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View nasa's Instagram On its eighth flyby of Jupiter, our Juno spacecraft caught this striking view of the gas giant planet. Taken on Sept. 1, 2017, Juno was soaring 4,707 miles (7,576 km) from the tops of the planet's clouds in this view.

Juno is currently at Jupiter to understand the origin and evolution of the planet. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars.

With its suite of science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet's auroras. Juno will let us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system.

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On its eighth flyby of Jupiter, our Juno spacecraft caught this striking view of the gas giant planet. Taken on Sept. 1, 2017, Juno was soaring 4,707 miles (7,576 km) from the tops of the planet's clouds in this view. Juno is currently at Jupiter to understand the origin and evolution of the planet. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. With its suite of science instruments, Juno will investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter's intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere, and observe the planet's auroras. Juno will let us take a giant step forward in our understanding of how giant planets form and the role these titans played in putting together the rest of the solar system. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt #nasa #space #jupiter #juno #junocam #spacecraft #storm #planet #polar #cloudscape #picoftheday #astronomy #science

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View nasa's Instagram An unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. This time-lapse, assembled from a set of Hubble Space Telescope photos, reveals the asteroid pair, called 2006 VW139/288P. 
The pair is orbiting each other at a distance of 60 miles and was imaged in September 2016. The more recent Hubble observations revealed ongoing activity in the binary system. We detected strong indications for the sublimation of water ice due to the increased solar heating – similar to how the tail of a comet is created. 
The team estimates that 2006 VW139/288P has existed as a binary system only for about 5,000 years. The most probably formation scenario is the breakup due to fast rotation. 
Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale and Z Levay (STScI) 
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An unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. This time-lapse, assembled from a set of Hubble Space Telescope photos, reveals the asteroid pair, called 2006 VW139/288P. The pair is orbiting each other at a distance of 60 miles and was imaged in September 2016. The more recent Hubble observations revealed ongoing activity in the binary system. We detected strong indications for the sublimation of water ice due to the increased solar heating – similar to how the tail of a comet is created. The team estimates that 2006 VW139/288P has existed as a binary system only for about 5,000 years. The most probably formation scenario is the breakup due to fast rotation. Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale and Z Levay (STScI) #nasa #space #hubble #hubblespacetelescope #telescope #binary #asteroids #orbit #sun #timelapse #gif #astronomy #solarsystem

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View nasa's Instagram Hurricane Maria in infrared. Our Suomi NPP satellite captured this thermal image of Hurricane Maria early Wednesday morning. At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and its northwester quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico.

This image shows very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful thunderstorms in Maria’s eyewall. Rainfall analysis from another satellite (our Global Precipitation Measurement mission) found that some extreme storms within the hurricane’s feeder bands were dropping rain at a rate of greater than 5.4 inches per hour.

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Hurricane Maria in infrared. Our Suomi NPP satellite captured this thermal image of Hurricane Maria early Wednesday morning. At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and its northwester quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico. This image shows very cold cloud top temperatures in the powerful thunderstorms in Maria’s eyewall. Rainfall analysis from another satellite (our Global Precipitation Measurement mission) found that some extreme storms within the hurricane’s feeder bands were dropping rain at a rate of greater than 5.4 inches per hour. Credit: NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team #nasa #space #earth #hurricane #hurricanemaria #maria #storm #puertorico #satellite #picoftheday #planet #rain #clouds #rainfall

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View nasa's Instagram The aurora borealis, Latin for northern lights, over Canada is sighted from the International Space Station (@iss) near the highest point of its orbital path. The station’s main solar arrays are seen in the left foreground. 
There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is located 250 miles above the Earth. As it orbits our home planet, they conduct important research in the unique microgravity laboratory. This science will not only help us travel farther into the solar system, but also has direct benefits to life on Earth. 
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The aurora borealis, Latin for northern lights, over Canada is sighted from the International Space Station (@iss) near the highest point of its orbital path. The station’s main solar arrays are seen in the left foreground. There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is located 250 miles above the Earth. As it orbits our home planet, they conduct important research in the unique microgravity laboratory. This science will not only help us travel farther into the solar system, but also has direct benefits to life on Earth. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #aurora #auroraborealis #latin #northernlights #lights #canada #spacestation #photography #earth #planet #home #astronomy #science #picoftheday #nofilter

