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[l] at 6/19/19 9:05pm

An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Mars, Fresh Impact Crater]

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[l] at 6/19/19 9:05pm

Good fortune and cutting-edge scientific equipment have allowed scientists to observe a Gamma Ray Burst jet with a radio telescope and detect the polarisation of radio waves within it for the first time - moving us closer to an understanding of what causes the universe's most powerful explosions.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Gamma Rays, Gamma Ray Burst]

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[l] at 6/18/19 10:44pm

On July 20, 1969, as Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder from the "Eagle" lunar landing module, he found himself surrounded by a sea of grey -- an expanse of powdery dust no human had ever seen in person.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Moon, Moon]

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[l] at 6/18/19 10:44pm

We have seen intricate patterns that milk makes in coffee and much smoother ones that honey makes when stirred with a spoon. Which of these cases best describes the behavior of the hot gas in galaxy clusters?

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Coma galaxy cluster]

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[l] at 6/18/19 10:44pm

Take a look at any galaxy in the universe through a telescope or in pictures captured by observatories and you might think you have a good idea of its shape.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/18/19 10:44pm

An extremely large fire was seen in a Suomi NPP satellite image in the Northern Territory of Australia on June 14, 2019.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Fires, Fire]

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[l] at 6/18/19 4:54pm

A set of three CubeSats are ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer attached to a robotic arm outside of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory module.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Nepal, Cubesat]

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:21pm

The International Space Station was flying into an orbital sunset 259 miles above the Pacific Ocean passing 650 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Orbital Sunset]

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:21pm

How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Mars, Mars]

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:21pm

Looking from northwest to southeast (bottom to top), this oblique view shows portions of Western Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Africa, Pillars Of Hercules]

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[l] at 6/17/19 10:21pm

The Sun is why we're here. It's also why Martians or Venusians are not.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Solar Physics, Sun]

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[l] at 6/17/19 12:14pm

After months of being shy about how much it will cost to send Americans back to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA Administrator Bridenstine has finally started to get specific.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Artemis, Moon]

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[l] at 6/17/19 12:14pm

In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Mars, Mars 2020]

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[l] at 6/17/19 12:14pm

NASA navigators are helping build a future where spacecraft could safely and autonomously fly themselves to destinations like the Moon and Mars.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Atomic Clock]

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[l] at 6/13/19 10:14pm

As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Saturn, Saturn]

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[l] at 6/13/19 10:14pm

On June 12, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed another significant navigation maneuver--breaking its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, OSIRIS-REx]

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[l] at 6/13/19 10:14pm

After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Missions and Programs, Spitzer Space Telescope, Spitzer]

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[l] at 6/13/19 10:14pm

Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, ESO 495-21]

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[l] at 6/13/19 3:38pm

The Expedition 59 crew collected blood and breath samples today to test new biomedical gear and protect future astronauts going to the Moon and Mars. The orbital residents also participated in a pair of behavioral studies aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/12/19 9:07pm

Researchers at CU Boulder have discovered hints that humanity's favorite star may have a dual personality, with intriguing discrepancies in its magnetic fields that could hold clues to the Sun's own "internal clock."

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Weather, Sunspots]

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[l] at 6/12/19 9:07pm

Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. But too much - or too little of it - makes headlines.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Earth]

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[l] at 6/12/19 9:07pm

Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Starshade]

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[l] at 6/12/19 9:07pm

Based on preliminary results from a new Gemini Observatory survey of 531 stars with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), it appears more and more likely that large planets and brown dwarfs have very different roots.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Brown Dwarfs, Brown Dwarf]

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[l] at 6/12/19 9:07pm

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a dedicated planet-finding instrument at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, is concluding a 4-year survey - the GPI Exoplanet Survey (GPIES) - of 531 young, nearby stars searching for giant planets.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Extrasolar Planets, exoplanet]

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[l] at 6/12/19 8:27pm

Four Expedition 59 astronauts underwent periodic health checkups and regularly scheduled eye scans today. The International Space Station residents also had time set aside for space gardening, furnace work, crew ship packing and radiation checks.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/11/19 9:00pm

The Solar System's second largest planet both in mass and size, Saturn is best known for its rings.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Saturn, Saturn]

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[l] at 6/11/19 9:00pm

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have helped to overturn almost a century of galaxy classification, in a new study using data from the longstanding Galaxy Zoo project.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/11/19 9:00pm

Astronomers probing the edges of the Milky Way have in recent years observed some of the most brilliant pyrotechnic displays in the galaxy: superflares.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Space Weather, Space Weather]

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[l] at 6/11/19 8:06pm

When scientists first saw this structure on the images taken by their camera on the Dawn space probe, they could hardly believe their eyes

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Ceres, Ceres]

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[l] at 6/11/19 8:06pm

Designed to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, the Psyche mission is readying for a 2022 launch.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, Psyche]

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[l] at 6/11/19 11:17am

Three Expedition 59 crewmembers are getting ready to end their stay at the International Space Station after six and a half months in space. Meanwhile, mission scientists continue exploring how microgravity impacts the human body.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/11/19 11:17am

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/11/19 11:17am

The International Space Station's BEAM opened up today for environmental sampling and cargo stowage activities as NASA continues to test the commercial module. The Expedition 59 crew also explored biotechnology and fluid physics to improve Earth applications and space habitability.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:08pm

