Archives

February 2020



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


Andros Island, the largest island of the Bahamas, is featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Jeffrey Richards, a payload research and science coordinator on the LASSO contract at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, prepares an experiment for a test in an Airbus Random Positioning Machine in the Microgravity Simulation Support Facility (MSSF) inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 11, 2020.


The Expedition 62 crew is running a host of human research and space biology studies today aboard the International Space Station.


Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang.


MEV-1, launched Oct. 9, 2019, recently completed its orbit raising to an orbit approximately 180 miles above geosynchronous orbit. IS-901 is a fully operational communication satellite that is running low on fuel.


The three-member Expedition 62 crew split its time today between biomedical studies and space physics.


This oblique view of the northeastern United States highlights the coasts (left to right) of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.


Most ordinary matter is held together by an invisible subatomic glue known as the strong nuclear force -- one of the four fundamental forces in nature, along with gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak force. The strong nuclear force is responsible for the push and pull between protons and neutrons in an atom's nucleus, which keeps an atom from collapsing in on itself.


A little over a year after landing, China's spacecraft Chang'E-4 is continuing to unveil secrets from the far side of the Moon. The latest study, published on Feb.26 in Science Advances, reveals what lurks below the surface.


When NASA astronauts blast off for their voyage to the Moon on the Orion spacecraft during Artemis missions, they'll have protection in the form of the launch abort system (LAS).


SpaceX has announced March 6 for the launch of its 20th contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station.


The latest image from the international Gemini Observatory showcases the striking planetary nebula CVMP 1.


A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published today reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses.


A bright, wintery scene greeted NASA's Aqua satellite as it passed over parts of New England on a sunny day in mid-February 2020.


The Expedition 62 crew spent Monday on a variety of human research activities while also exploring Earth from the vantage point of the International Space Station.


New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars


The first reports of seismic activity and ground vibrations on Mars are in. The red planet has a moderate level of seismic activity, intermediate between Earth and the Moon.


This observation was meant to examine a pit identified in a Context Camera image to see if HiRISE could resolve any details inside.


A team of scientists using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope in the Netherlands has observed radio waves that carry the distinct signatures of aurorae, caused by the interaction between a star's magnetic field and a planet in orbit around it.


The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is no stranger to spiral galaxies. The telescope has brought us some of the most beautiful images ever taken of our spiral neighbors -- and the galaxy known as NGC 4689 is no exception.


Today - Food Physiology: The crew participated in a briefing to discuss dietary details with Food Physiology team.


Vice President Pence visits our Langley Research Center, science results related to water on Jupiter, and studying the darkest areas of the Moon ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


Houston, Texas, US, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.


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


New bone research kicked off on the International Space Station today to improve human health on and off the Earth. The Expedition 62 crew also practiced an emergency simulation with ground controllers.


The Mars 2020 rover undergoes processing inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 14, 2020.


Vice President Pence addressed the employees at NASA Langley Research Center this week during a visit. We've made a word cloud of the speech to illustrate the relative importance of the topics raised by Mr. Pence.


While InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists, Takashi Yoshizaki (Tohoku University) and Bill McDonough (Tohoku University and University of Maryland, College Park) have built a new compositional model for Mars.


Astronomers from the University of Warwick have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of its type.


An international team of astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very young stars in the Orion Clouds.


Today the Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) CubeSat made history by becoming the 100th CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) selected mission deployed into space.


Thirty years ago, on 14 February 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 had completed its exploration of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn and was just about to venture even farther, towards the edge of our Solar System.


NASA's Juno mission has provided its first science results on the amount of water in Jupiter's atmosphere.


Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion.


A new study led by the University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa has helped refine understanding of the amount of hydrogen, helium and other elements present in violent outbursts from the Sun, and other types of solar "wind," a stream of ionized atoms ejected from the Sun.


As NASA leads the way for human exploration at the Moon and beyond, space radiation is one of the biggest hazards crews face.


A budget for a new era of space exploration, do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? And Christina Koch reflects on her record-setting 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.


For Valentine's Day, we bring you this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image capturing a beautiful heart-shaped geographical formation in the dramatic landscape of the southern highlands of Bolivia.


