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Welcome to Launch Day, Take 2 — 🎬 🚀⠀ ⠀ Watch history unfold as we launch astronauts @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken to the @iss. This @spacex #CrewDragon test flight is the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from American soil.⠀ ⠀ The mission's first launch attempt was scrubbed due to weather conditions, but #LaunchAmerica is just getting started. Our global watch party continues today, May 30. Join us starting at 11am EDT (3pm UTC) for live coverage on nasa.gov. Liftoff is on for 3:22pm EDT (7:22pm UTC). We’re ready.⠀ ⠀ Image 1 Credit: SpaceX, Image 2-5 Credit: NASA

Welcome to Launch Day, Take 2 — 🎬 🚀⠀
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Watch history unfold as we launch astronauts @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken to the @iss. This @spacex #CrewDragon test flight is the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from American soil.⠀
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The mission's first launch attempt was scrubbed due to weather conditions, but #LaunchAmerica is just getting started. Our global watch party continues today, May 30. Join us starting at 11am EDT (3pm UTC) for live coverage on nasa.gov. Liftoff is on for 3:22pm EDT (7:22pm UTC). We’re ready.⠀
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Image 1 Credit: SpaceX, Image 2-5 Credit: NASA
676828 6475 11 hours ago

Space is hard. You've probably heard this before.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And it rings true today. Earlier this afternoon, weather scrubbed our @SpaceX launch to the @iss. @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken were strapped into their Crew Dragon spacecraft when ground teams called off the 4:33pm ET launch due to inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Bertha off the southeastern U.S. coast. The Falcon 9 rocket is healthy, but we want to get it right. Safety is paramount.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Join us for our next launch attempt on Saturday, May 30, at 3:22pm ET (7:22pm UTC). Our live coverage starts at 11am ET (3pm UTC) on nasa.gov. As part of our Commercial Crew Program, the liftoff will mark the first time in nearly a decade that @nasaastronauts launch on a brand new spacecraft from U.S. soil. We're ready.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Let's light this candle. 🚀⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Joel Kowsky⁣⁣ ⁣ #launchamerica #letsdothis #spacex #nasa #rocket #space

Space is hard. You've probably heard this before.⁣⁣⁣
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And it rings true today. Earlier this afternoon, weather scrubbed our @SpaceX launch to the @iss. @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken were strapped into their Crew Dragon spacecraft when ground teams called off the 4:33pm ET launch due to inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Bertha off the southeastern U.S. coast. The Falcon 9 rocket is healthy, but we want to get it right. Safety is paramount.⁣⁣⁣
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Join us for our next launch attempt on Saturday, May 30, at 3:22pm ET (7:22pm UTC). Our live coverage starts at 11am ET (3pm UTC) on nasa.gov. As part of our Commercial Crew Program, the liftoff will mark the first time in nearly a decade that @nasaastronauts launch on a brand new spacecraft from U.S. soil. We're ready.⁣⁣⁣
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Let's light this candle. 🚀⁣⁣⁣
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📸: NASA/Joel Kowsky⁣⁣
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#launchamerica #letsdothis #spacex #nasa #rocket #space
1045953 4282 3 days ago

🌅 Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A new era of space exploration begins on May 27. Nine years after the final space shuttle mission, we’re once again launching astronauts from U.S. soil. On board the Crew Dragon spacecraft that sits atop the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are veteran astronauts @astro.behnken and @astro.doug. But the crew alone won’t fill the crew cabin. Flying with them are the dreams of everybody who ever dared to explore. They are the dreams of the generations that saw 12 humans walk on the Moon. They are the dreams of young boys and girls who will watch a woman take that first step on the Moon in 2024 under our Artemis program. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ May 27 will be noted as yet another day in history when people can say, “I remember what I was doing that day.” How will you watch history tomorrow? Show us by tagging @nasa in your posts and using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. You might just make it onto our broadcast.⁣⁣ Live NASA TV coverage starts at 12:15pm ET (4:15pm UTC) at nasa.gov/live. ⁣⁣ Remember: the future is bright because you're in it. ✨⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #hope #spacex #nasa #rocket #sunset #photooftheday⁣

