June 2019

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula at 04:30 UTC, Saturday 29 June 2019 (16:30 NZST). The Make It Rain mission launched seven satellites to orbit for rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight.

The latest about our new mission to Saturn's largest Moon, Launching new missions and landing astronauts ... on the same night! And ...restoring the glory to the Apollo Mission Control Room ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

If you stop a random person on the sidewalk and ask them what their favorite planet is, chances are their answer will be Saturn.

Utah's Great Salt Lake is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 255 miles above the southwestern United States.

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

Five of six Expedition 59 crewmembers gather inside Russia's Zvezda service module for dinner as a pizza loaded with toppings floats above the galley.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Gulf of Taranto, located on the inner heel of southern Italy.

In the next 200 years, the ice sheet model shows that melting at the present rate could contribute 19 to 63 inches to global sea level rise, said the team led by scientists at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet.

Orbiting 258 miles above Russia and Mongolia, an Expedition 59 crew member aboard the International Space Station photographed Lake Baikal.

NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn's icy moon.

A view looking up at the mobile launcher (ML) in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 18, 2019.

The active volcano of Mount Tambora on the Indonesian province island of West Nusa Tenggara is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 256 miles above the southeast Asian nation.

The Nile River, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea are contrasted by the desert nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan as the International Space Station orbits 254 miles above Africa.

Boston, Massachusetts, Logan International Airport and Massachusetts Bay figure prominently in this photograph taken 255 miles above the Atlantic Ocean from the International Space Station.

In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the starboard legs and wheels -- otherwise known as the mobility suspension -- on the Mars 2020 rover.

The International Space Station was 257 miles above the Earth off the coast of the northwestern United States when an Expedition 59 crewmember photographed portions of California and Nevada.

NASA technology demonstrations, which one day could help the agency get astronauts to Mars, and science missions, which will look at the space environment around Earth and how it affects us, have launched into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two of her Expedition 59 crewmates returned to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:47 p.m. EDT (8:47 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, local time) after months of science and four spacewalks aboard the microgravity laboratory.

The International Space Station was orbiting 269 miles above the Indian Ocean southwest of Australia when this nighttime photograph was taken of the aurora australis, or "southern lights."

The International Space Station was orbiting 255 miles above the Mediterranean Sea when an Expedition 59 crewmember looking northwest took this photograph of Italy and its island Sicily.

This image shows an irregular galaxy named IC 10, a member of the Local Group -- a collection of over 50 galaxies in our cosmic neighborhood that includes the Milky Way.

The highly saline Lake Elton in Russia, near the border with Kazakhstan, is the largest mineral lake in Europe.

The Namib Desert on the Atlantic Coast of Namibia is photographed from an altitude of 259 miles as the International Space Station orbited off the coast of the southwestern Africa nation.

Building the international effort to go forward to the Moon, selecting new missions, and dropping a plane for safety ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the Lena River Delta, the largest delta in the Arctic.

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

Three Expedition 59 crewmembers are reviewing the procedures they will use on their way to Earth after undocking from the International Space Station early next week.

Flight Engineer Christina Koch of NASA works on the Genes In Space-6 (GIS-6) experiment inside Europe's Columbus laboratory module.

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building the engine service platform that will provide access to the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is lifted up in the center of the mobile launcher (ML) in High Bay 3 on June 18, 2019.

Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world.

The rings of Uranus are invisible to all but the largest telescopes -- they weren't even discovered until 1977 -- but they're surprisingly bright in new heat images of the planet taken by two large telescopes in the high deserts of Chile.

An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019.

Good fortune and cutting-edge scientific equipment have allowed scientists to observe a Gamma Ray Burst jet with a radio telescope and detect the polarisation of radio waves within it for the first time - moving us closer to an understanding of what causes the universe's most powerful explosions.

On July 20, 1969, as Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder from the "Eagle" lunar landing module, he found himself surrounded by a sea of grey -- an expanse of powdery dust no human had ever seen in person.

