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  • NASA Announces 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Recipients

    NASA Breaking News
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency's Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Three-Person Station Crew Preps for Spacecraft Traffic

    ISS Status Reports
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    While Expedition 41 began its first full workweek as a three-person crew aboard the station, three additional crewmates prepped for Sept. 25 launch.
  • Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

    Chandra X-ray Observatory Images
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
  • NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

    Space Shuttle and International Space Station News
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage

    Solar System Exploration News
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The briefing will be held in NASA’s Headquarters’ auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
 
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    ISS Status Reports

  • Three-Person Station Crew Preps for Spacecraft Traffic

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    While Expedition 41 began its first full workweek as a three-person crew aboard the station, three additional crewmates prepped for Sept. 25 launch.
  • CASIS Research Set for Launch Aboard SpaceX Mission to Space Station

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Research investigations sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space will soon arrive at the space station.
  • In Space, What’s on the Outside Matters

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The International Space Station’s external research instruments show what many of us already know—looking outside of ourselves is a good thing.
  • NASA Coverage Set for Fourth SpaceX Mission to Space Station

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • Expedition 41/42 Walk Off Plane

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    JSC2014-E-080365 (12 Sept. 2014) --- Expedition 41 Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA (left), Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos (right) walk off a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center plane after arriving at the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 12 for final prelaunch training. They are scheduled to launch from Baikonur on Sept. 26, Kazakh time, in their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft for a 5 ½ month mission on the International Space Station. Serova will become the…
 
 
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    Earth News

  • NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
  • Space Station Crew Members Tour NASA Facility, Talk Earth Science

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koicha Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will tour NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 17. Reporters are invited to join the tour.
  • International Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Data Goes Public

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most accurate and comprehensive collection of rain, snowfall and other types of precipitation data ever assembled now is available to the public. This new resource for climate studies, weather forecasting, and other applications is based on observations by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with contributions from a constellation of international partner satellites.
  • NASA Hosts Media Briefing to Announce New Earth-Observing Role for International Space Station

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA opens a new era this month in its exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of Earth science instruments to the International Space Station. A media briefing on this addition to NASA’s Earth-observing program will air at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 8, on NASA Television and the agency's website.
  • Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
 
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    Hurricane Breaking News

  • Kalmaegi (was TD15W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Aqua satellite observed Typhoon Kalmaegi crossing the South China Sea and a satellite image from the MODIS instrument aboard made it look like a whirlpool of clouds.
  • Odile (Eastern Pacific)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    TRMM captured data on powerful Hurricane Odile revealing heavy rainfall from powerful thunderstorms as it made landfall in Baja California.
  • Edouard (was TD6 - Atlantic Ocean)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA's Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Edouard each day from September 12 through 14 and captured imagery of the storm as it grew into a hurricane.
  • TD16E (Eastern Pacific)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NOAA's GOES-West satellite showed the clouds associated with the remnants of 16E being drawn into the massive circulation of nearby Hurricane Odile.
  • Norbert (Eastern Pacific)

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Norbert may have been centered a couple of hundred miles off the northwestern coast of Mexico's Baja California, but it generated drenching thunderstorms over Arizona.
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    Goddard News

  • Media Invited to NASA Goddard for Mars Orbit Insertion Activities

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Media representatives are invited to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the MAVEN mission.
  • Seeing NASA Earth Science Through Teens' Lenses

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Student winners of NASA's 2014 educational "REEL Science Communication Contest" have completed their follow-on Earth science videos after a month-long workshop.
  • NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
  • Hubble Paints a Spattering of Blue

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Far beyond the stars in the constellation of Leo (The Lion) is irregular galaxy IC 559. IC 559 is not your everyday galaxy. With its irregular shape and bright blue spattering of stars, it is a fascinating galactic anomaly. It may look like sparse cloud, but it is in fact full of gas and dust which is spawning new stars. Discovered in 1893, IC 559 lacks the symmetrical spiral appearance of some of its galactic peers and not does not conform to a regular shape. It is actually classified as a “type Sm” galaxy — an irregular galaxy with some evidence for a spiral structure. Irregular…
  • NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. The briefing will be held in NASA’s Headquarters’ auditorium, 300 E Street SW in Washington, and broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
 
