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May 2022



The waning crescent Moon is pictured from the International Space Station as it flew into an orbital sunrise 260 miles above the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of the United States.


HiRISE is not able to capture the entire caldera at the summit of Olympus Mons, so we try to get as many images as possible to create a potential mosaic.


Our previously reported survey of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) environment using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) detected over 70 unique Resident Space Objects (RSOs) over multiple passes, from 20 hours of observations in passive radar mode.


This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image spotlights the giant elliptical galaxy, UGC 10143, at the heart of galaxy cluster, Abell 2147, about 486 million light-years away in the head of the serpent, the constellation Serpens.


The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change.


ISRO successfully completed the static test of a human-rated solid rocket booster (HS200) for the Gaganyaan Programme at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on May 13, 2022, at 7:20 AM local time.


The Webb Telescope is closer to starting its mission of science, an historic look at the center of our galaxy, and the Crew-3 astronauts reflect on their mission ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.


This galaxy is part of a large survey of more than 100 galaxies conducted by Chandra that looked for evidence of growing black holes.


This portion of the Namib Desert in southern Namibia boasts some of the tallest dunes in the world attracting the attention of geologists for further study.


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


The International Space Station is getting ready to welcome Boeing's new Starliner crew ship due to lift off next week on the company's Orbital Flight Test-2 mission.


This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was captured by Planet SkySat - a fleet of satellites that have just joined ESA's Third Party Mission Programme in April 2022.


The Space_Station's cupola and the laptop housed inside are crucial tools for the astronauts to capture imagery of Earth requested by scientists back on the ground.


Even though this observation was acquired after a large dust storm, there are numerous and large example of recurring slope lineae (RSL), even on the bedrock.


This galaxy is part of a large survey of more than 100 galaxies conducted by Chandra that looked for evidence of growing black holes.


On May 8, 2022, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NOAA-20 captured this natural-color image of the storms at 12:55 p.m. local time (07:55 Universal Time).


Human research, space botany, and robotics were the main research themes for the Expedition 67 crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday.


Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.


On May 11, 2022, NOAA shared the first images of the Western Hemisphere from its GOES-18 satellite. The satellite's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument recently captured stunning views of Earth.


Spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, is located approximately 11 million light-years from Earth.


When stars like our Sun use up all their fuel, they shrink to form white dwarfs.


Jules Verne could not even dream of this: A research team from the University of Bayreuth, together with international partners, has pushed the boundaries of high-pressure and high-temperature research into cosmic dimensions.


Furrows are a concentric system of tectonic troughs, and are the oldest recognizable surface feature on Ganymede.


Sandia National Laboratories is well-known for designing reliable and resilient microgrids for military bases and vital city services. Now, Sandia researchers are working with NASA to design one for the moon.


The Expedition 67 crew is ramping up for the arrival of Boeing's new Starliner crew ship due to launch next week to the International Space Station.


NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins floats in the International Space Station's cupola, a viewing window from which Earth and celestial objects are visible.


The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, peaking at 9:55 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.


Galaxy NGC 6503 is part of a large survey of more than 100 galaxies conducted by Chandra that looked for evidence of growing black holes.


These dark streaks, also known as "slope streaks," on Mars resulted from dust avalanches.


When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano's effects also reached space.


Human research took precedence aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday as the seven-member Expedition 67 crew explored how living in space affects the human body.


Estimated to be magnitude 5, the quake is the biggest ever detected on another planet.


Although gullies are most common in the middle latitudes of Mars, they are also found in equatorial regions.


NASA's Psyche spacecraft undergoes processing and servicing ahead of launch atop a work stand inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 3, 2022.


The spiral galaxy M91 fills the frame of this Wide Field Camera 3 observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.


A team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida test a 3D printer inside a vacuum chamber at the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations (GMRO) lab inside the spaceport's Swamp Works.


NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is aligned across all four of its science instruments, as seen in a previous engineering image showing the observatory's full field of view.


