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The Apollo 50th anniversary celebrations are no longer just a tale of the past, we are preparing to send humans to the Moon again in the next 5 years with our Artemis program. This time, we won’t go alone, and the Moon is no longer the final destination. We will make the journey with government, industry, and international partners in a global effort to build and test the systems needed for sending astronauts on challenging missions to Mars and beyond. Credit: NASA #NASA #spaceflight #space #Apollo50th #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

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This #ThrowbackThursday , we celebrate how our Apollo program captured the world’s attention and demonstrated the power of America’s vision and technology. This week, we are marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing which accomplished the national objective of landing humans on the Moon and returning them safely to Earth. Credit: NASA #NASA #spaceflight #space #Apollo50th #TBT

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50 years ago today, #Apollo11 launched on a mission to send three humans to the #Moon 🌒 Turn your volume on and listen to the sounds from this historic launch. 🎥 credit: @NASAGlenn #NASA #Apollo50th #space

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Your strongest memory of Apollo 11? "Looking back at Earth from a great distance." — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins. Collins, the command module pilot, remained aboard the spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended in the lunar module "Eagle" to the surface on July 20, 1969. This historic Apollo 11 image was taken by the astronauts from lunar orbit. It's featured in the @ngadc "A Century of Lunar Photographs" exhibit, part of celebrations nationwide this week in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Credit: NASA Chromogenic print National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon #Apollo50th #myngadc #apollo11 #moon #earthrise

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Fifty years ago, humans walked on the #Moon for the first time. Now, we’re getting ready to go back – this time, to stay. ⁣ ⁣ 🎥 credit: @NASA_Marshall ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Apollo50th #space #exploring

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Galactic cherry blossoms are in peak bloom! 🌸⁣ ⁣ This scrambled galaxy as seen by @nasahubble resembles a flowering cherry blossom tree. The bright regions are actually stellar nurseries, where new stars are blooming. Some pockets of gas rotate in the opposite direction to the rest of the galaxy, suggesting that there has been a close encounter with another galaxy in the past. ⁣ Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, R. Jansen #nasa #cherryblossoms #space #galaxy #flowerpower #blossom #whoa

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Starry Night 2.0 🌆🌟⚡️🛰️⁣ ⁣ City lights, stars, lightning storms and satellite flares make up this composite of individual, layered photos. It’s amazing what you can capture outside the window of an orbital lab 220 miles above Earth. Enjoy this sky high view from one of our @NASAAstronauts Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station ( @iss ). ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/ @astro_christina ⁣ ⁣ #AllofTheLights #ShineBright #DontDimYourLight #Glowing #NASA #Space

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Imagine seeing the Earth, Moon and stars all in one view. 🌍 🌕 ⭐⁣ ⁣ Such a vision was captured by the crew of the @ISS They could see the Earth's atmospheric glow, highlighted by the Moon and a starry orbital nighttime background while orbiting 256 miles above the Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Hawaiian island chain. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #Space #NASA #StarryNight

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Bright, colorful pockets of star formation are blooming in this spiral galaxy just under 70 million light-years away, seen by the @NASAHubble Space Telescope. The orange-pink glow is created as hydrogen gas reacts to the intense light streaming outwards from nearby newborn stars. These bright patches can be seen here amid dark, tangled streams of cosmic dust. Astronomers look for these telltale signs of star formation when they study galaxies throughout the cosmos, as star formation rates, locations, and histories offer critical clues about how these colossal collections of gas and dust have evolved over time. New generations of stars contribute to — and are also, in turn, influenced by — the broader forces and factors that mold galaxies throughout the universe, such as gravity, radiation, matter, and dark matter. Image credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, L. Ho #Hubble #Stars #Galaxy #NASA #Orange #Pink

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Imagine slow-motion fireworks that started exploding 170 years ago and are still continuing. 🎆 🎆 🎆 ⁣ ⁣ This type of firework is not launched into Earth's atmosphere, but rather into space by a doomed super-massive star, called Eta Carinae. In this view from our @NASAHubble Space Telescope, which includes ultraviolet light, we see the star's hot, expanding gases glowing in red, white and blue – fitting for the #FourthofJuly ! ⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of Arizona ) and J. Morse (BoldlyGo Institute )⁣ ⁣ #NASA #4thofJuly #fireworks #space #RedWhiteBlue

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Imagine having a view like this every day. 🤩⁣ ⁣ The Sun's glint beams off the Celebes Sea in southeast Asia as the International Space Station ( @iss ) flies 255 miles above Indonesia. ⁣ ⁣ Astronauts aboard the space station take advantage of opportunities to make Earth science observations that help us better understand our dynamic planet. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #iss #spacestation #earth #spacepictures #clouds #views

