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Horizons An astronaut's view from the International Space Station (@iss) is captured in this image of airglow on the horizon between the Earth at nighttime and the starry sky. International Space Station Commander Alex Gerst (@astro_alex_esa) took this photograph, and shared it with a quote from Buckminster Fuller: "The vision itself is less important than the visionary spirit." Image Credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Alex Gerst #spacestation #horizon #airglow #stars earthfromspace
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What a beauty?! 😍 During its 16th close flyby of the gas giant planet, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured colorful swirling clouds in Jupiter's North Equatorial Belt. At the time, Juno was about 2,100 miles from the planet's cloud tops. In other words, the spacecraft was about as close to Jupiter as San Francisco is to Chicago, which is quite close when racing over a planet that's 11 times wider than Earth. Since 2016, Juno has been penetrating Jupiter's deep, colorful zones and belts in a quest to answer fundamental questions about the planet’s origin and evolution. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Björn Jónsson #nasa #space #jupiter #astronomy #gasgiant #clouds #solarsystem #science #spacecraft #beautiful picoftheday
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☄️New shape model of Bennu? ✅ 💦 Water in the asteroid’s clay? ✅ 📸 Pics showing rugged terrain? ✅ Today we announced that data from our OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRIS_REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up asteroid Bennu. The presence of hydrated minerals across the asteroid confirms that Bennu, a remnant from early in the formation of the solar system, is an excellent speen for the spacecraft to study. When samples of this material are returned by the mission to Earth in 2023, scientists will receive a treasure trove of new information about the history and evolution of our solar system. Additionally, data obtained from the spacecraft’s cameras corroborate ground-based telescopic observations of Bennu and confirm the original model released in 2013. That model closely predicted the asteroid’s actual shape, with Bennu’s diameter, rotation rate, inclination, and overall shape presented almost exactly as projected. The newest shape model can be seen here. One outlier from the predicted shape model is the size of a large boulder near Bennu’s south pole. It’s much larger than we thought! Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona #nasa #space #bennu #asteroid #osirisrex #spacecraft #water #shape #model #science #discovery #boulder #data terrain
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"Putting this journey into words will not be easy, but I will try. I am finally where I was born to be." In her first week in space, Astronaut Anne McClain is getting used to her new home in space with fellow new crew members Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques, who have been onboard the station since Monday. McClain and Saint-Jacques are first-time space residents. Each day, the International Space Station (@ISS) orbits our home planet as the six humans living and working aboard the orbiting outpost conduct important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Credit: NASA/Anne McClain #nasa #space #spacestation #earth #earthviews #homeplanet #planet #bluemarble #astroannimal #annemcclain #armyastronaut #astronaut #window #view #views #orbit #iss internationalspacestation
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Ever wondered how astronauts get deliveries in space? 🤔 @Astro_Alex_ESA of the @EuropeanSpaceAgency shared these looks at @SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft making its way to deliver more than 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). While the station was traveling about 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean, just north of Papua New Guinea, astronauts Alex Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor captured the spacecraft at 7:21 a.m. EST using a robotic arm while astronaut Anne McClain monitored telemetry during the spacecraft’s approach. The Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in January 2019 and return to Earth with more than 4,000 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies. Credit: ESA/NASA #nasa #space #astronaut #spacestation #views #internationalspacestation #workflow #spacex #dragon #spacecraft delivery
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New images from our Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet, the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from the lander's deck, gently setting them on the Martian surface at Elysium Planitia. This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background. The arm will use its Instrument Deployment Camera, located on its elbow, to take photos of the terrain in front of the lander. These images will help mission team members determine where to set InSight's seismometer and heat flow probe, the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet. Placement is critical, and the team is proceeding with caution. Two to three months could go by before the instruments have been situated and calibrated. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech #InSight #MarsLanding #NASAInSight #NASA #JPL #NASAJPL #redplanet #theredplanet #Martian #planet #Mars #space #solarsystem #Planet #lander #surface #arm #robot robotics
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Our @NASAJuno spacecraft is dolphin watching in the cosmos! 🐬 During its 16th close flyby of Jupiter, the spacecraft captured images of changing cloud formations across the southern hemisphere. If you take a close look, a cloud in the shape of a dolphin appears to be swimming through the cloud bands along the South South Temperate Belt. Stay tuned as we keep finding new shapes hidden in the swirling clouds. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Brian Swift/Seán Doran #nasa #space #cosmos #jupiter #solarsystem #dolphins clouds
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Today at‪ 6: a.m. EST,‬ three humans left planet Earth on six-hour journey to the International Space Station (@ISS). Launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko arrived at their new orbiting home later the same day. During their time on humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory, they will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. They will be joining the trio who is already in space, bringing the total crew to six people. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani #nasa #space #launch #liftoff #rocket #soyuz #roscosmos #csa #canadian #international #spacestation #science #humans #earth #planet #home #orbit #spacecraft #crew #team #trio pictureoftheday
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EXPLOSIVE! 💥💥💥This dark, tangled web formed in a very violent fashion — it is a supernova remnant, created after a massive star ended its life in a cataclysmic explosion and threw its constituent material out into surrounding space. This created the messy formation seen in this image from our @NASAHubble Space Telescope, with threads of red snaking amidst dark, turbulent clouds. This object is situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that lies close to the Milky Way. The remnant is likely the result of a Type Ia supernova explosion; this category of supernovae is formed from the death of a white dwarf star that grows by siphoning material from a stellar companion until it reaches a critical mass and then explodes. When explosions like this have a well-known luminosity, they can be used as markers for scientists to measure distances throughout the universe and learn more about what’s out there. Credit: @europeanspaceagency #nasa #space #telescope #cosmos #star #explosion #clouds #solarsystem #universe #picoftheday science
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Not all stars are the same. @NASAHubble's Wide Field Camera 3 captured this star cluster, called NGC 1866, found at the very edges of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy located near the Milky Way. Star clusters are common structures throughout the universe, each made up of hundreds of thousands of stars all bound together by gravity. The cluster was discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop, who cataloged thousands of stars and deep-sky objects. Credit: NASA, ESA #NASA #Hubble #HubbleSpaceTelescope #Stars #Universe #SolarSystem #Space #Science #StarCluster #Nebula Astronomy