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October 2021



(Shot with Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max) Thomas Pesquet: I have always believed it is best to listen to scientists and experts on topics.


Thomas Pesquet: Nice clouds and oceans. These views are probably the views we see the most from our 400 km high outpost.


A joint NASA-U.S. Naval Research Laboratory experiment dedicated to studying the origins of solar energetic particles -- the Sun's most dangerous form of radiation -- is ready for launch.


Signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy may have been detected for the first time.


During its departure from Pluto, New Horizons used its LORRI camera to image a portion of Pluto's southern hemisphere that was in a decades-long seasonal winter darkness, but still very faintly illuminated by sunlight reflected by Charon.


Blue Origin and Sierra Space today announced plans for Orbital Reef, a commercially developed, owned, and operated space station to be built in low Earth orbit.


Thomas Pesquet: Aki working on the Anti-Atrophy experiment in the JEM.


Thomas Pesquet: Salt lakes at the base of the Crimean peninsula.


Scientists thought Bennu's surface was like a sandy beach, abundant in fine sand and pebbles, which would have been perfect for collecting samples.


This observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases Arp 86, a peculiar pair of interacting galaxies which lies roughly 220 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.


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


Five Expedition 66 crew members spent Thursday studying a variety of space phenomena while working on spacesuits and continuing the upkeep of the International Space Station.


Thomas Pesquet: Dunes in the Sahara. Even though Frank Herbert wrote Dune before the first colour images of Earth were available, I imagine these images are much like how he imagined Arrakis.


One of the youngest planets ever found around a distant infant star has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty, students, and alumni.


Perth, Western Australia's capital and largest city, is featured in this true-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


The uncrewed Russian Progress 78 spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station's Poisk module at 7:42 p.m. EDT today and will arrive at the station's Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module for redocking tomorrow.


Thomas Pesquet: Just like pretty much everyone, I happen to have read some classics of science fiction, even though I am by far and wide not obsessed by it.


Hot Jupiters - giant gas planets that race around their host stars in extremely tight orbits - have become a little bit less mysterious thanks to a new study combining theoretical modeling with observations by the Hubble Space Telescope.


The Moon's largest sea may have been even stormier than its name implies, according to the first new lunar samples since the then-Soviet Union's Luna mission in 1976.


New images have revealed detailed clues about how the first stars and structures were formed in the Universe and suggest the formation of the Galaxy got off to a fitful start.


Between 2.5 and 4 billion years ago, a time known as the Archean eon, Earth's weather could often be described as cloudy with a chance of asteroid.


A search was conducted for laser signals, both sub-second pulses and continuous emission, from the regions of the sky opposite Proxima and Alpha Centauri.


Nanoracks, in collaboration with Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, has formed a team to develop the first-ever free flying commercial space station.


Final stacking operations for NASA's mega-Moon rocket are underway inside the Vehicle Assembly Building


The Canadarm2 robotic arm, in a folded configuration, is pictured attached to the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil.


Thomas Pesquet: This is Techno Box. As much as I would like (hate?) to have it make thumping techno music to welcome Matthias on board next week, it is techno as in technology.


Young planetary systems generally experience extreme growing pains, as infant bodies collide and fuse to form progressively larger planets.


ESA's latest CubeSat mission is destined to never leave the ground.


The surface of Venus is completely inhospitable for life: barren, dry, crushed under an atmosphere about 90 times the pressure of Earth's and roasted by temperatures two times hotter than an oven. But was it always that way?


NASA seeks young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon.


Tuesday aboard the International Space Station was devoted mainly to orbital maintenance tasks with some light science duties on the schedule.


Thomas Pesquet: A study in swirls: the clouds seem to spread out like a curtain to let us admire the islands underneath. Thanks, mother nature!


Central Park figures prominently in this photograph of Manhattan Island in New York City as the International Space Station orbited 262 miles above the northeastern United States.


Seen here is a newly constructed liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage tank at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 1, 2021.


Our corner of the universe, the solar system, is nestled inside the Milky Way galaxy, home to more than 100 billion stars.


Lakes provide drinking water for people, habitat for plants and wildlife, and a place to fish, boat and swim.


After the Sun ejected a violent mass of fast-moving plasma into space on 9 October, ESA waited for the storm to strike.


The Expedition 66 crew focused on exercise, EVA preparation, and routine maintenance checks as part of its activities aboard the International Space Station today.