🌅 Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.⁣⁣
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A new era of space exploration begins on May 27. Nine years after the final space shuttle mission, we’re once again launching astronauts from U.S. soil. On board the Crew Dragon spacecraft that sits atop the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are veteran astronauts @astro.behnken and @astro.doug. But the crew alone won’t fill the crew cabin. Flying with them are the dreams of everybody who ever dared to explore. They are the dreams of the generations that saw 12 humans walk on the Moon. They are the dreams of young boys and girls who will watch a woman take that first step on the Moon in 2024 under our Artemis program. ⁣⁣
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May 27 will be noted as yet another day in history when people can say, “I remember what I was doing that day.” How will you watch history tomorrow? Show us by tagging @nasa in your posts and using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. You might just make it onto our broadcast.⁣⁣ Live NASA TV coverage starts at 12:15pm ET (4:15pm UTC) at nasa.gov/live.
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Remember: the future is bright because you're in it. ✨⁣⁣
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📸: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣
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#hope #spacex #nasa #rocket #sunset #photooftheday⁣
1027555 5024 4 days ago

✨ Today in galactic arts and crafts: deep space glitter! ✨ ⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this irregular galaxy in a vast region of empty space that's at least 150 million light-years across. Galaxy KK 246 is the only one known for certain to reside in this enormous volume, along with 15 others that have been tentatively identified.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Shaya, L. Rizzi, B. Tully, et al.⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #galaxy #glitter #universe

✨ Today in galactic arts and crafts: deep space glitter! ✨ ⁣
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@NASAHubble spotted this irregular galaxy in a vast region of empty space that's at least 150 million light-years across. Galaxy KK 246 is the only one known for certain to reside in this enormous volume, along with 15 others that have been tentatively identified.⁣
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Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Shaya, L. Rizzi, B. Tully, et al.⁣
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#hubble #nasa #galaxy #glitter #universe
941169 3301 7 days ago

The @spacex Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are at the launchpad. Next week: a new era of human spaceflight begins. 🚀🇺🇸⁣ ⁣ Two @nasaastronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (@astro.doug) will be the first to fly aboard the Crew Dragon. This mission, targeted for liftoff Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Our astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station, for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #rocket #spacecraft #nasa #spacex #launchamerica

The @spacex Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are at the launchpad. Next week: a new era of human spaceflight begins. 🚀🇺🇸⁣
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Two @nasaastronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (@astro.doug) will be the first to fly aboard the Crew Dragon. This mission, targeted for liftoff Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Our astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station, for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. ⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣
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#rocket #spacecraft #nasa #spacex #launchamerica
726658 3808 9 days ago

They’re ready. Are you?⁣ ⁣ Today #LaunchAmerica astronauts Robert Behnken and @astro.doug arrived at @nasakennedy in Florida to start final preparations for liftoff. On May 27, they’ll make history in the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in nearly a decade. Click the link in bio to learn more.

They’re ready. Are you?⁣
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Today #LaunchAmerica astronauts Robert Behnken and @astro.doug arrived at @nasakennedy in Florida to start final preparations for liftoff. On May 27, they’ll make history in the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in nearly a decade. Click the link in bio to learn more.
1145978 8614 10 days ago

#OTD in 2009, after astronauts completed upgrades and repairs, @NASAHubble was released to resume observing the universe. ⁣ 🌌 ⁣ In this image, space shuttle Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm lifts the telescope from the shuttle's cargo bay moments before release. ⁣ ⁣ This was the fifth and final servicing mission for Hubble. Over five spacewalks, astronauts installed two brand-new science instruments: the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). They also prolonged Hubble's life by installing new batteries, new gyroscopes, a new science computer, a refurbished fine guidance sensor and new insulation on three electronics bays.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #telescope #upgrade

#OTD in 2009, after astronauts completed upgrades and repairs, @NASAHubble was released to resume observing the universe. ⁣ 🌌
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In this image, space shuttle Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm lifts the telescope from the shuttle's cargo bay moments before release. ⁣
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This was the fifth and final servicing mission for Hubble. Over five spacewalks, astronauts installed two brand-new science instruments: the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). They also prolonged Hubble's life by installing new batteries, new gyroscopes, a new science computer, a refurbished fine guidance sensor and new insulation on three electronics bays.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA⁣
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#hubble #nasa #telescope #upgrade
611726 2272 11 days ago

