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August 2020



Mission controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center are returning to normal operations today after setting backup control centers at remote locations.


The International Space Station was orbiting above Brazil when an external high-definition camera pictured the Marine Extractive Reserve of Tracuateua near the mouth of the Amazon River located on the northeast coast of the South American nation.


Greenland set a new record for ice loss in 2019, shedding the most mass from its giant ice sheet in any year since at least 1948.


While appearing as a delicate and light veil draped across the sky, this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope actually depicts a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, located around 2,400 light-years away.


The first element of the spacecraft for Artemis III, a NASA astronaut assigned to a future Commercial Crew flight, and a strong storm seen from space ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


Payloads - Combustion Integrated Rack/Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (CIR/ACME):


Shasta Lake, a reservoir in northern California, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited above the western United States.


Until now, these flows of material had been detected only in other wavelength ranges, such as X-rays or the visible, depending on the phase in which the black hole is consuming its surrounding material.


NASA's Terra satellite captured visible imagery as Tropical Storm Bavi made landfall in northwestern North Korea and moved inland.


In a landmark study, scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the immense envelope of gas, called a halo, surrounding the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large galactic neighbor.


When a star passes too close to a supermassive black hole, tidal forces tear it apart, producing a bright flare of radiation as material from the star falls into the black hole.


Payloads - Combustion Integrated Rack/Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (CIR/ACME): T


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station provided images of Hurricane Laura as it continues to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico.


Typhoon Bavi is a large storm moving through the Yellow Sea. A NASA camera captured an image of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean that showed Bavi headed north.


From left, Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, Pilot Victor Glover, Crew Dragon Commander Michael Hopkins - all NASA astronauts - and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi


When a meteorite hurtles through the atmosphere and crashes to Earth, how does its violent impact alter the minerals found at the landing site?


The Expedition 63 crew ended its stay isolated in the Russian segment of the International Space Station this morning after an extended leak test.


Sunrise casts long shadows over a cloudy Philippine Sea as the International Space Station orbited off the coast of the Philippines northeast of Manila.


The most massive stars in the universe are born inside cosmic clouds of gas and dust, where they leave behind clues about their lives for astronomers to decode.


The three Expedition 63 crew members will spend another day inside the Russian segment of the International Space Station.


Scientists have gained new insights into the processes that have driven ocean level variations for over a century, helping us prepare for the rising seas of the future.


More than 650 wildfires are blazing in California after unprecedented lightning strikes, storms, and a heatwave that has set new records in the state and NASA's Terra satellite captured the smoke-engulfed state on Aug. 24, 2020.


Payloads - RADI-N2 (Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons): The crew retrieved the 8 neutron bubble detectors and pouches and handed them over to the Russian crew for processing.


The debate over the origins and molecular structure of 'Oumuamua continued today with an announcement in The Astrophysical Journal Letters that despite earlier promising claims, the interstellar object is not made of molecular hydrogen ice after all.


Whether it's a surprise asteroid, colorful aurora or a heart-stopping eclipse, the landscape of the night sky is constantly changing.


SpaceCast Weekly is a NASA Television broadcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston featuring stories about NASA's work in human spaceflight.


Targeting the next U.S. launch of astronauts, another successful space station resupply mission, and honoring pilots for National Aviation Day ... 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 three Expedition 63 crew members living aboard the International Space Station will spend the weekend inside the orbiting lab's Russian segment.


From back to front, pilot Victor Glover, mission specialist Shannon Walker, mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, and spacecraft commander Michael Hopkins participate in an egress training exercise on July 21, 2020, in preparation for NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission.


Captured on 19 August 2020, this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows the extent of the smoke from fires currently ablaze in California, US.


Stars like our Sun form when clouds of gas and dust collapse under gravity. But how does the material get from interstellar space into these clouds and what controls their collapse?


The Sun is a magnetized star. Its magnetic field is essentially three dimensional and it occupies all layers of the solar atmosphere.


The Expedition 63 crew has turned its attention toward space science and lab maintenance after releasing a Japanese cargo craft from the International Space Station on Tuesday.


Hurricane Genevieve is pictured off the Pacific coast of Mexico from the International Space Station.


As NASA's Orion spacecraft approaches the Moon on the Artemis III mission to put the first woman and next man on the lunar surface, the crew will get a glimpse through the spacecraft's windows.


An international team of researchers have discovered a dense, cold gas that's been shot out from the centre of the Milky Way "like bullets".