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    New NASA STI

  • Cost Analysis in a Multi-Mission Operations Environment

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Abstract: Spacecraft control centers have evolved from dedicated, single-mission or single mission-type support to multi-mission, service-oriented support for operating a variety of mission types. At the same time, available money for projects is shrinking and competition for new missions is increasing. These factors drive the need for an accurate and flexible model to support estimating service costs for new or extended missions; the cost model in turn drives the need for an accurate and efficient app...
  • Re-Engineering the ISS Payload Operations Control Center During Increased Utilization and Critical Onboard Events

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Abstract: With an increase in the utilization and hours of payload operations being executed onboard the International Space Station (ISS), upgrading the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) ISS Payload Control Area (PCA) was essential to gaining efficiencies and assurance of current and future payload health and science return. PCA houses the Payload Operations Integration Center (POIC) responsible for the execution of all NASA payloads onboard the ISS. ...
  • NASA Space Launch System Operations Outlook

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Abstract: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Launch System (SLS) Program, managed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), is working with the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program, based at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), to deliver a new safe, affordable, and sustainable capability for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth's orbit (BEO). Larger than the Saturn V Moon rocket, SLS will provide 10 percent more thrust at liftoff in its initial 7...
  • Green Propulsion Auxiliary Power Unit Demonstration at MSFC

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Abstract: In 2012, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) began the process of building an integrated technology roadmap, including both technology pull and technology push strategies. Technology Area 1 (TA-01) for Launch Propulsion Systems is one of fourteen TA's that provide recommendations for the overall technology investment strategy and prioritization of NASA's space technology activities. Identified within TA-01 was the need for a green...
  • Jet Noise Shielding Provided by a Hybrid Wing Body Aircraft

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Abstract: One approach toward achieving NASA's aggressive N+2 noise goal of 42 EPNdB cumulative margin below Stage 4 is through the use of novel vehicle configurations like the Hybrid Wing Body (HWB). Jet noise measurements from an HWB acoustic test in NASA Langley's 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel are described. Two dual-stream, heated Compact Jet Engine Simulator (CJES) units are mounted underneath the inverted HWB model on a traversable support to permit measurement of varying levels of shielding pro...
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    New NASA STI Report Series

  • Aeroelastic Analyses of the SemiSpan SuperSonic Transport (S4T) Wind Tunnel Model at Mach 0.95

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Abstract: Detailed aeroelastic analyses of the SemiSpan SuperSonic Transport (S4T) wind tunnel model at Mach 0.95 with a 1.75deg fixed angle of attack are presented. First, a numerical procedure using the Computational Fluids Laboratory 3-Dimensional (CFL3D) Version 6.4 flow solver is investigated. The mesh update method for structured multi-block grids was successfully applied to the Navier-Stokes simulations. Second, the steady aerodynamic analyses with a rigid structure of the S4T wind tunnel model ...
  • NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Enhanced Melamine (ML) Foam Acoustic Test (NEMFAT)

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Abstract: The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) funded a proposal to achieve initial basic acoustic characterization of ML (melamine) foam, which could serve as a starting point for a future, more comprehensive acoustic test program for ML foam. A project plan was developed and implemented to obtain acoustic test data for both normal and enhanced ML foam. This project became known as the NESC Enhanced Melamine Foam Acoustic Test (NEMFAT). This document contains the outcome of the NEMFAT project.
  • Multilayer Pressure Vessel Materials Testing and Analysis Phase 2

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Abstract: To provide NASA with a suite of materials strength, fracture toughness and crack growth rate test results for use in remaining life calculations for the vessels described above, Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) was contracted in two phases to obtain relevant material property data from a representative vessel. An initial characterization of the strength, fracture and fatigue crack growth properties was performed in Phase 1. Based on the results and recommendations of Phase 1, a more exte...
  • Multilayer Pressure Vessel Materials Testing and Analysis (Phase 1.)