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View nasa's Instagram Look up in the sky tonight and see Saturn! 
This month Saturn is the only prominent evening planet low in the southwest sky. Look for it near the constellation Sagittarius. Above and below Saturn--from a dark sky--you can't miss the summer Milky Way spanning the sky from northeast to southwest! 
Grab a pair of binoculars and scan the teapot-shaped Sagittarius, where stars and some brighter clumps appear as steam from the teapot. Those bright clumps are near the center of our galaxy, which is full of gas, dust and stars. 
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Look up in the sky tonight and see Saturn! This month Saturn is the only prominent evening planet low in the southwest sky. Look for it near the constellation Sagittarius. Above and below Saturn--from a dark sky--you can't miss the summer Milky Way spanning the sky from northeast to southwest! Grab a pair of binoculars and scan the teapot-shaped Sagittarius, where stars and some brighter clumps appear as steam from the teapot. Those bright clumps are near the center of our galaxy, which is full of gas, dust and stars. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #astronomy #september #whatsup #night #nightsky #stars #stargazing #saturn #planet

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View nasa's Instagram Far, far away…55 million light-years to be exact, lies this galaxy containing a massive star-forming cloud. This large cloud composed of ionized hydrogen is the only massive star-forming complex in the entire galaxy.

Imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope (@nasahubble), this barred spiral galaxy is famous for containing an especially extensive HII region, a large cloud composed of ionized hydrogen (or HII, pronounced “H=two,” with H being the chemical symbol for hydrogen and the “II” indicating that the atoms have lost an electron to become ionized). This cloud sits at the lower left end of the galaxy’s central “bar” of stars, a structure that cuts through the galactic core and funnels material inwards to maintain the star formation occurring there.

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Far, far away…55 million light-years to be exact, lies this galaxy containing a massive star-forming cloud. This large cloud composed of ionized hydrogen is the only massive star-forming complex in the entire galaxy. Imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope (@nasahubble), this barred spiral galaxy is famous for containing an especially extensive HII region, a large cloud composed of ionized hydrogen (or HII, pronounced “H=two,” with H being the chemical symbol for hydrogen and the “II” indicating that the atoms have lost an electron to become ionized). This cloud sits at the lower left end of the galaxy’s central “bar” of stars, a structure that cuts through the galactic core and funnels material inwards to maintain the star formation occurring there. CREDIT: NASA/ESA #nasa #space #hubble #telescope #galaxy #spothubble #galaxies #universe #astrophysics #stars #hydrogent

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View nasa's Instagram After two decades in space, our Cassini spacecraft has ended its journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators deliberately plunged Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry. 
Swipe to explore some of Cassini’s final images that were sent to Earth in the hours before its final plunge. As the spacecraft made its fateful dive into the planet's atmosphere, it sent home additional data in real time. Key measurements came from its mass spectrometer, which sampled Saturn's atmosphere, telling us about its composition until contact was lost. 
While it's always sad when a mission comes to an end, Cassini's finale plunge is a truly spectacular end for one of the most scientifically rich voyages yet undertaken in our solar system. To truly reveal the wonders of Saturn, we had to go there. 
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After two decades in space, our Cassini spacecraft has ended its journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators deliberately plunged Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons will remain pristine for future exploration—in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry. Swipe to explore some of Cassini’s final images that were sent to Earth in the hours before its final plunge. As the spacecraft made its fateful dive into the planet's atmosphere, it sent home additional data in real time. Key measurements came from its mass spectrometer, which sampled Saturn's atmosphere, telling us about its composition until contact was lost. While it's always sad when a mission comes to an end, Cassini's finale plunge is a truly spectacular end for one of the most scientifically rich voyages yet undertaken in our solar system. To truly reveal the wonders of Saturn, we had to go there. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute #nasa #cassini #grandfinale #goodbyecassini #space #science #photography #astronomy #picoftheday

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View nasa's Instagram Get up close and see Jupiter in this new series of enhanced-color images from our Juno spacecraft. It recently performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet and captured this sequence of images taken on Sept. 1 from 6:03 p.m. to 6:11 p.m. EDT. At the times the images were taken, the spacecraft ranged from 7,545 to 14,234 miles (12,143 to 22,908 km) from the tops of the clouds of the planet.

Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. Juno is working to unlock Jupiter's secrets, increasing our understanding of the origin and evolution of the planet. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars.

