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November 2018



The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over Mexico City. This huge, densely-populated capital can be seen in the top right of the image.


A Russian spacewalk is planned before three Expedition 57 crew members return to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft just before Christmas.


NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor performs plumbing duties inside the International Space Station's toilet, also known as the Waste and Hygiene Compartment, located in the U.S. Tranquility module.


The European Service Module (ESM) is unpacked inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay on Nov. 7, 2018, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is all set to receive the first signals from InSight - NASA's latest inhabitant of Mars.


Gazing across 300 million light-years into a monstrous city of galaxies, astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to do a comprehensive census of some of its most diminutive members: a whopping 22,426 globular star clusters found to date.


Scientists using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have measured all the starlight produced over 90 percent of the universe's history.


December is shaping up to be a heavy traffic period at the International Space Station. Two crews will swap places before Christmas and a U.S. spaceship will deliver new supplies and science. A Russian spacewalk is also planned for a crew vehicle inspection.


Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor checks on plants being grown for botany research aboard the International Space Station.


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is both large and heavy, so it requires some big equipment to move it from one place to another during testing.


The last image posted of the fires across Central Africa was on October 30, 2018. This image was taken almost a month later by the Terra satellite on November 27, 2018 and shows about the same amount of fire activity in basically the same areas.


In a replay similar to the weekend before Thanksgiving, two rockets on the opposite sides of the world are poised to launch one day after another to replenish the International Space Station with a new crew and cargo.


The International Space Station was flying 265 miles above the South Atlantic Ocean when an Expedition 57 crew member photographed the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas).


In the early morning of October 27, the Hubble Space Telescope targeted a field of galaxies not far from the Great Square in the constellation Pegasus.


The sun set on a week of trials for the ExoMars rover prototype named Charlie (in the foreground). The first of two field trials for the mission, known as ExoFiT, took place in the Tabernas desert in Spain between 13-26 October.


The Expedition 57 crew aboard the International Space Station conducted human research and space physics today while maintaining life support systems.


The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet.


MarCO-B, one of the experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) away during its flyby of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018.


The International Space Station was flying 257 miles above Western Australia when an Expedition 57 crew member photographed storm clouds on the west coast of the continent.


The annual Space Exploration Masters is a competition to stimulate innovation in all aspects of space exploration.


With seven Copernicus Sentinel missions in orbit delivering an almost unimaginable amount of freely-available data about our planet, the potential of tapping into this incredible resource to better the lives of citizens is almost limitless.


Today - Food Acceptability Questionnaire: The crew performed the Food Acceptability questionnaire.


Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.


A landing site is selected for our next Mars rover, our InSight mission is in the home stretch of its journey to the Red Planet, and a week of celebration 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.


The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over the Gulf. Also known as the Arabian Gulf and the Persian Gulf, this marginal sea of the Indian Ocean is just under 1000 km long and covers an area of around 250 000 sq km.


This image shows galaxy NGC 5033's spiral arms, dotted with blue clusters of hot, young stars still forming, while older, cooler stars populate the galaxy's center causing it to appear redder.


Three humans will spend Thanksgiving orbiting about 260 miles above Earth. Another three individuals are spending the holiday in Kazakhstan preparing to launch to the International Space Station on Dec. 3.


Shadows on Earth can be mysterious and foreboding, but when they occur in space, they can convey information we otherwise could not know.


The International Space Station turned 20 years old today with the launch of the first element, the Zarya module, occurring on Nov. 20, 1998.


Astronauts venturing deep into space could receive medical treatments using 3D-printed skin, bone and - one day - entire organs, according to a leading group of 3D bioprinting experts who gathered at ESA's technical heart


A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact.


The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship was bolted into place on the International Space Station's Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 7:31 a.m. EST.


A portion of Green River and its tributary canyons in the state of Utah were pictured as the International Space Station orbited 255 miles above North America.


A team of astronomers from Israel, the U.S. and Russia have identified a disrupted galaxy resembling a giant tadpole, complete with an elliptical head and a long, straight tail, about 300 million light years away from Earth.


