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Video: EVE Underflight Calibration Sounding Rocket Launch | OnOrbit
06/23/2012
Video: EVE Underflight Calibration Sounding Rocket Launch | OnOrbit

Video: EVE Underflight Calibration Sounding Rocket Launch | OnOrbit

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched on 11 February 2010, and the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE), one of the three solar instruments aboard SDO, began normal operations on 1 May 2010. As part of the planned SDO EVE program, sounding rockets are flown regularly to provide underflight c...

'My God Its Full of Stars!"
05/15/2012
Astronaut Don Pettit Recreates the Stargate Sequence From "2001" | OnOrbit

'My God Its Full of Stars!"

These three images below are a composite of a series of images photographed from a mounted camera on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit is the photographer. It would seem that he has managed to recreate the stargate sequence - in space.

NASA LRO Image: Copernicus Crater | OnOrbit
03/30/2012
NASA LRO Image: Copernicus Crater | OnOrbit

NASA LRO Image: Copernicus Crater | OnOrbit

LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) visible to ultraviolet portrait of Copernicus crater, image 458 km wide [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

NASA MRO image of Mars: The Floor of Toro Crater | OnOrbit
03/28/2012
NASA MRO image of Mars: The Floor of Toro Crater | OnOrbit

NASA MRO image of Mars: The Floor of Toro Crater | OnOrbit

Toro Crater may have experienced hydrothermal alteration, producing diverse minerals. The mineral diversity leads to diverse color in HiRISE, especially when enhanced as in this subimage.

Image: GRAIL's MoonKAM Looks Homeward Toward Earth | OnOrbit
03/28/2012
Image: GRAIL's MoonKAM Looks Homeward Toward Earth | OnOrbit

Image: GRAIL's MoonKAM Looks Homeward Toward Earth | OnOrbit

This image of the far side of the lunar surface, with Earth in the background, was taken by the MoonKAM system onboard the Ebb spacecraft as part of the first image set taken from lunar orbit from March 15 - 18, 2012. A little more than half-way up and on the left side of the image is the crater De ...

Edge of Space Skydiving: Test Jump Completed | OnOrbit
03/16/2012
Edge of Space Skydiving: Test Jump Completed | OnOrbit

Edge of Space Skydiving: Test Jump Completed | OnOrbit

Larger image Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian BASE jumper aiming to break the world freefall record by jumping from 120,000ft above the earth's surface, moved a step closer to achieving his dream today after the successful completion of a test flight from 71,581 ft. (21,818 metres). Still-to-be-confi...

Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Slight Cleaning of Solar Panels | OnOrbit
03/12/2012
Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Slight Cleaning of Solar Panels | OnOrbit

Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Slight Cleaning of Solar Panels | OnOrbit

sols 2873-2879, February 22-28, 2012: Opportunity is positioned on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater with an approximate 15-degree northerly tilt for favorable solar energy production.

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components | OnOrbit
03/12/2012
Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components | OnOrbit

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components | OnOrbit

Creating some of life's building blocks in space may be a bit like making a sandwich - you can make them cold or hot, according to new NASA research. This evidence that there is more than one way to make crucial components of life increases the likelihood that life emerged elsewhere in the Universe,...

Hubble Image of Galaxies' El Dorado | OnOrbit
03/12/2012
Hubble Image of Galaxies' El Dorado | OnOrbit

Hubble Image of Galaxies' El Dorado | OnOrbit

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the galaxy NGC 1483. NGC 1483 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Dorado -- the dolphinfish (or Mahi-mahi fish) in Spanish. The nebulous galaxy features a bright central bulge and diffuse arms with dist...

Hubble Reveals New Type of Planet | OnOrbit
02/21/2012
Hubble Reveals New Type of Planet | OnOrbit

Hubble Reveals New Type of Planet | OnOrbit

Our solar system contains three types of planets: rocky, terrestrial worlds (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars), gas giants (Jupiter and Saturn), and ice giants (Uranus and Neptune). Planets orbiting distant stars come in an even wider variety, including lava worlds and "hot Jupiters."

Images: Steam and Ash Plume over Tinakula Island As Seen From Space | OnOrbit
02/21/2012
Images: Steam and Ash Plume over Tinakula Island As Seen From Space | OnOrbit

Images: Steam and Ash Plume over Tinakula Island As Seen From Space | OnOrbit

Tinakula is a small, volcanic island in the South Pacific, located about 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) northeast of Brisbane, Australia. This natural-color satellite image (top) shows a plume of volcanic gas, possibly mixed with a bit of ash, rising above the island's summit.

02/16/2012
Video: Draper's GENIE Free-Flight Test on Masten Space Systems' Xombie | OnOrbit

Video: Draper's GENIE Free-Flight Test on Masten Space Systems' Xombie | OnOrbit

Using the GENIE (Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment) System, Draper Laboratory raised Masten Space Systems' Xombie suborbital rocket 50 meters to a stable hover, sent it laterally down range 50 meters, and then had it land safely during a controlled 50 meter descent. The testing, wh...

