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Through NASA's Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) program, a fresh approach to designing and manufacturing heat-thwarting thermal protection systems - or heatshields - for spacecraft is being developed and tested, offering the promise of fabricating larger tile sizes while reducing labor, cost and waste. via NASA go.nasa.gov/2p2sL3A

This image, made using the space telescope NASA / ESA «Hubble» (Hubble Space Telescope) shows an unusual galaxy UGC 12591. galaxy UGC 12591 classification takes an intermediate position between the lenticular and spiral galaxies. It lies at a distance of a little less than 400 million light-years away on the western edge of the galactic superclusters of Pisces-Perseus, a long chain of clusters of galaxies, which stretches for hundreds of millions of light-years away and is one of the largest known structures of the universe. This galaxy is fairly unusual in itself - it has an incredibly large mass. This galaxy and its halo together contain the order of several billion solar masses of matter - that is about four times greater than the mass of the Milky Way.

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Editor's Note: This image is a false color infrared image made from a modified digital SLR camera.

 

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, is seen in this false color infrared image, as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. Cygnus is on its way to rendezvous with the space station. The spacecraft will deliver about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo, including food and clothing, to the Expedition 37 crew.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

 

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center!

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin / aliveuniverse.today

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center!

Through NASA's Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) program, a fresh approach to designing and manufacturing heat-thwarting thermal protection systems - or heatshields - for spacecraft is being developed and tested, offering the promise of fabricating larger tile sizes while reducing labor, cost and waste. via NASA ift.tt/2p2cknX

This is an artist's concept of the young Earth being bombarded by asteroids. Scientists think these impacts could have delivered significant amounts of organic matter and water to Earth.

 

Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

 

The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security -- Regolith Explorer spacecraft (OSIRIS-REx) will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu, and bring a sample back to Earth for study. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.

 

OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for launch in late 2016. As planned, the spacecraft will reach its asteroid target in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

 

Watch the full video: youtu.be/gtUgarROs08

 

Learn more about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and the making of Bennu’s Journey: www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/bennus-journey/

 

More information on the OSIRIS-REx mission is available at:

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin / aliveuniverse.today

Editor's note: Happy Friday, everyone! Today is National Umbrella Day, I've just learned, so I posted this image from pre-storm skies last week. Stay dry and warm, Flickr friends! :)

 

Mixed clouds and sun in the skies over Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This was a view looking south, taken mid-morning before a strong line of storms moved through the area.

 

Credit: NASA/MSFC/Brooke Boen

 

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The Henbury craters in the Northern Territory, Australia, planet Earth, are the scars of an impact over 4,000 years old. When an ancient meteorite fragmented into dozens of pieces, the largest made the 180 meter diameter crater whose weathered walls and floor are lit in the foreground of this southern hemisphere nightscape. The vertical panoramic view follows our magnificent Milky Way galaxy stretching above horizon, its rich central starfields cut by obscuring dust clouds. A glance along the galactic plane also reveals Alpha and Beta Centauri and the stars of the Southern Cross. Captured in the region's spectacular, dark skies, the Small Magellanic Cloud, satellite of the Milky Way, is the bright galaxy to the left. Not the lights of a nearby town, the visible glow on the horizon below it is the Large Magellanic Cloud rising. via NASA ift.tt/1OrZQgI

One of NASA's ER-2 research aircraft makes a appearance at the 2016 Los Angeles County Air Show.

Eric Litvin loves NASA! This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights a feature on Jupiter where multiple atmospheric conditions appear to collide. via NASA ift.tt/2o5rTs1

Selected as NASA Picture Of The Day 9/5/2014 Thanks to all at NASA apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140905.html

 

Captured over 5 nights during the month of August 2014 from my Backyard Observatory in Western Michigan using LRGB & H-Alpha filters with the QHY11 Mono CCD/Takahashi E-180.

 

The original image is 6676 x 4659 pixels and covers an area of sky equal to 6.8 x 4.75 degrees and includes quite a few Messier objects including M16, M17, M18, M24 and M25.