As firefighters continue to battle the destructive Camp Fire in Northern California, the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has produced a new map showing damage as of Nov. 16.


NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.


Carrying almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted Russian Progress 71 cargo spacecraft launched at 1:14 p.m. EST (12:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


Data from space are informing those fighting the California wildfires, a U.S. commercial resupply mission launches to the space station, and showcasing the powerhouse for our Orion spacecraft ... 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 Fogo, Cabo Verde. This small volcanic island, which can be seen in the right of the image, is about 25 km in diameter and home to around 35 000 people.


The launch of the Cygnus space freighter from Northrop Grumman has slipped another day due to inclement weather at the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Atlantic coast.


The USS John P. Murtha and a test version of the Orion capsule are in view at sunset on Nov. 1, 2018, during Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) in the Pacific Ocean.


The most luminous galaxy ever discovered is cannibalizing not one, not two, but at least three of its smaller neighbors


Supernovas are the deathly explosions of massive stars.


Dismal weather on Virginia's Atlantic coast has pushed back the launch of a U.S. cargo craft to the International Space Station one day to Friday.


In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua -- the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system.


An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland.


@NASA_ICE From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole. Larger image


An international team including five Carnegie astronomers has discovered a frozen Super-Earth orbiting Barnard's star, the closest single star to our own Sun.


A U.S. rocket stands at its launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia counting down to a Thursday morning launch. On the other side of the world in Kazakhstan, a Russian rocket is being processed for its launch Friday afternoon.


Imaging Earth from space is a favourite pastime for astronauts on the International space Station.


The entire history of human existence is a tiny blip in our solar system's 4.5-billion-year history.


ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured an unprecedented series of images showing the passage of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b around its parent star.


A letter authored by SETI Institute scientist Oliver White was published by Nature Astronomy today. Co-authors included researchers Jeff Moore, Tanguy Bertrand and Kimberly Ennico at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.


The six-day-old Camp Fire has already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire.


Today - H-II Transfer Vehicle 7 (HTV7) Status: HTV7 performed a nominal deorbit, on Saturday November 10, concluding a very successful mission.


Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music.


California continues to be plagued by wildfires -- including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest in the state's history.


Astronomers from CSIRO and The Australian National University have witnessed, in the finest detail ever, the slow death of a neighbouring dwarf galaxy, which is gradually losing its power to form stars.


A crew of three from around the world are heading into the weekend aboard the International Space Station.


A group of scientists and engineers in Leicester has recommended Oxia Planum as the best landing site for the British-built Mars rover.


Space weather is no abstract concept - it may happen in space, but its effects on Earth can be significant.


It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure - giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.


The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Madagascar. This huge island nation, located off the east coast of Africa and seen in the left of the image, has a population of around 25 million.


The Expedition 57 crew said farewell to a Japanese resupply ship Wednesday and is getting ready to welcome U.S. and Russian space freighters in less than two weeks.


The International Space Station was orbiting 253 miles above northern Pakistan when this photograph was taken of a portion of the Himalayan mountain range.


The cosmos is a void dotted with stars and an ever-increasing number of newly-observed planets beyond our solar system. Yet, how these stars and planets formed out of clouds of interstellar dust and gas remains mysterious.


For more than ten years, the Borexino detector located 1,400 meters below surface of the Italian Gran Sasso massif has been exploring the interior of our Sun.


Parker Solar Probe is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from our star's surface.


Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), with back-up support from NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, used the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to release a Japanese cargo spacecraft at 11:51 a.m. EST.


Despite humankind's scientific prowess there are still many phenomena that defy explanation or a common agreement on why something happens.


This set of images shows the asteroid Bennu rotating for one full revolution.


ESA's Proba-V minisatellite images the verdant Yucatán peninsula, once home to the Maya civilization and the site of the impact believed to have doomed the dinosaurs.


Peering through thick walls of gas and dust surrounding the messy cores of merging galaxies, astronomers are getting their best view yet of close pairs of supermassive black holes as they march toward coalescence into mega black holes.