nasa Pumpkin Space Latte anyone?
Creamy clouds against burnt oranges and deep reds reminiscent of a classic Autumn treat - this fall scape fit for the stars is actually an image of Australia captured from the @iss by astronaut Scott Kelly. Go ahead, drink it in. 😌☕️
Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly
nasa#ICYMI@OSIRIS_REx crushed it!
We made a rocky mess, but it’s the kind of mess on the surface of asteroid Bennu that we were hoping for.
Shown here are a series of crisp images taken on Oct. 20 from OSIRIS-REx’s robotic arm as our spacecraft swooped, scooped, and then thrusted away from the asteroid’s rocky terrain. Though it took several hours for OSIRIS-REx to reach the surface, the TAG (Touch-and-Go) encounter only lasted for about 6 seconds. FULL DISCLOSURE: We’ve watched this at least 1,000 times.
Two days after touching down, the mission team received images that confirmed the spacecraft collected more than enough rocks & dust to meet one of its main mission requirements – at least 2 ounces (60 grams) - for return to Earth in 2023.
Credit: NASA / @NASAGoddard / @UArizona#ToBennuAndBack#RockClimbing#NASA#Space#Asteroid#NASA#PlanetaryScience
nasa Galactic Attraction
Galaxy NGC 2799 on the left is seemingly being pulled into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798 (on the right).
Interacting galaxies influence each other, which may eventually result in a merger or a unique formation. Already, these two galaxies have seemingly formed a sideways waterspout, with stars from NGC 2799 appearing to fall into NGC 2798 almost like drops of water.
Galactic mergers can take place over several hundred million to over a billion years. While one might think the merger of two galaxies would be catastrophic for the stellar systems within, the sheer amount of space between stars means that stellar collisions are unlikely and stars typically drift past each other.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, SDSS, J. Dalcanton; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)
nasa ✌️2 words. Welcome home!
After 196 days living and working in Earth’s orbit aboard the @ISS NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy ( @astro_seal returned from his third space mission yesterday, Oct. 21, with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of @Roscosmosofficial
While Cassidy was on the station, he completed four spacewalks and contributed to hundreds of experiments, including a study of the influence of gravity on electrolytic gas evolution, which looks at bubbles created using electrolysis. Another fun fact is that he has spent the fifth-highest total amount of days in space among U.S. astronauts at 378 days.
What a ride!
Photo Credit: NASA, GCTC, Denis Derevtsov
nasa Stellar Babies!
This is where stars are born.
@NASAHubble snapped this image of a special class of star-forming nursery known as Free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globules, or frEGGs for short. This object is formally known as J025157.5+600606.
When a massive new star starts to shine while still within the cool molecular gas cloud from which it formed, its energetic radiation can ionize the cloud’s hydrogen and create a large, hot bubble of ionized gas. Amazingly, located within this bubble of hot gas around a nearby massive star are the frEGGs: dark compact globules of dust and gas, some of which are giving birth to low-mass stars. The boundary between the cool, dusty frEGG and the hot gas bubble is seen as the glowing purple/blue edges in this fascinating image.
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, R. Sahai
nasa You're going to want to swipe through this one. 😉
We’ve been asking you — yes, you — to let us know what you would take with you to the Moon. 🌙
Later this year we'll have our Green Run Hot Fire test, which will fire all four engines on the rocket that will be used for our first #Artemis mission! This test and major milestone will ensure the Space Launch System — the most powerful rocket ever built — is ready for its first and future missions beyond Earth’s orbit to the Moon.
So get those suitcases ready, because we are inching closer to liftoff!🚀Scroll through to see some of the responses — including one from one of our own astronauts, Commander Chris Cassidy ( @astro_seal , who is on the International Space Station ( @iss right now!
Want to join the fun? Post a picture of what you’d pack for the moon using #NASAMoonKit for a chance to be shared by us!
First image credit: NASA
nasa A birthday candle fit for an astronaut! 🎂
Today, on her birthday, Kate Rubins of @NASAAstronauts along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency @Roscosmos launched to the International Space Station ( @ISS at 1:45 a.m. EDT and arrived at 4:48 a.m., where they will stay for the next six months!
Rubins and her crewmates will be joined by the @SpaceX Crew-1 crewmembers Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA ( @jaxajp . Their mission, scheduled to launch no earlier than mid-November, will launch from @NASAKennedy as part of our Commercial Crew Program.
Images Credit: NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin
Look to the skies! That bright red “star” is Mars 🔴.
It reaches its highest point around midnight and is at its biggest and brightest TONIGHT, Oct. 13!
🔭 If you have a telescope or even basic binoculars, you’ll also be able to spot the galaxy of Andromeda, or M31, a spiral galaxy similar to our own Milky Way but slightly larger. Keep watching for more tips!
nasa A Beautiful Ghost 👻
Officially known as IC 63, the Ghost Nebula is located 550 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen.
@NASAHubble snapped this image that shows how the brightest stars embedded in nebulae throughout our galaxy pour out a torrent of radiation that eats into vast clouds of hydrogen gas – the raw material for building new stars. This etching process sculpts a fantasy landscape where human imagination can see all kinds of shapes and figures.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI/Acknowledgment: H. Arab (University of Strasbourg)
nasa 🎵 Images of broken light / Which dance before / me like a million eyes / They call me on and on across the universe 🌌
@NASAHubble caught this star exploding, scattering stellar matter across the universe. In this zoomed in time-lapse sequence, spanning nearly a year, the supernova first appears as a blazing star located 70 million light-years away on a spiral galaxy’s outer edge. At its peak, the supernova burst was 5 billion times as bright as our Sun.
The star sent elements like hydrogen, helium, and iron zooming through the cosmos. These same elements are in all of our bodies and they were forged in the stars.
Credits: NASA/ESA/J. DePasquale (STScI), M. Kornmesser and M. Zamani (ESA/Hubble)/A. Reiss (STScI/JHU) and the SH0ES team/Digitized Sky Survey
nasa A Blue Snowball From Across the Universe!
Caldwell 22, also cataloged as NGC 7662 and nicknamed Blue Snowball Nebula, is located about 2,500 light-years from Earth.
It represents a stage in evolution that stars like our Sun undergo when they run out of fuel.
Stars are nuclear furnaces that spend most of their lives fusing hydrogen into helium. Massive stars have fiery fates, exploding as supernovae, but medium-mass stars like the Sun swell to become red giants as they exhaust their fuel.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Hajian (University of Waterloo)