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August 2018



Intricate swirls in Jupiter's volatile northern hemisphere are captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.


Lifting off the launch pad with over 8 million pounds of thrust and reaching space soaring at speeds of almost 25,000 miles per hour in just over 8 minutes requires more than power -- it requires brains.


The two science orbiters of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission are connected in their launch configuration and the European science orbiter and transport module have been given the go-ahead to be loaded with propellants.


The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it in this striking image from the Hubble Space Telescope.


About 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, International Space Station flight controllers in Houston and Moscow began seeing signs of a minute pressure leak in the complex.


Glaciers are pictured in the Qilian Mountain range of central China as the International Space Station orbited 252 miles above the Asian continent.


Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space telescope have taken a series of spectacular images featuring the fluttering auroras at the north pole of Saturn.


In this study, we investigated the differences between four commonly-used exoplanet catalogs (exoplanet.eu; exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu; openexoplanetcatalogue.com; exoplanets.org) using a Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) test.


The six residents aboard the International Space Station today continued exploring how living in space impacts their bodies.


For centuries, scientists have worked to understand the makeup of Jupiter.


September is scheduled to be a busy month for the Expedition 56 crew aboard the International Space Station.


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year's 2019 close encounter.


Japanese research group clarifies the chronology of near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa.


The Expedition 56 crew members started off the work week with biomedical studies and human research to understand how living in space impacts their bodies.


It was Aug. 14, 2017, just one week before the Moon would cross paths with the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow across the United States.


Ongoing exercise research and gym maintenance took place aboard the International Space Station to ensure astronaut health and mission success.


Discussing the future of human space exploration, a vital resource is confirmed on the surface of the Moon, and a first glimpse at asteroid Bennu ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


A Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station Wednesday night as another resupply mission from Japan is planned in September.


Astronaut Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) checks a culture bag for the Space Algae experiment.


The easternmost edge of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and surrounding south tropical disturbance are captured in this image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.


NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018.


A Russian cargo ship is packed and ready for departure tonight from the International Space Station after a six-month stay.


52 years ago today, on 23 August 1966, Lunar Orbiter 1 snapped the first photo of Earth as seen from lunar orbit. While a remarkable image at the time, the full resolution of the image was never retrieved from the data stored from the mission.


NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold photographed a massive storm in the Pacific Ocean during a flyover from the International Space Station.


3D-printed metal parts produced through a Europe-wide collaboration of high-performance industrial sectors have undergone extensive testing for space use - tested to destruction in many cases - by ESA's specialist advanced manufacturing lab in the UK.


California's Mendocino Complex fire is still ongoing and recently turned the 400,000 (404,532) mark for acres burned.


Today - BioServe Protein Crystallography (BPC)-1: The crew performed BioServe Protein Crystallography Microscope operations today.


Hurricane Lane continued to show a large eye surrounded by powerful storms.


NASA provided estimates monsoon rainfall that affected India from Aug. 13 to 20.


The mass of a very young exoplanet has been revealed for the first time using data from ESA's star mapping spacecraft Gaia and its predecessor, the quarter-century retired Hipparcos satellite.


A study on past reversals of Earth's magnetic field has found that a rapid shift occurred within two centuries -- such an event in future would increase our exposure to the Sun's radiation that may cause trillions of dollars in power and communications systems damage.


A pair of German experiments took place aboard the International Space Station today including a space exercise study and the installation of an Earth spectral sensor.


In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface.


Arabidopsis plants are pictured before being harvested inside the Plant Habitat-01 housed inside Europe's Columbus laboratory module.


Physicists have provided strong support for quantum entanglement, the seemingly far-out idea that two particles, no matter how distant from each other in space and time, can be inextricably linked, in a way that defies the rules of classical physics.


The Expedition 56 crew members explored using algorithms to remotely control a robot on the ground and satellites from the International Space Station today.


Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev hand deploys one of four nano satellites just outside of the Pirs docking compartment airlock during a spacewalk.


New NASA-funded research has discovered that Arctic permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by instances of a relatively little known process called abrupt thawing.


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


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.