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A chance to send your name to the Sun, testing systems for our Orion spacecraft, and sizing up Earth, from space - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Super Blue Blood Moon - a rare triple treat up in the sky, celebrating America's first explorer in space, and smoke and fire - another Space Launch System engine test ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

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This Year at NASA

2017: A year of groundbreaking discoveries and record-setting exploration at NASA.

New data reveal that the interstellar asteroid that recently zipped through our solar system is rocky, cigar-shaped, and has a somewhat reddish hue.

On Nov. 1, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, the president's nominee to be the next administrator of NASA, appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

On Oct. 26, Vice President Mike Pence joined our Associate Administrator for Science, Thomas Zurbuchen for a close-up view of the agency's Mars InSight spacecraft, during a visit to the Littleton, Colorado facilities of Lockheed Martin.

The Oct. 10th spacewalk outside the International Space Station was the second in less than a week by NASA's Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei - and one of three U.S. spacewalks planned for October.

On Sept. 15, our Cassini spacecraft concluded its remarkable mission with a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.

During the week of Sept. 5, spacecraft captured imagery of hurricane Irma as the storm reached category 5 status in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Aug. 21 eclipse across America generated interest and excitement far and wide. Our coverage of the historic eclipse - the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse for the U.S. in 99 years - was widespread ... Anchored from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina - we showed you views of the eclipse that only NASA could.

Natural phenomena such as the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse can inspire awe, but scientists can also use eclipse-like events to learn more about the universe.

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse across America is generating a lot of interest - and a lot of questions. You'll find answers to many of your eclipse questions at NASA's Eclipse 2017 website --

Scientists are studying our closest Earth-size exoplanet neighbor - Proxima b - to determine if it's habitable.

Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot was in Kazakhstan on July 28 to observe the launch to the International Space Station of our astronaut Randy Bresnik with his crewmates - Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

Our Langley Research Center officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 17. Groundbreaking took place on that date in 1917, for what is now known as Building 587 - the first aeronautical research laboratory erected in 1918 for NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

On July 10, our Juno spacecraft completed its 7th perijove - or close flyby of Jupiter. It flew directly over the planet's iconic Great Red Spot - about 5,600 miles above it.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to employees on July 6 at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida, highlighting the public/private partnerships transforming the center into a multi-user spaceport, and changing the way we do business in low-Earth orbit.

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on June 30 to reestablish the National Space Council. To mark International Asteroid Day on June 30, we aired a special television program with information about the work our Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other NASA-funded programs do to find, track and characterize Near Earth Objects.

At the Newseum in Washington, we teamed with representatives from other federal agencies and science organizations to delve into the science behind the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse, and provide details on how to safely view the once-in-a-century phenomenon.

This Week at NASA: Mid-Year at NASA

2017 is shaping up to be another year of unprecedented exploration, amazing discoveries, technological advances and progress in development of future missions - and we're just six months into the year. Here are some of our top stories of 2017, so far - Mid-Year at NASA.

Vice President Mike Pence helped announce America's newest class of astronaut candidates on June 7 at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Vice President joined Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa in welcoming members of the 2017 class -- who were selected from more than 18,000 applicants

The first mission designed to fly directly into the sun's atmosphere - Solar Probe Plus has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, in honor of University of Chicago physicist, Eugene Parker.

Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot discussed our Fiscal Year 2018 budget request on May 23, during his State of NASA address.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has successfully passed the center of curvature test at Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md.

On April 20, Expedition 51-52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos launched to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Two long-running NASA missions are providing new details about ocean bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn - further heightening scientific interest in these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.

NASA held a news conference April 4 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with participation from NASA headquarters, to preview the final phase of the Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn.

On March 21, President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

NASA conducted the latest successful test of the Orion spacecraft's parachute system on March 8 in the skies above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

NASA held a news conference Feb. 22 at the agency's headquarters to discuss the finding by the agency's Spitzer Space Telescope of seven Earth-sized planets around a tiny, relatively nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star.

NASA's Juno spacecraft made its latest close flyby of Jupiter Feb. 2 -- passing about 2,700 miles above the planet's clouds. This was the fourth close flyby since Juno began orbiting Jupiter last year on July 4.

When NASA's Commercial Crew Astronauts make their first trip to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, they'll be outfitted in new custom-designed spacesuits.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Jan. 18, that global surface temperatures in 2016 were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk on Jan. 13, to complete an upgrade that included installing adapter plates and hooking up electrical connections for six new lithium-ion batteries, which were delivered to the station in December.

On Dec. 1, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden helped kick off a yearlong centennial celebration for the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia with several events highlighting the work of the African American women of Langley's West Computing Unit.

