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After a successful launch, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART...
11/24/2021

After a successful launch, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission is on its way to asteroid Dimorphos!

Learn more about #PlanetaryDefense and the #DARTMission by watching this NASA Night Sky Network webinar archive with Dr. Paul Abell, NASA's Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration. Presentation begins at ~05:25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldX5dtDLwQM

After a successful launch, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission is on its way to asteroid Dimorphos!

Learn more about #PlanetaryDefense and the #DARTMission by watching this NASA Night Sky Network webinar archive with Dr. Paul Abell, NASA's Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration. Presentation begins at ~05:25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldX5dtDLwQM

#CountdowntoLaunch - NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 1st Planetary Defense mission, the Double As...
11/23/2021
DART: A Small Spacecraft with Big Implications in Planetary Defense

#CountdowntoLaunch - NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 1st Planetary Defense mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:21am EST Wednesday! Read how Paul Abell, NASA's Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration looks forward to being part of this multi-nation endeavor! go.nasa.gov/3oQPP2n

Defensive moves will go from the chessboard to the asteroid belt when the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission gets off the ground. DART will be the first attempt to send a spacecraft on a collision course with an asteroid to change its trajectory. DART is not only NASA’s —

11/22/2021

📣HAPPENING TONIGHT 📣 🕠8PM CT🕠 Transdisciplinary artist, Erika Blumenfeld from NASA's Johnson Space Center presents “Art & Science: Astromaterials3D and the power of STEAM” for this NASA Night Sky Network webinar. Watch live: https://youtu.be/xG_xQpHc_8I

Check out the latest “This week at NASA” video that shares news and info about the International Space Station, Crew-1, ...
11/21/2021
The Space Station Crew is Safe Following a Debris Event on This Week @NASA – November 19, 2021

Check out the latest “This week at NASA” video that shares news and info about the International Space Station, Crew-1, Crew-2 & the upcoming Crew-4 mission; NASA’s First Planetary Defense Test Mission, DART, scheduled to launch no earlier than November 24, & much more! https://youtu.be/LBvgyXhLaWM

The space station crew is safe following a debris event, our recently returned Crew-2 astronauts discuss their mission, and what our Crew-1 astronauts did in...

11/17/2021

NEW: Astronaut Jessica Watkins has been assigned to fly on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission, set to launch April 2022. She’ll join crewmates Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, and ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti: https://go.nasa.gov/3nkX9DG

11/11/2021

We honor our nation’s veterans, extraordinary individuals who have worn the uniform of the United States, with this International Space Station time-lapse of star trails around the world. We reflect on the selflessness and valor of veterans across the globe, past and present. THANK YOU for your service. #VeteransDay

While mapping potential NASA Artemis landing sites, the SSERVI Center for Lunar Science & Exploration (CLSE) team, which...
11/08/2021
Lunar Craters Named for Notable Women and Minorities

While mapping potential NASA Artemis landing sites, the SSERVI Center for Lunar Science & Exploration (CLSE) team, which includes scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA's Johnson Space Center, identified unnamed craters that are now named for notable women and minorities. Read more: https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/lunar-craters-named-for-notable-women-and-minorities/

Additional crater names are needed to facilitate discussion of NASA

11/01/2021

Our researchers uncovered a spooky surprise while analyzing "Melrose," a meteorite originating from the asteroid Vesta. Studying its chemical composition gives scientists clues as to how the asteroid originally formed. Happy Halloween!

Halloween on the Space Station
10/31/2021
Halloween on the Space Station

Halloween on the Space Station

Although no trick-or-treaters come knocking at the International Space Station’s (ISS) front hatch, crew members aboard the orbiting facility still like to get in the Halloween spirit.

10/30/2021

Two days until NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission launches! Get to know the astronauts before they take flight on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”

🎧| https://go.nasa.gov/3nJA1xC

Are you watching the World Series  as the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves battle it out? Check out this view of Housto...
10/27/2021

Are you watching the World Series as the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves battle it out? Check out this view of Houston's Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, captured in this astronaut image taken from the International Space Station.

Are you watching the World Series as the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves battle it out? Check out this view of Houston's Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, captured in this astronaut image taken from the International Space Station.

The 20+ years of International Space Station research conducted in low-earth orbit helps pave the way for exploration of...
10/21/2021

The 20+ years of International Space Station research conducted in low-earth orbit helps pave the way for exploration of the Moon & beyond! Read how exploring Mt. Everest compares to that of space exploration and enjoy this astronaut view of Mt. Everest taken from space! https://www.nasa.gov/feature/to-understand-low-earth-orbit-look-to-mt-everest

The 20+ years of International Space Station research conducted in low-earth orbit helps pave the way for exploration of the Moon & beyond! Read how exploring Mt. Everest compares to that of space exploration and enjoy this astronaut view of Mt. Everest taken from space! https://www.nasa.gov/feature/to-understand-low-earth-orbit-look-to-mt-everest

