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24 Spectacular Space Shuttle Launch Images

July 31, 2015

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Space Shuttle Launch Photo Gallery

From the first launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981 (Mission STS-1) through the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 (Mission STS-135), many incredible photos were taken. This gallery presents some of the most spectacular launch images of space shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

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Cassini Reveals Unusual Red Arcs on Saturn’s Moon Tethys

July 30, 2015

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Cassini Spots Unusual Red Arcs on Icy Saturn Moon

Enhanced-color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal unexplained reddish arcs on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon’s surface, and are among the most unusual color features on Saturn’s moons to be revealed by Cassini’s cameras. Images taken using clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral […]

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New NASA Image of the Northern Plains of Mars

July 30, 2015

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New HiRISE Image of the Northern Plains of Mars

This new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows frost in gully alcoves in a crater on the Northern plains of Mars. Seasonal frost commonly forms at middle and high latitudes on Mars, much like winter snow on Earth. However, on Mars most frost is carbon dioxide (dry ice) rather than water ice. This frost […]

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ESO Discovers Lithium from an Exploding Star

July 29, 2015

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ESO Detects Lithium from Exploding Star Nova Centauri 2013

Using telescopes at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, astronomers have discovered the chemical element lithium for the first time in material ejected by a nova. This new finding fills in a long-missing piece in the puzzle representing our galaxy’s chemical evolution, and is a big step forward for astronomers trying to understand the amounts of different […]

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NASA DSCOVR Satellite Image of Africa and Europe

July 29, 2015

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NASA DSCOVR Satellite Views Africa and Europe from a Million Miles Away

This newly released NASA image shows Africa and Europe from a million miles away. Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. The image, taken July 6 from a vantage point one million miles from Earth, was one of the […]

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NASA’s Dawn Reveals Topography of Dwarf Planet Ceres

July 28, 2015

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NASA's Dawn Reveals Topography on the Surface of Dwarf Planet Ceres

New color-coded maps of dwarf planet Ceres reveal a diverse topography with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 kilometers). Scientists continue to analyze the latest data from Dawn as the spacecraft makes its way to its third mapping orbit. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms […]

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NASA’s Cassini Views Saturn’s Moon Tethys

July 27, 2015

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New Cassini Image of Saturn's Moon Tethys

NASA has released a new image of Saturn’s moon Tethys. The image was taken at a distance of approximately 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft. With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini’s cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views. Here, […]

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Hubble Image of the Week: Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6565

July 27, 2015

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Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 6565

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 6565. A dying star’s final moments are captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The death throes of this star may only last mere moments on a cosmological timescale, but this star’s demise is still quite lengthy by our standards, lasting tens of […]

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New Horizons Reveals Flowing Ices, Exotic Surface Chemistry, Mountains, and Haze on Pluto

July 25, 2015

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Flowing Ice Discovered by New Horizons on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons continues to reveal secrets about Pluto, showing flowing ice and an extended haze around this icy world of wonders. “We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now — 10 days after closest approach — we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed,” said John […]

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New Horizons Image of Pluto in False Color

July 24, 2015

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New False Color Image of Pluto

This newly released image of Pluto was taken by the New Horizons Spacecraft at a distance of 450,000 kilometers. New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising […]

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ALMA Views the Formation of Galaxies in the Early Universe for the First Time

July 22, 2015

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ALMA Views Assembly of Galaxies in the Early Universe

New observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array reveal the most distant clouds of star-forming gas yet found in normal galaxies in the early Universe. The new images allow astronomers to start to see how the first galaxies were built up and how they cleared the cosmic fog during the era of reionization. This is […]

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New Horizons Spacecraft Discovers Second Mountain Range on Pluto

July 22, 2015

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New Horizons Reveals Second Mountain Range on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has discovered a second mountain range near the southwestern margin of Pluto’s Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain. This image was acquired by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14, 2015 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers) and sent […]

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New Horizons Views Pluto’s Smaller Moons

July 21, 2015

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New Horizons Views Pluto's Smaller Moons Hydra and Nix

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft reveals new images of Pluto’s moons Hydra and Nix. Pluto has five known moons. In order of distance from Pluto they are: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra. While Pluto’s largest moon Charon has grabbed most of the lunar spotlight, two of Pluto’s smaller and lesser-known satellites are starting to come […]

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NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures Image of Earth

July 20, 2015

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Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures "EPIC" Earth Image

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite has captured its first view of Earth. The image shows the entire sunlit side from one million miles away. This color image of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The image was generated by combining three separate images […]

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Latest New Horizons Portrait of Pluto and Charon

July 20, 2015

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New Horizons Image of Pluto and Charon

An updated portrait of Pluto and Charon from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft. The latest two full-frame images of Pluto and Charon were collected separately by New Horizons during approach on July 13 and July 14, 2015. The relative reflectivity, size, separation, and orientations of Pluto and Charon are approximated in this composite image, and they […]

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

July 20, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is located 60 million light-years away. This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has […]

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Video of New Horizons’ Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains

July 19, 2015

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Animated New Horizons Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains

This short NASA video uses the latest images from the New Horizons Spacecraft to provide a simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Mountains and Sputnik Plain. This simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) was created from New Horizons closest-approach images. Norgay Montes have been informally named for Tenzing Norgay, […]

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New Horizons Reveals a Dense Region of Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

July 18, 2015

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NASA's New Horizons Discovers Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto – the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the […]

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