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Orion's Belt Rises through the Atmosphere -- Courtesy of NASA

Orion's Belt Rises through the Atmosphere

July 29, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

On June 23, 2014, Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman captured this image which connects Earth to the International Space Station and to the stars. Among the "stellar" scene is part of the constellation Orion, near the center of the frame. The U.S. laboratory or Destiny is seen in the upper right.

Close-up: Recrystallized Sulfur

July 28, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

This 100X photo of recrystallized sulfur received an Image of Distinction designation in the...

Caribbean Sea Viewed from International Space Station

July 25, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

From the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the...

Close-up: Vorticella Protozoa

July 24, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

This 20X photo of the protozoa Vorticella sp. received an Image of Distinction...

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Crab Nebula -- Courtesy of NASA/CXC/SAO

Chandra Celebrates 15th Anniversary: Crab Nebula

July 23, 2014 1:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In 1054 AD, Chinese astronomers and others around the world noticed a new bright object in the sky. This “new star” was, in fact, the supernova explosion that created what is now called the Crab Nebula. At the center of the Crab Nebula is an extremely dense, rapidly rotating neutron star left behind by the explosion.

Reddish Bands on Europa -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

Reddish Bands on Europa

July 22, 2014 3:33 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This colorized image of Jupiter's moon Europa is a product of clear-filter grayscale data from one orbit of NASA's Galileo spacecraft, combined with lower-resolution color data taken on a different orbit. The blue-white terrains indicate relatively pure water ice, whereas the reddish areas contain water ice mixed with hydrated salts, potentially magnesium sulfate or sulfuric acid.

The Eagle Prepares to Land

July 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.

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Deep-sea Amphipod

July 18, 2014 3:29 pm | News | Comments

This photo of a deep-sea amphipod received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Mr. David Forest and Alison Sweeney ofUC Santa Barbara, Neuroscience Research Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, using a brightfield technique.

Two Burs Locked Together

July 17, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

This 15x photo of two burs locked together received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Mr. Neil James Egan of PPG Industries, Electro-coat Quality Assurance in Cleveland, OH, using a brightfield technique.

Phytoplankton Bloom off the Coast of Iceland

July 15, 2014 4:42 pm | News | Comments

A spring bloom of phytoplankton lingered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Iceland in early June, 2014. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on June 5. At that time, swirling jewel tones of a vast bloom were visible between banks of white clouds.

Liftoff! Orbiting Carbon Observatory Heads to Orbit

July 15, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

On July 2, 2014, a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launched with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite onboard from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. OCO-2 is now in orbit. It is NASA's first mission dedicated to studying global distribution of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate.

The Massive Perseus Cluster

July 11, 2014 4:35 pm | News | Comments

This image is Chandra’s latest view of the Perseus Cluster, where red, green, and blue show low, medium, and high-energy X-rays respectively. It combines data equivalent to more than 17 days’ worth of observing time taken over a decade with Chandra.

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Brain Cancer Stem Cells from Human Brain Cancer Tissue

July 11, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

This 200x photo of brain cancer stem cells from human brain cancer tissue received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using immunofluorescence.

False-twist Textured Nylon Yarn

July 9, 2014 4:19 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of false-twist textured nylon yarn received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Ms. Kelly Brinsko of McCrone Research Institute in Chicago, IL, using crossed polarized light.

Close-up: Green Algae

July 9, 2014 3:37 pm | News | Comments

This 400x photo of Closterium — a common genera of green algae (chlorophyta) found in lakes and ponds around the Puget Sound region — received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Mr. Karl Bruun of Nostoca Algae Laboratory on Bainbridge Island, WA, using differential interference contrast.

Windswept Valleys in Northern Africa

July 8, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

Expedition 40 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency posted this photograph of windswept valleys in Northern Africa, taken from the International Space Station, to social media on July 6, 2014. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) regularly photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface.

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display

July 7, 2014 3:15 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A galaxy about 23 million light years away is the site of impressive, ongoing fireworks. Rather than paper, powder and fire, this galactic light show involves a giant black hole, shock waves and vast reservoirs of gas. This galactic fireworks display is taking place in NGC 4258, also known as M106, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way. This galaxy is famous, however, for something that our galaxy doesn’t have — two extra spiral arms...