We have seen intricate patterns that milk makes in coffee and much smoother ones that honey makes when stirred with a spoon. Which of these cases best describes the behavior of the hot gas in galaxy clusters?

Take a look at any galaxy in the universe through a telescope or in pictures captured by observatories and you might think you have a good idea of its shape.

An extremely large fire was seen in a Suomi NPP satellite image in the Northern Territory of Australia on June 14, 2019.

A set of three CubeSats are ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer attached to a robotic arm outside of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory module.

The International Space Station was flying into an orbital sunset 259 miles above the Pacific Ocean passing 650 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California.

How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors.

Looking from northwest to southeast (bottom to top), this oblique view shows portions of Western Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa.

The Sun is why we're here. It's also why Martians or Venusians are not.

After months of being shy about how much it will cost to send Americans back to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA Administrator Bridenstine has finally started to get specific.

In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room.

NASA navigators are helping build a future where spacecraft could safely and autonomously fly themselves to destinations like the Moon and Mars.

As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows

On June 12, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed another significant navigation maneuver--breaking its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft.

After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.

Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart.

The Expedition 59 crew collected blood and breath samples today to test new biomedical gear and protect future astronauts going to the Moon and Mars. The orbital residents also participated in a pair of behavioral studies aboard the International Space Station.

Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered hints that humanity's favorite star may have a dual personality, with intriguing discrepancies in its magnetic fields that could hold clues to the Sun's own "internal clock."

Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. But too much - or too little of it - makes headlines.

Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne.

Based on preliminary results from a new Gemini Observatory survey of 531 stars with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), it appears more and more likely that large planets and brown dwarfs have very different roots.

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a dedicated planet-finding instrument at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, is concluding a 4-year survey - the GPI Exoplanet Survey (GPIES) - of 531 young, nearby stars searching for giant planets.

Four Expedition 59 astronauts underwent periodic health checkups and regularly scheduled eye scans today. The International Space Station residents also had time set aside for space gardening, furnace work, crew ship packing and radiation checks.

The Solar System's second largest planet both in mass and size, Saturn is best known for its rings.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have helped to overturn almost a century of galaxy classification, in a new study using data from the longstanding Galaxy Zoo project.

Astronomers probing the edges of the Milky Way have in recent years observed some of the most brilliant pyrotechnic displays in the galaxy: superflares.

When scientists first saw this structure on the images taken by their camera on the Dawn space probe, they could hardly believe their eyes

Designed to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, the Psyche mission is readying for a 2022 launch.

Three Expedition 59 crewmembers are getting ready to end their stay at the International Space Station after six and a half months in space. Meanwhile, mission scientists continue exploring how microgravity impacts the human body.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague assembles and installs the Water Storage System inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module.

A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.

If astronomers want to learn about how supermassive black holes form, they have to start small--really small, astronomically speaking.

Storm clouds are seen on the southwestern coast of Yemen as the International Space Station was about to fly 254 miles over the Bab al-Mandab Strait in between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

The first interstellar object, `Oumuamua, was discovered in the Solar System by Pan-STARRS in 2017, allowing for a calibration of the impact rate of interstellar meteors of its size ∼100m.

Orion's service module for NASA's Artemis 1 mission was moved from a test stand to a test cell inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 22, 2019.

This striking image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a powerful instrument installed on the telescope in 2009. WFC3 is responsible for many of Hubble's most breathtaking and iconic photographs.

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

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake Valencia, in northern Venezuela.This false-colour image was processed in a way that makes vegetation of the Henri Pittier National Park, north of the lake, appear in fluorescent green. These bright colours contrast with the blackness of the lake.

The International Space Station's BEAM opened up today for environmental sampling and cargo stowage activities as NASA continues to test the commercial module. The Expedition 59 crew also explored biotechnology and fluid physics to improve Earth applications and space habitability.

The test version of Orion attached to the Launch Abort System for the Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test is moved by crane into the vertical integration facility at Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 23, 2019.

Without the sound advice of meteorologists and geologists working behind the scenes, one of the most consequential battles in human history could have gone quite differently.