NASA's Mars rovers have been one of the great scientific and space successes of the past two decades.


Eleven years after the launch of the first H-II Transfer cargo vehicle (HTV) to the International Space Station, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) HTV-9 departed the orbital laboratory today at 1:36 p.m. EDT.


Two extrasolar objects, 1I/'Oumuamua, 2I/Borisov, have passed through our home system in just the last three years. Such interstellar objects provide a previously unforeseen chance to directly sample physical material from other stellar systems.


We advocate for a mission concept study for a space telescope dedicated to solar system science in Earth orbit.


Near Earth Asteroids, or NEAs, pass by our home planet all the time. But an SUV-size asteroid set the record this past weekend for coming closer to Earth than any other known NEA: It passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above the southern Indian Ocean on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 12:08 a.m. EDT (Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:08 p.m. PDT).


We've never met some of the Sun's closest neighbors until now. In a new study, astronomers report the discovery of 95 objects known as brown dwarfs, many within a few dozen light-years of the Sun.


Canada's robotic arm is poised to remove Japan's ninth and final H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-9) from the International Space Station on Tuesday.


Mount Shasta, a potentially active volcano surrounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited above the western United States.


A small but evolving dent in Earth's magnetic field can cause big headaches for satellites.


For the first time, researchers have found a way to describe conditions deep in the convection zone of "white dwarf" stars, which are home to some of the densest collections of matter in the Universe.


NGC 1614, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is an eccentrically shaped galaxy ablaze with activity.


Canada's versatile robotic arm, the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2, is in place and ready to grapple and release Japan's resupply ship from the International Space Station next week.


The International Space Station was orbiting over Quebec when an Expedition 63 crew member photographed Cape Cod Bay off the coast of Massachusetts.


Coronal Mass Ejections are among the most energetic eruptive phenomena in our solar system and the main source of major space weather events.


A special type of aurora, draped east-west across the night sky like a glowing pearl necklace, is helping scientists better understand the science of auroras and their powerful drivers out in space.


In this research, the scholars have analysed the conduction of electricity and heat of water under extreme temperature and pressure conditions, such as those that occur inside ice-giant planets as well as in many exo-planets outside of it.


SpaceCast Weekly is a NASA Television broadcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston featuring stories about NASA's work in human spaceflight.


Closing in on a hot fire test for Artemis I, a tiny hitchhiker headed for a near-Earth destination, and a final rehearsal for OSIRIS-REx ... 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 Expedition 63 crew trio continued ongoing space research and orbital housekeeping aboard the International Space Station today.


Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are showing that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from Betelgeuse's surface.


Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, have revealed an extremely distant and therefore very young galaxy that looks surprisingly like our Milky Way.


The Expedition 63 crew members are getting a Japanese spaceship ready for departure next week. In the meantime, the International Space Station trio was busy today with science, video communications and orbital plumbing.


NASA's Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery of Hurricane Elida in the Eastern Pacific as it continued to weaken. Imagery revealed that Elida's eye had become covered as the storm embarks on a weakening trend over cooler waters.


A Japanese resupply ship will depart the International Space Station next week after nearly three months attached to the orbital lab. Meanwhile, the Expedition 63 crew continued a variety of science operations today.


Did you know that the GOES satellites use the moon for calibration?


On July 4, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey.


Astronomers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) to ultra-wide field-of-view images of the distant Universe captured by the Subaru Telescope, and have achieved a very high accuracy for finding and classifying spiral galaxies in those images.


Advanced space physics and biotechnology research kicked off the week for the Expedition 63 trio aboard the International Space Station.


Data from NASA's recent Dawn mission answers two long-unresolved questions: Is there liquid inside Ceres, and how long ago was the dwarf planet geologically active?


NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite-derived synthetic aperture radar data to map the likely extent of damage from a massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut.


Dozens of times over the last decade NASA scientists have launched laser beams at a reflector the size of a paperback novel about 240,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth.


Payloads -Droplet Formation Study (DFS): The crew performed the setup and initiation of recording for additional runs of the DFS investigation.


Nine scholars in Bhutan spent the summer of 2020 working with NASA staff and scientists as part of a multiyear Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of State.


Using some cosmic detective work, a team of researchers has found evidence that tiny pieces of asteroids from the inner solar system may have crossed a gap to the outer solar system, a feat once thought to be unlikely.


Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen.


Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames.


The barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 4907 shows its starry face from 270 million light-years away to anyone who can see it from the Northern Hemisphere.