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NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts

NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts
NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts

NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts

In a news conference from aboard the International Space Station, Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams said they had confidence in the troubled spacecraft to get them home.

In a news conference from aboard the International Space Station, Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams said they had confidence in the troubled spacecraft to get them home....

NASA Says No Plan to Use SpaceX to Rescue Boeing Starliner Astronauts

A Midsummer Red Sprite Seen from Space

A Midsummer Red Sprite Seen from Space
A Midsummer Red Sprite Seen from Space

A Midsummer Red Sprite Seen from Space

Several transient luminous events illuminate pockets of Earth’s upper atmosphere. A line of thunderstorms off the coast of South Africa powers the rare phenomena.

Several transient luminous events illuminate pockets of Earth’s upper atmosphere. A line of thunderstorms off the coast of South Africa powers the rare phenomena. ...

A Midsummer Red Sprite Seen from Space

Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission

Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission
Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission

Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission

Ariane 6 reached orbit on Tuesday. But a problem made the European Space Agency rocket deviate from its flight plan late in the mission.

Ariane 6 reached orbit on Tuesday. But a problem made the European Space Agency rocket deviate from its flight plan late in the mission....

Watch Europe’s Launch of the Ariane 6 Rocket in Its Debut Mission

Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB

Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB
Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB

Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB

The Artemis II Core Stage moves from final assembly to the VAB at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in preparation for delivery to Kennedy Spaceflight Center later this month. Image credit: NASA/Michael DeMocker

The Artemis II Core Stage moves from final assembly to the VAB at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in preparation for delivery to Kennedy Spaceflight Center l...

Artemis II Core Stage Moves from Final to VAB

30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off

30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off
30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off

30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off

Space shuttle Columbia heads skyward after clearing the fixed service structure tower at Launch Complex Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Plant life appears in the foreground. Launch occurred at 12:43 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 8, 1994. Once in Earth orbit, STS-65's six NASA astronauts and a Japanese payload specialist aboard conducted experiments in support of the second International Microgravity Laboratory.

Space shuttle Columbia heads skyward after clearing the fixed service structure tower at Launch Complex Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Plant life appears i...

30 Years Ago: STS-65 Lifts Off

Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions

Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions
Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions

Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions

A New York Times investigation found that Elon Musk exploited federal agencies’ competing missions to achieve his goals for space travel.

A New York Times investigation found that Elon Musk exploited federal agencies’ competing missions to achieve his goals for space travel....

Wildlife Protections Take a Back Seat to Elon Musk’s Ambitions

SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation

SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation
SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation

SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation

The development of Elon Musk’s facility in South Texas did not play out as local officials were originally told it would.

The development of Elon Musk’s facility in South Texas did not play out as local officials were originally told it would....

SpaceX’s Assault on a Fragile Habitat: Four Takeaways From Our Investigation

Orion on the Rise

Orion on the Rise
Orion on the Rise

Orion on the Rise

Technicians used a 30-ton crane to lift NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Friday, June 28, 2024, from the Final Assembly and System Testing cell to the altitude chamber inside the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft, which will be used for the Artemis II mission to orbit the Moon, underwent leak checks and end-to-end performance verification of the vehicle’s subsystems.

Technicians used a 30-ton crane to lift NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Friday, June 28, 2024, from the Final Assembly and System Testing cell to the altitude chamber inside the ...

Orion on the Rise

Studying Hurricane Beryl from Space

Studying Hurricane Beryl from Space
Studying Hurricane Beryl from Space

Studying Hurricane Beryl from Space

NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick captured this image of Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean on July 1, 2024, while aboard the International Space Station, and posted it to X. The Category 4 hurricane had winds of about 130 mph (215 kph).

NASA astronaut Matthew Dominick captured this image of Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean on July 1, 2024, while aboard the International Space Station, and posted it to X. The ...

Studying Hurricane Beryl from Space

Cassini Sees Saturn

Cassini Sees Saturn
Cassini Sees Saturn

Cassini Sees Saturn

Saturn and its rings completely fill the field of view of Cassini's narrow angle camera in this natural color image taken on March 27, 2004. This was the last single "eyeful" of Saturn and its rings achievable with the narrow angle camera on approach to the planet.

Saturn and its rings completely fill the field of view of Cassini's narrow angle camera in this natural color image taken on March 27, 2004. This was the last single "eyeful" ...

