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  • Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

    NASA Image of the Day
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In North America, clouds associated with a cold front stretch from Montreal, Canada, south through the Tennessee Valley, and southwest to southern Texas bringing rain east of the front today. A low pressure area in the…
  • NASA Featured Prominently at USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27

    NASA Breaking News
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Media are invited to join a host of NASA scientists, engineers and managers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington.
  • A New “APEX” in Plant Studies Aboard the International Space Station

    ISS Status Reports
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Researchers to look at the effects of the spaceflight environment on biological systems to reveal gene expression in response to microgravity.
  • NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

    Kepler News and Features
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.
  • Supernova Cleans Up Its Surroundings

    Chandra X-ray Observatory Images
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
 
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    ISS Status Reports

  • A New “APEX” in Plant Studies Aboard the International Space Station

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Researchers to look at the effects of the spaceflight environment on biological systems to reveal gene expression in response to microgravity.
  • Weekly Recap From the Expedition Lead Scientist

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Expedition 39 is hard at work 200-plus miles above us! Catch this week's research highlights here.
  • Crew Set to Conduct Spacewalk and Release Cargo Ship

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Expedition 39 is finalizing preparations for a 2.5 hour spacewalk scheduled to begin 9:20 a.m. EDT Wednesday.
  • CAPCOM Activities During SpaceX Rendezvous

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    JSC2014-E-036991 (20 April 2014) --- Inside the Mission Control Center's space station flight control room (FCR-1), Expedition 39 Spacecraft Communicators (CAPCOM) Jack Fischer (foreground) and Randy Bresnik (center frame) are at work during the SpaceX spacecraft's rendezvous and grappling operations on April 20. Photo credit: NASA
  • Flight Director Activities During SpaceX Rendezvous

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    JSC2014-E-037025 (20 April 2014) --- Inside the Mission Control Center's space station flight control room (FCR-1), Expedition 39 Flight Director Matt Abbott looks over incoming data at his console during the SpaceX spacecraft's rendezvous and grappling operations with the International Space Station in Earth orbit on April 20. Photo credit: NASA
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    Kepler News and Features

  • NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.
  • Kepler-186 and the Solar System

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The five planets of Kepler-186 orbit an M dwarf, a star that is is half the size and mass of the sun. The Kepler-186 system is home to Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star in the habitable zone—a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zones of other stars and…
  • Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone—a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zones of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The size of Kepler-186f is known to be less than ten percent larger than Earth, but its mass, composition and density are not known. Previous research suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is…
  • NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.
  • NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.
 
 
 
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    Hurricane Breaking News

  • Jack (Southern Indian Ocean)

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Cyclone Jack no longer qualified as a tropical cyclone but before it weakened, NASA's TRMM satellite took a "second look" at the storm yesterday.
  • Ita (Southern Pacific Ocean)

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    After coming ashore on April 11, Tropical Cyclone Ita dropped heavy rainfall over the weekend that caused flooding in many areas of northeastern Australia's state of Queensland
  • Peipah (was 05W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Several regions in the south and central Philippines have flood advisories as the remnants of now dissipated Tropical Depression Peipah continue to linger over the country
  • Ivanoe (Southern Indian Ocean)

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Storm Ivanoe formed in the Southern Indian Ocean on April 5 and didn't last more than a day, but NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission captured rainfall data on the short-lived storm.
  • Tropical Storm 22S

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tropical Storm 22S came together on April 4 during the afternoon hours (Eastern Daylight Time/U.S.) in the Southern Indian Ocean as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.
 
 
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    New NASA STI

  • JCL Implementation On A Human Spaceflight Program

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Abstract: Joint Confidence Level (JCL) analysis focuses on the integration of traditionally stove-piped programmatic components (schedule, cost and risk) to establish projected resource and schedule requirements at various confidence levels and to identify programmatic cost and schedule risk drivers. SLS Program consists of multiple Prime Contractors managed by independent SLS Elements which are integrated using SE&I and Program Management. SLS further integrates with GSDO and MPCV through ESD integrat...
  • PULSAR SDR - Programmable Ultra Lightweight System Adaptable Radio Software Defined Radio

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Abstract: No abstract available
  • Induction Heating Model of Cermet Fuel Element Environmental Test (CFEET)

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Abstract: Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTR) are capable of producing a high specific impulse by employing heat produced by a fission reactor to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000 K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data cov...
  • Li-ion Soft Short Test and Cell Defect Correlation

