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14 hours ago

Space is hard. You've probably heard this before.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And it rings true today. Earlier this afternoon, weather scrubbed our @SpaceX launch to the @iss . @astro .doug and astronaut #BobBehnken were strapped into their Crew Dragon spacecraft when ground teams called off the 4:33pm ET launch due to inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Bertha off the southeastern U.S. coast. The Falcon 9 rocket is healthy, but we want to get it right. Safety is paramount.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Join us for our next launch attempt on Saturday, May 30, at 3:22pm ET (7:22pm UTC ). Our live coverage starts at 11am ET (3pm UTC ) on nasa.gov. As part of our Commercial Crew Program, the liftoff will mark the first time in nearly a decade that @nasaastronauts launch on a brand new spacecraft from U.S. soil. We're ready.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Let's light this candle. 🚀⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Joel Kowsky⁣⁣ ⁣ #launchamerica #letsdothis #spacex #nasa #rocket #space

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Yesterday

🌅 Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A new era of space exploration begins on May 27. Nine years after the final space shuttle mission, we’re once again launching astronauts from U.S. soil. On board the Crew Dragon spacecraft that sits atop the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are veteran astronauts @astro .behnken and @astro .doug. But the crew alone won’t fill the crew cabin. Flying with them are the dreams of everybody who ever dared to explore. They are the dreams of the generations that saw 12 humans walk on the Moon. They are the dreams of young boys and girls who will watch a woman take that first step on the Moon in 2024 under our Artemis program. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ May 27 will be noted as yet another day in history when people can say, “I remember what I was doing that day.” How will you watch history tomorrow? Show us by tagging @nasa in your posts and using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica . You might just make it onto our broadcast.⁣⁣ Live NASA TV coverage starts at 12:15pm ET (4:15pm UTC ) at nasa.gov/live. ⁣⁣ Remember: the future is bright because you're in it. ✨⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #hope #spacex #nasa #rocket #sunset #photooftheday

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4 days ago

✨ Today in galactic arts and crafts: deep space glitter! ✨ ⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this irregular galaxy in a vast region of empty space that's at least 150 million light-years across. Galaxy KK 246 is the only one known for certain to reside in this enormous volume, along with 15 others that have been tentatively identified.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Shaya, L. Rizzi, B. Tully, et al.⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #galaxy #glitter #universe

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6 days ago

The @spacex Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are at the launchpad. Next week: a new era of human spaceflight begins. 🚀🇺🇸⁣ ⁣ Two @nasaastronauts , Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley ( @astro .doug ) will be the first to fly aboard the Crew Dragon. This mission, targeted for liftoff Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Our astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station, for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #rocket #spacecraft #nasa #spacex #launchamerica

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1 weeks ago

They’re ready. Are you?⁣ ⁣ Today #LaunchAmerica astronauts Robert Behnken and @astro .doug arrived at @nasakennedy in Florida to start final preparations for liftoff. On May 27, they’ll make history in the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in nearly a decade. Click the link in bio to learn more.

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2 weeks ago

#OTD in 2009, after astronauts completed upgrades and repairs, @NASAHubble was released to resume observing the universe. ⁣ 🌌 ⁣ In this image, space shuttle Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm lifts the telescope from the shuttle's cargo bay moments before release. ⁣ ⁣ This was the fifth and final servicing mission for Hubble. Over five spacewalks, astronauts installed two brand-new science instruments: the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS ) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3 ). They also prolonged Hubble's life by installing new batteries, new gyroscopes, a new science computer, a refurbished fine guidance sensor and new insulation on three electronics bays.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #telescope #upgrade

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2 weeks ago

Look into the constellation Libra through the eyes of @NASAHubble ...⁣ ⁣ Our Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of spiral galaxy NGC 5861, located in the constellation, approximately 85 million light-years away from Earth.⁣ ⁣ NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, with a shape in between that of a barred spiral galaxy (one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure ) and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy (one without a central bar ). Two supernovae, SN 1971D and SN 2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.⁣ ⁣ #galaxy #spacephotos #universe #hubble #nasa #spiralgalaxy

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2 weeks ago

Can you guess what planet is home to this multicolored terrain? This enhanced-color image shows rocky material thrown out of an impact crater when it was made. The impact broke up already diverse rock types and mixed them together to create this wild jumble of colors, each representing a different type of rock. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona #nasa #space #solarsystem #spaceexploration

