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Get. Excited. People. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ America (and the world’s) most powerful rocket is gearing up to check off a major milestone with its Green Run test series. Locked and loaded into its test stand at @NASAStennis, our Space Launch System is being prepped for the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its #Artemis Moon mission flights.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Green Run testing will take place over several months and culminates with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣ #NASA #Space #GetExcited #Rockets

Get. Excited. People. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ America (and the world’s) most powerful rocket is gearing up to check off a major milestone with its Green Run test series. Locked and loaded into its test stand at @NASAStennis , our Space Launch System is being prepped for the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its #Artemis Moon mission flights.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ Green Run testing will take place over several months and culminates with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the stage’s four RS-25 engines to generate 2 million pounds of thrust, as during an actual launch. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣ #NASA #Space #GetExcited #Rockets

A little blob of paint on the masterpiece of the night sky 🎨⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this bright, round galaxy located 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the Painter’s Easel). ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

A little blob of paint on the masterpiece of the night sky 🎨⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this bright, round galaxy located 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the Painter’s Easel). ⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Bellini et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Galaxy

Just look at it. 🌏  Taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@iss), this image captures the essence and beauty of our delicate blue marble. Here, the Suns glint beams over the Philippine Sea highlighting the clouds and their shadows during an orbital sunrise.  Image Credit: NASA

Just look at it. 🌏 Taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@iss ), this image captures the essence and beauty of our delicate blue marble. Here, the Suns glint beams over the Philippine Sea highlighting the clouds and their shadows during an orbital sunrise. Image Credit: NASA

Teamwork makes the dream work 🤝⁣ ⁣ Astronauts Christina Koch (@astro_christina) and Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica) work together outside the International Space Station to move a large battery during a Jan. 15 spacewalk, in this image captured by their crewmate Luca Parmitano of @europeanspaceagency.⁣ ⁣ The two NASA astronauts successfully replaced nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Meir and Koch are scheduled to venture outside again Monday, Jan. 20, for the final spacewalk to complete an upgrade of the stations power systems.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #spacewalk #astronaut #teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work 🤝⁣ ⁣ Astronauts Christina Koch (@astro_christina ) and Jessica Meir (@astro_jessica ) work together outside the International Space Station to move a large battery during a Jan. 15 spacewalk, in this image captured by their crewmate Luca Parmitano of @europeanspaceagency .⁣ ⁣ The two NASA astronauts successfully replaced nickel-hydrogen batteries with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries for the power channel on one pair of the station’s solar arrays. Meir and Koch are scheduled to venture outside again Monday, Jan. 20, for the final spacewalk to complete an upgrade of the stations power systems.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #spacewalk #astronaut #teamwork

Flying towards the future 🚀  On Dec. 20, 2019, @boeing conducted its first ever Orbital Flight Test. This test brings us closer to launching @nasaastronauts to the @iss from American soil. Watch the Starliner story!  #nasa #space #starliner #boeing #commercialcrew

Flying towards the future 🚀 On Dec. 20, 2019, @boeing conducted its first ever Orbital Flight Test. This test brings us closer to launching @nasaastronauts to the @iss from American soil. Watch the Starliner story! #nasa #space #starliner #boeing #commercialcrew

Was 2019 an eventful year for you? It certainly was for our home planet. ⁣ ⁣ Last year, Earth experienced volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, a total solar eclipse and much more. What better way to reflect on the events of 2019 than through the “eyes” of our Earth-observing satellites? These space assets constantly orbit our globe and provide invaluable information to scientists, government agencies and people like you. ⁣ ⁣ For more information, click the link the bio ⬆️⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #2019

Was 2019 an eventful year for you? It certainly was for our home planet. ⁣ ⁣ Last year, Earth experienced volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, a total solar eclipse and much more. What better way to reflect on the events of 2019 than through the “eyes” of our Earth-observing satellites? These space assets constantly orbit our globe and provide invaluable information to scientists, government agencies and people like you. ⁣ ⁣ For more information, click the link the bio ⬆️⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #2019

