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June 2020



Which way the wind blows in space has new importance for astronaut safety at the Moon.


Measurements from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have enabled astronomers to greatly improve their understanding of the bizarre environment of KELT-9 b, one of the hottest planets known.


The Vega planetary system hosts the archetype of extrasolar Kuiper belts, and is rich in dust from the sub-au region out to 100's of au, suggesting intense dynamical activity.


NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken will start their second spacewalk together on July 1. The duo will continue upgrading power systems on the International Space Station.


On June 24, 2020, engineers completed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's structural testing campaign for the Artemis lunar missions by testing the liquid oxygen structural test article to find its point of failure.


Fires have spread across the majority of the landscape in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in this NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument from June 25, 2020.


Dust storms from Africa's Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume.


Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant 'super-Jupiter' planet, demonstrating a technique that could enable breakthroughs in the quest to understand how exoplanetary systems form and evolved.


NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken concluded their spacewalk at 1:39 p.m. EDT, after six hours and seven minutes.


This composite image, made from six frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of five on board, in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from Fredericksburg, Va.


SPARROW, a steam-powered robotic concept, could one day take giant leaps over some of the most hazardous terrains known (and unknown) in the solar system.


The young star HBC 672 is known by its nickname of Bat Shadow because of its wing-like shadow feature.


The galaxy known as NGC 5907 stretches wide across this image. Appearing as an elongated line of stars and dark dust, the galaxy is categorized as a spiral galaxy just like our own Milky Way.


A power spacewalk outside the space station, honoring a former 'Hidden Figure,' and a "way cool" find of a hot Jupiter ... 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 Andes mountains, in southern Peru, are featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


The Expedition 63 crew is in final preparations today ahead of Friday's spacewalk to replace batteries on the outside of the International Space Station.


The nearest exoplanets to us provide the best opportunities for detailed study, including searching for evidence of life outside the Solar System.


The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA on June 15.


Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant quasar ever found using three Maunakea Observatories in Hawai'i: W. M. Keck Observatory, the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, and the University of Hawai'i-owned United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT).


The Expedition 63 crew lightened up on spacewalk preparations today and focused its attention on a variety of research hardware today.


The International Space Station orbits above Tajikistan near the western border of China with the K2 mountain, the world's second-highest peak, below in the Karakoram range.


Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars 2020 logo is installed on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V payload fairing on June 18, 2020. Secured inside the fairing is the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.


Understanding how planets form is one of the main challenges scientists face when placing our own and other planetary systems in context.


Astronomers this month released the largest collection of sharp, detailed images of debris disks around young stars, showcasing the great variety of shapes and sizes of stellar systems during their prime planet-forming years. Surprisingly, nearly all showed evidence of planets.


The Expedition 63 crew is reviewing tasks and trying on spacesuits today ahead of two spacewalks set to begin Friday.


When the most massive stars die, they collapse under their own gravity and leave behind black holes; when stars that are a bit less massive die, they explode in supernovas and leave behind dense, dead remnants of stars called neutron stars.


The small craft will seek to prove that powered, controlled flight is possible on another planet. But just getting it onto the surface of Mars will take a whole lot of ingenuity.


Two NASA astronauts are getting ready for Friday's spacewalk to continue upgrading power systems on the International Space Station.


Jupiter-size planets orbiting close to their stars have upended ideas about how giant planets form. Finding young members of this planet class could help answer key questions.


The accretion of new material during Pluto's formation may have generated enough heat to create a liquid ocean that has persisted beneath an icy crust to the present day, despite the dwarf planet's orbit far from the sun in the cold outer reaches of the solar system.


The International Space Station is getting ready to deploy another satellite while the Expedition 63 crew winds down the work week on logistics and space science.


Chris Cassidy @Astro_SEAL Super cool view of the Annular Solar Eclipse which passed by our starboard side as we flew over China this morning.


The northern summer solstice arrived for Saturn over three years ago on May 24, 2017. Orbiting the gas giant, Saturn's moon Titan experiences the Saturnian seasons that are about 7 Earth-years long.


NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite observed a huge Saharan dust plume streaming over the North Atlantic Ocean, beginning on June 13. Satellite data showed the dust had spread over 2,000 miles.