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Rocket Launch: Soyuz TMA-12M Rocket

July 7, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-12M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, 2014 carrying Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos to the International Space Station.

Neuronal Differentiation

July 2, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

This 20x image of neuroprecursor stem cells undergoing neuronal differentiation received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal photo was taken by Regis Grailhe and Arnaud Ogier of Institut Pasteur Korea in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

Vauxite Mineral Crystal

July 2, 2014 8:42 am | News | Comments

This 50x image of a vauxite mineral crystal cluster from Llallagua, Bolivia received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photo was taken using reflected light and image stacking by Julian Gray of the Tellus Science Museum, Curatorial Department, Cartersville, Georgia, USA.

Grand Dorado Swirl

July 1, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

This new Hubble image shows NGC 1566, a beautiful galaxy located approximately 40 million light-years away in the constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish). NGC 1566 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, meaning that while it does not have a well-defined bar-shaped region of stars at its center — like barred spirals — it is not quite an unbarred spiral either.

This 65x image shows an inner ear from a Claudin 11-null mouse revealing the distribution of tight junctions (blue).

Mouse Inner Ear

June 30, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

This 65x image shows an inner ear from a Claudin 11-null mouse revealing the distribution of tight junctions (blue). The brightfield photo taken by Dr. Alexander Gow and Cherie Southwood of Wayne State University, Department of Genetics, Detroit, Michigan received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua’i, Hawaii.

Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Pre-Flight

June 27, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is shown in the Missile Assembly Building at the US Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kaua’i, Hawaii. The vehicle, part of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project, will test an inflatable decelerator and a parachute at high altitudes and speeds over the Pacific Missile Range.

This gorgeous, high-arching double rainbow signaled the end to a stormy spring day.

Sunset Rainbow over Samos Island, Greece

June 26, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

This gorgeous, high-arching double rainbow signaled the end to a stormy spring day. It was taken at sunset from Samos Island, Greece, a small island in the Aegean Sea. Reddened colors of the primary and secondary bows result from the increased path length of sunlight when the Sun is below the horizon.

NASA partnered with NOAA and Duke University to study precipitation over mountainous terrain on U.S. East Coast. This storm cell photo was taken from the agency's ER-2 aircraft.

Storm Cell over Southern Appalachian Mountains

June 25, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

This storm cell photo was taken from NASA's high-altitude ER-2 aircraft on May 23, 2014, during a study aimed at gaining a better understanding of precipitation over mountainous terrain. The Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment, or IPHEx, field campaign is part of the ground validation effort for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.

Crystal of Sulphur, Resorcinal, Azelaic Acid

June 24, 2014 8:58 am | News | Comments

This 50x photo of a crystal of sulphur, resorcinal and azelaic acid received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The polarized light image was taken by Dr. John Hart of Hart3D Films and Deptartment of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder.

Recently, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrated its fifth anniversary in space. In honor of the fifth anniversary, the LRO project kicked off the Moon as Art Campaign.

View of Tycho Central Peak

June 23, 2014 10:28 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Recently, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrated its fifth anniversary in space. In honor of the fifth anniversary, the LRO project kicked off the Moon as Art Campaign. The public was asked to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of a special image collection. After two weeks of voting, the public has selected this image of Tycho Central Peak as its favorite moon image.

The gantry arms begin to close around the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft to secure the rocket at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 39 Prepares for Launch

June 19, 2014 3:22 pm | News | Comments

The gantry arms begin to close around the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft to secure the rocket at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket will send Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. 

Inside the International Space Station Destiny Laboratory -- Courtesy of NASA

Inside the International Space Station Destiny Laboratory

June 18, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

This view in the International Space Station, photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member, shows how it looks inside the space station while the crew is asleep. The dots near the hatch point to a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station in case the crew was to encounter an emergency. This view is looking into the Destiny Laboratory from Node 1 (Unity) with Node 2 (Harmony) in the background. Destiny is the primary research laboratory ...

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