Japanese space station spies Aurora and the stars

NASA IMAGE OF THE DAY | JAXA astronaut Kimiya Yui captured the photograph below from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) window on the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2015. JEM, also called Kibo — which means “hope” in Japanese — is Japan’s first human space facility and enhances the unique research capabilities of the… Read More

Saturn’s Tattoo | Sunlight falls on the planet’s hexagonal north pole

The region, in shadow for the first part of the Cassini mission, now enjoys full sunlight, which enables Cassini scientists to directly image it in reflected light. The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. Read More

Like a flower in full bloom | NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

By Laura Betz NASA Goddard Space Flight Center James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom GREENBELT, MD |  It’s springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. In this photo, NASA technicians lifted the telescope using a crane and moved it… Read More

Astronaut’s pics of the dancing lights of aurora above Pacific Northwest

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) photographed brightly glowing auroras from his vantage point aboard the International Space Station on March 27, 2017. Pesquet wrote, “The view at night recently has been simply magnificent: few clouds, intense auroras. I can’t look away from the windows.” The dancing lights of… Read More