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November 2021



The evening of Monday, Nov. 29, NASA received a debris notification for the International Space Station.


Two NASA astronauts are preparing for a spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a faulty antenna system on the International Space Station.


The Space station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon


The Himalayas, Nepal, And Tibet As Seen From The International Space Station


Unraveling the geological processes ongoing at Io's numerous sites of active volcanism requires high spatial resolution to, for example, measure the areal coverage of lava flows or identify the presence of multiple emitting regions within a single volcanic center.


Watch as eight stars skirt a black hole 1 million times the mass of the Sun in these supercomputer simulations.


NGC 6891 is a bright, asymmetrical planetary nebula in the constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin.


Thomas Pesquet: The Nile delta by night shines so bright you can see the light through the Soyuz solar array wings.


This HiRISE image shows the central pit feature of an approximately 20-kilometer diameter complex crater in located at 304.480 degrees east, -11.860 degrees south, just north of the Valles Marineris.


Thomas Pesquet: Earth rt or Rorschach test? To me this salt lake in Iran looks like a butterfly... or a moustache?


The launch of our first planetary defense test mission, a new docking module for the space station, and shielding the Orion spacecraft from the heat ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


Dr. Gerald A. Soffen (February 7, 1926 -- November 22, 2000) was a project scientist for the NASA's Viking program of Mars landers.


In the past century, black holes have transformed from being a mere curiosity into a key element of modern astronomy.


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


The five-ton Prichal docking module arrived at the International Space Station at 10:19 a.m. EST, propelled by a modified Russian Progress propulsion compartment.


Kainji Lake, a reservoir on the Niger River in western Nigeria, is featured in this true-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


Thomas Pesquet: Mount Ruapehu, to the east of Mount Taranaki and also mostly snow-capped.


UCLA astronomers have identified 366 new exoplanets, thanks in large part to an algorithm developed by a UCLA postdoctoral scholar.


Brown dwarfs, also known as "coffee coloured dwarfs" or "failed stars" are the natural link between stars and planets.


A jet from a newly formed star flares into the shining depths of reflection nebula NGC 1977 in this Hubble image.


Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer shared their thoughts about spending Thanksgiving in orbit and the foods they plan to enjoy.


Two astronauts are checking out their gear today ahead of a spacewalk planned for the end of the month.


NASA's DART Mission was launched by a Falcon time at 1:21 am ET today.


The Flame Nebula or NGC 2024 is a large star-forming region in the constellation Orion that lies about 1,400 light-years from Earth.


NASA's Curiosity rover captured a remarkable image from its most recent perch on the side of Mars' Mount Sharp.


The hunt for planets beyond our solar system has turned up more than 4,000 far-flung worlds, orbiting stars thousands of light years from Earth.


Our galaxy is not alone. Swirling around the Milky Way are several smaller, dwarf galaxies -- the biggest of which are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, visible in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere.


Seismic data collected in Elysium Planitia, the second largest volcanic region on Mars, suggest the presence of a shallow sedimentary layer sandwiched between lava flows beneath the planet's surface.


The International Space Station is gearing up for a new Russian docking module due to arrive on Friday.


Thomas Pesquet: Yes, the Red Sea is blue


Scientists have added a whopping 301 newly confirmed exoplanets to the total exoplanet tally.


Pictured here appears to be the edge of a blast radius of a large meteorite impact crater with smaller and more recent cratering interrupting its circumference.


NASA continues bringing the Hubble Space Telescope back to normal science operations, most recently recovering the Wide Field Camera 3 instrument Sunday, Nov. 21.


An exhausted star still has some punches to deliver.


Torrential rain in the Pacific Northwest spurred deadly floods and mudslides that have damaged infrastructure and isolated communities in Canada and the United States.


Thomas Pesquet: Karkheh Dam, Iran. I'm blown away by the swirling blues in these pictures 🌀 and their contrast with the parched earth.


Capri Chasma is located in the eastern portion of the Valles Marineris canyon system, the largest known canyon system in the Solar System.


Thomas Pesquet: Deforestation in the Amazon, you can clearly see where the rain forest has been removed.


Recently downlinked imagery of a September flight has allowed the rover imaging team to put together a video of rotorcraft performing to near-perfection.


