"Putting this journey into words will not be easy, but I will try. I am finally where I was born to be." In her first week in space, Astronaut Anne McClain is getting used to her new home in space with fellow new crew members Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques, who have been onboard the station since Monday. McClain and Saint-Jacques are first-time space residents.
Each day, the International Space Station (@ISS) orbits our home planet as the six humans living and working aboard the orbiting outpost 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: NASA/Anne McClain
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@Astro_Alex_ESA of the @EuropeanSpaceAgency shared these looks at @SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft making its way to deliver more than 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). While the station was traveling about 250 miles over the Pacific Ocean, just north of Papua New Guinea, astronauts Alex Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor captured the spacecraft at 7:21 a.m. EST using a robotic arm while astronaut Anne McClain monitored telemetry during the spacecraft’s approach.
The Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in January 2019 and return to Earth with more than 4,000 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.
New images from our Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting. With a reach of nearly 6 feet, the arm will be used to pick up science instruments from the lander's deck, gently setting them on the Martian surface at Elysium Planitia. This image from InSight's robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft's deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background.
The arm will use its Instrument Deployment Camera, located on its elbow, to take photos of the terrain in front of the lander. These images will help mission team members determine where to set InSight's seismometer and heat flow probe, the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet.
Placement is critical, and the team is proceeding with caution. Two to three months could go by before the instruments have been situated and calibrated.
Our @NASAJuno spacecraft is dolphin watching in the cosmos! 🐬
During its 16th close flyby of Jupiter, the spacecraft captured images of changing cloud formations across the southern hemisphere. If you take a close look, a cloud in the shape of a dolphin appears to be swimming through the cloud bands along the South South Temperate Belt. Stay tuned as we keep finding new shapes hidden in the swirling clouds.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Brian Swift/Seán Doran
Today at 6:31 a.m. EST, three humans left planet Earth on six-hour journey to the International Space Station (@ISS). Launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, astronauts Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko arrived at their new orbiting home later the same day.
During their time on humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory, they will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. They will be joining the trio who is already in space, bringing the total crew to six people.
Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
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EXPLOSIVE! 💥💥💥This dark, tangled web formed in a very violent fashion — it is a supernova remnant, created after a massive star ended its life in a cataclysmic explosion and threw its constituent material out into surrounding space. This created the messy formation seen in this image from our @NASAHubble Space Telescope, with threads of red snaking amidst dark, turbulent clouds.
This object is situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that lies close to the Milky Way. The remnant is likely the result of a Type Ia supernova explosion; this category of supernovae is formed from the death of a white dwarf star that grows by siphoning material from a stellar companion until it reaches a critical mass and then explodes.
When explosions like this have a well-known luminosity, they can be used as markers for scientists to measure distances throughout the universe and learn more about what’s out there.
Not all stars are the same. @NASAHubble's Wide Field Camera 3 captured this star cluster, called NGC 1866, found at the very edges of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy located near the Milky Way. Star clusters are common structures throughout the universe, each made up of hundreds of thousands of stars all bound together by gravity. The cluster was discovered in 1826 by Scottish astronomer James Dunlop, who cataloged thousands of stars and deep-sky objects.
Credit: NASA, ESA
#NoFilter! Our InSight lander sent home its first photo after this afternoon’s #MarsLanding - the first time we’ve landed on the Red Planet in six years!
The instrument context camera mounted below the lander deck obtained this image on the surface of Mars shortly after touching down at 2:52 p.m. EST. The transparent lens cover was still in place to protect the lens from any dust kicked up while landing near Mars' equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia.
For the next two years, the spacecraft will use its unique tools to conduct Mars’ first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. As the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the “inner space” of Mars, the mission will help us understand how rocky planets, including Earth, formed.
Tomorrow, we are set to land our InSight mission on Mars!
It is the first mission dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to land at Elysium Planitia with live coverage starting at 2 p.m. EST at www.nasa.gov/live. The mission's entry, descent, and landing phase begins when the spacecraft reaches the Martian atmosphere, about 80 miles (about 128 kilometers) above the surface, and ends with the lander safe and sound on the surface of Mars minutes later.
Searching for those two-for-one #BlackFriday deals? We’ve got one of galactic proportions for you in honor of #BlackHoleFriday. Here’s a look at two supermassive black holes spiraling toward a collision.
In this supercomputer simulation, three regions of light-emitting gas glow as the black holes merge, all connected by streams of hot gas. The disks and streams of gas produce a ton of UV light and X-rays. There’s an empty circle between the two black holes that wasn’t modeled in this version of the simulation because it needed more processing power — this version took the Blue Waters supercomputer 46 days on 9,600 computing cores!
Happy 6th anniversary for #BlackHoleFriday, a space version of #BlackFridayShopping. How big are black holes? Black holes can be large or small…just like the lines in all of the stores today. Scientists think the smallest black holes are as small as just one atom. These black holes are very tiny but have the mass of a large mountain! So how do black holes form? Scientists think the smallest black holes formed when the universe began. Stellar black holes are made when the center of a very big star collapses. When this happens, it causes a supernova.
Parallel jets provide astronomers with some of the most powerful evidence that a supermassive black hole lurks in the heart of most galaxies. Some of these black holes appear to be active, gobbling up material from their surroundings and launching jets at ultra-high speeds, while others are quiescent, even dormant.
This artist’s conception of the core of an active galaxy shows the dusty donut-shaped surroundings, called a torus, and jets launching from its center. Magnetic fields are illustrated trapping the dust in the torus. These magnetic fields could be helping power the black hole hidden in the galaxy’s core by confining the dust in the torus and keeping it close enough to be gobbled up by the hungry black hole.
Credit: NASA/@SOFIAtelescope/Lynette Cook