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Abstract: No abstract available
  • Beneficiation of Stillwater Complex Rock for the Production of Lunar Simulants

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    Abstract: The availability of pure, high calcium plagioclase would be a significant asset in any attempt to manufacture high-quality lunar simulants. A suitable plagioclase product can be obtained from materials obtained from the Stillwater Complex of Montana. The access, geology, petrology, and mineralogy of the relevant rocks and the mill tailings are described here. This study demonstrates successful plagioclase recovery from mill tailings produced by the Stillwater Mine Company. Hydrogen peroxide w...
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    New NASA STI Report Series

  • Evaluation of the Behavior of Technova Corporation Rod-Stiffened Stitched Compression Specimens

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Abstract: Under Space Act Agreement 1347 between NASA and Technova Corporation, Technova designed and fabricated two carbon-epoxy crippling specimens and NASA loaded them to failure in axial compression. Each specimen contained a pultruded rod stiffener which was held to the specimen skin with through-the-thickness stitches. One of these specimens was designed to be nominally the same as pultruded rod stitched specimens fabricated by Boeing under previous programs. In the other specimen, the rod was pr...
  • A Storm Surge and Inundation Model of the Back River Watershed at NASA Langley Research Center

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Abstract: This report on a Virginia Institute for Marine Science project demonstrates that the sub-grid modeling technology (now as part of Chesapeake Bay Inundation Prediction System, CIPS) can incorporate high-resolution Lidar measurements provided by NASA Langley Research Center into the sub-grid model framework to resolve detailed topographic features for use as a hydrological transport model for run-off simulations within NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base. The rainfall over land accumulates ...
  • CFD Vision 2030 Study: A Path to Revolutionary Computational Aerosciences

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    Abstract: This report documents the results of a study to address the long range, strategic planning required by NASA's Revolutionary Computational Aerosciences (RCA) program in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), including future software and hardware requirements for High Performance Computing (HPC). Specifically, the "Vision 2030" CFD study is to provide a knowledge-based forecast of the future computational capabilities required for turbulent, transitional, and reacting flow simulations...
  • Jet Surface Interaction-Scrubbing Noise

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Abstract: Generation of sound due to scrubbing of a jet flow past a nearby solid surface is investigated within the framework of the generalized acoustic analogy theory. The analysis applies to the boundary layer noise generated at and near a wall, and excludes the scattered noise component that is produced at the leading or the trailing edge. While compressibility effects are relatively unimportant at very low Mach numbers, frictional heat generation and thermal gradient normal to the surface could pl...
  • Thrust Vector Control for Nuclear Thermal Rockets

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Abstract: Future space missions may use Nuclear Thermal Rocket (NTR) stages for human and cargo missions to Mars and other destinations. The vehicles are likely to require engine thrust vector control (TVC) to maintain desired flight trajectories. This paper explores requirements and concepts for TVC systems for representative NTR missions. Requirements for TVC systems were derived using 6 degree-of-freedom models of NTR vehicles. Various flight scenarios were evaluated to determine vehicle attitude co...
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    NASACast: This Week @ NASA Video

  • This Week @ NASA, April 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Dragon takes flight, Pad 39A Milestone, Kepler finds Earth-size planet, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, April 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A “go” to build OSIRIS-REx,Budget and security hearing,From here to Mars, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, April 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Underground water on Saturn moon, LADEE update, Women in Aerospace and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, March 28, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bolden testifies about budget, Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum, Nyberg and Parmitano in DC and more..
  • This Week @ NASA, March 21, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bolden visits Ames, Rocket for Orion's flight test highlighted, New Chief Technologist, Coastal Flooding Challenge and more...
 