NASA is inviting additional teams to compete in the Cube Quest Challenge. You can still participate in the in-space phase of the challenge and be eligible to win part of a $4.5 million prize purse.


NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Program is concluding its structural qualification test series with one upcoming final test that will push the design for the rocket's liquid oxygen tank to its limits at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


A boost in the right direction for Artemis, closing in on the launch of our next Mars rover, and the latest progress in our quest for quiet supersonic flight ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


SpaceCast Weekly is a NASA Television broadcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.


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 part of the Great Rift Valley, Kenya.


Two NASA astronauts are getting their spacesuits ready for a pair of spacewalks set to begin next week.


Lake Nasser, a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited above northeast Africa.


Pulling that final zipper closed on a stuffed suitcase or getting the tailgate of a packed car shut is a true feeling of victory at the start of any road trip.


As nuclear fusion engines, most stars live placid lives for hundreds of millions to billions of years.


On June 17 NASA leadership and a panel of scientists and engineers previewed the upcoming Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission.


Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station are getting ready for a pair of spacewalks set to begin at the end of June.


Russia's Progress 74 cargo craft is pictured docked to the International Space Station's Pirs docking compartment as the orbital complex was orbiting over northern Iraq.


This view of sample site Nightingale on asteroid Bennu is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on March 3.


The three large fairings not only provide protection to these delicate elements from the atmosphere during ascent, but also support the service module against the large stresses seen during launch as the rocket reaches beyond supersonic speeds.


Tuesday's science aboard the International Space Station encompassed life science, fluids and flames to help humans on Earth and in space.


The sun's glint on the Timor Sea between Indonesia and Australia is mellowed by cloud cover in this photograph from the International Space Station.


Since the 1980s, researchers have been running experiments in search of particles that make up dark matter, an invisible substance that permeates our galaxy and universe.


Amyloids, abnormal fibrillar aggregates of proteins, are associated with various disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.


NASA's Curiosity Mars rover occasionally stops to stargaze. Recently, it captured a shot of Earth and Venus in the Red Planet's night sky.


The Expedition 63 crew is starting the week getting ready for a pair of upcoming spacewalks and a satellite deployment.


More than 30 years have passed since the Voyager 2 fly-bys of Uranus and Neptune.


On Earth, glowing oxygen is produced during polar auroras when energetic electrons from interplanetary space hit the upper atmosphere. This oxygen-driven emission of light gives polar auroras their beautiful and characteristic green hue.


Volcano-like features seen in polar regions of Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft could be evidence of explosive eruptions that may continue today, according to a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Charles A. Wood and coauthor Jani Radebaugh of Brigham Young University.


A new lead selected for our human spaceflight efforts, the new core capability of our next Mars rover, and news about our future VIPER lunar robot ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


This month marks 25 years since scientists first produced a fifth state of matter, which has extraordinary properties totally unlike solids, liquids, gases and plasmas. The achievement garnered a Nobel Prize and changed physics.


As it soars off the launch pad for the Artemis I missions, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is powered by two solid rocket boosters.


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 Barcelona - the second largest city in Spain.


Two spacewalks are set to continue upgrading power systems at the International Space Station at the end of the month.


Inside the low bay of the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers assist as Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser pressure test article on its support structure is lowered by crane on June 3, 2020.


The first confirmed heartbeat of a supermassive black hole is still going strong more than ten years after first being observed.


Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation.


A new research paper co-authored by a Virginia Tech assistant professor of physics provides a new explanation for two recent strange events that occurred in Antarctica - high-energy neutrinos appearing to come up out of the Earth on their own accord and head skyward.


Space weather forecasters need to predict the speed of solar eruptions, as much as their size, to protect satellites and the health of astronauts, scientists have found.


The International Space Station is buzzing today with a broad array of research to improve life for humans on and off the Earth.


The new research by scientists at NASA and the Italian Space Agency has implications for the entire Saturn system as well as other planets and moons.


A pair of space freighters from Russia and Japan docked to the International Space Station are getting attention today as the Expedition 63 crew works on a variety of space experiments.


A waning gibbous Moon is pictured just above the Earth's horizon as the International Space Station orbited over the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of the African nation of Angola.


Once a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, now a tropical depression in the Mississippi Valley, NASA's Aqua satellite is tracking Cristobal as it continues to generate large amounts of rainfall while it heads toward the Great Lakes region.