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3 weeks ago

Before we send #Artemis astronauts to the Moon, we have to make sure all systems are go.⁣ ⁣ Starting at 7am ET on Tuesday, July 2, the launch window will open for Ascent Abort-2, the second and final test of the Orion spacecraft's launch abort system that is designed to pull the capsule away from its Space Launch System rocket in case of an emergency during its ascent. A full-scale test version of the Orion crew module will launch atop a booster at over 1,000 mph to an altitude of six miles. The mission is a critical step in our progress as we prepare to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024. ⁣ ⁣ Follow @ExploreNASA for everything related to human missions to deep space and check out the link in our bio for info on how to watch tomorrow's test live. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #AA2 #launch #Orion #NASASLS #Artemis #space

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Nobody: ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Moon: “Y'all on the way yet?” 👀⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We're working on it, Moon. Under the #Artemis program, we're sending the first woman and the next man to walk on your surface by 2024. How are we doing it? Check out the link in our bio. #Artemis #NASA #moon #spacestation #iss #stoked

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What do you see here? 🤔 Solar wind radiating from behind an eclipse? An optometrist’s scan of a human eye? This image is actually a satellite view of clouds forming high in the atmosphere, centered above the North Pole. ⁣ ⁣ To create this image, our spacecraft measured albedo, or the amount of light reflected back to space by the high-altitude clouds. The map is a composite view stitched together from several satellite passes. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Joshua Stevens, using Cloud Imaging and Particle Size (CIPS ) data from the NASA AIM mission and the University of Colorado Boulder. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #HeadInTheClouds

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One trillion stars + cosmic dust + hydrogen gas = 😍⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Messier 98 is a spiral galaxy with an abundance of star-forming material — meaning it is producing stellar newborns at a high rate. The galaxy shows the characteristic signs of stars springing to life throughout its bright center and whirling arms.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ For more information, click the link in our bio. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, V. Rubin et al.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

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Waking up blows. 🌋⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ On June 22, 2019, in a series of unexpected blasts, the Raikoke Volcano in the Kurl Islands ended its 90 year dormancy streak – erupting a vast plume of ash and volcanic gases from its 700-meter-wide crater. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station ( @iss ) captured this spectacular moment. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Several of our NASA Earth satellites also observed the event, gathering data that helps us understand how eruptions interact with our climate and affect aviation. Dive into the details by visiting the link in our bio.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Volcano #Eruption #SatelliteImages #Raikoke #WakeUp

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Irregular is beautiful, too 💛⁣ ⁣ This image shows an irregular galaxy named IC 10. As an irregular galaxy, IC 10 lacks the majestic shape of spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way, or the rounded, ethereal appearance of elliptical galaxies. But it’s just as beautiful as any other galaxy. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: NASA, ESA and F. Bauer⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

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A “holy grail for many hydrologists.”⁣ ⁣ Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world. When snow melts, the ensuing puddle of water is its snow’s water content, or snow water equivalent (SWE ). ⁣ ⁣ Snow caps the line of the Himalayas in this 70mm frame photographed by a space shuttle astronaut using a handheld 70mm camera. Click the link in the bio for more info. ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Snow

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We got lucky. 😬⁣ ⁣ Had the Sun rotated any faster as a baby, its violent outbursts would have eliminated the possibility of life on Earth. Its growing pains seeded life on our young planet while preventing life on other emerging worlds – such as Mars and Venus. ⁣ ⁣ But, what explains this fate? The Moon’s crust is telling us. 👀 Check out the link in our bio for the full story. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Sun #Stars #GrowingPains #LuckyBreak #Moon

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What ingredients do you put in your galaxy clusters? 🤔⁣ ⁣ Galaxy clusters, like the one in this image, have three main ingredients: individual galaxies, multimillion-degree gas that fills the space between the galaxies, and dark matter. ⁣ ⁣ A team of astronomers used a set of @nasachandraxray observations of this Coma galaxy cluster to probe gas properties and learn about the viscosity of the hot gas in Coma.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Chicago, I. Zhuravleva et al, Optical: SDSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #galaxy

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Feeling a little salty about the weekend being too short? 😤 ⁣ ⁣ If so, you're not alone when it comes to #SaltyVibes The yellow color visible on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa is actually sodium chloride — table salt. ⁣ Flybys from our Voyager and Galileo spacecraft have led scientists to conclude that:⁣ 1️⃣ Europa is covered by a layer of salty liquid water encased in an icy shell⁣ 2️⃣ Europa’s ocean may resemble Earth's oceans more than previously thought.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/ @NASAJPL / @UArizona ⁣ ⁣ #WeekendMood #OutOfThisWorld #Jupiter #NASA