The frozen surface of Saturns moon Enceladus 🥶 ⁣ ⁣ Enceladus bright white coating of ice may look similar to where you live this time of year. It may be similar to Earth in other ways — though only about 310 miles (500 km) across, it is thought to have a very active world of liquid salty water, simple organic materials, and hydrothermal vents in a vast ocean beneath its crust. So active, in fact, that a plume of icy material continuously spews from the “tiger stripes” (fractures in the crust) on its South Pole hundreds of miles into space, even contributing to forming one of Saturn’s outer, icy rings.⁣ ⁣ This image was taken in 2015 on a flyby from our now-completed #Cassini mission, from which scientists are still analyzing data today. Enceladus remains a prime target for future exploration of worlds in our solar system where life could exist.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #NASA #ice #moon #saturn #winter #icecold

The frozen surface of Saturns moon Enceladus 🥶 ⁣ ⁣ Enceladus bright white coating of ice may look similar to where you live this time of year. It may be similar to Earth in other ways — though only about 310 miles (500 km) across, it is thought to have a very active world of liquid salty water, simple organic materials, and hydrothermal vents in a vast ocean beneath its crust. So active, in fact, that a plume of icy material continuously spews from the “tiger stripes” (fractures in the crust) on its South Pole hundreds of miles into space, even contributing to forming one of Saturn’s outer, icy rings.⁣ ⁣ This image was taken in 2015 on a flyby from our now-completed #Cassini mission, from which scientists are still analyzing data today. Enceladus remains a prime target for future exploration of worlds in our solar system where life could exist.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute⁣ ⁣ #NASA #ice #moon #saturn #winter #icecold

What a good Moon. 🌙⁣ ⁣ This image of a waxing crescent Moon was taken on the International Space Station (@ISS), as it orbited 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the north African country of Algeria on Jan. 1, 2020.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Moon #horizon #spacestation

What a good Moon. 🌙⁣ ⁣ This image of a waxing crescent Moon was taken on the International Space Station (@ISS ), as it orbited 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the north African country of Algeria on Jan. 1, 2020.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Moon #horizon #spacestation

Forget caps and gowns. They’re getting spacesuits. 👩‍🚀 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We welcomed 13 new astronauts today! The new astronauts successfully completed more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate under the Artemis program.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ From left are, NASA astronaut Jonny Kim (@jonnyykim), @CanadianSpaceAgency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins (@astro_watkins), CSA astronaut Jennifer Sidey-Gibbon (@astro_jenni), NASA astronauts Kayla Barron (@astro_kayla), Jasmin Moghbeli (@astrojaws), Loral OHara, Zena Cardman (@zenanaut), Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick (@matthew.dominick), Bob Hines (@astro_farmerbob) and Warren Hoburg (@whoburg). ⁣⁣ ⁣ They are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station (@ISS), Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #NewAstronauts #Artemis #turtlesofinstagram

Forget caps and gowns. They’re getting spacesuits. 👩‍🚀 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We welcomed 13 new astronauts today! The new astronauts successfully completed more than two years of required basic training and are the first to graduate under the Artemis program.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ From left are, NASA astronaut Jonny Kim (@jonnyykim ), @CanadianSpaceAgency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins (@astro_watkins ), CSA astronaut Jennifer Sidey-Gibbon (@astro_jenni ), NASA astronauts Kayla Barron (@astro_kayla ), Jasmin Moghbeli (@astrojaws ), Loral OHara, Zena Cardman (@zenanaut ), Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick (@matthew.dominick ), Bob Hines (@astro_farmerbob ) and Warren Hoburg (@whoburg ). ⁣⁣ ⁣ They are now eligible for assignments to the International Space Station (@ISS ), Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #NewAstronauts #Artemis #turtlesofinstagram

Reaching new heights!  Today marks @Astro_Christina’s 300th day in space. In December, Christina set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former astronaut Peggy Whitson. Her extended mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.  #CongratsChristina #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #whoruntheworld

Reaching new heights! Today marks @Astro_Christina ’s 300th day in space. In December, Christina set the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former astronaut Peggy Whitson. Her extended mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars. #CongratsChristina #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #whoruntheworld

