August 2018

Our mission to touch the Sun is on its way, Administrator Bridenstine visits NASA spaceflight facilities, and an update on our first-ever asteroid sample return mission ... 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.

Today: Russian ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) 45: Yesterday, Artemyev (EV1) and Prokopev (EV2) exited the Docking Compartment (DC)1 at 11:17 AM CDT and completed Russia EVA #45 with a Phased Elapsed Time (PET) of 7 hours and 46 minutes.

Expedition 56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold prepares amplified DNA collected from microbes living aboard the International Space Station for sequencing using the Biomolecule Sequencer.

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

MIT scientists have uncovered a sprawling new galaxy cluster hiding in plain sight.

Astronomers using the ultraviolet vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have captured one of the largest panoramic views of the fire and fury of star birth in the distant universe.

Expedition 56 Flight Engineers Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos began a spacewalk when they opened the hatch of the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station at 12:17 p.m. EDT.

Exoplanets, planets in other solar systems, can orbit very close to their host star.

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic field lines.

The Earth's building blocks seem to be built from 'pretty normal' ingredients, according to researchers working with the world's most powerful telescopes.

The Expedition 56 crew is getting ready for a spacewalk Wednesday outside the International Space Station's Russian segment.

Commander Drew Feustel prepares a meal inside the Unity module which connects the U.S. segment of the International Space Station to the Russian segment

The fully-formed eye of Hurricane Hector is clearly visible from the International Space Station as the orbital complex flew 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean southeast of the Hawaiian island chain.

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California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state's borders.

University of California astronomers, including three from UCLA, have resolved a mystery about the early universe and its first galaxies.

Two Expedition 56 cosmonauts packed a Russian resupply ship today before preparing for Wednesday's spacewalk.

The detection of "mini-moons" -- small asteroids temporarily captured in orbit around Earth -- will vastly improve our scientific understanding of asteroids and the Earth-Moon system, says a new review published in Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Science.

Historic space weather may help us understand what's coming next, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

Most of the Eastern half of the United States had rainfall during the past week.

Scientists have found that 4.02 billion year old silica-rich felsic rocks from the Acasta River, Canada - the oldest rock formation known on Earth - probably formed at high temperatures and at a surprisingly shallow depth of the planet's nascent crust.

The positively charged particles may have an outsize influence on the properties of neutron stars and other neutron-rich objects.

A pair of cosmonauts are going into the weekend preparing for the seventh spacewalk this year from the International Space Station.

With an average elevation exceeding 4500 m and an area of 2.5 million sq km, it is the highest and largest plateau in the world today.

Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.

NASA's weekly in-depth report on the weeks happenings.

Humanity's first mission to touch the Sun, Administrator Bridenstine visits Kennedy Space Center, and historic California wildfires seen 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.

Researchers have identified a new type of meteorite with the potential to reshape our understanding of planetary formation.

Today - HTV-7 Rack Relocation Prep: This week the crew has been executing a series of activities in order to prepare ISS for the installation of new racks arriving on HTV-7.

Earth is constantly being hammered by charged particles emitted by the Sun that have enough power to make life on Earth almost impossible.

Magnetic fields around a planet or the Sun can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation.

A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.

Imagine a place where the weather forecast is always the same: scorching temperatures, relentlessly sunny, and with absolutely zero chance of rain.

The Expedition 56 crew members explored how human health and physical processes are affected off the Earth today.

The mountainous and glacial Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile is pictured as the International Space Station began a quick orbital pass over the South American continent.

Scientists with NASA/Caltech's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA) used new satellite data to produce a map of ground deformation on the resort island of Lombok, Indonesia, following a deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake on August 5.

The six-member Expedition 56 crew was busy Tuesday juggling science hardware maintenance and a variety of research work. The orbital residents are also helping students contribute to space research and testing an ancient navigation technique.

The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) above sea level, down the flanks of the Chugach Mountains, and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.

Two NASA teams are examining the use of gallium nitride, a crystal-type semiconductor compound first discovered in the 1980s, and currently used in consumer electronics such as laser diodes in DVD readers.

400 kilometers above Earth, researchers examined waves in complex plasma under microgravity conditions and found that the microparticles behaved in nonuniform ways in the presence of varying electrical fields.

Forty-four planets in solar systems beyond our own have been unveiled in one go, dwarfing the usual number of confirmations from extrasolar surveys, which is typically a dozen or less.

California has been dealing with record breaking fires for the past month and they aren't even halfway through their fire season.

Before NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started science operations on July 25, 2018, the planet hunter sent back a stunning sequence of serendipitous images showing the motion of a comet.

This Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 image demonstrates the immense effects of gravity; more specifically, it shows the effects of gravitational lensing caused by a galaxy cluster called SDSS J1152+3313.

Astronauts named to the first commercial crew flights, using Earth science data to benefit society, and California wildfires seen from space ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Robotic flight controllers released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station's robotic arm at 12:38 p.m. EDT, and Expedition 56 Serena Auñon-Chancellor of NASA is monitoring its departure.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is packed with science and hardware ready for return to Earth on Friday.

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

NASA introduced to the world on Friday the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.

What happens when a star behaves like it exploded, but it's still there?

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the Milky Way galaxy in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The International Space Station Partners and mission managers polled "go" for tomorrow's release of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft for its deorbit and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean to wrap up the CRS-15 mission.

This ESO Picture of the Week shows a crescent-shaped cocoon of gas and dust -- a nebula known as NGC 3199, which lies 12 000 light-years away from Earth.

Composite image of category 2 hurricane Jongdari, approaching Japan, from 09:00 UTC on Wednesday, 27 July 2018.

Seen on a microscopic support, this sharp-edged grain of rock is an extraterrestrial object - a tiny sample from the Itokawa asteroid, retrieved by Japan's Hayabusa mission and now being tested by ESA researchers.

Something mysterious is going on at the Sun. In defiance of all logic, its atmosphere gets much, much hotter the farther it stretches from the Sun's blazing surface.

In an international collaboration between Japan and Sweden, scientists clarified how gravity affects the shape of matter near the black hole in binary system Cygnus X-1.

A thin gap has been discovered on the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (HRD).

Hurricanes bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to coastal communities, a potent combination that can lead to devastating damage.

Numerous microgravity investigations are wrapping up this week onboard the International Space Station. The Expedition 56 crew is carefully packing the research results and science gear inside the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft for return to Earth on Friday.