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Only the good die young. ⁣ ⁣ When massive stars die at the end of their short lives, they light up the cosmos with bright, explosive bursts of light and material known as supernovae. ⁣ ⁣ This spiral galaxy — captured by @NASAHubble Space Telescope — has hosted multiple supernovae in past years. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Crenshaw and O. Fox⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy #Hubble

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It's a new dawn⁣⁣⁣ It's a new day⁣⁣⁣ It's a new life – and we’re feeling good. ⁣⁣⁣🎶 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Kick back today and enjoy the dawn of a new day as we creep toward the weekend. Pictured here, you’ll find the sun glinting off our beautiful Earth. This was captured by Astronaut Nick Hague ( @AstroHague ) aboard the International Space Station ( @iss ).⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #Earth #NewDay #PacificOcean #kickback

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At first glance, these swirling clouds might look like cream in coffee. ☕ ⁣ ⁣ In fact, during a flyby of Jupiter, our @NASAJuno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. ⁣ ⁣ At the time, Juno was about 9,200 miles from the planet's cloud tops. Nearby, other features display bright, high altitude clouds that have puffed up into the sunlight.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Storms #CoffeeInTheMorning

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And then it dawned on us: that bright dot in the bottom left is our sister planet. From aboard the @iss , @astro_christina captured this sunrise shot of Venus hovering over the serene, blue glow of Earth's atmosphere. Astronauts aboard the space station experience 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day, giving them the chance to get spectacular images like this one.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/ @astro_christina ⁣ ⁣ #iss #spacestation #space #venus #sunrise #nasa

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Mature and gorgeous, this barred spiral galaxy spotted by our @NASAHubble Space Telescope shows a luminous core that is likely acting like a stellar nursery. 👶 ⭐⁣ ⁣ Astronomers think that bar structures like the one seen crossing through NGC 7773's core emerge later in the lifetime of a galaxy, as star-forming material makes its way toward the galactic center. Our own Milky Way galaxy is thought to look similar to this.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/ @esa / @nasahubble /J. Walsh ⁣ #NASA #universe #space #galaxy #HubbleFriday

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Do you follow trends — or do you break them? This elliptical galaxy — Messier 59 — is one of the three main kinds of galaxies, along with spirals and irregulars. Ellipticals tend to be the most evolved of the trio, full of old, red stars. Messier 59, however, breaks this trend, with some newborn stars residing near the core. Set the trend. Image credit: ESA/ @NASAHubble & NASA, P. Cote #NASA #Space #Galaxy #Trendsetter #Hubble

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"It’s like a guest that's asked to leave a party with a rowdy friend." Data from @NASAChandraXRay is revealing that pairs of stars are being kicked out of their host galaxies. When a neutron star forms, the core of the star collapses onto itself and explodes as a surpernova. Sometimes, the recoil effect will expel it from its own galaxy — with whatever companion star is orbiting it. This image is of binary stars being ejected from Fornax cluster. Credits: NASA/CXC/Nanjing University/X. Jin et al. #NASA #Space #Stars #Supernova #Galaxy

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Destination: Jezero Crater. Our #Mars2020 rover team has picked where it will land on the planet. The image was taken by our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which regularly takes images of potential landing sites for future missions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU #NASA #Mars #Space #Rover

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What do you see here? 🤔 Air traffic routes? Information moving around the global internet? This image is actually a map of the entire sky in X-rays taken by our Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER )!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ NICER is a mission aboard the International Space Station ( @ISS ) whose primary goal is to determine the size of neutron stars – dense remains of dead stars. This map is composed of 22 months of data. The arcs of X-rays converge on bright spots representing NICER’s most observed locations during its mission. Future technology will track pulsers so spacecraft can navigate themselves throughout the solar system — and beyond.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Credit: NASA/NICER⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #nasa #space #sky #xrays #lit ⁣⁣

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“Look Ma, No hands!” ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ We received a Martian greeting from our Mars Curiosity Rover 💌 and talk about a proud parent moment: Curiosity collected two Martian soil samples that have revealed the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life. These finding are proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, our rover’s current location. It's likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes — something Curiosity also found lower on Mount Sharp.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Our Red Planet rover is able to produce these #selfies by taking a string of photos that are stitched together, producing this wide lens camera effect keeping the robotic arm with the camera unseen.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Curiosity #Adventure #Selfie #Mars #Explore #Technology ⁣⁣⁣

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Are you sending your name to Mars on our 2020 rover? Right now, @nasajpl is testing this spacecraft, which will carry the rover on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet. Here, the top part is the cruise stage that powers and guides the spacecraft; below is the aeroshell which protects it on the way — including through a fiery descent into Mars' atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #mars #spacecraft #marsrover #nasa #nasajpl #mars2020

