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August 2021



Thomas Pesquet: I don't know why the Red Sea is called red when it's so blue! Perhaps that's something to Google this weekend😉💙


Thomas Pesquet: Feeding the tardigrades! Researchers are investigating the effects of microgravity on these microscopic creatures, also known as water bears, through an experiment called Cell Science 4.


The study of active asteroids is a relatively new field of solar system science, focusing on objects that have asteroid-like orbits but look more like comets, with visual characteristics such as tails.


A spectacular portrait of the galaxy Centaurus A has been captured by astronomers using the Dark Energy Camera mounted on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.


Brown dwarfs aren't quite stars and aren't quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more of them lurking in our galaxy than scientists previously thought.


By taking advantage of a natural lens in space, astronomers have captured an unprecedented look at X-rays from a black hole system in the early universe.


While the International Space Station was traveling about 260 miles over the Western Australia, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the forward-facing port of the orbiting laboratory's Harmony module at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 30.


Thomas Pesquet: Brrr. Just looking at these snow-capped mountains in New Zealand, in the crisp early morning, is enough to make me shiver❄️


Venice Italy's floating city and one of the world's most iconic.


In this image, captured in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 30, Tropical Storm Ida is seen moving inland over portions of southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southern Alabama.


ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other.


New research using data from NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission, has revealed unexpected behavior in the swaths of charged particles that band Earth's equator - made possibly by GOLD's long-term global view, the first of its kind for this type of measurement.


Researchers led by Osaka University and NASA find that the distribution of cold planets in the Milky Way is not strongly dependent on the distance from the Galactic center


A team of astronomers led by Alex Cameron and Deanne Fisher from the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) used a new imaging system on at the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii to confirm that what flows into a galaxy is a lot cleaner than what flows out.


A U.S. cargo craft stands at its Florida launch pad less than 24 hours from a mission to resupply the International Space Station.


Hurricane Ida is seen in this image taken aboard the International Space Station.


Sending human travelers to Mars would require scientists and engineers to overcome a range of technological and safety obstacles.


An international team, led by the UNIGE, has investigated five astronomical objects that could help us understand the mysterious nature of brown dwarfs


Nearly one in 10 people globally were exposed to severe levels of food insecurity in 2019, according to the United Nations (UN).


Clustered at the center of this image are six brilliant spots of light, four of them creating a circle around a central pair.


Croplands cover over half of India's land area, and the agricultural sector employs about 590 million people in the country.


Highlighting the value of NASA, the next resupply mission to the space station, and a milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope ... 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 featuring stories about NASA's work in human spaceflight.


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


The SpaceX Cargo Dragon vehicle is standing at the launch pad counting down to its weekend mission to the International Space Station.


After successful completion of its final tests, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is being prepped for shipment to its launch site.


The process for the joint 3D Organoids in Space project originated from the University of Zurich (UZH) researchers Oliver Ullrich and Cora Thiel.


The rover will abrade a rock this week, allowing scientists and engineers to decide whether that target would withstand its powerful drill.


Technicians prepare NASA's Landsat 9 spacecraft for its move from the high bay to Cell 3 inside the Integrated Processing Facility at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, on July 20, 2021.


Humans have relied on forests and trees -- for shelter, food, and fuel -- from the earliest times.


Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington have announced an expansive, multi-year collaboration to create new software platforms to analyze large astronomical datasets generated by the upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST)


The Greenland Ice Sheet underwent two bouts of intense melting in July 2021, and forecasts called for even more to follow.


Over the last two decades, scientists have found ice in many locations on Mars.


Anomalies in the distribution of hydrogen at Occator crater on the dwarf planet Ceres reveal an icy crust, says a new paper led by Tom Prettyman, a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.


Ask any space explorer, and they'll have a favorite photograph or two from their mission.


Protecting the ozone layer also protects Earth's vegetation and has prevented the planet from an additional 0.85 degrees Celsius of warming, according to new research from Lancaster University, NASA, and others.


NASA astronaut and Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Megan McArthur works on the Cardinal Muscle investigation in the Life Sciences Glovebox aboard the International Space Station.


Thomas Pesquet: Each picture was a 30-second exposure, and there are 59 shots. If you are quick at maths you will work out that the whole process took about half an hour, or roughly a full night pass over our planet.


Thomas Pesquet: I don't know the name of this city, but I know the region: Darfour to the west of Sudan. Black, red and orange make a nice tableau.


As of Aug. 24, wildfires in Northern California - including the McCash, Antelope, River Complex, Monument, and Dixie fires - have scorched more than 1 million acres of land.


When astronauts embark on long-duration missions in the future, crews will grow food to supplement what they can bring with them.