The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain on the European continent from Morocco on the African continent.


This colour-coded topographic image shows a region of Mars' surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae, based on data gathered by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera on 29 September 2019 during orbit 19908.


The Mars 2020 rover is offloaded from a C-17 aircraft at the Launch and Landing Facility, formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 12, 2020.


A science demonstration for students and space research to improve life kept the Expedition 62 crew busy on Wednesday. The International Space Station residents also worked on a host of orbital plumbing and housecleaning tasks.


A recent update to this historic portrait shows Earth as a tiny speck surrounded by the vastness of space.


The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 300 sq km that very quickly shattered into pieces.


The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in its history.


The next U.S. cargo mission is now targeting Friday for its launch to replenish the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the Expedition 62 crew is continuing the upkeep of orbital lab systems.


Jason Fischer (left), a research scientist, and Lashelle Spencer, a plant scientist, with the Laboratory Support Services and Operations contract at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, harvest peppers from pepper plants on Jan. 15, 2020.


Learning that the White House has singled NASA out for a substantial budget increase is always welcome news for the space community since it highlights the fact that space is important and space people think that space is important.


The three-member Expedition 62 crew is getting ready for a resupply mission scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Thursday, Feb. 13, at 4:06 p.m. EST due to an unfavorable weather forecast in the next few days and the time required to address a ground support issue.


Back in 1972, NASA sent their last team of astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo 17 mission. These astronauts brought some of the Moon back to Earth so scientists could continue to study lunar soil in their labs.


Today- Confined Combustion: The crew continued the experiment using three acrylic samples with a combination of black and transparent baffles to ignite and observe combustion results.


Solar Orbiter, a new collaborative mission between ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA to study the Sun, launched at 11:03 p.m. EST Sunday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


This eye-catching galaxy is known as NGC 5364.


A record-setting astronaut returns safely to Earth, practicing for the first launch of Artemis, and honoring a member of a legendary group of aviators ... 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-1 mission takes us over part of the Dutch province of Flevoland - the newest province in the Netherlands and one of the largest land reclamation projects in the world.


The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft is seen as it lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.


An international team of astronomers led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has found an unusual monster galaxy that existed about 12 billion years ago, when the universe was only 1.8 billion years old, or 13 percent of its current age of 13.8 billion years.


A major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent as a result of rapid sea ice melt, a new study from NASA shows.


At 9:34 p.m. EST, the hatch closed between the Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station in preparation for undocking. NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) are scheduled to undock their Soyuz at 12:50 a.m.


After setting a record for the longest single spaceflight in history by a woman, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth Thursday, along with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency).


The crew aboard the International Space Station is preparing to split up while also getting ready for a U.S. space delivery.


Although plants don't sleep in the same way humans do, they have circadian rhythms -- internal clocks that, like our own internal clocks, tell them when it's night and when it's day.


Uranus and Neptune are the outermost planets of the solar system. In size, possibly bulk composition, and their large distance from the Sun they are similar and clearly segregated from the inner terrestrial planets and the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.


A "beating heart" of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto's winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according to a new study.


Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) have completed the Extremely Low Mass -- also known as ELM -- spectroscopic study of white dwarf stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).


NASA astronaut Christina Koch and two fellow Expedition 61 crewmembers are in their final week aboard the International Space Station.


NASA astronauts (from left) Christina Koch, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan peer through the International Space Station's "window to the world," the cupola.


The galaxy depicted in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a barred spiral known as NGC 7541, in the constellation of Pisces (the Fishes).


Huge clouds of smoke spilled off the southeastern coast of Australia in this NASA Terra satellite image taken with the MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on Jan. 31, 2020.


NASA astronaut Christina Koch is set to return to Earth on Thursday, Feb. 6, after 328 days living and working aboard the International Space Station.


Northrup Grumman's Cygnus cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station's at 9:36 a.m. EST after Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir of NASA commanded its release from the Canadarm2 robotic arm.


The Cygnus space freighter from Northrop Grumman is pictured in the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm before its release as the International Space Station orbited above west Africa.