NASA astronaut Nick Hague assembles and installs the Water Storage System inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Water Storage System]

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:08pm

A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Moon, Moon]

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:08pm

If astronomers want to learn about how supermassive black holes form, they have to start small--really small, astronomically speaking.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Black Holes, Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:08pm

Storm clouds are seen on the southwestern coast of Yemen as the International Space Station was about to fly 254 miles over the Bab al-Mandab Strait in between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Yemen]

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[l] at 6/10/19 9:08pm

The first interstellar object, `Oumuamua, was discovered in the Solar System by Pan-STARRS in 2017, allowing for a calibration of the impact rate of interstellar meteors of its size ∼100m.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, `Oumuamua]

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[l] at 6/9/19 5:52pm

Orion's service module for NASA's Artemis 1 mission was moved from a test stand to a test cell inside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 22, 2019.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Orion, Orion Service Module]

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[l] at 6/9/19 5:52pm

This striking image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a powerful instrument installed on the telescope in 2009. WFC3 is responsible for many of Hubble's most breathtaking and iconic photographs.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, NGC 7773]

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[l] at 6/8/19 11:01am

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake Valencia, in northern Venezuela.This false-colour image was processed in a way that makes vegetation of the Henri Pittier National Park, north of the lake, appear in fluorescent green. These bright colours contrast with the blackness of the lake.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: Earth, Earth from Space, Lake Valencia, Venezuela]

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[l] at 6/6/19 10:59pm

The test version of Orion attached to the Launch Abort System for the Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test is moved by crane into the vertical integration facility at Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 23, 2019.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Orion, Orion]

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[l] at 6/6/19 10:59pm

Without the sound advice of meteorologists and geologists working behind the scenes, one of the most consequential battles in human history could have gone quite differently.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Normandy]

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[l] at 6/6/19 10:59pm

Galaxies with no dark matter are impossible to understand in the framework of the current theory of galaxy formation, because the role of dark matter is fundamental in causing the collapse of the gas to form stars.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/6/19 10:59pm

NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Mars, Mars Helicopter]

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[l] at 6/6/19 6:15pm

A new documentary on Apollo 8, "First To The Moon", by filmmaker Paul Hildebrandt has been released. I am not going to mince words: this is the finest space documentary I have ever seen. Full stop.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Moon, Apollo 8]

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[l] at 6/5/19 10:38pm

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on its 17th contracted mission to resupply mission to the International Space Station is pictured moments before being released from the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: OnOrbit, Dragon]

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[l] at 6/5/19 10:38pm

New ALMA observations reveal a never-before-seen disk of cool, interstellar gas wrapped around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/5/19 10:38pm

Earlier in the week, NOAA's National Hurricane Center was monitoring a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Campeche that has now moved along the Texas and Louisiana coastlines, bringing heavy rainfall. On June 5, NASA used a constellation of satellites to estimate that rainfall.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Earth, Earth]

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[l] at 6/4/19 11:25pm

A group of researchers has identified and characterized for the first time in a complete way a powerful eruption in the atmosphere of the active star HR 9024, marked by an intense flash of X-rays followed by the emission of a giant bubble of plasma, ie hot gas containing charged particles.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy]

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[l] at 6/4/19 11:25pm

Revolutionary technology often comes in small packages. CubeSats - shoebox-size satellites - transformed what kind of science and computing we could accomplish in orbit around Earth and other planetary bodies.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: NASA Hack Space, Kicksat-2]

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[l] at 6/4/19 10:52pm

In the summer of 2018, a dust storm blanketed the entire planet Mars. From the surface, the Sun would have looked like tiny orb in a murky brown sky.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Mars, Mars]

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[l] at 6/4/19 9:13am

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 5:48 p.m. EDT (2:48 p.m PDT), approximately 202 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, marking the end of the company's 17th contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/3/19 11:18pm

NASA astronaut Nick Hague transfers research samples into a specialized science freezer located aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: International Space Station, ISS]

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[l] at 6/3/19 11:18pm

The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) coordinated a cross-organisational observing campaign of the asteroid 1999 KW4 as it flew by Earth, reaching a minimum distance of 5.2 million km [1] on 25 May 2019.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Asteroids, 1999 KW4]

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[l] at 6/3/19 10:40pm

Astronomers have directly imaged two exoplanets that are gravitationally carving out a wide gap within a planet-forming disk surrounding a young star.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, PDS 70]

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[l] at 6/3/19 11:51am

SpaceX-17 Dragon Status: Today the crew completed cargo transfer into the Dragon vehicle followed by a conference with ground teams.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/3/19 11:51am

The Expedition 59 crew is starting the weekend preparing the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft for its departure from the International Space Station on Monday.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 6/3/19 9:19am

Isolated for billions of years, a galaxy with more dark matter packed into its core than expected has been identified by astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

[Author: Keith Cowing] [Category: Astronomy, Markarian 1216]

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[l] at 5/31/19 10:49am

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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[l] at 5/31/19 9:55am

The six-member Expedition 59 crew had a chance to sleep in the day after wrapping up a successful spacewalk on the Russian side of the International Space Station.

[Author: Marc Boucher] [Category: International Space Station, Expedition 59]

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