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Black holes don’t always devour everything that gets too close. While some material around a black hole falls directly in, never to be seen again, nearby gas is sometimes flung outward, creating a shell that expands over thousands of years. This outflow of gas creates cosmic clouds, clumpy areas of greater density than their surroundings. These clouds start out small but can expand to be more than 3 light-years wide. This illustration by Nima Abkenar depicts this awesome and mystifying occurrence. Credits: Illustration by Nima Abkenar #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole #art #artwork #spaceart

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2 weeks ago

Think big. Now think bigger. Two galaxy clusters, containing hundreds of galaxies each, collided millions of years ago and became tied together by gravity. Now, a supermassive black hole is tearing the two apart on a galactic stage. The jet of particles driven away from the black hole is so powerful that it is bending the shape of the bridge that connects the clusters, which extends for over 3 million light years and has the mass of about 6 trillion Suns. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/V.Parekh, et al. & ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/GMRT #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole

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3 weeks ago

Feeling a little crabby? If so, we hope you know you're still as beautiful as this one! This stunning composite image of the Crab Nebula was made with data from the @nasachandraxray (blue and white ), @NASAHubble (purple ), and @nasa_spitzer (pink ). The star that exploded to create this galactic beauty was first seen from Earth in 1054 A.D. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #xray

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3 weeks ago

What lies beneath that beautiful bloom 🌹? Chaos! The crimson-colored buds make up Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an iconic storm that has been swirling wildly over the planet’s skies for the past 150 years—maybe even much longer than that. Originally captured by our @NASAJuno spacecraft, the massive spot in Jupiter's southern hemisphere was transformed into a striking artist interpretation. As the largest planet orbiting the Sun, Jupiter has had a profound influence on the solar system. But its origin remains a profound mystery. In 2016 @NASAJuno launched on a quest to discover how the complex gas giant planet formed and how it has evolved. Image Credits: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS⁣ Image Processing: Mary J. Murphy #CloudWatching #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSytem #Hazy

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3 weeks ago

Un astronauta a bordo...oh, wait. We just confused ourselves with @nasa_es , our Spanish-language counterpart (¡hola! ). Let’s start over. An astronaut aboard the @iss took this photograph with a short lens camera, capturing almost all of Mexico, from its mountain ranges to its long coastlines.⁣ ⁣ The Pacific Ocean is visible on the left side of the image and on the right, the Gulf of Mexico. At bottom, you can see a tiny bit of a gold-colored solar array belonging to Northrop Grumman's Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which delivered supplies to the space station in February and will undock on Monday. ⁣⁣To view the full-image, visit nasa.gov/Instagram. ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣ #mexico #cielitolindo #cdmx #fisheye #spacestation #nasa ⁣⁣

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3 weeks ago

And the land rinsed off its paintbrush into the sea The Suwannee River in Georgia is known as a “blackwater river” due to its dark-brown waters laden with organic material. Its ink-like waters act like a tracer as it pours into the Gulf of Mexico, revealing where the river water mixes with the sea. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/ Dr. Alice Alonso #nasa #earth #space #satellite #rivers #ocean

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3 weeks ago

🌀 Zone out for a second 🌀 This hypnotic video is actually a global color map of Mercury's surface, created by mosaicking thousands of sets of images obtained by the MESSENGER spacecraft's Wide Angle Camera. The vibrant colors are related to the variations in how much of the Sun's energy its surface reflects at specific wavelengths, a concept called spectral reflectance. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington #nasa #space #Mercury #solarsystem #spaceexploration

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4 weeks ago

⁣ ⁣ Turn an eye to the sky this month! There’s a lot to look out for at dusk and dawn, such as: ⁣ ⁣ 🌟 Venus in the hour after sunset ⁣ 🌌 Our Milky Way’s faint band at dusk ⁣ 🔭The celestial quartet of the Moon, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn ⁣ ⁣ And more! With so many of us staying at home these days, it’s normal to feel cooped up. If you’re feeling like that, this might be a good time to remember that we’re IN space cruising on this pale blue dot with a vast three-dimensional universe all around us. Just look out your window for an outstanding view! ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Venus #VirtualVacation #Planets #StarSailing

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4 weeks ago

That's no moon. Wait. Actually, it is.⁣ ⁣ Saturn's icy moon Mimas has an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star as seen in these images taken by our Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn from 2004-2017. The large feature is called Herschel Crater. Don't worry; it's not a trap.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #MayThe4thBeWithYou on this #StarWarsDay . 💫⁣⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #andalsowithyou #saturn #moons #nasa