Unveiling the secrets of the Swan Nebula 🦢⁣ ⁣ One of the most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy came to resemble the shape of a swan’s neck only relatively recently. ⁣ ⁣ This new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or @sofiatelescope, is helping scientists chronicle the evolution of this awe-inspiring nebula. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/SOFIA/De Buizer/Radomski/Lim; NASA/JPL-Caltech; ESA/Herschel⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Nebula

Unveiling the secrets of the Swan Nebula 🦢⁣ ⁣ One of the most massive star-forming regions in our galaxy came to resemble the shape of a swan’s neck only relatively recently. ⁣ ⁣ This new image from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or @sofiatelescope , is helping scientists chronicle the evolution of this awe-inspiring nebula. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Credits: NASA/SOFIA/De Buizer/Radomski/Lim; NASA/JPL-Caltech; ESA/Herschel⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Space #Nebula

Thick blankets of smoke engulf southeastern Australia as a record-setting fire season grips the nation. ⁣ ⁣ Drought conditions have already primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity this year. This image was acquired on Jan. 4, 2020, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on our Aqua satellite.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Australia #Wildfires #AustraliaFires

Thick blankets of smoke engulf southeastern Australia as a record-setting fire season grips the nation. ⁣ ⁣ Drought conditions have already primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity this year. This image was acquired on Jan. 4, 2020, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on our Aqua satellite.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Australia #Wildfires #AustraliaFires

Queens, goddesses and sequins. This spiral galaxy has a tangled legend. 👸 ✨ 🔱⁣ ⁣ This glistening galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenice (Berenices Hair), the only modern constellation to be named in honor of a real person. The story goes that Queen Berenice II of Egypt (3rd century BCE) vowed to sacrifice locks of her hair to the gods to ensure her husband Ptolemy IIIs safe return from battle. Upon his homecoming, she fulfilled her promise and cut off her long tresses and placed them in goddess Aphrodites temple. But the next day they went missing. The court astronomer explained to the furious queen and king that Aphrodite was so pleased with the sacrifice that she scattered Berenices tresses in the heavens, pointing their eyes to a fuzzy patch in the sky about 45 million light-years away.⁣ ⁣Credit: @NASAHubble/@esa/I. Karachentsev et al.⁣ ⁣ #longhairdontcare #sequins #nasa #space #galaxy #hubble #hairtodaystarstomorrow

Queens, goddesses and sequins. This spiral galaxy has a tangled legend. 👸 ✨ 🔱⁣ ⁣ This glistening galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenice (Berenices Hair), the only modern constellation to be named in honor of a real person. The story goes that Queen Berenice II of Egypt (3rd century BCE) vowed to sacrifice locks of her hair to the gods to ensure her husband Ptolemy IIIs safe return from battle. Upon his homecoming, she fulfilled her promise and cut off her long tresses and placed them in goddess Aphrodites temple. But the next day they went missing. The court astronomer explained to the furious queen and king that Aphrodite was so pleased with the sacrifice that she scattered Berenices tresses in the heavens, pointing their eyes to a fuzzy patch in the sky about 45 million light-years away.⁣ ⁣Credit: @NASAHubble /@esa /I. Karachentsev et al.⁣ ⁣ #longhairdontcare #sequins #nasa #space #galaxy #hubble #hairtodaystarstomorrow

You can’t spell Earth without ART. 🌍 🎨 ⁣ ⁣ When the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided 80 million years ago, layers of limestone, sandstone, claystone and gypsum crumpled to form the Anti-Atlas Mountains. ⁣ ⁣ In this image of southwest Morocco, visible, near infrared and short wavelength infrared bands are combined to highlight the different rock types. The image was acquired in 2007 by the Terra satellite. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Art

You can’t spell Earth without ART. 🌍 🎨 ⁣ ⁣ When the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided 80 million years ago, layers of limestone, sandstone, claystone and gypsum crumpled to form the Anti-Atlas Mountains. ⁣ ⁣ In this image of southwest Morocco, visible, near infrared and short wavelength infrared bands are combined to highlight the different rock types. The image was acquired in 2007 by the Terra satellite. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Art