Today is International #ObserveTheMoon night!  Join us during the Lunar and Planetary Institute family event from 3-4pm ...
10/16/2021

Today is International #ObserveTheMoon night! Join us during the Lunar and Planetary Institute family event from 3-4pm CT to hear from lunar experts and to test your skills classifying Moon rocks curated by our team at NASA's Johnson Space Center! https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/events/VEEPS/

View of the northwestern portion of Noirmoutier, a small tidal island  about 20 km (12 miles) long on the western coast ...
10/15/2021

View of the northwestern portion of Noirmoutier, a small tidal island about 20 km (12 miles) long on the western coast of France. This 📷 taken by crew on the International Space Station highlights features such as mudflats, salt marshes and sand dunes, visible at low tide. #EarthScienceWeek

Read More:
https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthObservatory/articles/NoirmoutierFrance.htm

View of the northwestern portion of Noirmoutier, a small tidal island about 20 km (12 miles) long on the western coast of France. This 📷 taken by crew on the International Space Station highlights features such as mudflats, salt marshes and sand dunes, visible at low tide. #EarthScienceWeek

Read More:
https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthObservatory/articles/NoirmoutierFrance.htm

Building on a Mission: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory
10/14/2021
Building on a Mission: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory

Building on a Mission: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory

In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. While this goal presented an unprecedented engineering challenge, some scientists were more concerned...

This 📷 taken by crew on the International Space Station shows Lake Pueyrredón & Lake Posadas in the Patagonia region of ...
10/13/2021

This 📷 taken by crew on the International Space Station shows Lake Pueyrredón & Lake Posadas in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. Notice the snow-covered foothills of the Andes Mountains, wind streaks on the lake, the shadow of a cloud and more! #EarthScienceWeek

Read More: https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthObservatory/articles/LakesPueyrredonandPosadas.htm

This 📷 taken by crew on the International Space Station shows Lake Pueyrredón & Lake Posadas in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. Notice the snow-covered foothills of the Andes Mountains, wind streaks on the lake, the shadow of a cloud and more! #EarthScienceWeek

Read More: https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Collections/EarthObservatory/articles/LakesPueyrredonandPosadas.htm

NASA's Johnson Space Center scientist Mike Zolensky started his career thinking he would focus on minerals on Earth. Aft...
10/12/2021

NASA's Johnson Space Center scientist Mike Zolensky started his career thinking he would focus on minerals on Earth. After being a post-doc at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, his interest studying materials from other worlds was sparked! Now he has a mineral, zolenskyite, named in his honor! #EarthScienceWeek https://www.nasa.gov/feature/space-scientist-michael-zolensky

10/12/2021

Have you heard of Mary Golda Ross? Born in 1908, she was a member of the Cherokee Nation. A "hidden figure" of America's space age, she also helped author the 'NASA Planetary Flight Handbook Vol. III' about travel to Venus and Mars. On this Indigenous Peoples' Day, learn more about Ross: https://go.nasa.gov/2NJ8USN

Courtesy: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Are you an undergraduate student looking for a summer 2022 internship opportunity?  The LPI Summer Intern Program in Pla...
10/11/2021

Are you an undergraduate student looking for a summer 2022 internship opportunity? The LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science is an opportunity you don't want to pass up applying to! Work with scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute or our staff at NASA's Johnson Space Center on cutting-edge research! Applications due December 13th! https://lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/

The LPI is now accepting applications for the LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science. This 10-week program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research, learn from widely respected planetary scientists, and discover exciting careers in planetary science. The program will run from June 6 to August 12, 2022. Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 program may be held in person, virtually, or as a combination of those formats. The application deadline is December 13. http://ow.ly/1BU050GmYCQ

Our team at NASA's Johnson Space Center includes a diverse set of experts that contribute to NASA - National Aeronautics...
10/07/2021

Our team at NASA's Johnson Space Center includes a diverse set of experts that contribute to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration science and exploration. As #WorldSpaceWeek celebrates #WomeninSpace, we celebrate the contributions of our team members, and the current and future [email protected] explorers!

Our team at NASA's Johnson Space Center includes a diverse set of experts that contribute to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration science and exploration. As #WorldSpaceWeek celebrates #WomeninSpace, we celebrate the contributions of our team members, and the current and future [email protected] explorers!

Timeline Photos
09/30/2021

Timeline Photos

Welcome to Webb STEAM Day, a #STEM + Arts Interactive Learning Experience — happening today from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ET!

🗣️ Listen to a talk
📚 Explore the Library
📓 Study Webb’s science & engineering
🎨 Create & share #JWSTArt
...and more!

Register for free and find it all here: https://go.nasa.gov/WebbSTEAMDay

Timeline Photos
09/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Students, teachers, & learners of all ages: you're invited to a free, virtual NASA's James Webb Space Telescope event Sept. 30 to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!