Cassini Sees Saturn

The Maze is Afoot

The Maze is Afoot
The Maze is Afoot

The Maze is Afoot

This labyrinth – with a silhouette of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes at its center – is used as a calibration target for the cameras and laser that are part of SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals), one of the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. The image was captured by the Autofocus and Context Imager on SHERLOC on May 11, 2024, the 1,147th day, or sol, of the mission, as the rover team sought to confirm it had successfully addressed an issue with a stuck lens cover.

This labyrinth – with a silhouette of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes at its center – is used as a calibration target for the cameras and laser that are part of SH...

The Maze is Afoot

China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks From Moon’s Far Side With Chang’e-6

China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks From Moon’s Far Side With Chang’e-6
China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks From Moon’s Far Side With Chang’e-6

China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks From Moon’s Far Side With Chang’e-6

The Chang’e-6 mission’s sample, which might hold clues about the origins of the moon and Earth, is the latest achievement of China’s lunar exploration program.

The Chang’e-6 mission’s sample, which might hold clues about the origins of the moon and Earth, is the latest achievement of China’s lunar exploration program....

China Becomes First Country to Retrieve Rocks From Moon’s Far Side With Chang’e-6

ISS Astronauts Take Shelter After Russian Satellite Breaks Up In Space

ISS Astronauts Take Shelter After Russian Satellite Breaks Up In Space
ISS Astronauts Take Shelter After Russian Satellite Breaks Up In Space

ISS Astronauts Take Shelter After Russian Satellite Breaks Up In Space

The cause of the incident, which added to a growing amount of dangerous space junk in low Earth orbit, remains unknown.

The cause of the incident, which added to a growing amount of dangerous space junk in low Earth orbit, remains unknown....

ISS Astronauts Take Shelter After Russian Satellite Breaks Up In Space

Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula

Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula
Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula

Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula

Named RCW 7, the nebula is located just over 5300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Puppis. Nebulae are areas of space that are rich in the raw material needed to form new stars. Under the influence of gravity, parts of these molecular clouds collapse until they coalesce into protostars, surrounded by spinning discs of leftover gas and dust. In the case of RCW 7, the protostars forming here are particularly massive, giving off strongly ionising radiation and fierce stellar winds that have transformed it into what is known as a H II region. The ultraviolet radiation from the massive protostars excites the hydrogen, causing it to emit light and giving this nebula its soft pinkish glow. Here Hubble is studying a particular massive protostellar binary named IRAS 07299-1651, still in its glowing cocoon of gas in the curling clouds towards the top of the nebula. To expose this star and its siblings, this image was captured using the Wide Field Camera 3 in near-infrared light. The massive protostars here are brightest in ultraviolet light, but they emit plenty of infrared light which can pass through much of the gas and dust around them and be seen by Hubble.

Named RCW 7, the nebula is located just over 5300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Puppis. Nebulae are areas of space that are rich in the raw material needed to fo...

Hubble Captures Infant Stars Transforming a Nebula

NOAA’s GOES-U Satellite Launches

NOAA’s GOES-U Satellite Launches
NOAA’s GOES-U Satellite Launches

NOAA’s GOES-U Satellite Launches

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U) lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The GOES-U satellite is the final satellite in the GOES-R series, which serves a critical role in providing continuous coverage of the Western Hemisphere, including monitoring tropical systems in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite U) lifts off from Launch Co...

NOAA’s GOES-U Satellite Launches

Human Factors Researcher Garrett Sadler

Human Factors Researcher Garrett Sadler
Human Factors Researcher Garrett Sadler

Human Factors Researcher Garrett Sadler

"You know, there's the whole impostor syndrome thing, and I didn’t feel like I was qualified to be here because I didn't have some sort of traditional path or because my educational background looks different than that of most of my colleagues. But I'm now at a place where I've come to understand that's true for everyone." – Garrett Sadler, Human Factors Researcher, NASA’s Ames Research Center

"You know, there's the whole impostor syndrome thing, and I didn’t feel like I was qualified to be here because I didn't have some sort of traditional path or because my edu...

Human Factors Researcher Garrett Sadler

On the GOES

On the GOES
On the GOES

On the GOES

Crews transport NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-U) from the Astrotech Space Operations facility to the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning on Friday, June 14, 2024, with the operation finishing early Saturday, June 15, 2024. The fourth and final weather-observing and environmental monitoring satellite in NOAA’s GOES-R Series will assist meteorologists in providing advanced weather forecasting and warning capabilities. The two-hour window for liftoff opens 5:16 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 25, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Crews transport NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-U) from the Astrotech Space Operations facil...