Thomas Pesquet: Most of the best #aurora pictures have now been shared, this one might not be the most striking, but I like the sense of perspective this aurora gives, under a moonlit sky.


Thanks to two microphones aboard NASA's Perseverance rover, the mission has recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, and motors whirring as the spacecraft moves its arm.


An international team of researchers, including scholars from the University of Bologna and the Italian National Astrophysics Institute (INAF), observed for the first time the evolution of warm gas coming from an active black hole.


Astronomers have used a planet-hunting satellite to see a white dwarf abruptly switching on and off for the first time.


AstroAccess, an initiative dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in space exploration, and Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) successfully completed a parabolic flight with a crew of 12 ambassadors with mobility, vision, and hearing disabilities on Sunday, October 17.


Thomas Pesquet: When the airlock closes on your friends with a loud metallic sound, the atmosphere can quickly change from smiles and laughs to a more serious note in connection with the colleagues who will soon be hurtling through the atmosphere.


Thomas Pesquet: A study in fields in Canada... it looks like a barcode or some modern art, or maybe a computer glitch... no we are not in the matrix, but this is #CropArt!


2006 images from three of NASA's Great Observatories were combined to create this spectacular, multiwavelength view of the starburst galaxy M82.


Expedition 65 Commander Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) gathers fluid physics and materials research hardware inside the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module.


Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko landed on Earth at 12:35 a.m. EDT Sunday,


The first mission to the Trojan asteroids, a prelaunch milestone for our Artemis I mission, and highlighting a few of our NASA centers ... 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.


Thomas Pesquet: A fertile area in a desert region, by the Amu Darya river. Rivers bring water, and water brings life and food.


The majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4666 lies about 80 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo and is undergoing particularly intense star formation.


NASA's Lucy mission, the agency's first to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, launched at 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.


Three Russian inhabitants of the International Space Station are preparing to depart for Earth on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the rest of the Expedition 65 crew worked on a variety of life science activities as well as important orbital plumbing duties on Friday.


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


A veteran cosmonaut will soon lead two Russian spaceflight participants on a ride through Earth's atmosphere to a parachuted landing in Kazakhstan this weekend.


Eleven years ago, Congress designated a portion of the International Space Station (ISS) as the latest and most amazing of America's National Labs. Concurrently, America embarked on a pathway that allowed for commercial services in the growing low-earth marketplace.


New Delhi, the capital and second-largest city of India, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Exercising wearing virtual reality goggles, replacing spacesuit components, and getting ready for this weekend's crew departure were the main objectives for the Expedition 65 crew today.


An aurora is pictured below the International Space Station as it was orbiting 274 miles above the southern Pacific Ocean just south of Auckland Island, New Zealand.


A mass of solar material that erupted from the Sun on Oct. 9, 2021, reached Earth on Oct. 12.


Thomas Pesquet: Aki doing his best James Dean impression while performing some JAXA science, he's that good 😁.


A compositional link between planets and their respective host star has long been assumed in astronomy.


A layer of "hot," electrically conductive ice could be responsible for generating the magnetic fields of ice giant planets like Uranus and Neptune.


Thomas Pesquet: Sfax in Tunisia has an amazing geometric shape bringing all attention to the harbour and then bedazzling with the salt lakes and the Taparura development. Like a fly being drawn to a spider's web...


A team of students from the SCK•CEN (Belgian nuclear research centre) located in Mol, Belgium, began their hypergravity research campaign at ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) at ESTEC on 27 September and successfully completed their experiment on 1 October.


Thomas Pesquet: It is #12Octubre, Spain's national day, and here's the whole of the Iberian peninsula in one picture, including Spain and its neighbouring Portugal, from the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees.


Thomas Pesquet: Dinner with everybody. Our new crewmembers Klim and Yulia work all day to shoot scenes for their movie, and our cosmonaut friends help them out a lot.


Solar prominences hover above the visible solar disk like giant clouds, held there by a supporting framework of magnetic forces, originating from layers deep within the Sun.


Deep in the solar system, between Jupiter and Neptune, lurk thousands of small chunks of ice and rock.


In October 2019, a high-energy neutrino slammed into Antarctica.


The Expedition 65 crew kicked off the work week with robotics research, combustion, and life science as the International Space Station orbits a little higher today.


Blue Origin successfully completed its second human spaceflight on board New Shepard on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.


International and commercial partnerships are a critical component of NASA's long-term plans on and around the Moon under the Artemis program.


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully arrived in French Guiana Tuesday, after a 16-day journey at sea.