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July 2019



ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is photographed during a spacewalk 259 miles above Argentina in January 2017.


A piping hot planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has pointed the way to additional worlds orbiting the same star, one of which is located in the star's habitable zone.


High-energy shock waves driven by solar flares and coronal mass ejections of plasma from the sun erupt throughout the solar system, unleashing magnetic space storms that can damage satellites, disrupt cell phone service and blackout power grids on Earth.


Microgravity research is ramping up aboard the International Space Station with brand new science payloads and an expanded Expedition 60 crew.


The Orange River separates the nations of Namibia and South Africa


Hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Siberia, some of which can be seen in this image captured from space on 28 July 2019.


Over the last month, massive quantities of the Sargassum seaweed have been washing up on the shores of Mexico, Florida in the US and some Caribbean islands, creating a serious environmental problem and causing havoc for the tourist industry.


A new U.S. space freighter is open for business today after delivering its payload to the International Space Station on Saturday. Meanwhile, a Russian resupply rocket is processing for another space delivery mission on Wednesday that will take less than three and a half hours after launch.


The cover of the shipping container carrying the heat shield for Orion's Artemis 2 mission, NASA's first crewed mission, is lifted up inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 10, 2019.


A portion of the Sahara desert in Algeria is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 260 miles above north Africa.


Far more accurate than any previous map, this new representation of glacier flows in Antarctica opens the door to an improved understanding of the vast continent and the future pace of sea level rise.


This image, based on observations from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the largest mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres.


NASA's newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has discovered three new worlds -- one slightly larger than Earth and two of a type not found in our solar system -- orbiting a nearby star.


Two days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony module at 12:01 p.m. EDT.


The SpaceX Dragon space freighter is on its way to the International Space Station following a Thursday launch from Florida.


Seeking ideas for landing systems to return humans to the Moon, showcasing our aeronautics research efforts, and the science connection to Apollo 11's splashdown ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake Balaton in western Hungary.


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


The SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply ship has launched and reached orbit.


The Moon's south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system: it's unimaginably cold, massively cratered, and has areas that are either constantly bathed in sunlight or in darkness.


Researchers at Dartmouth College have discovered a planet orbiting one of the brightest young stars known, according to a study published in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.


An international collaboration led by scientists mainly at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has found that bone and muscle mass are regulated by the altered gravity.


On 31 March 2017, Jupiter's moon Europa passed in front of a background star - a rare event that was captured for the first time by ground-based telescopes thanks to data provided by ESA's Gaia spacecraft.


Forecasters predict a 30% chance of favorable weather today for the liftoff of a U.S. cargo craft at 6:24 p.m. EDT from Florida.


Expedition 60 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA harvests Mizuna Mustard Greens


A fireball as bright as the full moon was observed by the Western University All-Sky Camera Network across southern Ontario and Quebec 4:44 a.m. ET this morning (Wednesday, July 24).


Our knowledge of the depth and shape of the Arctic Ocean floor - its bathymetry - is insufficient.


The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is set to become the largest radio telescope on Earth.


Astronomers using the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO) 45-meter telescope found that high-density gas, the material for stars, accounts for only 3% of the total mass of gas distributed in the Milky Way.


What is the composition of the crust from top to bottom? It is relatively easy to measure the surface, but what lies beneath the surface?


Gas-giant planets orbiting close to other stars have powerful magnetic fields, many times stronger than our own Jupiter, according to a new study by a team of astrophysicists.


Galaxies come in many shapes and sizes. One of the key galaxy types we see in the universe is the spiral galaxy, as demonstrated in an especially beautiful way by the subject of this Hubble Space Telescope image, NGC 2985.


An astronomer from the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy and an international team published a new study that reveals more of the vast cosmic structure surrounding our Milky Way galaxy.


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, moving toward the first flight of our Artemis Program, and a new crew to the space station on an historic date for humans in space ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


SpaceX is targeting Wednesday at 6:24 p.m. EDT for the launch of its 18th contracted Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station. This will be the third flight of this particular reusable Dragon space freighter atop a Falcon 9 rocket.


The Soyuz MS-13 crew ship approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Zvezda service module's rear docking port.


The universe 13,000 million years ago was very different from the universe we know today.


India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched the 3,840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an Earth orbit today (July 22, 2019).


At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, teams are making final preparations for the launch of NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos to the International Space Station.


Vice President Mike Pence addresses invited guests, elected officials and NASA, Lockheed Martin and other industry leaders at Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building on July 20, 2019.


Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanity, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and two fellow crew members arrived Saturday for their mission aboard the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked continuously for more than 18 years.


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 palm oil plantations in East Kalimantan - the Indonesian part of the island Borneo.


NASA has led the charge in space exploration for 60 years, and as we mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the agency is preparing for its next giant leap with the Artemis program.


A Soyuz rocket stands at its launch pad today at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ready to launch three new flight engineers to the International Space Station on Saturday.


Panorama view of Apollo 12 lunar surface photos with lunar module pilot Alan L. Bean and the TV taken from just inside the rim of Surveyor Crater on the first moonwalk of the mission.


Virgin Galactic revealed at their Apollo 50th anniversary event at Kennedy Space Centre a sculpture that encapsulates a journey through time, recording in chronological order 360 historic aviation and space achievements and milestones.


Building a lunar base would be one of the next logical steps in our exploration of the Solar System, but the survival of a future crew depends on access to a reliable source of energy.


As the world celebrates 50 years since the first lunar landing, the team at ESA's astronaut centre is looking to the future of lunar exploration. This includes developing prototypes for rock and soil sampling equipment to be used on the Moon.


Three Expedition 60 crewmates aboard the International Space Station spent the day servicing a variety of research hardware. Back on Earth, three different rockets are preparing to replenish the orbiting lab with a new crew and more science and supplies.


The Earth's limb and the atmospheric glow highlight the thin blue atmosphere back lit by the Sun's rays during a period between night and day.


The forward-end of the International Space Station is pictured highlighting portions of three modules and a pressurized mating adapter.


The International Space Station is set to receive a few more crewmembers on Saturday followed by a new docking port next Tuesday.


The only visual record of the historic Apollo 11 landing is from a 16mm time-lapse (6 frames per second) movie camera mounted in Buzz Aldrin's window (right side of Lunar Module Eagle or LM).


Astrophysicists know that iron (chemical symbol: Fe) is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, after lightweight elements such as hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.


Two rockets will be rolling out to their launch pads this week in Kazakhstan and Florida to blastoff to the International Space Station.


Leafy greens are pictured growing inside the Columbus laboratory module's VEGGIE botany research facility.


Flying 268 miles above New Zealand, the International Space Station's docked Progress 72 resupply ship is silhouetted over a wispy aurora australis, or "southern lights," the Earth's atmospheric glow and a starry orbital nighttime sky.


Astronomers obtained the first detailed face-on view of a gaseous disk feeding the growth of a massive baby star.


The International Space Station is gearing up for a pair of spaceships launching next weekend to deliver a new crew and more science and supplies.


Each black hole's mass is more than 800 million times that of our sun. As the two gradually draw closer together in a death spiral, they will begin sending gravitational waves rippling through space-time.


NASA's award-winning website Space Place has created a new interactive map of the United States that lets you find NASA connections in your state and beyond.


Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter.


Half a century ago we went to the Moon. We went from no human spaceflight capability to the ability to land people on another world in 8 years. "Eight Years To The Moon" by Nancy Atkinson chronicles the behind the scenes efforts required to accomplish this improbable task.


A virtual glimpse into our Artemis 1 mission, a key piece of hardware arrives for our Orion spacecraft, and a testing milestone for our Space Launch System rocket.


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 Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain standing at 3776 metres tall. In this spring image, the mountain can be seen coated in pure white snow.


The International Space Station is a unique orbiting laboratory that helps NASA and its partners explore what happens to humans living off the Earth.


The moon is photographed in its first quarter phase just above the Earth's limb as the International Space Station orbited 255 miles above the Pacific Ocean south of the Hawaiian island chain.


The supermassive black hole at the centre of jellyfish galaxy JO201 is stripping away gas and throwing it out into space, accelerating suppression of star formation and effectively 'killing' the galaxy.


Techniques developed by astronomers could help in the fight against breast and skin cancer.


The state-of-the-art heat shield, measuring roughly 16 feet in diameter, which will protect astronauts upon re-entry on the second mission of Artemis, arrived this week at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for assembly and integration with the Orion crew module.


The Expedition 60 crew configured a variety of science hardware today monitoring the brain and radiation exposure. The orbital residents also had a steady day of safety gear checks and lab maintenance on the International Space Station.


Virgin Orbit, Sir Richard Branson's small satellite launch company, announced today that it has successfully completed a key drop test of its LauncherOne vehicle, the last major step in the development program of the company's novel launch service.


Lakes Erie and St. Clair and the cities of Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio are pictured as the International Space Station orbited 257 miles over North America.