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This spiral galaxy has a bright, active core, powered by a supermassive black hole. But how do we learn more about the voraciously feeding black hole at its center - and how it affects other galaxies? Our forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope's sharp vision will be able to see into the swirling material inside the galaxy and measure the motions of stars - one way to confirm the black hole's mass. Credits: NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale (STScI) #nasa #solarsystem #science #cosmos #blackholes #galaxy #stars #beautiful #pictureoftheday #universe #astronomy

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A Celestial View from Orbit! Astronaut Nick Hague is safe and sound and back in Houston after last week’s mission to the International Space Station ( @ISS) was aborted during ascent. Meanwhile, the three orbiting crew members continue ongoing research, maintenance and cargo packing. Back in space, astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst ( @astro_alex_esa) worked on a variety of life support and science experiments. Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev worked throughout Monday on life support maintenance in the station’s Russian segment. Seen here, the station was orbiting about 256 miles above South Australia when a camera on board the orbital complex captured this celestial view of Earth’s atmospheric glow and the Milky Way. Image credit: NASA #nasa #space #earth #orbit #spacestation #internationalspacestation #home #picoftheday #views #astronaut #planet #beautiful #orbit #humans #humanity #milkyway #stars #sky

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Behold.... the Moon! We continue to make steady progress toward the first missions of the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will lead the next steps of human exploration to the Moon and beyond, extending human exploration farther into space than ever before. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first integrated test of Orion, SLS, and the supporting ground systems ( @ExploreNASA)launching from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2020, and will pave the road for future missions with astronauts. Seen here is the Moon in June 2018, captured by an astronaut on the International Space Station ( @ISS) looking through Earth's atmosphere from the orbiting outpost. Image credits: NASA #nasa #picoftheday #moon #space #earth #internationalspacestation #spacestation #iss #sls #spacelaunchsystem #orion #nasaorion #lunar

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Sunset from Antarctica! Our Operation #IceBridge mission began flying in 2009, but this year's Antarctic field campaign is the first time it's coordinating with our newly-launched #ICESat2 satellite. While IceBridge surveys the height of ice sheets from the sky, ICESat-2 measures them with lasers from space. During an Oct. 10 flight, the IceBridge team captured this photo of the Shackleton Range in Antarctica at sunset, with snow blowing off the ridges. Credits: NASA/Michael Studinger #icebridge #nasa #ice #antarctica #frigid #snow #shackletonrange #icesat2 #earth #picoftheday #pictureoftheday #sunset

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Since making landfall, Hurricane Michael has caused severe property damage and deaths in the southeastern United States. An instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired data for this composite image in the early morning hours of October 11, as the storm passed over Georgia and South Carolina. The false-color image shows infrared signals known as brightness temperature, which helps distinguish the shape and temperature of the clouds. The image was overlaid on data from the instruments “day-night band.” Credit: NASA/NOAA/Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership #hurricanemichael #michael #hurricane #night #viirs #suominpp #npp #noaa #nasa #space #earth #storm #hurricanes

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There it goes! Thirteen photographs assembled in sequence show the International Space Station ( @ISS), with a crew of three onboard, pass in front of our view of the Sun while orbiting Earth at a speed of roughly five miles per second on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Each day, the station completes 16 orbits of our home planet as the crew lives and works aboard the station conducting important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky #nasa #space #spacestation #views #sun #solar #solartransit #orange #orbit #spacecraft #internationalspacestation #picoftheday #pictureoftheday

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Do you like watching the Sun rise over the water? How about from space? An astronaut aboard the International Space Station ( @ISS) snapped this photo of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as dawn illuminated Lake Superior’s shoreline. Lake Superior is Earth’s largest freshwater lake by surface area. The subdued, orange sunglint and hazy atmosphere may be due to wildfires that occurred in August 2017 throughout the northwestern United States and parts of Canada. Smoke particles in the atmosphere can cause the scattering of light waves and create pale orange-red hues at dusk or dawn, when Sun elevation is low relative to the local horizon. This image was taken on Sept. 3, 2017. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for decades. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken more than 1.5 million photographs of the Earth. Today, the International Space Station continues this tradition of Earth observation from human-tended spacecraft. Astronauts onboard take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public. Image credit: NASA #nasa #space #astronaut #spacestation #views #earth #earthviews #blue #planet #orbit #spacecraft #internationalspacestation #land #home #picoftheday #sunrise #sunglint

