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November 2020



Researchers created a new astronomical instrument that has successfully aided in estimating the abundance of metals in the early universe.


A comet discovered last year is offering scientists new insights into how these objects "turn on" and evolve, as it actually transitions out of the Centaur population and into the Jupiter family of comets (JFCs), according to a paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Jordan Steckloff.


British engineers are fine-tuning a process that will be used to extract oxygen from lunar dust, leaving behind metal powders that could be 3D printed into construction materials for a Moon base.


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


Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, is featured in this snowy image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA shows off radish plants growing inside the Columbus laboratory module's Advanced Plant Habitat before collecting leaf samples for analysis.


On November 18 scientists from the US National Science Foundation's (NSF's) National Solar Observatory (NSO) predicted the arrival of a large sunspot just in time for Thanksgiving.


NASA's Perseverance rover carries a device to convert Martian air into oxygen that, if produced on a larger scale, could be used not just for breathing, but also for fuel.


The first of two Artemis I aft booster segments for the Space Launch System is lowered onto the mobile launcher in High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 23, 2020.


A new study reports that increased vegetation growth during the recent decades, known as the "Greening Earth", has a strong cooling effect on the land due to increased efficiency of heat and water vapor transfer to the atmosphere.


Five Expedition 64 astronauts had their day packed with microgravity research while the two cosmonauts had a light duty day aboard the International Space Station following last week's spacewalk.


An international team of scientists led by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, has identified a problem with the growing interest in extractable resources on the moon: there aren't enough of them to go around.


The spiral-shaped disc of stars and planets is being pulled, twisted and deformed with extreme violence by the gravitational force of a smaller galaxy - the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).


Galaxies like the Milky Way formed by the merging of smaller progenitor galaxies.


Long ago and far across the universe, an enormous burst of gamma rays unleashed more energy in a half-second than the Sun will produce over its entire 10-billion-year lifetime.


The seven-member Expedition 64 crew has synched up its schedule following a busy week that saw the arrival of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission and a Russian spacewalk.


Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars' equator around 4 billion years ago.


One of the first things people want to know before taking a trip is what the weather will be like wherever they are headed.


Observed with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the faint galaxy featured in this image is known as UGC 12588.


The Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, US, where the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will soon launch from, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


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


Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are seen during a spacewalk on the International Space Station's Zarya module.


Although astronomers have been studying galaxy IC 5063 for decades, it took a non-scientist to make the surprising discovery.


Astronomers using data from the ongoing VLA Sky Survey (VLASS) have found a number of distant galaxies with supermassive black holes at their cores that have launched powerful, radio-emitting jets of material within the past two decades or so. The scientists compared data from VLASS with data from an earlier survey that also used the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to reach their conclusion.


This nighttime shot from the International Space Station shows Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, surrounded by the Nile, Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers.


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, space- and ground-based observations have shown that Earth's atmosphere has seen significant reductions in some air pollutants.


In 2004, scientists with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spotted an object unlike any they'd seen in our Milky Way Galaxy: a large, faint blob of gas that seemed to have a star at its center.


The Expedition 64 crew expanded to seven members overnight after four Commercial Crew astronauts docked the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station.


NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi arrived at the International Space Station Monday, as the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience docked to the complex a 11:01 p.m. EST over Idaho.


The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday, transporting NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.


On May 24, four European telescopes took part in the global effort to understand mysterious cosmic flashes.


Theories on how the Milky Way formed are set to be rewritten following discoveries about the behaviour of some of its oldest stars.


Today: Payloads - Phospho-aging: The crew performed Urine and blood Collection setups in support of the Phospho-aging and Repository studies.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station.


Scientists using an instrument aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, spacecraft have discovered that water vapor near the surface of the Red Planet is lofted higher into the atmosphere than anyone expected was possible.


How hot is the Universe today? How hot was it before?


In 2018, a new aurora-like discovery struck the world. From 2015 to 2016, citizen scientists reported 30 instances of a purple ribbon in the sky, with a green picket fence structure underneath.


The next space station crew launching from America, a mission milestone for our next Mars rover, and an update on a future Mars sample return mission ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


On Friday, Nov. 13 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and officials from NASA and JAXA previewed NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission, now set for liftoff on Sun., Nov. 15 at 7:27 p.m. EST.


