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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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! 🔭🌙🌠
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  • “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
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  • 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
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  • A frozen moonrise ❄️ ⁣ ⁣ This otherworldly image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@ISS) actually shows a full Moon over Hudson Bay in Canada, where icy shorelines and frozen landscapes are seen below thin clouds.⁣ ⁣ The small villages and towns along these shores in Manitoba Province receive just 6 to 7 hours of sunlight each day in December. A bit farther north, the Sun will not rise above the horizon again until January. This photo, taken on Dec. 12 around 1 p.m. local time, shows just how little sunlight reaches northern Canada during a winter day.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #moon #frozen #ice #fullmoon #Canada #HudsonBay
  • A frozen moonrise ❄️ ⁣ ⁣ This otherworldly image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (@ISS) actually shows a full Moon over Hudson Bay in Canada, where icy shorelines and frozen landscapes are seen below thin clouds.⁣ ⁣ The small villages and towns along these shores in Manitoba Province receive just 6 to 7 hours of sunlight each day in December. A bit farther north, the Sun will not rise above the horizon again until January. This photo, taken on Dec. 12 around 1 p.m. local time, shows just how little sunlight reaches northern Canada during a winter day.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #moon #frozen #ice #fullmoon #Canada #HudsonBay
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  • It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Astronaut Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) sets a record today, Dec. 28, for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the former record of 288 days set by Peggy Whitson of @nasaastronauts. Her long-duration mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #CongratsChristina on reaching new heights! Swipe left to see a few photos Christina captured from her vantage point aboard the @iss.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #WhoRunTheWorld
  • It’s a new day. It’s a new dawn.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Astronaut Christina Koch (@Astro_Christina) sets a record today, Dec. 28, for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the former record of 288 days set by Peggy Whitson of @nasaastronauts. Her long-duration mission is helping us learn how to keep astronauts healthy for deep space exploration to the Moon and Mars.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #CongratsChristina on reaching new heights! Swipe left to see a few photos Christina captured from her vantage point aboard the @iss.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #NASA #Space #BreakingRecords #WhoRunTheWorld
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  • Be your own explorer ✨the cosmos is waiting. ⁣⁣ ⁣ From nearby clouds of gas and dust to remote galaxies that formed billions of years ago, tour the night sky with @NASAHubble’s new Caldwell catalog. The catalog of star clusters, galaxies and nebulas was first produced to highlight cosmic wonders visible to amateur astronomers. Since then Hubble has taken images of 95 out of the 109 objects, bringing these objects to life in exquisite detail. ⁣⁣ ⁣ While the objects can be observed using modest ground-based telescopes, Hubble’s Caldwell collection has been assembled for astronomers to see the finer details of each object in the night sky. ⁣⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Hubble #ExploreTheUnknown #NightSky #LookUp #Universe
  • Be your own explorer ✨the cosmos is waiting. ⁣⁣ ⁣ From nearby clouds of gas and dust to remote galaxies that formed billions of years ago, tour the night sky with @NASAHubble’s new Caldwell catalog. The catalog of star clusters, galaxies and nebulas was first produced to highlight cosmic wonders visible to amateur astronomers. Since then Hubble has taken images of 95 out of the 109 objects, bringing these objects to life in exquisite detail. ⁣⁣ ⁣ While the objects can be observed using modest ground-based telescopes, Hubble’s Caldwell collection has been assembled for astronomers to see the finer details of each object in the night sky. ⁣⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Hubble #ExploreTheUnknown #NightSky #LookUp #Universe
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