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  • newMarshall and Redstone In Lockdown (Update)
    Redstone Arsenal incident update, RocketCity Now "Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Holliday released more information about the incident at Redstone Arsenal in an afternoon press conference. He said that while the investigation is ongo…
    - 16 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 10:42pm -
  • A NASA Spinoff That No One Seems To Have Noticed
    Hubble Contact Lenses "Go to your exam, try out Hubble contacts, and get your prescription." Hubble Servicing Mission 1, NASA "After Hubble's deployment in 1990, scientist realized that the telescope's primary mirror had a flaw called spherical aberr…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jun 17, 2:37am -
  • Bolden Is Worried About Trump's Tweeting
    Former #NASA Administrator Bolden fears that President Trump may tweet us out of human access to space via Russia. pic.twitter.com/dlNXaUE576— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 26, 2017 How Long Will ISS Remain Isolated From Terrestrial Politics?, e…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 1:25am -
  • SpaceX Pulls Off Weekend Double Header
    After nine launches in 2017, it's tough to be an honest critic of SpaceX, Ars Technica "SpaceX garners a lot of acclaim for its achievements, and it has legions of admirers within the aerospace community and the public at large....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 8:37pm -
  • Spaceport America: Just Send Us More Money (Update)
    Waiting for liftoff at the Spaceport, Santa Fe New Mexican "The concept of space tourism was all the rage when Spaceport America was pitched to New Mexico taxpayers a decade ago as a gateway for rich adventurers willing to pay...
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 5:04pm -
  • NASA's Planetary Science Division Needs To Explain its Reorganization
    NAS Report: Review of the Restructured Research and Analysis Programs of NASA's Planetary Science Division "Recently, PSD reorganized the R&A program to provide better alignment with the strategic goals for planetary sciences. The major changes in th…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 2:22pm -
  • NASA's Official Alternate History of Mars Exploration
    Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars, NASA "Without Mars Pathfinder, there could not have been Spirit and Opportunity, and without Spirit and Opportunity, there could not have been Curiosity," Pathfinder Project Scientist Ma…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 3:33am -
  • Hollywood Space Spinoff Flops
    Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop gets called out by NASA over healing stickers, CNN Money "NASA just called out Goop, the movie star's lifestyle brand, over wearable healing stickers that it promoted on its website. In a post on Thursday, Goop said...
    - 6 days ago 23 Jun 17, 1:12am -
  • NASA's Response To That White House Downsizing Thing
    Interior Secretary Advocates For Cutting Up To 4,000 Jobs At Agency, Huffington Post "In written testimony submitted Tuesday to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke noted that President Donald Trump's 20…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jun 17, 6:07pm -
  • JSC Center Director Ellen Ochoa Picks Up Yet Another External Job
    Mutual of America Life Insurance Company Appoints Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa to its Board of Directors "Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, which specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizati…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jun 17, 2:38am -
  • Today's Commercial Space Policy Events
    Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Commercial Space "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Co…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jun 17, 2:42pm -
  • Infomercial Update on NASA's Journey To Nowhere
    This Week at NASA: Mid-Year at NASA (video), 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 yea…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jun 17, 8:40pm -
  • False Positives and Planetary Protection
    The Goals, Rationales, and Definition of Planetary Protection: Interim Report, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine "Avoiding forward and back contamination in missions to Mars can be viewed as addressing contamination that trave…
    - 9 days ago 20 Jun 17, 2:10am -
  • Kepler Reveals New Worlds
    NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates "NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 3:37pm -
  • So Much For Russian Engine Sanctions
    Amendment may keep Iran-Russia sanctions bill from stopping ISS launches from Wallops, Daily Press "An Iran-Russia sanctions bill threatened to torpedo Orbital ATK's commercial resupply missions for NASA from Virginia to the International Space Stati…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jun 17, 2:40pm -

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  • newA New Way To Deploy Solar Panels In Space
    Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical hinges....
    - 12 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 2:15am -
  • newSummer Solstice Viewed From Orbit
    On 21 June at 06:24 the 2017 summer solstice, as seen in this image from EUMETSAT's Meteosat-10 geostationary satellite, began....
    - 12 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 2:13am -
  • newChandra Samples Galactic Goulash
    What would happen if you took two galaxies and mixed them together over millions of years? A new image including data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals the cosmic culinary outcome....
    - 12 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 2:01am -
  • newOrbiting Supermassive Black Holes Confirmed
    For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more...
    - 13 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 1:34am -
  • newShifts in Atmospheric Circulation Alter Global Clouds and Affect Climate Sensitivity
    The interaction between atmospheric circulation in the tropics and sub-tropics and cloud structure is highly correlated....
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 2:30pm -
  • newNASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 26 June 2017 - Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) Update
    An experimental solar array demonstration was jettisoned while the Expedition 52 crew continued preparing the SpaceX Dragon for its release on Sunday. The three crew members also studied how microgravity impacts their bodies....
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jun 17, 2:23pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 June 2017 - Studying Cardiac Biology
    The Expedition 52 trio worked throughout Friday on human research studying cardiac biology and the microbes that live on humans. Tiny satellites inside the International Space Station were also investigated for future remote or autonomous use in spac…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 3:19pm -
  • Action of Uranus' Magnetosphere Affects Aurora
    More than 30 years after Voyager 2 sped past Uranus, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using the spacecraft's data to learn more about the icy planet....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 3:06pm -
  • Betelgeuse As Seen By ALMA
    This orange blob shows the nearby star Betelgeuse, as seen by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 2:50pm -
  • New Sentinel-3A Corrected Sea Surface Height Products
    New Sentinel-3A Corrected Sea Surface Height products will be available on EUMETCast from 27 June....
    - 2 days ago 26 Jun 17, 2:33pm -
  • SpaceX Launches Two Missions in Two Days
    SpaceX has upped the ante when it comes to reusable launch systems. Within 49 hours the company launched and recovered two Falcon 9 first stages while putting it's customer's payloads safely into orbit....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 10:55pm -
  • Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim
    NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 9:08pm -
  • Colorado Students Participate in Record-setting Launch
    A 53-foot-tall high-power sport rocket carried payloads thousands of feet above the New Mexico desert today at Spaceport America....
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 5:45pm -
  • This Week at NASA: Solar Eclipse Primer and More
    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-ce…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 17, 5:29pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 June 2017 - New Drug Therapy Research
    Expedition 52 is continuing to explore a new drug therapy today that may keep humans healthier in space. The trio onboard the International Space Station also worked on standard maintenance activities to keep the orbital complex in ship-shape....
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 17, 3:16pm -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

Composite Messier 20 and 21
Composite Messier 20 and 21
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The M81 Galaxy Group through the Integrated Flux Nebula
The M81 Galaxy Group through the Integrated Flux Nebula
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Artistic Impression: The Surface of TRAPPIST 1f
Artistic Impression: The Surface of TRAPPIST 1f
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The N44 Superbubble
The N44 Superbubble
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Markarian's Chain to Messier 64
Markarian's Chain to Messier 64
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Solstice Conjunction over Budapest
Solstice Conjunction over Budapest
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