Oldest Recorded Supernova | OnOrbit
02/15/2012
Oldest Recorded Supernova | OnOrbit

Oldest Recorded Supernova | OnOrbit

This image combines data from four space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of RCW 86, the oldest documented example of a supernova. Chinese astronomers witnessed the event in 185 A.D., documenting a mysterious "guest star" that remained in the sky for eight months. X-r...

Cassini Image: Rhea and Titan | OnOrbit
02/15/2012
Cassini Image: Rhea and Titan | OnOrbit

Cassini Image: Rhea and Titan | OnOrbit

Craters appear well defined on icy Rhea in front of the hazy orb of the much larger moon Titan in this Cassini spacecraft view of these two Saturn moons. Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemispheres of Rhea and Titan. North on the moons is up and rotated 13 degrees to the left. The limb, or e...

Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission | OnOrbit

Infrared Sounder on NASA's Suomi NPP Starts its Mission | OnOrbit

Data is flowing in from the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument aboard NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP). This image is a composite of three days of CrIS data from January 21, 23 and 25, 2012. The orange colors represent very warm...

Subaru Telescope Captures Images of 'Stealth Merger' of Dwarf Galaxies | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
Subaru Telescope Captures Images of 'Stealth Merger' of Dwarf Galaxies | OnOrbit

Subaru Telescope Captures Images of 'Stealth Merger' of Dwarf Galaxies | OnOrbit

An international team of scientists led by David Martinez-Delgado (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany) has conducted research that reveals a "stealth merger" of dwarf galaxies, where an in-falling satellite galaxy is nearly undetectable by conventional means yet has a substantial influence ...

Chandra Finds Milky Way's Black Hole Grazing on Asteroids | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
Chandra Finds Milky Way's Black Hole Grazing on Asteroids | OnOrbit

Chandra Finds Milky Way's Black Hole Grazing on Asteroids | OnOrbit

The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Mars-Bound Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
Mars-Bound Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup | OnOrbit

Mars-Bound Rover Carries Coin for Camera Checkup | OnOrbit

The camera at the end of the robotic arm on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has its own calibration target, a smartphone-size plaque that looks like an eye chart supplemented with color chips and an attached penny.

The Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Taken by VLT | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
The Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Taken by VLT | OnOrbit

The Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Taken by VLT | OnOrbit

ESO's Very Large Telescope has delivered the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery taken so far. Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged. This is one of the most dramatic images ever cr...

Packing Up Europe's ATV Cargo Droid | OnOrbit
02/09/2012
Packing Up Europe's ATV Cargo Droid | OnOrbit

Packing Up Europe's ATV Cargo Droid | OnOrbit

Fuel, water, oxygen, air and most of the dry cargo have been loaded into ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle, Edoardo Amaldi, as the 9 March liftoff approaches. Since arrival at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, last August, the space ferry has been undergoing intensive preparations to...

Augmented reality promises astronauts instant medical knowhow | OnOrbit
02/06/2012
Augmented reality promises astronauts instant medical knowhow | OnOrbit

Augmented reality promises astronauts instant medical knowhow | OnOrbit

A new augmented reality unit developed by ESA can provide just-in-time medical expertise to astronauts. All they need to do is put on a head-mounted display for 3D guidance in diagnosing problems or even performing surgery.

Photo: NASA Day of Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony | OnOrbit
01/26/2012
Photo: NASA Day of Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony | OnOrbit

Photo: NASA Day of Remembrance Wreath Laying Ceremony | OnOrbit

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, NASA personnel, and others, participate in a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA's Day of Remembrance, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Arlington National Cemetery. Wreathes were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space explor...

Seeing is believing, an incredible image. Will go down as an all time classic.
01/26/2012
Image: Suomi NPP's View of North America | OnOrbit

Seeing is believing, an incredible image. Will go down as an all time classic.

Suomi NPP's VIIRS instrument returned this hi-resolution full-disc image of the Earth from several passes made Jan. 4, 2012.

Who knew Titan could be so diverse and exciting.
01/23/2012
The two faces of Titan's dunes | OnOrbit

Who knew Titan could be so diverse and exciting.

A new analysis of radar data from the international Cassini spacecraft has revealed regional variations amongst Titan's sand dunes. The result yields new clues to the giant moon's climatic and geological history.

Image: UGC 1810 and UGC 1813: A 'Rose' Made of Galaxies | OnOrbit
01/19/2012
Image: UGC 1810 and UGC 1813: A 'Rose' Made of Galaxies | OnOrbit

Image: UGC 1810 and UGC 1813: A 'Rose' Made of Galaxies | OnOrbit

In celebration of the twenty-firstt anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment in April 2011, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute pointed Hubble's eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UG...

Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step in Life on Earth | OnOrbit
01/17/2012
Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step in Life on Earth | OnOrbit

Biologists Replicate Key Evolutionary Step in Life on Earth | OnOrbit

More than 500 million years ago, single-celled organisms on Earth's surface began forming multi-cellular clusters that ultimately became plants and animals. Just how that happened is a question that has eluded evolutionary biologists.

Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space | OnOrbit
12/13/2010
Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space | OnOrbit

Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space | OnOrbit

The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. Now hurtling toward interstellar space some 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of the hot

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12/13/2010
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The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. Now hurtling toward interstellar space some 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of the hot

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