June 2022

Human research and space botany were the main research activities aboard the International Space Station today helping NASA and its international partners keep astronauts healthy on long-term missions.

Lake Balkhash, the largest lake in Central Asia, is featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

Lori Garver has a new book out titled "Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age" which explains much of how space exploration and utilization is being done in the third decade of the 21st century. But how did we get here? She explains. She was there.

How does democratizing access to space relate to such systems change? And, how would the transformation of single individuals result in a global-level shift in beliefs and behavior?

Photosynthesis has evolved in plants for millions of years to turn water, carbon dioxide, and the energy from sunlight into plant biomass and the foods we eat.

The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission captured this beautiful view of Mercury's rich geological landscape on 23 June 2022 as the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre.

The map, to be released in batches over six months, covers the vast majority of the planet, revealing dozens of minerals found on its surface.

Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia (22.1°N 45.5°E), 09 Jun 2022

The seven-member Expedition 67 crew split its time with a variety of human research and lab maintenance tasks on Thursday.

One of the phenomena that often arises in a complex world is a complexity gap.

For the past year, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region to one filled with a salty mineral called sulfate.

From a zoomed out, distant view, star-forming cloud L483 appears normal.

A new SwRI study describes how unique populations of craters on two of Saturn's moons could help indicate the satellites' age and the conditions of their formation.

For decades, telescopes have helped us capture light from galaxies that formed as far back as 400 million years after the big bang - incredibly early in the context of the universe's 13.8-billion-year history.

A new citizen science project, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with support from NASA, allows volunteers to play an important role in helping scientists learn more about the atmosphere on Jupiter.

Space gardening and the human digestive system were at the top of the science schedule aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday.

As beautifully coined by Frank White, one of the most influential space philosophers of our time, the Overview Effect is described as a cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when one views the Earth from space.

As the power available to NASA's InSight Mars lander diminishes by the day, the spacecraft's team has revised the mission's timeline in order to maximize the science they can conduct.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Tanezrouft Basin - one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara Desert.

A region on Mars may have been repeatedly habitable until relatively late in Martian history, says a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Catherine Weitz.

Southwest Research Institute scientists combined data from NASA's New Horizons mission with novel laboratory experiments and exospheric modeling to reveal the likely composition of the red cap on Pluto's moon Charon and how it may have formed.

A host of biomedical studies filled the Expedition 67 crew's day as NASA and its international partners continue exploring how living in space long-term affects the human body.

Space research hardware kept the Expedition 67 crew busy on Friday as the four astronauts and three cosmonauts turned on free-flying robots, configured nanosatellites, and replaced a fuel bottle inside a furnace.

In this four-part series, I would like to invite you to reflect on the Overview Effect as a catalyst for deep systems change in a world that urgently needs it.

The Artemis I wet dress rehearsal ended today at 7:37 p.m. EDT at T-29 seconds in the countdown.

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Malé - the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives.

This star-studded image shows the globular cluster Terzan 9 in the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of the Milky Way.

Inside the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an engineer installs the Mass Spectrometer observing lunar operations (MSolo) onto its radiator bracket on June 14, 2022.

Both water and dry ice have a major role in sculpting Mars' surface at high latitudes. Water ice frozen in the soil splits the ground into polygons.

On Monday at 10:20 a.m. Central time, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus NG CRS-17 engine was scheduled to fire for 5 minutes, 1 second to test the cargo craft's ability to reboost the International Space Station in the future.

Tiris Zemmour, Mauritania (24.8°N 8.5°W), 23 May 2022

This Picture of the Week revisits the Veil Nebula, a popular subject for Hubble images!

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the central region of the gigantic elliptical galaxy NGC 474.

A star's death throes have so violently disrupted its planetary system that the dead star left behind, called a white dwarf, is siphoning off debris from both the system's inner and outer reaches.

The next prelaunch rehearsal before launch of our Artemis I Moon mission, news about some NASA astronomy missions, and a critical milestone for an Earth-observing satellite ... 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.

Part of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, which lies along the coast of southeast Alaska, is featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.

The Expedition 67 crew studied advanced physics, continued its human research, and worked on space gardening inside the International Space Station on Thursday.