Why is the sky blue? This age-old question may not be unique to Earthlings after all. ⁣ ⁣ Though its surface may look like many a barren terrain in our solar system, this image actually depicts the sapphire haze around Pluto. ⁣ ⁣ 😮💙🎨⁣ ⁣  Colors, both those the human eye can see and those measured by other instruments, tell scientists a lot about the distant worlds they are viewing. Like on our own planet, a blue sky often results from the scattering of sunlight by very small particles in the atmosphere. What blocks light out in space can be just as important. If you follow the outline of the planet very closely, you can even see topographical features like mountains illuminated on the top right (near the 4 o’clock position). ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute⁣ ⁣ #NASA #pluto #solarsystem #blueskies #science

Why is the sky blue? This age-old question may not be unique to Earthlings after all. ⁣ ⁣ Though its surface may look like many a barren terrain in our solar system, this image actually depicts the sapphire haze around Pluto. ⁣ ⁣ 😮💙🎨⁣ ⁣ Colors, both those the human eye can see and those measured by other instruments, tell scientists a lot about the distant worlds they are viewing. Like on our own planet, a blue sky often results from the scattering of sunlight by very small particles in the atmosphere. What blocks light out in space can be just as important. If you follow the outline of the planet very closely, you can even see topographical features like mountains illuminated on the top right (near the 4 o’clock position). ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl /@souhwestresearchinstitute ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #pluto #solarsystem #blueskies #science

This month brings the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, Mars rises with its "rival" — the red giant star Antares — and the Moon and Venus pair up.  Watch this video to discover when and where to look up! 🔭🌙🌠

This month brings the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, Mars rises with its "rival" — the red giant star Antares — and the Moon and Venus pair up. Watch this video to discover when and where to look up! 🔭🌙🌠

“New year. New me.” — the Sun ⁣ 🎊🌎☀️📅🥳🌅 ⁣ The very star we use to mark time and our place in the universe is itself constantly in flux. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite helps us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Suns magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Swipe ⬅️ to see solar images captured today in different wavelengths that scientists can use to paint a full picture of our constantly changing Sun.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #sunshine #newyearsday #newyear #newyearnewme  #space

“New year. New me.” — the Sun ⁣ 🎊🌎☀️📅🥳🌅 ⁣ The very star we use to mark time and our place in the universe is itself constantly in flux. Our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite helps us understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth. By measuring how the Suns magnetic field is generated and structured, we can study how it affects our lives and technology. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Swipe ⬅️ to see solar images captured today in different wavelengths that scientists can use to paint a full picture of our constantly changing Sun.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #nasa #sunshine #newyearsday #newyear #newyearnewme #space

Just as different chemical compounds give fireworks their pops of color, the Earth has a light show of its own. 🌎☀️ 🎆 👩‍🚀 📸  Though they are best seen at night, auroras like the ones seem in these images actually occur because of the Sun. ⁣⁣ ⁣ When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth’s atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light, and Nitrogen glows blue and purple. Luckily, this beautiful phenomenon isn’t just limited to Earth. If a planet has an atmosphere and magnetic field, it probably has auroras. These photos were taken by astronauts aboard the @iss, but we’ve seen amazing auroras on Jupiter and Saturn as well.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA & @EuropeanSpaceAgency ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #aurora #fireworks #newyearseve #space #spacestation #photography #astronaut

Just as different chemical compounds give fireworks their pops of color, the Earth has a light show of its own. 🌎☀️ 🎆 👩‍🚀 📸 Though they are best seen at night, auroras like the ones seem in these images actually occur because of the Sun. ⁣⁣ ⁣ When a solar storm comes toward us, some of the energy and small particles can travel down the magnetic field lines at the north and south poles into Earth’s atmosphere. There, the particles interact with gases in our atmosphere resulting in beautiful displays of light in the sky. Oxygen gives off green and red light, and Nitrogen glows blue and purple. Luckily, this beautiful phenomenon isn’t just limited to Earth. If a planet has an atmosphere and magnetic field, it probably has auroras. These photos were taken by astronauts aboard the @iss , but we’ve seen amazing auroras on Jupiter and Saturn as well.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA & @EuropeanSpaceAgency ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #aurora #fireworks #newyearseve #space #spacestation #photography #astronaut