Look into the constellation Libra through the eyes of @NASAHubble...⁣ ⁣ Our Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of spiral galaxy NGC 5861, located in the constellation, approximately 85 million light-years away from Earth.⁣ ⁣ NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, with a shape in between that of a barred spiral galaxy (one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure) and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy (one without a central bar). Two supernovae, SN 1971D and SN 2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.⁣ ⁣ #galaxy #spacephotos #universe #hubble #nasa #spiralgalaxy

Look into the constellation Libra through the eyes of @NASAHubble...⁣
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Our Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of spiral galaxy NGC 5861, located in the constellation, approximately 85 million light-years away from Earth.⁣
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NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, with a shape in between that of a barred spiral galaxy (one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure) and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy (one without a central bar). Two supernovae, SN 1971D and SN 2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. ⁣
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Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.⁣
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#galaxy #spacephotos #universe #hubble #nasa #spiralgalaxy
899101 2968 12 days ago

Can you guess what planet is home to this multicolored terrain? This enhanced-color image shows rocky material thrown out of an impact crater when it was made. The impact broke up already diverse rock types and mixed them together to create this wild jumble of colors, each representing a different type of rock. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona #nasa #space #solarsystem #spaceexploration

Can you guess what planet is home to this multicolored terrain?

This enhanced-color image shows rocky material thrown out of an impact crater when it was made. The impact broke up already diverse rock types and mixed them together to create this wild jumble of colors, each representing a different type of rock.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

#nasa #space #solarsystem #spaceexploration
1086738 10328 15 days ago

Black holes don’t always devour everything that gets too close. While some material around a black hole falls directly in, never to be seen again, nearby gas is sometimes flung outward, creating a shell that expands over thousands of years. This outflow of gas creates cosmic clouds, clumpy areas of greater density than their surroundings. These clouds start out small but can expand to be more than 3 light-years wide. This illustration by Nima Abkenar depicts this awesome and mystifying occurrence. Credits: Illustration by Nima Abkenar #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole #art #artwork #spaceart

Black holes don’t always devour everything that gets too close.

While some material around a black hole falls directly in, never to be seen again, nearby gas is sometimes flung outward, creating a shell that expands over thousands of years.

This outflow of gas creates cosmic clouds, clumpy areas of greater density than their surroundings. These clouds start out small but can expand to be more than 3 light-years wide. This illustration by Nima Abkenar depicts this awesome and mystifying occurrence.

Credits: Illustration by Nima Abkenar

#nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole #art #artwork #spaceart
2026764 9983 16 days ago

Think big. Now think bigger. Two galaxy clusters, containing hundreds of galaxies each, collided millions of years ago and became tied together by gravity. Now, a supermassive black hole is tearing the two apart on a galactic stage. The jet of particles driven away from the black hole is so powerful that it is bending the shape of the bridge that connects the clusters, which extends for over 3 million light years and has the mass of about 6 trillion Suns. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/V.Parekh, et al. & ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/GMRT #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole

Think big. Now think bigger.

Two galaxy clusters, containing hundreds of galaxies each, collided millions of years ago and became tied together by gravity. Now, a supermassive black hole is tearing the two apart on a galactic stage. 
The jet of particles driven away from the black hole is so powerful that it is bending the shape of the bridge that connects the clusters, which extends for over 3 million light years and has the mass of about 6 trillion Suns.

Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/V.Parekh, et al. & ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/GMRT

#nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole
878472 3818 17 days ago

Feeling a little crabby? If so, we hope you know you're still as beautiful as this one! This stunning composite image of the Crab Nebula was made with data from the @nasachandraxray (blue and white), @NASAHubble (purple), and @nasa_spitzer (pink). The star that exploded to create this galactic beauty was first seen from Earth in 1054 A.D. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #xray

Feeling a little crabby?

If so, we hope you know you're still as beautiful as this one! This stunning composite image of the Crab Nebula was made with data from the @nasachandraxray (blue and white), @NASAHubble (purple), and @nasa_spitzer (pink). The star that exploded to create this galactic beauty was first seen from Earth in 1054 A.D.

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech

#nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #xray
1112807 4798 18 days ago