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    NASA Edge

  • 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.
  • NASA EDGE: TDRS-L Launch

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    NASA EDGE talks Space Communication and Navigation while covering the TDRS-L Launch atop the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
  • NASA EDGE: Launching CUNYSAT-1

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    NASA EDGE covers the ELaNa II launch and speaks to Medgar Evers students about launching CUNYSAT-1; their first CubeSat.
  • NASA EDGE: Technology Demonstration Missions Part 3

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    5 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    NASA EDGE visits NASA Ames during their telerobics demontration with K-10 and the ISS.
  • NASA EDGE: Technology Demonstration Missions Part 2

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    27 Jan 2014 | 8:00 am
    NASA EDGE explores three more NASA Technology Demonstration Missions; Deep Space Atomic Clock, Solar Sails and the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator.
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    NASACast Video

  • Space to Ground - 4/18/2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Spacewalk preparations, SpaceX-3 cargo launch and Earth Day photos from space! Question or comment? Use #spacetoground to talk to us.
  • This Week @ NASA, April 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Dragon takes flight, Pad 39A Milestone, Kepler finds Earth-size planet, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, April 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A “go” to build OSIRIS-REx,Budget and security hearing,From here to Mars, and more...
  • LDSD: We Brake for Mars

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions for future exploration.
  • This Week @ NASA, April 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Underground water on Saturn moon, LADEE update, Women in Aerospace and more...
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    NASACast: Space Shuttle and Space Station Video

  • Space to Ground - 4/18/2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters: Welcome to Space To Ground. Your weekly look at what’s happening onboard ISS. I’m Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters. Preparations for an unexpected spacewalk have been taking place onboard the station…
  • Space to Ground - 4/4/2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Josh Byerly:  Welcome to Space to Ground. Your weekly look at what’s happening on board ISS. I’m Josh Byerly. The three newest station residents are getting used to their new home in space, since their arrival last week. Steve Swanson, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov are going through standard onboard orientation, spending a few days learning their surroundings and practicing with the emergency equipment. The crews keep their skills sharp for three main emergencies on board: fire, depressurization and toxic chemicals.
  • Space to Ground - 3/21/2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    VO: Houston, station on space to ground. Josh Byerly: Welcome to Space to Ground. Your weekly look at what’s happening on board the ISS. I’m Josh Byerly. Steve Swanson, Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov are in Kazakhstan getting ready to launch to the station next week.
  • Space to Ground - 3/07/14

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Josh Byerly: Welcome to Space To Ground, your weekly look at what’s happening on board the ISS. I’m Josh Byerly. This past weekend, the station crew sent down some congratulations to the cast and crew of the movie Gravity. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio: We want to congratulate the entire production and directing team and the stars of Gravity for the honors they have earned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Space to Ground - 02/28/14

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    V.O.: Houston, station on space to ground. Josh Byerly: Welcome to Space To Ground, your weekly look at what’s happening on board the ISS. I’m Josh Byerly. More CubeSats were deployed off the side of the station this week. Sixteen were released earlier this month, and twelve more were deployed in this second batch. These small Earth-imaging satellites will provide clearer pictures of our home planet for researchers and educators. One of the great mysteries that the station is helping solve has to do with plants.
 
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    NASACast: What's Up? Video Podcasts

  • What's Up for April 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mars at opposition, a lunar eclipse and April's Lyrid meteor shower.
  • What's Up for March 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Watch starlight get blocked by a passing asteroid, planets march across the sky and a lunar eclipse preview.
  • What's Up for February 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    See all the planets, plus mission updates from comet and asteroid missions Dawn and Rosetta.
  • What's Up for January 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:00 am
    Jupiter at opposition. Venus at conjunction. A Juno mission update. And the Quadrantid meteor shower.
  • What's Up for December 2013

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    25 Nov 2013 | 8:00 am
    Track comet ISON's journey as bright planets and starry events fill the sky this December.
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    NASACast Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, April 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Dragon takes flight, Pad 39A Milestone, Kepler finds Earth-size planet, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, April 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    A “go” to build OSIRIS-REx,Budget and security hearing,From here to Mars, and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, April 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Underground water on Saturn moon, LADEE update, Women in Aerospace and more...
  • This Week @ NASA, March 28, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bolden testifies about budget, Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum, Nyberg and Parmitano in DC and more..
  • This Week @ NASA, March 21, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bolden visits Ames, Rocket for Orion's flight test highlighted, New Chief Technologist, Coastal Flooding Challenge and more...
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    NASACast: This Week @NASA Audio

  • This Week @ NASA, April 18, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” A Dragon takes flight With a roar from its American Falcon 9 engines, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday to rendezvous with the International Space Station.  The unmanned cargo vessel is carrying almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies for the Expedition 39 crew and should arrive at the orbiting laboratory on Sunday. Pad 39A Milestone
  • This Week @ NASA, April 11, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” A “go” to build OSIRIS-REx
  • This Week @ NASA, April 4, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Underground water on Saturn moon
  • This Week @ NASA, March 28, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Bolden testifies about budget
  • This Week @ NASA, March 21, 2014