Cosmic rays are charged subnuclear particles that move close to the speed of light, constantly raining down on the Earth.


The U.S. spacewalk outside the International Space Station originally planned for Tuesday, Aug. 24 with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has been postponed due to a minor medical issue involving Vande Hei.


Hurricane Henri is pictured off the eastern coast of the United States from the International Space Station as it orbited 264 miles above central Pennsylvania.


The core stage inter-tank umbilical - one of multiple connections on the mobile launcher that will provide power, communications, and pressurized gases to the rocket - is attached to the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Aug. 12, 2021.


In 2019, astronomers spotted something incredible in our backyard: a rogue comet from another star system. Named Borisov, the icy snowball traveled 110,000 miles per hour and marked the first and only interstellar comet ever detected by humans.


Astronaut hopefuls are being asked for their patience as ESA processes over 23 000 applications to its Astronaut and Astronaut (with a disability) vacancies. This number far exceeds the Agency's most optimistic forecasts.


An interplanetary mission led by the University of California, Berkeley, to put two satellites -- dubbed "Blue" and "Gold" -- into orbit around Mars has been officially authorized to prepare for launch in October 2024.


Engineers at West Virginia University are helping to solve one of the greatest limitations of space exploration--sending and receiving information between a spacecraft and the ground station-- thanks to a $750,000 award from NASA's highly competitive Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program.


The Sun has a new neighbor that was hiding in plain twilight.


Thomas Pesquet: Good evening from space! A beautiful sunset reflection of our blue marble (well I think so at least, hope you like it too 😁).


This annotated image depicts the ground track (indicated in white) of NASA's Perseverance rover since it arrived on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.


The findings of a new study by the University of Liverpool provides further evidence of an approximately 200-million-year long cycle in the strength of the Earth's magnetic field.


The same phenomenon that causes aurorae -- the magical curtains of green light often visible from the polar regions of the Earth -- causes mesospheric ozone layer depletion.


Tiny iron nanoparticles unlike any found naturally on Earth are nearly everywhere on the Moon--and scientists are trying to understand why.


This jewel-bright image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 1385, a spiral galaxy 68 million light-years from Earth, which lies in the constellation Fornax.


Highlighting an upcoming Earth-observing mission, the science on the next resupply mission to the space station, and testing a new material to help future spacecraft land on distant worlds ... 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 featuring stories about NASA's work in human spaceflight.


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


The Astrobee robotic free-flyers were powered up aboard the International Space Station and cell samples were set up for human muscle research today.


The International Space Station was orbiting 264 miles above the northwestern United States when this photograph was taken. Near bottom right, is the Great Salt Lake in the Beehive State of Utah.


JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut and Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi is pictured in the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module displaying plants grown for the Asian Herbs in Space space study.


Twenty-five years ago, an enigmatic signal was discovered while analyzing the polarization of sunlight with a new instrument, the Zurich Imaging Polarimeter (ZIMPOL).


It's suspected that about 5,000 years ago a comet swept within 23 million miles of the Sun, closer than the innermost planet Mercury. The comet might have been a spectacular sight to civilizations across Eurasia and North Africa at the end of the Stone Age.


New research from Florida State University and Rice University is providing a better estimate of the amount of carbon in the Earth's outer core, and the work suggests the core could be the planet's largest reservoir of that element.


Every day - up to thirty times a day, in fact - one of Mark Mason's employees at Nature's Reward Farms in Monterey County, California brings him the results of a soil test for discussion.


All seven Expedition 65 crew members are gearing up three spacewalks the first of which is set to start next week.


This image from International Space Station as it was flying 261 miles over Iran looks southeast across the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.


Eating healthily benefits the human body, both on Earth and in space. Just as a healthy diet can help improve athletic performance, a healthy diet could help astronauts better adapt to the stresses of spaceflight.


NASA astronaut Nick Hague runs an analysis with the miniPCR hardware for Genes in Space-6 during Expedition 59. This experiment explored how space radiation damages DNA and how cells repair that damage in microgravity.


The Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage for the second flight of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket arrived in Florida on July 28 for the final phase of production.


Galaxies and dark matter go together like peanut butter and jelly. Rarely is one without the other, but a recently discovered galaxy called NGC 1052-DF2 is nearly entirely lacking in dark matter.


The Expedition 65 crew spent Tuesday on a variety of biology experiments exploring how living in microgravity affects the human muscle system.


Pyramid Lake (upper right) in Nevada; Lake Tahoe (lower left) in California; and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains are pictured from the International Space Station as it was orbiting 262 miles above the southwestern United States.


The International Space Station's "window to the world," the seven-windowed cupola, is pictured from a window on Russia's newest addition to the orbiting lab, the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module.