The seven Expedition 67 crew members are enjoying an off-duty day today following the change of command of the station and the departure of the SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts last week.


The Earth's atmosphere above the Pacific Ocean is illuminated during the first moments of an orbital sunrise in this picture from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above.


The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 4, 2022.


On Thursday, May 5, mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received confirmation that the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter had re-established communications with the Perseverance rover.


Soil on the moon contains active compounds that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and fuels, scientists in China report May 5 in the journal Joule.


Long-duration space flight alters fluid-filled spaces along veins and arteries in the brain, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University and scientists across the country.


Using future projections from the latest generation of Earth System Models, a recent study published in Science Advances found that most of the world's ocean is steadily losing its year-to-year memory under global warming.


The Crew-3 astronauts return from the space station, the spacecraft for another commercial crew mission is on the move, and discussing NASA's budget ... 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 Rhine River, the longest river in Germany, is featured in this colourful image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.


NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer splashed down safely in the SpaceX Dragon Endurance in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa, Florida, at 12:43 a.m. EDT after 177 days in space.


The Dragon Endurance spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer returned to Earth


NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed an intriguing ridgeline near the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater.


The interacting galaxy pair NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 take center stage in this image from the Dark Energy Camera


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a witness at the scene of a star's explosive death: a companion star previously hidden in the glare of its partner's supernova.


A rare and enigmatic outburst from a galaxy 236 million light-years away may have been sparked by a magnetic reversal, a spontaneous flip of the magnetic field surrounding its central black hole.


Scientists were baffled last year when studying images of the Martian surface taken at dawn by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.


The SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer inside undocked from the forward port of the International Space Station's Harmony module at 1:20 a.m. EDT to complete a nearly six-month science mission.


Houston, Texas (home of NASA's Johnson Space Center) and its surrounding suburbs are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above the Lone Star State.


Gullies are visible on the southwest wall of this crater in Context Camera (CTX) images, but no previous HiRISE coverage for them exists.


Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft rolls out from the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 4, 2022.


The Sun emitted a moderate solar flare on May 4, 2022, peaking at 5:00 a.m. ET. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.


Peyto Glacier in Banff National Park is among the most closely monitored glaciers in the world.


NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn handed over command of the International Space Station to Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev in a traditional Change of Command ceremony which began at 2:35 p.m. EDT today.


The silhouetted Soyuz MS-21 crew ship docked to the Prichal docking module is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 268 miles above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile.


Sand dunes in Valles Marineris can be impressive in size, with steep slopes that seem to climb and descend.


The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on May 3, 2022, peaking at 9:25 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.


On 2nd March 2022, high-resolution satellites owned and operated by GHGSat, the environmental data company, detected methane (CH4) emissions coming from an agricultural area in California's Joaquin Valley.


Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently received samples of the lunar surface that have been curated in a freezer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston since Apollo 17 astronauts returned them to Earth in December 1972.


As the scientific community searches for worlds orbiting nearby stars that could potentially harbor life, new Southwest Research Institute-led research suggests that younger rocky exoplanets are more likely to support temperate, Earth-like climates.


NASA and SpaceX managers continue to plan for the departure of four commercial crew astronauts aboard the International Space Station this week.


Rocket Lab has successfully launched its 26th Electron mission, deploying 34 satellites to orbit. Rocket Lab has now deployed a total of 146 satellites to orbit with the Electron launch vehicle.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA's SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station


The western portion of Algeria, near the border with Morocco, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 258 miles above the African nation.


The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on April 30, 2022, peaking at 9:47 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.


Although actively-forming gullies are common in the middle latitudes of Mars, there are also pristine-looking gullies in equatorial regions.


As climate change warms the planet, glaciers are melting faster, and scientists fear that many will collapse by the end of the century, drastically raising sea level and inundating coastal cities and island nations.


Four astronauts who have been aboard the International Space Station since November continue to prepare for their return to Earth.