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Apollo 11 Aboard the USS Hornet

Image of the Day - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 08:00
This image, taken on July 24, 1969, shows the Apollo 11 command codule and the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) are photographed aboard the USS Hornet

Hubble Sees Summertime on Saturn

GSFC News - Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:00
Saturn is truly the lord of the rings in this latest snapshot from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, taken on July 4, 2020, when the opulent giant world was 839 million miles from Earth. This new Saturn image was taken during summer in the planet's northern hemisphere.

Comet NEOWISE Streaks Across the Sky Above Lone Pine Lake

Image of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 16:39
Comet NEOWISE streaked across the sky above the tree line of Lone Pine Lake, located on the Mount Whitney Trail in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Developing Technologies to Send Humans to Mars

Image of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 08:19
NASA is developing technologies to send humans to the Red Planet.

NASA’s 'Robot Hotel' Gets Its Occupants

GSFC News - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 12:57
As part of a spacewalk on July 21, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Chris Cassidy installed the “robot hotel” on the exterior of the International Space Station. This robot hotel, formally called Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), is a protective storage unit for robotic tools.

Matt Bolcar, Optical Engineer Who Helps the Upcoming Roman Space Telescope See

GSFC News - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:40
Matt Bolcar, Optical Engineer Who Helps the New Roman Space Telescope See

Apollo 11: Returning from the Moon

Image of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2020 - 09:02
On July 21, 1969, command and service module pilot Michael Collins photographed this close-up view of the docking target on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module from the Command Module.

We Came in Peace for All Mankind

Image of the Day - Mon, 07/20/2020 - 08:20
On July 20, 1969, two American astronauts made history by landing on the surface of another celestial body.

A Walk Through the Rainbow with PACE

GSFC News - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 13:30
For NASA’s upcoming Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission, or PACE, the colors of the rainbow — or, if you prefer, the visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum — are the key to unlocking a wealth of new data on skies and seas around the world.

NASA’s Next Laser Communications Demo Installed, Integrated on Spacecraft

GSFC News - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 11:00
On July 16, 2020, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) payload was installed and integrated on the U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program Satellite 6 (STPSat-6) in preparation for a 2021 launch.

Hubble Spies Sparkling Galaxy

GSFC News - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 07:30
This spotlight-hogging galaxy, seen set against a backdrop of more distant galaxies of all shapes and sizes, is known as PGC 29388. Although it dominates in this image, this galaxy is a small player on the cosmic stage and is known as a dwarf elliptical galaxy.

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: An Orbital Partnership Is Born

Image of the Day - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 04:39
On July 17, 1975, something momentous happened: two Cold War rivals met in space. When their respective spacecraft rendezvoused and docked, a new era of cooperative ventures in space began.

NASA Announces New James Webb Space Telescope Target Launch Date

GSFC News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 13:17
NASA now is targeting Oct. 31, 2021, for the launch of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope from French Guiana, due to impacts from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as technical challenges.

Syncing NASA Laser, ESA Radar for a New Look at Sea Ice

GSFC News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 13:00
With a small nudge to a satellite’s orbit, scientists will soon have simultaneous laser and radar measurements of ice, providing new insights into Earth’s frozen regions.

Apollo 11 Launches into History

Image of the Day - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 11:39
At 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched via a Saturn V rocket on a mission to the Moon.

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

GSFC News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:47
The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.

ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter Returns First Data, Snaps Closest Pictures of the Sun

GSFC News - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 08:15
The first images from the Solar Orbiter spacecraft are now available to the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.

Comet NEOWISE Seen in an Aurora-Filled Sky

GSFC News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 15:00
Comet NEOWISE is visible in an aurora-filled sky in this photo taken on July 14, 2020, by Aurorasaurus Ambassador Donna Lach.

NASA Announces 2020 Invention and Software of the Year Awards

GSFC News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 13:00
NASA’s Invention of the Year and Software of the Year awards recognize teams that developed a new air traffic management system for unmanned aerial vehicles, a robotic assist glove, and a library of pre-developed coding tools for NASA’s most ambitious missions.

NASA to Provide Update on James Webb Space Telescope

GSFC News - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:00
NASA will host a media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, to provide an update on the status of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s next premier infrared space observatory and the largest, most complex space telescope for astronomy ever built.