space Station for commercial crew vehicles.


Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a major new international climate assessment funded by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).


One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.


New work from an international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Jaehan Bae used archival radio telescope data to develop a new method for finding very young extrasolar planets.


Today - Grip: Today a crewmember deployed Grip hardware in the Columbus module central aisle and performed dynamic seated operations.


NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.


NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are set to go on their third spacewalk together this year on Thursday at the International Space Station.


Electrically charged particles from the sun strike moons and planets with great force. The consequences of these impacts can now be explained by scientists from TU Wien


University of Groningen astronomers have discovered relics of merger events in the Milky Way halo.


This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.


Experiments conducted at Berkeley Lab helped to confirm that samples of interplanetary particles - collected from Earth's upper atmosphere and believed to originate from comets - contain dust leftover from the initial formation of the solar system.


Less than three weeks after launch, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that enables its unique measurements of how mass migrates around our planet.


NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.


On June 11, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope celebrates a decade of using gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light in the cosmos, to study black holes, neutron stars, and other extreme cosmic objects and events.


Three new Expedition 56 crew members were welcomed aboard the International Space Station today.


Two astronauts and a cosmonaut are racing toward the International Space Station today inside the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.


For World Oceans Day, the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Atlantic Ocean and the Republic of Cabo Verde.


Dust Clouds From Africa And The Arabian Peninsula Travelled As Far As India.


NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.


NASA has approved an update to Juno's science operations until July 2021.


The Soyuz MS-09 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 7:12 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 6 (5:12 p.m. in Baikonur).


The Soyuz rocket that will launch three new Expedition 56-57 crew members to the International Space Station stands at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Three crew members are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m. EDT Wednesday (5:12 p.m. Baikonur time).


In early Martian summer, at the time NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover.


Today - Atomization: The crew swapped sample syringes for the Atomization investigation today.


Today - EXPRESS Rack-3 Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) and Veggie: The crew rotated EXPRESS Rack 3 down in the Columbus module today, installed an iPEHG and then rotated the rack back up.


NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.


Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew, including NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, returned to Earth Sunday after 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit.


Tracking the space station's next crew, a distant and lonely neutron star, and taking the bite out of some very dangerous bugs - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.