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How do glaciers turn lakes turquoise? As large, active glaciers push through rocky valleys upstream, they "bulldoze" pulverized rock into fine particles that end up absorbing and scattering sunlight in ways that give lakes a striking blue-green color. Pictured here are lakes from New Zealand’s South Island that stand out for their distinctive turquoise color, as seen in this natural-color satellite image from Landsat 8. Credit: NASA/USGS #landsat #Earth #turquoise #lakes #newzealand #glaciers

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@NASAHubble caught a curious galaxy moving a little closer to us…⁣ ⁣ Because our universe is expanding, almost all of the galaxies we see in the universe are moving away from us. Messier 90, however, appears to be a rare exception.⁣ ⁣ The unusual staircase-like shape of this image is because the camera was made up of four different light detectors, one of which had a higher magnification than the others. In order to combine the images, the high-magnification image needed to be reduced in size.⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Sargent et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #HubbleFriday #Galaxy

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Nothing like the iridescent glint of the Irrawaddy Delta. 🌈⁣ ⁣ An astronaut onboard the @ISS captured this last February, focusing the camera on the 100 mile (160 kilometer ) wide Irrawaddy river delta — the largest river in Burma (Myanmar ) and one of the country’s most important transportation arteries. ⁣ Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Earth #Glint

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Earth is not the only planet that has extreme weather. Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere — but it does have morning micro-meteor showers.⁣ ⁣ In order to study these micrometeoroids, scientists combined models with findings from the MESSENGER spacecraft — short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, a mission that observed Mercury from 2011 to 2015. ⁣ ⁣ In this image, data from the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer instrument is overlain on the mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System.⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington⁣ ⁣ #Space #NASA #Mercury #Weather

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Witness the chaotic clouds of Jupiter dancing to a turbulent tune. ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣ ⁣ Our @NASAJuno spacecraft took this color-enhanced image as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter in May 2018.The darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high. The composition of these bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt /Seán Doran⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSystem #Storms

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May 2019

Marvel at the beauty of our home planet! 😍 This view of the Earth from 36,000 nautical miles away was photographed from our Apollo 10 spacecraft on May 18, 1969 during our trans-lunar journey toward the Moon. The mission objectives were to rehearse all the steps and reproduce all the events of the Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, with the exception of the lunar touchdown, stay and liftoff. #BlastFromThePast #Vintage #Home #NASA

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May 2019

@NASAHubble spies with its little eye… an irregular galaxy when passing by! 🔎🌀⁣ ⁣ Earthlings, what you’re looking at is the evidence of two galaxies sideswiping each other millions of years ago, resulting in a galactic hit-and-run. 🚗💨 The gravitational tug-of-war between them created rippling patches of higher-density gas and dust within both galaxies. This activity triggered a flurry of star formation.⁣ ⁣ The right side of this galaxy is ablaze with star formation, shown in the plethora of young blue stars and star-incubating pinkish nebulas. 💗💙 This galaxy is a nearby example of the kind of cosmic bumper-car activity that was more common billions of years ago when the universe was smaller and galaxies were closer together. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Pastels #Galaxy #Stars #HubbleSpaceTelescope #Universe #Nursery

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May 2019

Our Moon, the only place beyond Earth that humans have ever set foot, cloaked in the calmness of space and captured by the crew aboard the International Space Station ( @iss ). ⁣💙 ⁣ On May 8, 2019, this waxing crescent moon was photographed just above Earth’s limb and the bluish hue of the atmosphere at the beginning of an orbital sunrise. You can see a portion of one of the International Space Station’s solar arrays in the left foreground of the image as the orbital lab flew 258 miles above the Sea of Japan. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Moon #Space #Earth #Beauty

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May 2019

Like a kaleidoscope of light, this ancient galaxy cluster shimmers into view. Among the identified background objects, there is a galaxy thought to have emerged just 500 million years after the big bang — putting it among the very earliest structures to form in the universe. Thanks, @NASAHubble 😍 Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, I. Karachentsev et al., F. High et al. #HubbleFriday #Space #NASA #Galaxy #Kaleidoscope

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May 2019

There’s nothing quite like the first time. 🌟 No one knows for sure when the first stars in our universe burst to life — but Spitzer Space Telescope has offered insight about the Epoch of Reionization, a major cosmic event that transformed the universe from being mostly opaque to the brilliant starscape we see today. This deep-field view of the sky taken by @NASAHubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies — including some very faint, very distant ones. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe #NASA #Space #Astronomy #Cosmic #Universe

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