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Europe's City Lights Seen from Space⠀ ⠀ Europe's city lights gleam through clear skies in this post-sunset photo by Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. "Cloudless night over Spain and Southern France. I imagine people dining outside," Saint-Jacques tweeted from the @InternationalSpaceStation Barely visible in the foreground near the top of the image is a portion of one of the station's solar arrays. #cosmos #space #earth
'Strings by Starlight'⠀ The world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma treats astronomers to a starlit performance at the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of northern #Chile For this exclusive concert on May 1, 2019, Ma requested to play in a dark-sky site under the shimmering band of the Milky Way #galaxy To the right of the #MilkyWay are two of our galactic neighbors known as the Magellanic clouds, which are glowing through the subtle red and green airglow above the horizon. #astronomy #cosmos
Pictures from Space! Our Image of the Day⠀ The Blue Moon looms high above the thin blue veil of Earth's atmosphere in this photo captured by an astronaut at the International Space Station. Because the full moon of May, also known as the "Flower Moon," was the third full moon in a season with four full moons, it is considered a #BlueMoon by the traditional or "seasonal" definition of the term. The modern definition of a Blue Moon is the second full moon in one month, and the next time that happens will be on Oct. 31, 2020. #flowermoon @internationalspacestation #moon
Sunlight on the Irrawaddy River Delta⠀ Bright #sunlight reflects off the Andaman Sea near the mouth of Myanmar's Irrawaddy river delta in this photo taken by an #astronaut at the International Space Station. @internationalspacestation By pointing a camera at the "sunglint point," or the spot where sunlight reflects off the #Earth and directly into the camera, astronauts can capture photos that emphasize the details of Earth's shorelines. #ocean #shore
Jezero Crater: Landing Site for Mars 2020⠀ A colorful image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO ) features Jezero Crater, an ancient lake bed on the Red Planet where the agency plans to send its next Mars rover. Named Mars 2020, the rover is scheduled to launch next summer and will touch down in the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers ) crater in February 2021. Spectral data from MRO's imaging instruments revealed that sediments in the area are rich with minerals "that indicate chemical alteration by water," @NASA officials said in a description of the image. #mars #mars2020 #marsrover
Kennedy Space Center Marks Apollo 50th With Mission Trading Cards⠀ ⠀ For guests visiting NASA's Kennedy Space Center this weekend, Apollo history is in the cards.⠀ ⠀ Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo 10 mission on Saturday (May 18 ) by handing out free collectible trading card sets to the public. The giveaway continues a program celebrating each of the Apollo missions on their half-century milestones.
Mars' Moon Phobos Looks Sweet Enough to Eat in New Images⠀ ⠀ New images of one of Mars' moons show a sweet surprise: It looks like #candy ⠀ ⠀ The #moon , #Phobos , shines like a rainbow-colored #jawbreaker in the images, which NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft took in #infrared (heat-vision ) wavelengths on April 24. ⠀ ⠀ NASA's science goal is to learn what materials make up Phobos — which in turn, may eventually tell researchers where the moon came from. The infrared camera on Odyssey, called the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS ), can sense changes in the moon's surface temperature. #mars
On May 7, 1992, the space shuttle #Endeavour launched on its first flight. Endeavour was the fifth and last space shuttle that was ever built, and STS-49 was the first of 25 missions to fly on it. The purpose of this mission was to retrieve a #satellite called Intelsat 603, which had failed to reach the right orbit after problems with its launch two years earlier. Three of the six #astronauts had to go on a #spacewalk together to fetch the satellite, and this was the first time that a trio of astronauts did a spacewalk together. The crew first tried to do the job with just two astronauts going out two days in a row, but the third time was a charm with an extra pair of hands. The three spacewalkers attached a new motor that would enable Intelsat 603 to leave low Earth orbit and head to its intended geosynchronous orbit. #otd
The Falcon Flies on 'Star Wars Day'⠀ A long-exposure photo of a #Falcon9 #rocket launch shows the rocket's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the separation of the booster and the upper stage, followed by the booster's descent for a drone-ship landing as the payload cruises into orbit. The @SpaceX rocket pictured here launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on "Star Wars Day" #starwarsday (May 4 ).
On May 6, 1968, @NASA astronaut #NeilArmstrong almost met his fate while simulating a lunar landing. This was a little over a year before he would become the first person to walk on the #moon He was flying in a machine called the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston when some leaking propellant caused a total failure of the flight controls. After tumbling around in the air for a few seconds, it started to fall out of the sky. Armstrong had to eject himself from the simulator when it was just 30 feet above the ground, and he safely parachuted down while his aircraft crashed and burned. If he had waited even just one second longer to hit the eject button, he would have been killed by the fiery explosion. But Armstrong kept his cool the whole time, and he went right back to work in his office after the accident. #otd More:⠀ https://buff.ly/2D9RgyW
'Pillars' of the Milky Way⠀ ⠀ In this peculiar-looking panoramic shot of the Paranal Observatory in Chile, the #MilkyWay appears to form two tornado-shaped columns of starlight that extend down from the heavens to Earth's surface. This illusion is the result of the photographer, the European Southern Observatory's Petr Horálek, projecting an entire 360-degree panorama onto a flat, rectangular image. In reality, the Milky Way arcs across the #sky from one horizon to the other; the fact that it appears to spread out across the top of this image is merely a product of the illusions. Also visible here are the Magellanic Clouds, the Pleiades star cluster, the bright planet Jupiter and several #nebulas You can explore the full-resolution image up close here.