Hot Fire Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage
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Hot Fire Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage

The core stage for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket is seen in the B-2 Test Stand during a scheduled 8-minute duration hot fire test, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
Fulfilling the Dream
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Fulfilling the Dream

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, look on.
Bright, Blue Stars
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Bright, Blue Stars

Inside star cluster NGC 602, a star-forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud, bright, blue, newly formed stars are blowing a cavity in this nebula.
Finding a Missing Black Hole
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Finding a Missing Black Hole

Astronomers have no evidence that a distant black hole estimated to weigh between 3 billion and 100 billion times the mass of the Sun is anywhere to be found.
Georgia HUNCH Students 3D Print Parts for Space Station
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Georgia HUNCH Students 3D Print Parts for Space Station

The HUNCH – High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware – Program has expanded its partnership opportunities to the Dade County, Georgia, school system in Trenton. Students will increase their advanced manufacturing capabilities by producing super-strength carbon fiber elements for NASA, the International Space Station.
Behold: The City of Boston at Night!
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Behold: The City of Boston at Night!

The lights of the city of Boston seemingly spread from a central point in this image taken by the crew of the International Space Station.
Pareidolia: Seeing Shapes in the Cosmos
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Pareidolia: Seeing Shapes in the Cosmos

What is pareidolia? It is the psychological phenomenon where we see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.
Shaping a Spiral Galaxy
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Shaping a Spiral Galaxy

Magnetic fields in NGC 1068, or M77, are shown as streamlines over a visible light and X-ray composite image of the galaxy.
Apollo 8: Earthrise
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Apollo 8: Earthrise

This iconic picture shows Earth peeking out from beyond the lunar surface as the first crewed spacecraft circumnavigated the Moon.
Stellar Snowflake Cluster
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Stellar Snowflake Cluster

The newly revealed infant stars appear as pink and red specks toward the center and appear to have formed in regularly spaced intervals along linear structures.
Stellar Jewel Box
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Stellar Jewel Box

Thousands of sparkling young stars are nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603, one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. NGC 3603, a prominent star-forming region in the Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way about 20,000 light-years away, reveals stages in the life cycle of stars.
A Great Conjunction Draws Near
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A Great Conjunction Draws Near

The Moon, left, Saturn, upper right, and Jupiter, lower right, are seen after sunset with the Washington Monument, Thurs. Dec. 17, 2020, in Washington.
Starry, Starry Night
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Starry, Starry Night

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a crowd of stars that looks rather like a stadium darkened before a show, lit only by the flashbulbs of the audience's cameras.
Quasars Rip Across Galaxies Like Tsunamis
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Quasars Rip Across Galaxies Like Tsunamis

Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe.
Seeing the Station From Earth
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Seeing the Station From Earth

The International Space Station is seen in this 13 second exposure as it flies over Arlington, Virginia, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.
Awakening Newborn Stars
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Awakening Newborn Stars

Lying inside our home galaxy, the Milky Way, this Herbig–Haro object is a turbulent birthing ground for new stars in a region known as the Orion B molecular cloud complex, located 1,350 light-years away.
It's Black Hole Friday!
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It's Black Hole Friday!

What is a black hole? A black hole is an astronomical object with a gravitational pull so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape it.
Artemis I Stacks Up
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Artemis I Stacks Up

The first of 10 pieces of the twin Space Launch System (SLS) rocket boosters for NASA’s Artemis I mission was placed on the mobile launcher Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy at JPL
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Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy at JPL

With a degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California, Lauren Denson is now an quality engineer and supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy
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Lauren Denson: Jumping for Joy

With a degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Southern California, Lauren Denson is now an quality engineer and supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Hubble Catches a Cosmic Cascade
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Hubble Catches a Cosmic Cascade

The galaxy UGCA 193, seen here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a galaxy in the constellation of Sextans (The Sextant).
Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall
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Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall

In this spectacular image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 2799 (on the left) is seemingly being pulled into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798 (on the right).
Studying Aircraft Noise
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Studying Aircraft Noise

An array of 960 microphones is seen here off the end of runway 11 at Boeing’s research facility near Glasgow, Montana.
Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu
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Touching Down on Asteroid Bennu

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample collection mission performed a successful “Touch-And-Go” (TAG) maneuver.
Hubble Snaps a Special Stellar Nursery
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Hubble Snaps a Special Stellar Nursery

This Hubble image shows a special class of star-forming nursery known as Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules. Called frEGGs for short, these dark compact globules of dust and gas can give birth to low-mass stars.
The Ghost Nebula
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The Ghost Nebula