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Bolden visits Ames
 
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In North America, clouds associated with a cold front stretch from Montreal, Canada, south through the Tennessee Valley, and southwest to southern Texas bringing rain east of the front today. A low pressure area in the…
  • SpaceX Dragon Grappled to Canadarm2

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    On Sunday, April 20, 2014, the Expedition 39 crew aboard the International Space Station welcomed nearly two-and-a-half tons of supplies and scientific payloads to the station with the arrival of the third SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft. This image of SpaceX Dragon grappled by Canadarm2 was sent down by Flight Engineer Steve Swanson to Instagram with the message, "We have a Dragon. All is good." With Dragon securely in the grasp of Canadarm2, the robotics officer at Mission Control remotely operated the arm to install the capsule to its port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony…
  • Liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying Dragon Resupply Spacecraft

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rises above the lightning masts on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Liftoff was during an instantaneous window at 3:25 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 18. Dragon is making its fourth trip to the space station. The SpaceX-3 mission, carrying almost 2.5 tons of supplies, technology and science experiments, is the third of 12 flights under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract to resupply the orbiting laboratory. > Read more Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
  • Cape Canaveral Launch Site Seen From the International Space Station

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Steve Swanson captured this view of Cape Canaveral, Florida from the International Space Station, sharing it on Instagram on April 14, 2014. At Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX is preparing to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiment hardware, on its third commercial resupply mission to the space station. The SpaceX-3 launch is scheduled for Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT with an instantaneous launch window. The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 40 percent chance of…
  • Astronauts Pay a Visit to Surveyor 3

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    On April 17, 1967, NASA's Surveyor 3 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to the lunar surface. A little more than two years after it landed on the moon with the goal of paving the way for a future human mission, the Surveyor 3 spacecraft got a visit from Apollo 12 Commander Charles Conrad Jr. and astronaut Alan L. Bean, who snapped this photo on November 20, 1969. After Surveyor 1's initial studies of the lunar surface in 1966, Surveyor 3 made further inroads into preparations for human missions to the moon. Using a surface sampler to study the lunar…
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    NASA Image of the Day

  • Satellite View of the Americas on Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In North America, clouds associated with a cold front stretch from Montreal, Canada, south through the Tennessee Valley, and southwest to southern Texas bringing rain east of the front today. A low pressure area in the…
  • SpaceX Dragon Grappled to Canadarm2

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    On Sunday, April 20, 2014, the Expedition 39 crew aboard the International Space Station welcomed nearly two-and-a-half tons of supplies and scientific payloads to the station with the arrival of the third SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft. This image of SpaceX Dragon grappled by Canadarm2 was sent down by Flight Engineer Steve Swanson to Instagram with the message, "We have a Dragon. All is good." With Dragon securely in the grasp of Canadarm2, the robotics officer at Mission Control remotely operated the arm to install the capsule to its port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony…
  • Liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying Dragon Resupply Spacecraft

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rises above the lightning masts on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Liftoff was during an instantaneous window at 3:25 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 18. Dragon is making its fourth trip to the space station. The SpaceX-3 mission, carrying almost 2.5 tons of supplies, technology and science experiments, is the third of 12 flights under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract to resupply the orbiting laboratory. > Read more Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
  • Cape Canaveral Launch Site Seen From the International Space Station

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    NASA astronaut Steve Swanson captured this view of Cape Canaveral, Florida from the International Space Station, sharing it on Instagram on April 14, 2014. At Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX is preparing to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiment hardware, on its third commercial resupply mission to the space station. The SpaceX-3 launch is scheduled for Friday, April 18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT with an instantaneous launch window. The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicts a 40 percent chance of…
  • Astronauts Pay a Visit to Surveyor 3

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    On April 17, 1967, NASA's Surveyor 3 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to the lunar surface. A little more than two years after it landed on the moon with the goal of paving the way for a future human mission, the Surveyor 3 spacecraft got a visit from Apollo 12 Commander Charles Conrad Jr. and astronaut Alan L. Bean, who snapped this photo on November 20, 1969. After Surveyor 1's initial studies of the lunar surface in 1966, Surveyor 3 made further inroads into preparations for human missions to the moon. Using a surface sampler to study the lunar…
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