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Abstract: To provide NASA a comprehensive suite of materials strength, fracture toughness and crack growth rate test results for use in remaining life calculations for aging multilayer pressure vessels, Southwest Research Institute (R) (SwRI) was contracted in two phases to obtain relevant material property data from a representative vessel. This report describes Phase 1 of this effort which includes a preliminary material property assessment as well as a fractographic, fracture mechanics and fatigue c...
  • Cyclic Crack Growth Testing of an A.O. Smith Multilayer Pressure Vessel with Modal Acoustic Emission Monitoring and Data Assessment

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Abstract: Digital Wave Corp. (DWC) was retained by Jacobs ATOM at NASA Ames Research Center to perform cyclic pressure crack growth sensitivity testing on a multilayer pressure vessel instrumented with DWC's Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) system, with captured wave analysis to be performed using DWCs WaveExplorerTM software, which has been used at Ames since 2001. The objectives were to document the ability to detect and characterize a known growing crack in such a vessel using only MAE, to establish th...
 
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    NASACast: This Week @ NASA Video

  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rocket welding tool ready, Orion moved for fueling, Curiosity to climb Martian mountain and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    GPM data released, earthquake data from the air, next ISS crew trains and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Space Launch System milestone, 3-D printed rocket injector test, SLS scale model test and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 22, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion’s protective backshell installed, SLS anti-geyser testing, Webb’s replica backplane and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 15, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carbon Observatory’s First Data, ATV-5 Delivers Cargo, Cygnus Departs Station and more...
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    NASA Edge

  • NASA EDGE: Mission X 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE travels to Belgium for the Mission X 2014 International Closing Event.  Special guests include European Space Agency Astronaut Frank De Winne, Mission X Students and more!
  • NASA EDGE: The Future is Bright @NASA_KSC - an Interview with Bob Cabana

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE interviews NASA Kennedy Space Center Directer Bob Cabana during their coveage of SpaceX-3.  Find out about commercial space, future NASA launches and lounge singers!
  • NASA EDGE: OCO-2 Launch

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE webcasts live from Vandenberg AFB for the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO) launch.
  • NASA EDGE: SpaceX-3

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE checks out the experiments heading to the International Space Station and the CubeSats being launched during SpaceX's 3rd resupply mission.
  • NASA EDGE: MMS One Step Closer to Launch

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE talks with the MMS Team about the final tests for the satellites before they head to NASA Kennedy.
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    NASACast Video

  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rocket welding tool ready, Orion moved for fueling, Curiosity to climb Martian mountain and more...
  • Space to Ground: Home Sweet Earth: 9/12/14

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Three Expedition 40 crew members return home as Expedition 41 kicks off. Questions or comments? Use #spacetoground to talk to us.
  • We made it! Curiosity reaches Mount Sharp

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    After 2 years and nearly 9 kilometers of driving, NASA's Mars Curiosity has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp.
  • NASA EDGE: Mission X 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA EDGE travels to Belgium for the Mission X 2014 International Closing Event.  Special guests include European Space Agency Astronaut Frank De Winne, Mission X Students and more!
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    GPM data released, earthquake data from the air, next ISS crew trains and more...
 