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4 weeks ago

Even in chaos, there is beauty.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Dubbed by geologists as the “chaos terrain”, the surface of Jupiter's ocean moon Europa features a widely varied landscape. This area contains blocks that have moved sideways, rotated or tilted before being refrozen into their new locations. To understand how they might have formed, scientists study these blocks as if they are jumbled puzzle pieces.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ While experts may see this mysterious landscape as utter chaos, there is an unmistakable beauty to its erratic winding lines.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #space #Jupiter #solarsystem #spaceexploration

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4 weeks ago

Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you! 🌟🤩⁣ ⁣ Here to add a little sparkle to your day – this bustling stellar nursery is located in the picturesque Orion Nebula. Home to a thousand or so young stars, it will be a subject of study for our @NASAWebb Telescope scheduled to launch in 2021. ⁣ ⁣ A team of Webb scientists will study an inner region of the nebula called the Trapezium Cluster. First, they will survey the distribution of the masses of young objects in this cluster. Next, they will examine the very earliest phases of planet formation around the cluster’s young stars. Finally, the team will study the material many of the young stars are ejecting in jets and outflows. We can’t wait to see what they find! ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESO/M.McCaughrean et al. (AIP )⁣ ⁣ #Sparkle #ShineBright #NASA #Stars #StarGazing #AstronomyLover

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4 weeks ago

In this new era of space exploration, we have selected three diverse American companies – Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX – to develop human landers that will land our Artemis astronauts on the lunar surface. With these awards, we’re on track to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 and establish sustainable human exploration by the end of the decade. #Artemis #moon #astronauts #NASA #BlueOrigin #Dynetics #SpaceX

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🥁🥁🥁 The people have spoken. After 56,000 votes and 5 rounds, Ocean Sand, Bahamas, has been crowned the winner of Tournament Earth. ⁣ 🏆🌎⁣⁣ ⁣ To mark the 21st anniversary of our @NASAEarth Observatory and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we asked the public to choose our all-time best image. This false-color image taken by Landsat 7 satellite shows how the Bahamas are shaped by tides and ocean currents. there are so much more. Visit earthobservatory.nasa.gov for more gorgeous images of our spectacular planet.⁣ ⁣ Image courtesy: Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida. ⁣⁣ ⁣ #Earth #bahamas #earthart #blue #green #nasa ⁣⁣

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Keep your head up. Go with the flow. You got this.⁣ ⁣ On the northwestern coast of Madagascar, the salty waters of the Mozambique Channel flow inland joining the freshwater outflow of the Betsiboka River, forming Bombetoka Bay. ⁣ ⁣ The sapphire water is tinged with pink where sediment is particularly thick, and dense vegetation adds a rich green pigment to the landscape. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team, NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS⁣ ⁣ #nasa #earth #nasa #feelgoodcontent #space #satellite #rivers #madagascar

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5 weeks ago

I spy with my little eye...swirling creamer in a cup of coffee. No, an octopus. We can't decide. What do you see in Jupiter’s clouds?⁣ 👀 ⁣⁣ Our @nasajuno spacecraft photographed the giant planet's swirling cloud tops during an April 10 flyby. At the time, the spacecraft was about 5,375 miles (8,650 kilometers ) from Jupiter’s cloud tops and was traveling about 127,000 mph (204,000 kilometers per hour ) relative to the planet. We're studying Jupiter because understanding its origins will help us understand the origins of our solar system. It's a big planet — with big secrets. ⁣ ⁣ Image credits: NASA JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS⁣ Image processing by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill, © CC BY 3.0⁣ ⁣ #ispywithmylittleye #jupiter #swirledpeas #space #nasa

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✨A cosmic coral reef to honor 30 years of @nasahubble ✨⁣ ⁣ Today marks 30 years of observation and discovery for the most prolific space observatory in history! When the Hubble space telescope was deployed into Earth’s orbit, it opened a new eye onto the cosmos that has transformed our understanding of the universe. Its list of accomplishments is like its cosmic gaze — vast and impressive. Since its deployment Hubble has:⁣ ⁣ ✨ Produced 1.4 million observations⁣ ⁣ ✨ Measured the expansion and acceleration rate of the universe⁣ ⁣ ✨ Found that black holes are common among galaxies⁣ ⁣ ✨ Characterized the atmospheres of planets around other stars⁣ ⁣ ✨ And looked back in time across 97% of the universe to chronicle the birth and evolution of stars and galaxies⁣ ⁣ #HappyBirthdayHubble ! Here’s to the past 30 years, and many more to come!⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI⁣ ⁣ #Hubble30 #telescope #space #hubble #universe #galaxy #nasa

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