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October 2020



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


The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Ganges Delta - the world's largest river delta.


@NASA_Astronauts From the International Space Station: I voted today -- Kate Rubins


When landing Apollo 11 in 1969, astronauts looked out the window for distinguishing features that they recognized from maps of the Moon and were able to steer the lander to avoid a disastrous touchdown on top of a rocky area.


Light from distant galaxies reveals important information about the nature of the universe and allows scientists to develop high-precision models of the history, evolution and structure of the cosmos.


No one has yet found the first stars.


It is departure day aboard the International Space Station for three Expedition 63 crew members.


After 196 days living and working in Earth's orbit aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy returned from his third space mission Wednesday, Oct. 21, with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.


The sampling event brought the spacecraft all the way down to sample site Nightingale, touching down within three feet (one meter) of the targeted location.


The atmosphere on Jupiter's moon Io is a witches' brew, composed primarily of the sulfurous exhalations of more than 400 volcanoes that dot the surface.


In the early morning on Oct. 20, 2020, the mobile launcher for the Artemis I mission begins its rollout atop crawler-transporter 2 from the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASAĆ¢s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Two veteran International Space Station crew members will swap command of the orbiting lab during the traditional Change of Command Ceremony this afternoon.


NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023.


The International Space Station was orbiting above the Ottawa River which separates the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.


Two veteran International Space Station residents will have a Change of Command ceremony on Tuesday before the Expedition 63 crew returns to Earth the following day. Meanwhile, the Russian portion of the crew has temporarily sealed a leak on the orbiting lab.


Jessica Meir @Astro_Jessica: Last year at this time - my first views gazing at Earth's glorious mountains from above. Lake Issyk-Kul & Tian Shan Mtns in Eastern Kyrgyzstan (1) & Lake Ayakum on the Tibetan Plateau (3). Tian Shan means "Mountains of Heaven" - aptly named for one of my 1st views @Space_Station


For hobbyists and makers, 3D printing expands creative possibilities; for specialized engineers, it's also key to next-generation spacecraft design.


The International Space Station was orbiting above the southern coast of Bangladesh, near the vast mangrove forest and wildlife habitat of India's Sundarban National Park, when this photograph was taken.


The Milky Way galaxy is in the recycling business.


Science is doubling up on the International Space Station with the addition of three new space residents. However, they will split up on Oct. 21 before four more astronauts launch to join the Expedition 64 crew in November.


@ivan_mks63 'Favor' crew, congratulations on the successful launch! The flight seen from space looks even cooler than from the Earth! Getting ready to welcome #SoyuzMS17 in just 2.5 hours!


Leaving from Nassau on a Tuesday night in late August 1975, Jacques Cousteau, his divers, and a team of scientists set out on the Calypso for a three-week expedition to determine if the young Landsat satellite mission could measure the depth of shallow ocean waters.


Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests


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


New crew safely aboard the space station, a launch update on another space station mission, and an international agreement on Artemis ... 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 Zeeland - the westernmost province in the Netherlands.


Six International Space Station residents will spend a week working together in low-Earth orbit before splitting up on Oct. 21.


The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft, with Expedition 64 crew members Kate Rubins of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Rassvet module.


Resting on the tail of the Great Bear in the constellation of Ursa Major lies NGC 5585, a spiral galaxy that is more than it appears.


In a surprising discovery, astronomers using two Maunakea Observatories - W. M. Keck Observatory and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) - have found a globular star cluster in the Andromeda Galaxy that contains a record-breaking low amount of metals.


It may be another 100,000 years until the giant red star Betelgeuse dies in a fiery explosion, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.


NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos joined Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner aboard the International Space Station when the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at 7:07 a.m. EDT.


Four-and-a-half billion years ago, Earth's surface was a menacing, hot mess. Long before the emergence of life, temperatures were scorching, and the air was toxic.


Much of Mars is covered by sand and dust but in some places stacks of sedimentary layers are visible.


The brightest stars embedded in nebulae throughout our galaxy pour out a torrent of radiation that eats into vast clouds of hydrogen gas - the raw material for building new stars.


Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe and among the most energetic.


NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts arrived aboard the International Space Station on Oct. 14, returning a medical researcher to the orbiting laboratory ahead of the 20th anniversary of uninterrupted human presence in space.


A trio of space travelers, including NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, is scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 1:45 a.m. EDT (10:45 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Wednesday, Oct. 14.


William Dampier was not a typical pirate.


In 2015, the New Horizons space probe discovered spectacular snowcapped mountains on Pluto, which are strikingly similar to mountains on Earth.


A rover trundles over rocky terrain, its four metal wheels clattering along until they encounter a seemingly insurmountable hazard: a steep slope.


At present, the formation of galaxies is difficult to understand without the presence of a ubiquitous, but mysterious component, termed dark matter.


The structure that will fly the first woman and next man to land on the Moon and return on the Artemis III mission by 2024 arrived at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, from its Thales Alenia Space manufacturing site in Turin, Italy.


Today - Payloads: Onco-Selectors: Over the weekend the crew completed sample processing operations to prep the 12 well BioCells inside the Life Science Glovebox and inject the Glo Reagent into each of the samples.


New research shows that sunspots and other active regions can change the overall solar emissions.


A rare blast of light, emitted by a star as it is sucked in by a supermassive black hole, has been spotted by scientists using telescopes from around the world.


Human spaceflight has been fascinating man for centuries, representing the intangible need to explore the unknown, challenge new frontiers, advance technology and push scientific boundaries further.


Cancer therapy was the main focus of Friday's research aboard the International Space Station.


An international team of researchers led by the National Centre of Competence in Research Planet of the University of Bern and the University of Geneva studied the atmosphere of the ultra-hot exoplanet WASP-121b.


At around 60 million light-years from Earth, the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy, NGC 1365, is captured beautifully in this image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


NASA's Indigenous Peoples Pilot is holding an 8-part virtual training series as an introduction on how to use NASA data on tribal lands. The live webinars include lectures and hands-on demonstrations.


A team of astronomers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has produced the world's largest three-dimensional astronomical imaging catalog of stars, galaxies and quasars.


ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer plans to take a small slice of Saarland to the International Space Station.


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


Prelaunch preparations for the next space station crew, science, technology and other cargo arrive at the station, and an update on an upcoming commercial crew flight ... 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.


Part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park, located on the Pacific coast of southern Chile, is pictured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


The Expedition 63 crew is readying gear and suits today as they prepare to return to Earth in less than two weeks.


Astronaut Chris Cassidy is pictured inside the S.S. Kalpana Chawla


NASA's first asteroid sample return mission now knows much more about the material it'll be collecting in just a few weeks.


An international team of scientists has discovered planet formation in a star system younger than 500,000 years old.


After two years of non-stop work at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and a trip to Plum Brook, Ohio, for testing, the next human-rated spacecraft to head to the Moon in over half a century is nearing completion.


The Expedition 63 trio is packing up and getting ready for its return to Earth as the International Space Station is orbiting slightly lower today.


The tip of the Canadarm2 robotic arm, also called the Latching End Effector which grapples hardware, science experiments and approaching spaceships, is pictured as the International Space Station soared over the South Pacific Ocean and into an orbital sunrise.


New international research into the Moon provides scientists with insights as to how and why its crust is magnetised, essentially 'debunking' one of the previous longstanding theories.


`Oumuamua and Borisov were the first two interstellar objects confirmed in the Solar system.


Four spaceships are parked at the International Space Station today as two new crews are due to launch by the end of October.


The Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter is pictured after being captured by the Canadarm2 robotic arm as the International Space Station orbited above Egypt.


With the completion of its latest series of milestone tests, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has now survived all of the harsh conditions associated with a rocket launch to space.


With its dazzling system of icy rings, Saturn has been a subject of fascination since ancient times.


Familiar stars shine, nebulae glow, and nearby galaxies tantalize in a new panorama of the northern sky assembled from 208 pictures captured by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).


Astronomers from The University of Western Australia's node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) have developed a new way to study star formation in galaxies from the dawn of time to today.


Northrop Grumman's Cygnus space freighter is open for business just five hours after it was attached to the International Space Station today.


Scientists have made significant progress in understanding the sources of radiation events that could impact human space-flight operations.