At 11:01 a.m. EST, flight controllers on the ground sent commands to release the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft from the Canadarm2 robotic arm after earlier detaching Cygnus from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module.


This image of a southern mid-latitude crater was intended to investigate the lineated material on the crater floor.


SpaceX is developing the Starship vehicle for both human and robotic flights to the surface of the Moon and Mars.


Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


NASA and U.S. Space Command continue to monitor the debris cloud created by a recent Russian anti-satellite test.


Relatively dark slope streaks are common on steep dust-mantled slopes of Mars. When imaged under high sun illumination they appear to be just a dark stain without topographic relief.


From its vantage point high above Earth's atmosphere, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has completed this year's grand tour of the outer solar system - returning crisp images that complement current and past observations from interplanetary spacecraft.


How do galaxies evolve into the starry spirals famously seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and others?


Our world's surface is a jumble of jostling tectonic plates, with new ones emerging as others are pulled under.


NASA and U.S. Space Command continue to monitor the debris cloud created by a recent Russian anti-satellite test.


Detailed atmospheric studies will provide key insights into some of the most common - and mysterious - planets known in the galaxy.


A husband-and-wife team of astronomers at The University of Toledo joined forces for the first time in their scientific careers during the pandemic to develop a new method to look back in time and change the way we understand the history of galaxies.


Stars are born from clouds of gas and dust that collapse under their own gravitational attraction.


OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, begins a series of rigorous tests to assess the risk of potential driving hazards on the surface of the Red Planet.


The ISS team continues to monitor the effects of a Russian satellite breakup that created sufficient debris and posed a conjunction threat to the ISS.


A new NASA-led study is the first to document changing atmospheric ammonia (NH3) concentrations in Africa over an extended period.


Stars are born from turbulent clouds of gas and dust that collapse under their own gravitational attraction.


Orbital Debris Shelter-In-Place: The ISS team has been notified of a satellite breakup that may create sufficient debris to pose a conjunction threat to the ISS.


An astronaut onboard the International Space Station shot this panoramic, west-looking photograph of cloudscapes around Sumatra, one of Indonesia's largest islands.


UNLV geochemists have discovered a new mineral on the surface of the Earth. There's just one catch: it shouldn't be here.


Noctis Labyrinthus, "the labyrinth of the night," sits at the western end of the largest canyon of the solar system Valles Marineris.


Propelled by a recent swing past Venus, NASA's Parker Solar Probe is healthy and performing normally as it heads toward its next closest approach to the Sun on Nov. 21.


After decades of uncertainty, researchers have confirmed the existence of lunar carbon dioxide cold traps that could potentially contain solid carbon dioxide.


Crew-3 Launch/Dock: On Wednesday, November 10th at 8:03 PM CST, the Crew-3 Dragon Endurance lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.


The purpose of this observation is to image dunes where substantial gullies formed in the previous Mars winter (2013).


Forming planets are one possible explanation for the rings and gaps observed in disks of gas and dust around young stars.


Far below you lies a sphere of solid iron and nickel about as wide as the broadest part of Texas: the Earth's inner core.


NASA engineers successfully completed ground testing of a system that will allow an inflatable heat shield to be tested in low-Earth orbit next year.


Our Crew-3 mission launches to the space station, Crew-2 makes a splash at the end of its record-setting mission, and a big honor for our deputy administrator ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


During its 36th low pass over Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view of striking cloud bands and swirls in the giant planet's mid-southern latitudes.


Mars has a vast sea of sand dunes in the high latitude region encircling its north polar cap, known as the North Polar erg. These dunes are made up of basalt and gypsum sand grains.


Team members of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) have filled the spacecraft with fuel, have performed many of the final tests, and are running rehearsals as they approach DART's scheduled launch on Nov. 23.


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


A research team[a], led by Professor Saburo Matunaga of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), developed a 50 kg class technology demonstration microsatellite called HIBARI that denotes "skylark" in English.


When the operations team logged on today, we were prepared to pick up where Monday's team had left off in Curiosity's ongoing drill campaign at Zechstein.


CancĂșn, situated in Quintana Roo on the northeast coast of Mexico's YucatĂĄn Peninsula, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.