The Expedition 50/51 crew, including NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Nov. 17 eastern time, to begin a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

NASA this month is scheduled to launch the first of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellites.

During a Nov. 2 media event at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Administrator Charlie Bolden was joined by Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese and Senior Project Scientist, Dr. John Mather for an update on the James Webb Space Telescope, including a rare glimpse at the telescope's primary mirror.

On Oct. 23, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft safely arrived at the International Space Station - six days after being launched on an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia.

On Oct. 19, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and his Expedition 49-50 crewmates, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

An Oct. 11 opinion article written by President Barack Obama and published by CNN, outlined a vision for the future of space exploration.

Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Matthew during several passes over the major storm, as it made its way north through the Caribbean Sea during the week of Oct. 3.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden joined other leaders of the world's space agencies to discuss the latest technological breakthroughs and developments in space exploration at the 67th International Astronautical Congress, Sept. 26-30th in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The four spacecraft orbiting Earth in formation as part of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission achieved a new record recently when the space between them was decreased from just over six miles to only four-and-a-half miles.

On Sept. 14, officials from the White House and NASA discussed the space agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) during a televised event at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

On Sept. 8, NASA launched the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA conducted a spacewalk Sept. 1 to retract a thermal radiator, install the first of several enhanced high definition cameras on the station's truss and tighten bolts on a joint that enables one of the station's solar arrays to rotate.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft left the International Space Station on August 26.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA installed the first of two International Docking Adapters onto the forward end of the station's Harmony module, during a spacewalk on Aug. 19.

Two of the NASA astronauts training for the first flight tests for the agency's Commercial Crew Program visited with employees during an Aug. 11 event at Kennedy Space Center.

On Aug. 2, NASA's Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Jaiwon Shin, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aviation industry leaders and the academic research community participated in a workshop hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss Drones and the Future of Aviation.

The 21st NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations got underway July 21 in the Florida Keys.

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. To celebrate the anniversary of the historic robotic feat and to highlight NASA's effort to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia hosted a two-day "Viking at 40" event.

The Expedition 48/49 crew that launched July 7 from Kazakhstan arrived as scheduled at the International Space Station July 9 Eastern time.

After an almost five-year journey to Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully settled into orbit around our solar system's largest planet on July 4 - giving Juno team members yet another reason to celebrate on America's birthday.

On June 28, the booster for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was fired up for a major two-minute full-duration qualification ground test at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems' test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

NASA announced June 20, astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.

On June 17, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gave the keynote address at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington.

On June 7 at Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia, NASA and Orbital ATK hosted members of the media to see the Cygnus cargo spacecraft scheduled to fly the company's next delivery mission to the International Space Station.

Activities aboard the International Space Station during the first week in June included continued operations with the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) - which was fully expanded on May 28.

The planet Mercury's transit of the sun on May 9 provided an opportunity for sky-watchers throughout the U.S. to witness a rare celestial event that happens only about 13 times a century.

On May 3, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility hosted Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and others for an employee town hall and a tour of the Virginia facility - including Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren made several appearances in the DC area April 25-29, to share highlights of his recent five-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

An April 19 event at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, showcased the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) prototype the agency is developing for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The SpaceX Dragon U.S. commercial cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station April 10 -- two days after being launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon was captured with the space station's robotic Canadarm2 by Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), with assistance from NASA's Jeff Williams, as the two spacecraft were traveling over the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to resupply the International Space Station. Among the almost 7,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware being delivered is the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM.

Engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston are using a mockup of NASA's Orion spacecraft to evaluate how well astronauts are able to operate Orion's rotational hand controller and cursor control device, while dressed in spacesuits.

In an effort to better understand our changing planet and our impact on it, NASA kicked off its Earth Expeditions campaign on March 23.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden was back on Capitol Hill during the week of March 13 for more Congressional hearings on the agency's $19 billion dollar Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal.

During a March 10 hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden testified about the $19 billion dollar Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposed for the agency by President Obama.

The International Space Station's historic one-year expedition has been a mission of numbers - one that could add up to huge benefits for future space exploration - including the Journey to Mars, as well as for life on Earth.

During his Feb. 9 State of NASA speech at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va, Administrator Charles Bolden characterized President Obama's $19 billion Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal for NASA as a vote of confidence and an indication of the agency's strength.

New NASA astrophysics findings were highlighted at the 227th American Astronomical Society meeting, Jan. 4-8 in Kissimmee, Florida.

In 2015, NASA explored the expanse of our solar system and beyond, and the complex processes of our home planet, while also advancing the technologies for our journey to Mars, and new aviation systems as the agency reached new milestones aboard the International Space Station.