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What do you see in the clouds? ☁️☁️☁️ ⁣ ⁣ These spiraling cloud patterns off the coast of Morocco were captured by our @NASAEarth instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite on July 19, 2019. They're known as von Kármán vortices, which can form nearly anywhere that fluid flow is disturbed by a solid object. Here, the patterns formed when winds flowed around small islands in the North Atlantic.⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. ⁣ ⁣ #clouds #nighttime #vortices #cloudpatterns #earth

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A Spacecraft Duo! The @NorthropGrumman Cygnus and @SpaceX Dragon spacecrafts are seen in this August 6 view from the International Space Station ( @ISS ). The Cygnus resupply spacecraft is shown grappled by the #Canadarm2 robotic arm following its detachment from its docking port on the orbiting outpost and just before release. Behind the robotic arm, the Dragon is seen still attached to the station. Both spacecraft are currently re-supplying the orbiting laboratory with science and supplies to support the crew. Image credit: NASA #Cygnus #Dragon #SpaceX #Earth #Views #ISS

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This rounded object isn't something seen through a microscope. Instead, it's a vast orb of gas in space, cast off by an aging star and seen by the @NASAHubble telescope. The star is visible in the orb's center, shining through the gases it formerly held onto for most of its stellar life. When stars like the Sun grow advanced in age, they expand and glow red. These so-called red giants then begin to lose their outer layers of material into space. More than half of such a star's mass can be shed in this manner, forming a shell of surrounding gas. At the same time, the star's core shrinks and grows hotter, emitting ultraviolet light that causes the expelled gases to glow. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Wade #Hubble #Stars #Glow #Universe #Cosmos

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A full Moon is seen as the International Space Station ( @ISS ) flew 270 miles above the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. The space station is an international partnership of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. In addition to photographs of the beautiful planet we call home, the Space Station functions as cooperative international laboratory, the work of which benefits all humanity. Click the link in our bio to learn more! Image Credit: NASA #Moon #Lunar #Views #NightSky #NASA

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As the @NASAHubble telescope turned its eye on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an Earth-sized storm rolling counterclockwise between two bands of clouds, it noticed something unusual. Can you tell what it is? 🤔⁣ ⁣ The color palette in the clouds is more intense than usual. The colorful bands, which flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, result from different atmospheric pressures. Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands. The intensity of the colors reveals important clues about the planet’s turbulent atmosphere. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center ) and M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley )⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Jupiter #GreatRedSpot

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According to astronaut Christina Koch, this is one of the most bold and recognizable geographical places on Earth. It's the Baja California Peninsula in Northwestern Mexico, seen here in a stunning view she shared from her orbiting spot 250 miles above the Earth. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for decades. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken millions of photographs of our home planet. Today, they continue this tradition of Earth observation from the International Space Station ( @ISS ). Image credit: NASA #Earth #Home #Baja #California #BlueMarble #Views

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When 2️⃣ become 1️⃣! This galactic duo of strange, luminescent creatures at play in this image are actually galaxies — realms of millions upon millions of stars. The galaxies are seen by our @NASAHubble telescope as their mutual gravitational attraction is pulling them closer and closer together and distorting their shapes in the process. Over time, the two galaxies will likely merge into one. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Evans #Hubble #Galaxy #Merge #TwoBecomeOne

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No, this red beam in space isn't a light saber! It's a galaxy, far, far away — 44 million light-years away, to be exact. We often imagine galaxies as having massive spiral arms or thick disks of dust, but not all galaxies are oriented face-on as viewed from Earth. From our viewpoint, our Spitzer Space Telescope can detect this galaxy's infrared light but can only view the entire galaxy on its side where we can't see its spiral features. We know it has a diameter of roughly 60,000 light-years — a little more than half the diameter of our own Milky Way galaxy. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️ Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech #galaxy #spitzer #infrared #lightsaber #farfaraway

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Let the sunshine in.⁣ ☀️⁣ ⁣⁣ Our Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, was launched on February 11, 2010 to help us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Sun's magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Each day, SDO images the sun in a variety of wavelengths. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Sunshine #Space

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Seven years. 13 miles. 22 samples. ⁣ ⁣ Our Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers ) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters ) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past. And the rover is far from done, having just drilled its 22nd sample from the Martian surface. ⁣ ⁣ Curiosity captured this 360-degree panorama of a location on Mars called “Teal Ridge” on June 18, 2019. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Mars #Curiosity