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Four large islands are hard to miss in satellite imagery of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago in the Russian high Arctic. Spanning 37,000 square kilometers, (about the same area as the U.S. state of Indiana), about half of this archipelago is covered in ice. Despite its size and proximity to the Siberian mainland, the archipelago went unnoticed and unmapped until its discovery by an ocean expedition in 1913. You won’t find any trees growing here. This is Arctic tundra, and cold, dry conditions prevail throughout the year. The average daily temperature in August, when this image was acquired, is 0 degrees C (32°F). Such conditions are quite favorable for year-round ice, which covers about half of the archipelago. This image shows part of the island group on August 9, 2018, as observed by Landsat 8. In this view, you see ice caps dotting the surface and thin, broken sea ice choking the water in the straits. Some of the edges of the ice caps rest on land and others stretch over seawater. Ice loss occurs from surface melting and from the shedding of icebergs. Image credit: NASA/USGS/Landsat #nasa #ice #arctic #icecap #frigid #tundra #glaciers #picoftheday #space #polar #science #frozen #ice #permafrost #polarice #seaice #icebergs #iceberg

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In the final minutes of a recent close flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured a departing view of the planet's swirling southern hemisphere. This color-enhanced image was captured Sept. 6, 2018 as the spacecraft performed its 15th close flyby of Jupiter about 55,600 miles above the planet's cloud tops. Since 2016, Juno has been penetrating Jupiter’s deep, colorful zones and belts in a quest to answer fundamental questions about the gas giant planet's origin and evolution. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt #nasa #space #juno #jupiter #gasgiant #planet #clouds #swirling #pattern #solarsystem #science #spacecraft #pictureoftheday #astronomy

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Welcome to Earth! 🌍Earlier today, astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev returned safely from the International Space Station ( @ISS) after a 197-day mission spanning 3,152 orbits of Earth and a journey of 83.4 million miles. They landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. Swipe to see images of their landing and of the trip shortly after their return to Earth. During their time in space, they conducted hundreds of experiments, welcomed five cargo spacecraft that delivered supplies, kept our orbiting laboratory fully operational, performed three spacewalks and much more. Each day, humans live and work aboard the station conducting important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Image credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #spacecraft #touchdown #landing #astronauts #crew #earth #home #return #soyuz #microgravity #laboratory #trip #travel #roscosmos #planetearth #science

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“Not many artists in this world are as creative as Mother Nature,” says European astronaut Alexander Gerst ( @Astro_Alex_ESA). Gerst recently captured these images of the west coast of southern Africa as the International Space Station ( @ISS) passed over during an orbit of our home planet. Earlier today, Gerst received the “keys” to command the space station during a traditional change of command ceremony. He is currently one of six humans currently living and working aboard the station conduct important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Credit: ESA/NASA-A.Gerst #nasa #space #astronaut #spacestation #views #earth #earthviews #mothernature #Africa #planet #orbit #spacecraft #internationalspacestation #land #home #picoftheday

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Where does the sand on Mars come from? 🤔 The ultimate origin of the sediment that forms Martian dunes has long been debated. While sand dunes on Earth are primarily sourced by quartz-bearing components of granitic continental crust, it’s often suggested that sand on Mars derives from eroded volcanic flows or sedimentary deposits. This image reveals a unique situation where this small dune field occurs along the summit of a large 1-mile-tall mound. The layered mound slopes are far too steep for dunes to climb, and bedform sand is unlikely to come from purely airborne material. Instead, the mound’s summit displays several dark-toned, mantled deposits that are adjacent to the dunes and appear to be eroding into fans of sandy material. Since launching in 2005, our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft beams high-resolution imagery to help us better understand the Red Planet and in this case, reveal how landscape evolution occurs. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona #nasa #space #planets #solarsystem #mars #redplanet #martian #sand #dunes #landscape #photooftheday

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