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    NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

  • What's Up for September 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Red star(Antares) meets red planet(Mars) and view a zodiacal light that points towards Jupiter.
  • What's Up for August 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Go outside to see Venus and Jupiter at dawn, Saturn and Mars at dusk. No telescope required! Plus the annual Perseid meteor shower is in full swing now through the 17th. The shower peaks the night of August 12-13, but the bright moon that night will likely interfere with viewing some of the fainter meteors. The Perseid shower occurs each year when Earth travels through a trail of dusty particles left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.
  • What's Up for July 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spot Pluto and see the Milky Way and planets all month long.
  • What's Up for June 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Moon and planet pairings at dawn and dusk. Spot elusive Mercury. Some comets. And more.
  • What's Up for May 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What's up for May. Great views of Saturn and Mars all night long. And a possible new meteor shower
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    NASACast Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rocket welding tool ready, Orion moved for fueling, Curiosity to climb Martian mountain and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    GPM data released, earthquake data from the air, next ISS crew trains and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Space Launch System milestone, 3-D printed rocket injector test, SLS scale model test and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 22, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Orion’s protective backshell installed, SLS anti-geyser testing, Webb’s replica backplane and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, August 15, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carbon Observatory’s First Data, ATV-5 Delivers Cargo, Cygnus Departs Station and more...
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, September 12, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Rocket welding tool ready
  • This Week @ NASA, September 5, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” GPM data released
  • This Week @ NASA, August 29, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Space Launch System milestone
  • This Week @ NASA, August 22, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion’s protective backshell installed
  • This Week @ NASA, August 15, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Carbon Observatory’s First Data A month after its launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide – has reached its final operating orbit and returned its first science data. “First light” test data were collected on August 6 as OCO-2 flew over central New Guinea -- confirming the health of the spacecraft’s science instrument’s.
 
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Crescent Mimas

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A thin sliver of Mimas is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon's violent history. The most famous evidence of a collision on Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) is the crater Herschel that gives Mimas its Death Star-like appearance. See PIA12568 for more on Herschel. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas. North on Mimas is up and rotated 40 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 20, 2013. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately…
  • World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the Vertical Assembly Center, officially is open for business at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide giant completes a world-class welding toolkit that will be used to build the core stage of America's next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and eventually Mars. The core stage, towering more than 200 feet tall (61 meters) with a diameter of 27.6 feet (8.4 meters), will store cryogenic liquid…
  • Expedition 40 Soyuz TMA-12M Landing

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ground support personnel are seen at the landing site after the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft landed with Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev returned to Earth after more than five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews.Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson Returns to Earth

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA rests in a chair outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after he and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), landed in their Soyuz TMA-12M capsule in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev returned to Earth after more than five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, as seen in this image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. The image shows the remains of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth about 3,700 years ago. The remnant is called Puppis A, and is around 7,000 light years away and about 10 light years across. This image provides the most complete and detailed X-ray view of Puppis A ever obtained, made by combining a mosaic of different Chandra and XMM-Newton observations.
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Crescent Mimas

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    A thin sliver of Mimas is illuminated, the long shadows showing off its many craters, indicators of the moon's violent history. The most famous evidence of a collision on Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers across) is the crater Herschel that gives Mimas its Death Star-like appearance. See PIA12568 for more on Herschel. This view looks toward the anti-Saturn hemisphere of Mimas. North on Mimas is up and rotated 40 degrees to the right. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 20, 2013. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately…
  • World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the Vertical Assembly Center, officially is open for business at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide giant completes a world-class welding toolkit that will be used to build the core stage of America's next great rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and eventually Mars. The core stage, towering more than 200 feet tall (61 meters) with a diameter of 27.6 feet (8.4 meters), will store cryogenic liquid…
  • Expedition 40 Soyuz TMA-12M Landing

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ground support personnel are seen at the landing site after the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft landed with Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev returned to Earth after more than five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews.Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson Returns to Earth

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA rests in a chair outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after he and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), landed in their Soyuz TMA-12M capsule in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Swanson, Skvortsov and Artemyev returned to Earth after more than five months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
  • Unprecedented X-ray View of Supernova Remains

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, as seen in this image from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. The image shows the remains of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth about 3,700 years ago. The remnant is called Puppis A, and is around 7,000 light years away and about 10 light years across. This image provides the most complete and detailed X-ray view of Puppis A ever obtained, made by combining a mosaic of different Chandra and XMM-Newton observations.
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