 

A much larger 50% annotated view of this image can be seen here

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Total Exposure 10 hours

  

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Location: DownUnder Observatory, Fremont MI

Date of Shoot: August 2014

H-Alpha 360 min, 9 x 8 min bin 1x1 (for each panel)

LRGB 240 min, 6 x 2 min each bin 1x1 (for each panel)

QHY11 monochrome CCD cooled to -10C

Takahashi E-180 F2.8 Astrograph

Paramount GT-1100S German Equatorial Mount

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Engineers Successfully Test the Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground via NASA ift.tt/2lHA9jX

Engineers Successfully Test the Parachutes for NASA's Orion Spacecraft at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground via NASA ift.tt/2m6ypNA

An artist's concept of STEREO surrounding the sun.

 

Credit: NASA

 

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This NASA video shows a one-minute history of how humans have looked at the sun.

 

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What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous figures are actually molecular clouds, knots of molecular gas and dust so thick they have become opaque. In comparison, however, these clouds are typically much less dense than Earth's atmosphere. Featured here is a detailed image of the core of the Carina Nebula, a part where both dark and colorful clouds of gas and dust are particularly prominent. The image was captured last month from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Although the nebula is predominantly composed of hydrogen gas -- here colored green, the image was assigned colors so that light emitted by trace amounts of sulfur and oxygen appear red and blue, respectively. The entire Carina Nebula, cataloged as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. via NASA ift.tt/1ThxMNQ

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite snapped this image of the blizzard approaching the U.S. East coast around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument's Day-Night band. via NASA ift.tt/1NpA4CQ

What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous figures are actually molecular clouds, knots of molecular gas and dust so thick they have become opaque. In comparison, however, these clouds are typically much less dense than Earth's atmosphere. Featured here is a detailed image of the core of the Carina Nebula, a part where both dark and colorful clouds of gas and dust are particularly prominent. The image was captured last month from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Although the nebula is predominantly composed of hydrogen gas -- here colored green, the image was assigned colors so that light emitted by trace amounts of sulfur and oxygen appear red and blue, respectively. The entire Carina Nebula, cataloged as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. via NASA ift.tt/1ThxMNQ

The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive golden mirrors look like ghostly wraiths in this image as they conduct a "lights out inspection" in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. via NASA ift.tt/2n006uB

Crediti: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Processing: Elisabetta Bonora & Marco Faccin / aliveuniverse.today

What forms lurk in the mists of the Carina Nebula? The dark ominous figures are actually molecular clouds, knots of molecular gas and dust so thick they have become opaque. In comparison, however, these clouds are typically much less dense than Earth's atmosphere. Featured here is a detailed image of the core of the Carina Nebula, a part where both dark and colorful clouds of gas and dust are particularly prominent. The image was captured last month from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Although the nebula is predominantly composed of hydrogen gas -- here colored green, the image was assigned colors so that light emitted by trace amounts of sulfur and oxygen appear red and blue, respectively. The entire Carina Nebula, cataloged as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. via NASA ift.tt/1ThxMNQ

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The doors are open on NASA's Suomi NPP satellite and the newest version of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument is scanning Earth for the first time, helping to assure continued availability of measurements of the energy leaving the Earth-atmosphere system.

 

The CERES results help scientists to determine the Earth's energy balance, providing a long-term record of this crucial environmental parameter that will be consistent with those of its predecessors.

 

In the longwave image, heat energy radiated from Earth (in watts per square meter) is shown in shades of yellow, red, blue and white. The brightest-yellow areas are the hottest and are emitting the most energy out to space, while the dark blue areas and the bright white clouds are much colder, emitting the least energy. Increasing temperature, decreasing water vapor, and decreasing clouds will all tend to increase the ability of Earth to shed heat out to space.

 

To read more go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/NPP/news/npp-ceres-firstlight....