On the GOES

HuskyWorks During Rover Testing

HuskyWorks During Rover Testing
HuskyWorks During Rover Testing

HuskyWorks During Rover Testing

“HuskyWorks,” a team from Michigan Technological University’s Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab, tests the excavation tools of a robot on a concrete slab, held by a gravity-offloading crane on June 12 at NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge at Alabama A&M’s Agribition Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Led by Professor Paul van Susante, the team aimed to mimic the conditions of the lunar South Pole, winning an invitation to use the thermal vacuum chambers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to continue robotic testing.

“HuskyWorks,” a team from Michigan Technological University’s Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab, tests the excavation tools of a robot on a concrete slab, hel...

HuskyWorks During Rover Testing

NASA's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with "Rose" of Galaxies

NASA's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with "Rose" of Galaxies
NASA's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with "Rose" of Galaxies

NASA's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with "Rose" of Galaxies

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble's eye at an especially photogenic pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. This image is a composite of Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 data taken on December 17, 2010, with three separate filters that allow a broad range of wavelengths covering the ultraviolet, blue, and red portions of the spectrum.

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble...

NASA's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with "Rose" of Galaxies

Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth
Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

This image of Galveston was taken on Nov. 23, 2022, from the International Space Station as it orbited 224 miles above Earth. While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, word that enslaved people were free did not reach Galveston until well into 1865. When Union troops arrived that year to share the news, spontaneous celebrations broke out in African American churches, homes, and other gathering places. As years passed, the picnics, barbecues, parades, and other celebrations that sprang up to commemorate June 19th became more formalized as freed men and women purchased land, or “emancipation grounds,” to hold annual Juneteenth celebrations.

This image of Galveston was taken on Nov. 23, 2022, from the International Space Station as it orbited 224 miles above Earth. While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emanci...

Celebrating Juneteenth

Management and Program Analyst Mallory Carbon

Management and Program Analyst Mallory Carbon
Management and Program Analyst Mallory Carbon

Management and Program Analyst Mallory Carbon

“I feel that my larger purpose at NASA, which I've felt since I came on as an intern, is to leave NASA a better place than I found it." — Mallory Carbon, Management and Program Analyst, NASA Headquarters

“I feel that my larger purpose at NASA, which I've felt since I came on as an intern, is to leave NASA a better place than I found it." — Mallory Carbon, Management and Pr...

Management and Program Analyst Mallory Carbon

Hubble Captures a Cosmic Fossil

Hubble Captures a Cosmic Fossil
Hubble Captures a Cosmic Fossil

Hubble Captures a Cosmic Fossil

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the globular cluster NGC 2005. It’s not an unusual globular cluster in and of itself, but it is a peculiarity when compared to its surroundings. NGC 2005 is located about 750 light-years from the heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which is the Milky Way’s largest satellite galaxy some 162,000 light-years from Earth.

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the globular cluster NGC 2005. It’s not an unusual globular cluster in and of itself, but it is a peculiarity when compar...

Hubble Captures a Cosmic Fossil

Sea Ice Swirls

Sea Ice Swirls
Sea Ice Swirls

Sea Ice Swirls

Floating fragments of sea ice spun into intricate patterns as ocean currents carried them south along Greenland’s east coast in spring 2024. The MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a moment of this dizzying journey on June 4, 2024.

Floating fragments of sea ice spun into intricate patterns as ocean currents carried them south along Greenland’s east coast in spring 2024. The MODIS (Moderate Resolution I...

Sea Ice Swirls

A Solitary Sight

A Solitary Sight
A Solitary Sight

A Solitary Sight

The waning gibbous Moon is pictured above Earth from the International Space Station as it soared into an orbital nighttime 260 miles above the Atlantic Ocean near the northeast coast of South America on Sept. 30, 2023.

The waning gibbous Moon is pictured above Earth from the International Space Station as it soared into an orbital nighttime 260 miles above the Atlantic Ocean near the northea...

A Solitary Sight

Celebrating Pride at NASA’s Ames Research Center

Celebrating Pride at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Celebrating Pride at NASA’s Ames Research Center

Celebrating Pride at NASA’s Ames Research Center

The Intersex Progress Pride flag flies beneath the American flag on the center pole with the California state and NASA flag at either side. The Intersex Progress Pride flag flies for the first time at any NASA center in front of the Ames Administration Building, N200, to commemorate Pride Month.

The Intersex Progress Pride flag flies beneath the American flag on the center pole with the California state and NASA flag at either side. The Intersex Progress Pride flag fl...

Celebrating Pride at NASA’s Ames Research Center
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