Details & how to register for "Webb STEAM Day: A STEM + Arts Interactive Learning Experience:" https://go.nasa.gov/2ZlkH1H

Like hiking & exploring? Maybe a career in NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration science is for you! The ...
09/21/2021
DIGMARS 2021

Like hiking & exploring? Maybe a career in NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration science is for you! The DIGMARS team, including Mike Thorpe & Liz Rampe from NASA's Johnson Space Center conducted analog research this summer in Iceland. This work aims to contribute to the understanding of ancient environments on Mars!

Wondering what the DIGMARS (Digging Iceland Geology for Mars Analog Research Science) team did in Iceland? In a nutshell, they surveyed Icelandic lakes, drilled cores into the sediments, and hiked an Icelandic watershed from source-to-sink to help characterize its geology. In addition to our scientists, this team includes collaborators from Rice University, Old Dominion University, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the Iceland Space Agency, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab, the University of Cambridge, University of Hawaii, and Texas A&M University.

Check out the team conducting their DIGMARS 2021 work in Iceland: https://youtu.be/MijP1NFTF2Q

Check out the DIGMARS (Digging Iceland Geology for Mars Analog Research Science) team in the field exploring Iceland as a terrestrial analog for Mars. Member...

Timeline Photos
09/18/2021

Timeline Photos

💫 “In many ways, NASA is not a job. It’s a way of life.”

After more than 40 years of service, our Chief Scientist Jim Green announces he will retire in 2022. Learn about his contributions to exploration and our understanding of the solar system: https://go.nasa.gov/3hKhX4u

Every year on September 11, we pause and remember the victims, survivors and heroes from 9/11. Here are views from the I...
09/11/2021

Every year on September 11, we pause and remember the victims, survivors and heroes from 9/11. Here are views from the International Space Station pointing out the 9/11 Memorial sites in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, PA. #NeverForget NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration remembers: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/sept11.html

Our team is ready for space rocks! Our newly installed Scanning Electron Microscope will add new capabilities to the Ele...
09/10/2021

Our team is ready for space rocks! Our newly installed Scanning Electron Microscope will add new capabilities to the Electron Beam Analysis Labs at NASA's Johnson Space Center & will also play a key role in the analysis of asteroid samples returned by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's OSIRIS-REx Mission and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 Mission!

Our team is ready for space rocks! Our newly installed Scanning Electron Microscope will add new capabilities to the Electron Beam Analysis Labs at NASA's Johnson Space Center & will also play a key role in the analysis of asteroid samples returned by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's OSIRIS-REx Mission and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 Mission!

Photos from NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover's post
09/10/2021

Photos from NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover's post

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After a successful launch, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission is on its way to asteroid Dimorphos! Learn more about #PlanetaryDefense and the #DARTMission by watching this NASA Night Sky Network webinar archive with Dr. Paul Abell, NASA's Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration. Presentation begins at ~05:25: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldX5dtDLwQM
#CountdowntoLaunch - NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s 1st Planetary Defense mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), is scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:21am EST Wednesday! Read how Paul Abell, NASA's Johnson Space Center Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration looks forward to being part of this multi-nation endeavor! go.nasa.gov/3oQPP2n
📣HAPPENING TONIGHT 📣 🕠8PM CT🕠 Transdisciplinary artist, Erika Blumenfeld from NASA's Johnson Space Center presents “Art & Science: Astromaterials3D and the power of STEAM” for this NASA Night Sky Network webinar. Watch live: https://youtu.be/xG_xQpHc_8I
Check out the latest “This week at NASA” video that shares news and info about the International Space Station, Crew-1, Crew-2 & the upcoming Crew-4 mission; NASA’s First Planetary Defense Test Mission, DART, scheduled to launch no earlier than November 24, & much more! https://youtu.be/LBvgyXhLaWM
We honor our nation’s veterans, extraordinary individuals who have worn the uniform of the United States, with this International Space Station time-lapse of star trails around the world. We reflect on the selflessness and valor of veterans across the globe, past and present. THANK YOU for your service. #VeteransDay
Tonight's launch is scheduled for 9:03pm EST! Live coverage begins at 4:45pm EST. Additional details below.
While mapping potential NASA Artemis landing sites, the SSERVI Center for Lunar Science & Exploration (CLSE) team, which includes scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA's Johnson Space Center, identified unnamed craters that are now named for notable women and minorities. Read more: https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/lunar-craters-named-for-notable-women-and-minorities/
Our researchers uncovered a spooky surprise while analyzing "Melrose," a meteorite originating from the asteroid Vesta. Studying its chemical composition gives scientists clues as to how the asteroid originally formed. Happy Halloween!
Are you watching the World Series as the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves battle it out? Check out this view of Houston's Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, captured in this astronaut image taken from the International Space Station.
The 20+ years of International Space Station research conducted in low-earth orbit helps pave the way for exploration of the Moon & beyond! Read how exploring Mt. Everest compares to that of space exploration and enjoy this astronaut view of Mt. Everest taken from space! https://www.nasa.gov/feature/to-understand-low-earth-orbit-look-to-mt-everest