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March 2020



The northeast coast of Somalia is pictured as the International Space Station orbited above the Gulf of Aden.


As Webb progresses towards liftoff in 2021, technicians and engineers have been diligently checking off a long list of final tests the observatory will undergo before being packaged for delivery to French Guiana for launch.


NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions and one- to three-month U.S. forecasts of each product.


Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close.


Moscow, Russia is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above eastern Europe.


A placard commemorating NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign was installed on the Perseverance Mars rover on March 16, 2020, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Lake Rukwa in Tanzania is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited above the Africa continent.


The Orion spacecraft, secured atop a transporter in its shipping container, arrives at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 25, 2020, for final testing and assembly.


Much of the progress in Astronomy has been driven by instrumental developments, from the first telescopes to fiber fed spectrographs.


Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).


The impact of coronavirus to NASA's missions, prelaunch training continues for the next space station crew, and launch preparations for Orion ... 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 Mekong Delta - a major rice-producing region in southwest Vietnam.


Cardiac research and 3D bioprinting aboard the International Space Station today are helping NASA improve health for humans in space and on Earth.


A map of possible water beneath the surface of the Moon's South Pole, based on temperature data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Denman Glacier in East Antarctica retreated 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers) from 1996 to 2018, according to a new study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine.


Robotic controllers unloaded new research hardware off a U.S. cargo craft today for installation outside the International Space Station.


Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was Jan. 24, 1986, and soon it would meet the mysterious seventh planet, icy-cold Uranus.


Ultrasound scans and eye checks aboard the International Space Station today are helping doctors understand how the Expedition 62 crew is adapting to microgravity.


The city lights of Mumbai to Goa (from bottom left to center right) highlight India's coast on the Arabian Sea as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above.


After four months of rigorous testing in the world's premier space environments simulation facility at NASA's Plum Brook Station, the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission is certified and another step toward being ready for flight.


A container ship leaves a trail of white clouds in its wake that can linger in the air for hours.


Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding of the star formation process.


Vision tests and a variety of advanced biology research activities took place aboard the International Space Station today.


The Shebelle River in Ethiopia us pictured as the International Space Station orbited 258 miles above the African continent.


They are billions of times larger than our Sun: how is it possible that, as recently observed, supermassive black holes were already present when the Universe, now 14 billion years old, was "just" 800 million years old?


Hot spots dotted the landscape across most of Cuba on March 22, 2020, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA's Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the scene.


Adapted from a Twitter Thread by astronaut Anne McClain: One thing astronauts have to be good at: living in confined spaces for long periods of time. Here are some tips for all who find yourself in a similar scenario.


The Dead Sea was pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the Middle East.


Jack Stuster has been conducting studies for NASA on how crews live and work in space and the parallels that can be found with expeditions on Earth for decades. He has provided this commentary about confinement and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and the parallels within his studies.


The coasts of India and Bangladesh, pictured from the International Space Station from an altitude of 263 miles, meet at the Bay of Bengal.


One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework.


This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 4237. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair)


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 Kuwait in the Middle East.


Cardiac research was a big part of the Expedition 62 crew's schedule on Thursday. Meanwhile, the International Space Station is orbiting higher to get ready for April's crew swap.


The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine: "NASA leadership is determined to make the health and safety of its workforce its top priority as we navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.


The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine: "NASA leadership is determined to make the health and safety of its workforce its top priority as we navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.


This global map of asteroid Bennu's surface is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019.


Thanks to a new algorithm, researchers at the AWI can now use satellite data to determine in which parts of the ocean certain types of phytoplankton are dominant.


Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. They emanate from quasars and tear across interstellar space like tsunamis, wreaking havoc on the galaxies in which the quasars live.


Responsible for spacecraft orbiting Earth, the Sun and exploring the Solar System, teams at ESA's ESOC mission control deal with in-flight challenges every day, from faulty hardware, problematic software and hazardous space debris to computer viruses that could affect ground stations.