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Did you know that two Earths could fit snugly inside Jupiter's iconic Great Red Spot? The powerful storm is one of many colorful features we see in this image that was captured by our @NASAJuno spacecraft and then processed by citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill. At the time the image was taken, Juno was 26,697 miles (42,965 kilometers ) above the cloud tops. Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Image processing: Kevin M. Gill #nasa #nasajuno #jupiter #juno #space #astronomy #citizenscience

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On the edge of a galaxy.⁣ ⁣ Believe it or not, this long luminous streak is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way. Because observatories like @NASAHubble have seen spiral galaxies at every kind of orientation, astronomers can tell when we’ve caught one from the side. We see this galaxy, named NGC 3432, oriented directly edge-on to us from our vantage point on Earth. ⁣ ⁣ Click the link above for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko, R. Jansen⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Galaxy #Space

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A nearby galaxy contains a star-forming region where some 200 hot, young, massive stars reside. The cool dust and warmer gas in this stellar nursery appear as the wispy structures in an optical image from the @NASAHubble Space Telescope. In between these filaments are giant voids that are filled with hot, X-ray-emitting gas, seen by the @NASAChandraXRay Observatory. Chandra’s X-ray data (blue ) are combined in this image with optical data from Hubble (purple ). Astronomers think these bubbles are being blown off the surfaces of the young and massive stars throughout this star-forming region. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R. Tuellmann et al.; Optical: NASA/AURA/STScI/J. Schmidt #XRay #Hubble #NASA #Galaxy #Stars

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Moon chasing. 🌕 Usually, the crewmembers of the International Space Station ( @ISS ) see 16 moonsets and moonrises in a day. But every so often, the orbit of the station aligns with the day/night line on Earth, and the Moon and the Sun never appear to set. Here's a look at the Moon from our orbiting laboratory, as seen by @Astro_Christina Koch. As we prepare for future #Artemis missions, we are keeping the Moon in our sights. Credit: NASA #Moon #Orbit #NASA #Earth #Views

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The intricate, nearly flawless symmetry on display here reveals the incredible complexity of spiral galaxy NGC 2985. This @NASAHubble image shows how tightly wound spiral arms widen as they whirl outward from the galaxy’s bright core, slowly fading and dissipating until these majestic structures disappear into the emptiness of intergalactic space, bringing a beautiful end to their starry splendor. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho #flawless #galaxy #space #science #astronomy #nasa

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Drone traffic overhead! 🚦 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Our @nasaaero researchers flight tested these tiny aerial vehicles over Reno, Nevada in late June and will fly more over Corpus Christi, Texas in August. Why? With growing interest by commercial companies in using drones, we'll need a system to make sure they're flown safely and to manage future drone traffic, just like we manage air traffic. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit:⁣ NASA/Andrew Carlsen ⁣ #aeronautics #nasa #drone #drones #sky #reno

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🎶Gravity is working against me🎶⁣ ⁣ The map shown here depicts the gravity in south pole region of the Moon. There exists a good correlation between the gravity map and topographic features such as peaks and craters.⁣ ⁣ Our scientists are studying the frost locked in the soil of the Moon’s south pole region in order to prepare for future #Artemis missions to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon. Check out the link in the bio for more ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Moon #Gravity

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The thick dust in this galaxy's spiral arms is a cosmic potpourri of particles that includes the leftovers of star and planet formation. It's a cosmic blend that's a feast for the eyes. Water ice and hydrocarbon molecules also make up the medley of dust in its spiral arms. For more about this @nasahubble image, click the link in bio. #galaxy #astronomy #space #hubble #nasa #potpourri

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That star stuff you see here? That's what you're made of. You possess the elements ✨ ⁣ ⁣ This composite image from our Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Isaac Newton Telescope shows high-energy X-rays emitted by young, massive stars in the star cluster Cygnus OB2. This week we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chandra's launch. Want to dive deeper? Link in bio.⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Drake et al; Univ. of Hertfordshire/INT/IPHAS; NASA/JPL-Caltech/Spitzer⁣ ⁣ #stars #space #universe #nasa #chandraxray #spacephotos #astronomy #believeinyourself

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"What a spectacular view!" — Neil Armstrong⁣⁣ "God, look at that Moon!" — Michael Collins⁣⁣ ⁣ On July 19, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft entered lunar orbit. It was the fourth day of the mission and just one day before Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface in the lunar module, Eagle, and took the first steps on the Moon. This close-up photograph of the lunar surface taken by the Apollo 11 astronauts shows the large crater Theophilus located at the northwest edge of Mare Nectaris on the lunar nearside. Theophilus is about 60 statute miles in diameter. ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #apollo11 #apollo50th #neilarmstrong #nasa #apollo #moonlanding #moon

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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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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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