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 Darmstadt - home to ESA's European Space Operations Centre.


The Expedition 64 crew is getting ready to welcome four new crew members to the International Space Station this weekend.


We are making good progress towards going to the Moon and Mars.


For galaxies, as for people, living in a crowd is different from living alone.


On Earth, amethysts can form when gas bubbles in lava cool under the right conditions. In space, a dying star with a mass similar to the Sun is capable of producing a structure on par with the appeal of these beautiful gems.


Long ago and far across the universe, an enormous burst of gamma rays unleashed more energy in a half-second than the sun will produce over its entire 10-billion-year lifetime.


Today: Payloads - Standard Measures: The crew performed Flight Day 30 Saliva collections. The aim of the investigation is to ensure consistent capture of an optimized, minimal set of measures from crewmembers until the end of the ISS Program in order to characterize the adaptive responses to and risks of living in space.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A.


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top rolled out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center overnight. Meanwhile aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 64 crew was busy setting up a variety of research and communications gear today.


The snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains in southern Chile, with General Carrera Lake at bottom left, are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited above South America.


Last week NASA snagged a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu, an Empire State Building-sized body that Southwest Research Institute scientists have helped map with nearly unprecedented precision.


A mere 100 days and 166 million miles (268 million kilometers) separate NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission and the Red Planet's Jezero Crater.


Space physics and biomedical research kicked off the work week as the Expedition 64 crew continued its spacewalk preparations.


A collaboration between the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) radio telescope in Europe, the Gemini North telescope, and the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF), both on Maunakea in Hawai'i, has led to the first direct discovery of a cold brown dwarf from its radio wavelength emission.


Fast radio bursts, or FRBs - powerful, millisecond-duration radio waves coming from deep space outside the Milky Way Galaxy - have been among the most mysterious astronomical phenomena ever observed.


As the icy, ocean-filled moon Europa orbits Jupiter, it withstands a relentless pummeling of radiation. Jupiter zaps Europa's surface night and day with electrons and other particles, bathing it in high-energy radiation.


Science, robotics training and lab maintenance took precedence Friday alongside ongoing spacewalk preparations aboard the International Space Station.


One of the top priorities listed by the Biden-Harris Transition Team is Climate Change.


The universe would be a pretty boring place without stars. Without them, the universe would remain a diffuse plasma of mostly hydrogen and helium from the big bang.


Marking 20 years of humans aboard the space station, getting out the vote from space, and preparations continue for NASA and SpaceX's next crew launch ... 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.


Greece's largest and most populous island, Crete, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.


he Expedition 64 crew is staying focused on spacewalk preparations while also working on International Space Station life support systems today.


Glaciers are pictured in the Pamir Mountains as the International Space Station orbited above Tajikistan.


The NASA insignia, also called the "meatball," and the American Flag are applied to the Orion crew module back shell for the Artemis I mission on Oct. 28, 2020, inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Even if a black hole can be described with a mathematical model, it doesn't mean it exists in reality.


Space botany and spacesuit studies were back on the research schedule aboard the International Space Station today.


Among the most extreme planets discovered beyond the edges of our solar system are lava planets: fiery hot worlds that circle so close to their host star that some regions are likely oceans of molten lava.


On April 28, a supermagnetized stellar remnant known as a magnetar blasted out a simultaneous mix of X-ray and radio signals never observed before.


Botany and technology research were the primary science objectives on Tuesday aboard the International Space Station.


The Earth's limb, or horizon, is pictured as the International Space Station orbited above the north Pacific near Alaska's Aleutian Islands.


A team of European researchers discovered a new high-pressure mineral in the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001, named donwilhelmsite [CaAl4Si2O11].


Prof. Dr. Thomas Kenkmann, geologist from the University of Freiburg's Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, together with mineralogist Prof. Dr. Wolf Uwe Reimold from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and Dr. Manfred Gottwald from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) published an atlas providing a comprehensive overview of all known impact craters on every continent.


Airbus Defence and Space technicians position the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft for fueling inside SpaceX's Payload Processing Facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California on Oct. 22, 2020.


Twenty years ago, today, the Expedition One crew docked to the fledgling, three-module International Space Station beginning 20 years of continuous human presence in space.