Marlborough, New Zealand (42.0°S 172.9°E), 28 May 2022

The stunning perspectives show four of our galactic neighbors in a different light.

As the European Space Agency prepares to begin operations of its next-generation Vega-C and Ariane 6 launch systems complemented by the reusable Space Rider orbital transportation system, work is underway to define the future of European space transportation capabilities for the coming decade and beyond.

Asteroid Bennu's boulder-covered surface gives it protection against small meteoroid impacts, according to observations of craters by NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft.

A University of Arizona-led team of astronomers has created a detailed, three-dimensional image of a dying hypergiant star.

From afar, the Sun appears blank and featureless in visible light. But through a solar telescope in different wavelength, it is revealed to be much, much more.

The Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission described herein has been selected for flight to Venus as part of the NASA Discovery Program.

The waxing gibbous Moon is photographed above Earth's horizon from the International Space Station as it orbited 261 miles above Turkey.

The discovery: NASA's TESS mission has found two rocky worlds orbiting the relatively bright, red dwarf star HD 260655, only 33 light-years away.

This mosaic of dusty, swirling disks shows a sample of images captured from the International Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, as part of an unprecedented survey of 44 young massive stars.

Later this year, NASA is set to launch a probe the size of a tennis court to the asteroid belt, a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter where remnants of the early solar system circle the sun.

"These fragments may be the remains of once-larger clouds that have been shredded by the enormous energy being released by young and massive stars, a process dubbed feedback," says Tony Wong, who led the research on 30 Doradus presented today at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting and published in The Astrophysical Journal.

Astronomers using a fleet of world leading telescopes on the ground and in space have captured images of a periodic rocky near-Sun comet breaking apart.

The International Space Station hummed with research activity today as the Expedition 67 crew members continued exploring how microgravity affects the human body.

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Left Mastcam-Z camera.

Samples from the Moon's Oceanus Procellarum, an ancient mare basalt whose name translates to "Ocean of Storms," may be able to calm at least one scientific squall: the source of lunar water.

This photograph, taken by an International Space Station astronaut while in orbit over the Caribbean Sea, captures one of Earth's most alluring ocean locations.

NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will study wispy streams of stars that extend far beyond the apparent edges of many galaxies.

How do you observe a process that takes more than one trillion times longer than the age of the universe?

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have imaged the debris disk of the nearby star HD 53143 at millimeter wavelengths for the first time, and it looks nothing like they expected.

Tuesday aboard the International Space Station saw the Expedition 67 crew concentrate on an array of orbital maintenance tasks and cargo operations.

All seven Expedition 67 crew members are enjoying a quiet Monday on station as the four astronauts and three cosmonauts relaxed for a three-day weekend.

Today, ESA's Gaia mission releases its new treasure trove of data about our home galaxy.

Prototypes of the crew transportation vehicle (CTV) for Artemis crewed missions are driven out to Launch Complex 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 11, 2022.

This spectacular image of Earth was captured by the Meteosat Second Generation series of missions on 23 March 2022.

Northern State, Sudan (16.7°N 30.7°E), 04 Jun 2022

When our sun exhausts the hydrogen fuel in its core some 5 billion years from now, it will expand to become a red giant, engulfing the inner planets.

The position of each asteroid at 12:00 CEST on 13 June 2022 is plotted. Each asteroid is a segment representing its motion over 10 days.

A detailed analysis of the composition and motion of more than 500 stars revealed conclusive evidence of ancient a collision between Andromeda and a neighboring galaxy.

Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve seen on 10 June 2022 by Copernicus Sentinel2.

For the first time ever recorded, in the late summer of 2021, rain fell on the high central region of the Greenland ice sheet.

This radar image, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, shows us the only city-island-nation - Singapore - and one of the busiest ports in the world.

Astronomers estimate that 100 million black holes roam among the stars in our Milky Way galaxy, but they have never conclusively identified an isolated black hole.

Impacts forming craters excavate holes deep into the ground, exposing rocks from far below the present surface.

Our Artemis I mega Moon rocket is rolled to the launch pad, the astronauts of our Crew-2 mission come to Washington, and investigating the impact of dust on our climate ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Hadramaut Governorate, Yemen (15.8°N 47.4°E), 06 Jun 2022

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