 

Credit: NASA/NOAA/CERES Team

 

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The technicians who are inspecting the telescope and its expansive golden mirrors look like ghostly wraiths in this image as they conduct a "lights out inspection" in the Spacecraft Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. via NASA ift.tt/2n006uB

A jewel of the southern sky, the Great Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years, one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions. Like the smaller, more northerly Great Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is easily visible to the unaided eye, though at a distance of 7,500 light-years it is some 5 times farther away. This gorgeous telescopic close-up reveals remarkable details of the region's central glowing filaments of interstellar gas and obscuring cosmic dust clouds. The field of view is over 50 light-years across. The Carina Nebula is home to young, extremely massive stars, including the stars of open cluster Trumpler 14 (below and right of center) and the still enigmatic variable Eta Carinae, a star with well over 100 times the mass of the Sun. Eta Carinae is the brightest star, seen here just above the dusty Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324). While Eta Carinae itself maybe on the verge of a supernova explosion, X-ray images indicate that the Great Carina Nebula has been a veritable supernova factory. via NASA ift.tt/1ORra3a

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171Å channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that ar via NASA ift.tt/1Q1m9oI

Total lunar eclipse captured January 20-21, 2000. (Mr. Eclipse/Fred Espenak)

 

Editor's Note: Hey Flickr friends -- this will be a good one!

 

On the night of Dec. 20 and into the morning of Dec. 21, the moon will have a beautiful total eclipse, coinciding with the winter solstice. NASA astronomers will host two live Web chats to take your questions, including an all-night Web chat with real-time observation of the eclipse. For more information, visit this link: www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/lunar_eclipse.html

 

Really hope to see all of you there!

 

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Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).

 

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.

 

Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite, MODIS provides an integrated tool for observing a variety of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric features of the Earth. The land and coastal ocean portions of these images are based on surface observations collected from June through September 2001 and combined, or composited, every eight days to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor’s view of the surface on any single day. Two different types of ocean data were used in these images: shallow water true color data, and global ocean color (or chlorophyll) data. Topographic shading is based on the GTOPO 30 elevation dataset compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center. MODIS observations of polar sea ice were combined with observations of Antarctica made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s AVHRR sensor—the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer. The cloud image is a composite of two days of imagery collected in visible light wavelengths and a third day of thermal infra-red imagery over the poles. Global city lights, derived from 9 months of observations from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, are superimposed on a darkened land surface map.

 

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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rockets lifts off on it's 153rd mission since being introduced in 1989, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The workhorse lifted NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite into orbit to study the Earth's soil moisture every 2-3 days over the next three years.

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'Tis the season for holiday decorating and tree-trimming. Not to be left out, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate structure of this bright gaseous nebula resembles a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.

 

Planetary nebulae represent the final brief stage in the life of a medium-sized star like our sun. While consuming the last of the fuel in its core, the dying star expels a large portion of its outer envelope. This material then becomes heated by the radiation from the stellar remnant and radiates, producing glowing clouds of gas that can show complex structures, as the ejection of mass from the star is uneven in both time and direction. To read more go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/ngc5189.html

 

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

 

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Engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) NASA developed and tested several prototype devices designed to study ice on the surface of other celestial bodies. This is reported on the NASA website. The surface of some celestial bodies can be partially or completely covered with ice. For the sampling of ice and drilling, traditional tools designed for hard rocks are not well suited, so NASA engineers develop prototypes of various instruments adapted for ice. It is expected that in the future such tools can help in the study of Titan, Europe, and Enceladus.

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NASA #3, an EMD SW1500, sits outside the maintenance shop at Kennedy Space Center. The former Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway EMD SW1500 switcher engine is one of three that serves the 38 mile shortline which runs throughout Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

On April 21, 2010, NASA released the first-light images from its newest sun-monitoring mission, the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The mission’s high-speed, IMAX-quality photography will improve predictions of solar activity that can disrupt everything from GPS satellites to high-voltage power lines.

 

This image was captured by the new observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on March 30, 2010. The sensor views the lower atmosphere of the Sun in ultraviolet wavelengths, and it captured this view as a massive plume of dense, cool (only compared to the rest of the solar atmosphere) plasma erupted on the Sun’s surface. The plasma flows in a loop along a magnetic field line.

 

When these ribbons of plasma appear against the black backdrop of space, as in this image, they appear bright, and they are called solar prominences. Compared to the size and mass of the Sun, the prominence seems insubstantial. But a small white circle at the lower left corner of the image dispels the misperception: ten Earths could be stacked in a line between the Sun and the top of the loop.

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