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May 2021



Today - Payloads: Behavioral Core Measures: A crewmember performed the Robotic On-Board Trainer test.


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


The release of NASA's budget request, a new set of Earth-focused missions, and new research findings about Jupiter's moon Europa ... 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 science team is studying the clouds, which arrived earlier and formed higher than expected, to learn more about the Red Planet.


All five of North America's Great Lakes are pictured in this spectacular image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission: Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.


Human research and space botany kept the Expedition 65 crew busy today. The International Space Station residents also stayed focused on next week's spacewalk and packed a U.S. cargo craft.


When we talk about "racks" on Space Station, this is what we mean: contained volumes with a rounded back (that fits against the module shell) and a flat front (facing the inside of the modules).


Despite numerous attempts, no exomoon has firmly been confirmed to date. New missions like CHEOPS aim to characterize previously detected exoplanets, and potentially to discover exomoons.


We mapped all boulders larger than 105 m on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres using images of the Dawn framing camera acquired in the Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO).


The rate at which plants and the land surface release moisture into the air has increased on a global scale between 2003 and 2019. These processes are collectively known as evapotranspiration, and a new NASA study has calculated its increase by using observations from gravity satellites.


New research and computer modeling show that volcanic activity may have occurred on the seafloor of Jupiter's moon Europa in the recent past - and may still be happening.


Botany and human research were the main research themes aboard the International Space Station today.


Thomas Pesquet: Of all the beautiful things we see from space the Bahamas and their sea dunes with the amazing blue colours are one of the best.


As first pointed out by the German astronomer Karl Schwarzschild, black holes bend space-time to an extreme degree due to their extraordinary concentration of mass, and heat up the matter in their vicinity so that it begins to glow.


About 14 billion years ago, our universe changed from being a lot hotter and denser to expanding radically - a process that scientists have named 'The Big Bang'.


Dawn Aerospace, a New Zealand/Dutch aerospace company, has today announced significant backing from NZ's largest tech investment firm, Movac.


Tuesday aboard the International Space Station was packed with human research activities helping doctors understand how the Expedition 65 crew is adapting to microgravity.


Thomas Pesque : I love snapping mountains from orbit, because they give an impression of the terrain height, especially when the Sun is low enough to cast shadows.


As we fly south along the coast of Africa, the city of Conakry is unmissable. The city seems to be attracted to the coast and the Loos islands... like an organism seen under a microscope


The first two of six new solar arrays for the International Space Station have been loaded into Dragon's unpressurized spacecraft trunk.


Three dozen dwarf galaxies far from each other had a simultaneous "baby boom" of new stars, an unexpected discovery that challenges current theories on how galaxies grow and may enhance our understanding of the universe.


Given adequate sunlight and nutrients, phytoplankton populations can multiply into blooms large enough to be visible from space.


The Expedition 65 crew started the workweek on space biology and orbital plumbing aboard the International Space Station.


It was a pleasure to watch with you Aki, glad somebody shares a love of 🏉, we might even have converted Shane from 🏈. Bring on the JR TopLeague finals... but I don't have a jersey this time!


A bold proposal to create a commercially viable constellation of lunar satellites has taken a step closer.


As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface.


NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes.


Those of you who are familiar with my writing about space know that I spend a lot of time on exploration and the risks that accompany it. "The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again", by Jim Davidson provides a gripping insight into what it is like to prepare for an ascent of Everest.


The station's Water Processing Assembly (WPA), located in the Tranquility module, was reactivated today and is operating at full functionality after crew members successfully completed repair work throughout the week.


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


An addition to a future Commercial Crew mission, our administrator discusses the budget request for NASA, and NASA's deputy administrator nominee appears before the Senate ... 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 International Space Station raised its orbit today to get ready for an upcoming Russian resupply mission due to launch at the end of June.


The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Los Cabos - a municipality on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.


This time I am on the Space Station during Summer. It doesn't change anything for us up here (the temperature is kept at a stable and cozy 20 degrees), but for the photos we take of Earth it is very different!


The Upsala glacier in Argentina. The majestic spectacle with slow ice waves that flow into the blue water is beautiful but also worrying.


Comets that circle the Sun in very elongated orbits spread their debris so thin along their orbit or eject it out of the solar system altogether that their meteor showers are hard to detect.


Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have traced the locations of five brief, powerful radio blasts to the spiral arms of five distant galaxies.


Analyzing data obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), researchers found a galaxy with a spiral morphology by only 1.4 billion years after the Big Bang.


The Expedition 65 crew is staying focused on numerous life science experiments aboard the International Space Station today while gearing up for three spacewalks in June.


Of all the beautiful things we see from space the Bahamas and their sea dunes with the amazing blue colours are one of the best.


Often the least-populated areas are the most beautiful - in this area in central Asia the snow is still covering mountains like a film of dust before spring melts it away.


A team of researchers at the Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) of the University of Liège has just developed a method to identify the contributors and origins of stray light on space telescopes.


A new study by a Belgian team using data from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) has shown that iron and nickel exist in the atmospheres of comets throughout our Solar System, even those far from the Sun.


China's Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO)--one of the country's key national science and technology infrastructure facilities--has found a dozen ultra-high-energy (UHE) cosmic accelerators within the Milky Way.


Spacewalk preparations and biomedical research filled the Expedition 65 schedule on Tuesday.


Thomas Pesquet: Guinea Bissau, that I haven't seen since my last mission four years ago (no I didn't visit all the places I photograph from space.


The bright star V565 (center of the image) highlights a silvery, fan-shaped veil of gas and dust, while the right half of this image is obscured by a dense cloud of dust.


Scientists have succeeded in dating some of the oldest stars in our galaxy with unprecedented precision by combining data from the stars' oscillations with information about their chemical composition.


A team including Northwestern University astrophysicists has developed the most realistic, highest-resolution 3D simulation of star formation to date.


The seven-member Expedition 65 crew kicked off the workweek working on Japanese science gear, a U.S. immune system study, and spacewalk preparations.


It's a maxim drilled into us at a young age: "Always eat your veggies!" For astronauts on the International Space Station, heeding this well-known advice is both essential and challenging.


On Sept. 9, 2018, astronomers spotted a flash from a galaxy 860 million light years away. The source was a supermassive black hole about 50 million times the mass of the sun.


New research provides the best evidence to date into the timing of how our early Milky Way came together, including the merger with a key satellite galaxy.


An international research team analyzed a database of more than 1000 supernova explosions and found that models for the expansion of the Universe best match the data when a new time dependent variation is introduced.


Today - Payloads: AC Touch: Per standard procedure, the crew touched both coated and uncoated coupons for this long-term investigation.


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


Samples of an asteroid are headed back to Earth, a key prelaunch milestone for the Webb space telescope, and adding a third dimension to some cool imagery ... 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 Qeshm Island - the largest island in Iran.


The International Space Station hummed with activity on Thursday as the Expedition 65 crew gets ready for the next SpaceX Cargo Dragon mission and continues immune system research.


The night lights of Beijing and Tianjin in China are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 264 miles above the Asian continent near the Yellow Sea.


This week in 1973, the uncrewed Skylab was launched aboard a modified Saturn V rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.


Uranus provides a unique laboratory to test our understanding of planetary atmospheres under extreme conditions.


Launching this summer, NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will showcase the dynamic powers of laser communications technologies.


Ensuring that plants receive the nourishment they need through proper irrigation is an age-old challenge for farmers here on Earth. It is also a challenge in space.


Human research continued full speed ahead on the International Space Station today as the Expedition 65 crew researched the immune system and conducted eye and ear checks.


An orbital sunrise is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 264 miles above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the northwestern United States.


The Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for NASA's Artemis I mission is in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 5, 2021.


Human research took precedence aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday as the Expedition 65 crew explored how weightlessness affects the immune system.


The International Space Station's newest component is the NanoRacks Bishop Airlock (center left) attached to the end of the Tranquility module.


NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completed its fifth flight on the Red Planet today with its first one-way journey from Wright Brothers Field to an airfield 423 feet (129 meters) to the south.


Most of us have imagined how free it would feel to float around, like an astronaut, in conditions of reduced gravity.


NASA's Perseverance rover has been busy serving as a communications base station for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and documenting the rotorcraft's historic flights. But the rover has also been busy focusing its science instruments on rocks that lay on the floor of Jezero Crater.