​Powerful gushers of energy from seething stars can sculpt eerie-looking figures with long flowing veils of gas and dust.
The Iris Nebula
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The Iris Nebula

The beautiful, blushing Iris Nebula is unique amongst its counterparts.
Thumbs Up From Out of This World
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Thumbs Up From Out of This World

ASA spacewalkers (from left) Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy give a thumbs up during a spacewalk to install hardware and upgrade International Space Station systems.
Grappling With the Future
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Grappling With the Future

The tip of the Canadarm2 robotic arm, also formally known as the Latching End Effector, is pictured as the International Space Station soared over the South Pacific Ocean .
Antares Rocket Launches to the Space Station
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Antares Rocket Launches to the Space Station

An Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with the company’s Cygnus spacecraft aboard, launches at 9:16 p.m. EDT, Friday, October 2, 2020, from t NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Hubble Captures Galactic Glamour Shot
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Hubble Captures Galactic Glamour Shot

This stunning image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features the spiral galaxy NGC 5643 in the constellation of Lupus (the Wolf). NGC 5643 is about 60 million light-years away from Earth.
Retroreflectors: From Apollo to Mars
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Retroreflectors: From Apollo to Mars

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the crew brought devices with them called retroreflectors, which are essentially small arrays of mirrors.
Hubble Shoots the Moon
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Hubble Shoots the Moon

This image from 1991 shows Earth's Moon, with its dark basaltic mare, clearly visible in great detail.
NASA Has Eyes on the Universe
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NASA Has Eyes on the Universe

Humanity has "eyes" that can detect all different types of light through telescopes around the globe and a fleet of observatories in space.
Moon Shadow Over Jupiter
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Moon Shadow Over Jupiter

Jupiter's volcanically active moon Io casts its shadow on the planet in this dramatic image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.
A New View of Jupiter's Storms
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A New View of Jupiter's Storms

A unique and exciting detail of Hubble’s snapshot appears at mid-northern latitudes as a bright, white, stretched-out storm traveling around the planet at 350 miles per hour.
NASA Image Shows Fires, Hurricanes Across the U.S.
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NASA Image Shows Fires, Hurricanes Across the U.S.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the United States on Sep. 15, 2020, showing the fires in the West, the smoke from those fires drifting over the country, several hurricanes converging from different angles.
Frank Rubio: From Pilot to Doctor to Astronaut
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Frank Rubio: From Pilot to Doctor to Astronaut

Dr. Frank Rubio was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment.
Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars
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Hubble Stows a Pocketful of Stars

Globular cluster NGC 1805, a tight grouping of thousands of stars is, located near the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. In the dense center of one of these clusters, stars are 100 to 1,000 times closer together than the nearest stars are to our Sun.
California's Creek Fire at Night
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California's Creek Fire at Night

This NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite image from Sept. 7, 2020, shows the night band image of the Creek Fire at night as well as the smoke from the fire causing lights at night to diffuse or "bloom."
Booster Test for Future Space Launch System Flights
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Booster Test for Future Space Launch System Flights

The first solid rocket booster test for Space Launch System (SLS) missions beyond Artemis III seen here during a two-minute hot fire test, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at the T-97 Northrop Grumman test facility in Promontory, Utah.
Mars's Twin Peaks
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Mars's Twin Peaks

NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the Red Planet on July 4, 1997. It's tiny rover, named Sojourner after abolitionist Sojourner Truth, spent 83 days of a planned seven-day mission exploring the Martian terrain.
Sunrise Shadows Over the Philippine Sea
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Sunrise Shadows Over the Philippine Sea

As the International Space Station orbited more than 200 miles above our home planet, the crew caught this glimpse of the sunrise casting long shadows over a cloudy Philippine Sea.
Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast
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Hubble Views Edge of Stellar Blast

This Hubble Space Telescope image depicts a small section of the Cygnus supernova blast wave, the result of the "death" of a star 20 times more massive than our Sun 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Light from this supernova takes around 2,400 years to reach Earth.
Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait
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Spitzer Captures Stellar Family Portrait

In this large celestial mosaic taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and published in 2019, there's a lot to see, including multiple clusters of stars born from the same dense clumps of gas and dust.
Defining Radiation Risk to Astronauts
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Defining Radiation Risk to Astronauts

In this image, one of the radiation detectors for the Radi-N2 experiment floats in the space station. This device will help researchers explore the radition risk to humans in space.
Hubble Hooks a Supernova Host Galaxy
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Hubble Hooks a Supernova Host Galaxy

Galaxy NGC 2442, seen here by the Hubble Space Telescope, is nicknamed the Meathook galaxy owing to its extremely asymmetrical and irregular shape.