Digging on the Moon is a hard job for a robot. It has to be able to collect and move lunar soil, or regolith, but anything launching to the Moon needs to be lightweight.


Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole.


This scene of stellar creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, sits near the outskirts of the famous Tarantula Nebula, the largest known stellar nursery in the local universe.


The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine:


Functional testing of NASA's Mars Helicopter and its cruise stage occurred in the airlock inside Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on March 10, 2020.


Algae might be small, but when they grow out of control, forming harmful algal blooms (HABs), they can cause big problems.


The well-lit New York/New Jersey metropolitan area is viewed during the early morning hours as the International Space Station orbited 263 miles above the northeastern United States.


Mount Rainier is viewed from the International Space Station as it orbited 266 miles above Washington state.


The solar system formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Numerous fragments that bear witness to this early era orbit the Sun as asteroids. Around three-quarters of these are carbon-rich C-type asteroids, such as 162173 Ryugu, which was the target of the Japanese Hayabusa2 mission in 2018 and 2019.


The two regions have lost 6.4 trillion tons of ice in three decades; unabated, this rate of melting could cause flooding that affects hundreds of millions of people by 2100.


NASA's Landing and Recovery team, composed of members from the Department of Defense, NASA and contractor Jacobs, practiced securing a test version of Orion into the well deck of a ship.


New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal the decline of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions, over Italy.


The entire southeastern Asian peninsula appears to be on fire.


It is already hard to believe that there is ice on Mercury, where daytime temperatures reach 400 degrees Celsius, or 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Now an upcoming study says that the Vulcan heat on the planet closest to the sun likely helps make some of that ice.


The next space station crew trains for launch, a SpaceX Dragon delivers more science, and celebrating the life of Katherine Johnson ... 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-2 mission takes us over Victoria Falls - one of the world's greatest natural wonders.


The Expedition 62 crew took a break today from its weeks-long space biology research aboard the International Space Station.


The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the Red Planet to 2022.


A star that pulsates on just one side has been discovered in the Milky Way about 1500 light years from Earth.


Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron.


Astronauts in space live on processed, pre-packaged space rations such as fruits, nuts, chocolate, shrimp cocktails, peanut butter, chicken, and beef to name a few.


Bone cells and now heart cells are on the space research agenda for the Expedition 62 crew. The International Space Station continues gearing up for more space investigations recently delivered aboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship.


The amber hue hovering just above the Earth's limb is the atmospheric glow with the Milky Way's stars sparkling in the background.


According to a new report, Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice six times faster than in the 1990s - currently on track with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst-case climate warming scenario.


This weirdly organic item is the answer to an engineering question: how to take the maximum benefit from 3D printing to produce a highly demanding item for a space mission?


The Expedition 62 crew started unloading and activating new science experiments, which were delivered Monday aboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship.


Scientists at The University of New Mexico have found that the Earth and Moon have distinct oxygen compositions and are not identical in oxygen as previously thought according to a new study released today in Nature Geoscience.


This image taken from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above Sudan shows the Nile River winding northward next to the Red Sea toward the Mediterranean Sea.


The cities of southeast China glitter brightly during an orbital night pass as the International Space Station soared 259 miles above the Asian continent. The brightest lights at right center represent the city of Shanghai on the coast of the East China Sea.


Organ-Chips as a Platform for Studying Effects of Space on Human Enteric Physiology (Gut on Chip) examines the effect of microgravity and other space-related stress factors on biotechnology company Emulate's human innervated Intestine-Chip (hiIC).


While the International Space Station was traveling more than 262 miles over the Northeast Pacific near Vancouver, British Columbia, Expedition 62 Flight Engineer Jessica Meir of NASA grappled Dragon at 6:25 a.m. EDT using the space station's robotic arm Canadarm2 with NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan acting as a backup.


The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship is pictured approaching the International Space Station as both spacecraft were soaring 267 miles above the African nation of Namibia