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/ Gerald Eichstädt/Sean Doran

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Get up close and see Jupiter in this new series of enhanced-color images from our Juno spacecraft. It recently performed its eighth flyby of the gas giant planet and captured this sequence of images taken on Sept. 1 from 6:03 p.m. to 6:11 p.m. EDT. At the times the images were taken, the spacecraft ranged from 7,545 to 14,234 miles (12,143 to 22,908 km) from the tops of the clouds of the planet. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. Juno is working to unlock Jupiter's secrets, increasing our understanding of the origin and evolution of the planet. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/ Gerald Eichstädt/Sean Doran #nasa #space #jupiter #juno #junocam #spacecraft #storm #planet #polar #cloudscape #picoftheday #astronomy #science

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View nasa's Instagram LIFTOFF! NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, left Earth at 5:17 p.m. EDT to head toward the International Space Station (@iss) for a five-month stay. They will arrive at their new home in space at 10:57 p.m. 
There are currently three people living on the space station, soon to be joined by the three crew members that launched today. While living on this unique orbiting platform, they conduct important research and science that will not only help us travel deeper into space, but also benefits life here on Earth. 
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LIFTOFF! NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, left Earth at 5:17 p.m. EDT to head toward the International Space Station (@iss) for a five-month stay. They will arrive at their new home in space at 10:57 p.m. There are currently three people living on the space station, soon to be joined by the three crew members that launched today. While living on this unique orbiting platform, they conduct important research and science that will not only help us travel deeper into space, but also benefits life here on Earth. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #spacestation #liftoff #launch #rocket #crew #astronaut #spacecraft #orbit #earth #research #science

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View nasa's Instagram Like firecrackers lighting up the sky on New Year’s Eve, the majestic spiral arms of this galaxy are alight with new stars being born. The Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble) saw this spiral galaxy, NGC 5559, with spiral arms filled with gas and dust sweeping out around the bright galactic bulge. These arms are a rich environment for star formation, dotted with a festive array of colors including the newborn stars glowing blue as a result of their immensely high temperatures.

NGC 5559 was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1785 and lies approximately 240 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Boötes (the herdsman). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

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Like firecrackers lighting up the sky on New Year’s Eve, the majestic spiral arms of this galaxy are alight with new stars being born. The Hubble Space Telescope (@NASAHubble) saw this spiral galaxy, NGC 5559, with spiral arms filled with gas and dust sweeping out around the bright galactic bulge. These arms are a rich environment for star formation, dotted with a festive array of colors including the newborn stars glowing blue as a result of their immensely high temperatures. NGC 5559 was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1785 and lies approximately 240 million light-years away in the northern constellation of Boötes (the herdsman). Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #nasa #space #hubble #hubblespacetelescope #spacetelescope #telescope #galaxy #galactic #spothubble #universe #sprialgalaxy #astronomy #science

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View nasa's Instagram Astronaut Randy 'Komrade' Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) shared this image of Hurricane Irma this evening saying "The tentacles of the bow wave of #Irma clawing its way up Florida." Bresnik is currently living and working in space on the International Space Station (@ISS). Hurricane Irma formed in the Atlantic Ocean and has affected the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, before impacting the United States. Our fleet of satellites have been continually providing forecasters with data on Hurricane Irma. That includes satellite imagery for Irma, plus trajectory, force and precipitation tracking to inform the National Hurricane Center.

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Astronaut Randy 'Komrade' Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) shared this image of Hurricane Irma this evening saying "The tentacles of the bow wave of #irmaclawing its way up Florida." Bresnik is currently living and working in space on the International Space Station (@ISS). Hurricane Irma formed in the Atlantic Ocean and has affected the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, before impacting the United States. Our fleet of satellites have been continually providing forecasters with data on Hurricane Irma. That includes satellite imagery for Irma, plus trajectory, force and precipitation tracking to inform the National Hurricane Center. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #space #hurricane #spacestation #hurricaneirma #irma #storm #rain #wind #clouds #astronaut

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View nasa's Instagram Explore Saturn's rings like never before with the highest-resolution color images ever taken by our Cassini mission. This image shows a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring and is a mosaic of two images that show a region that lies between 61,300 and 65,600 miles (98,600 and 105,500 km) from Saturn's center.

This image is a natural color composite, created using images taken with red, green and blue spectral filters. The pale tan color is generally not perceptible with the naked eye in telescope views, especially given that Saturn has a similar hue.

The material responsible for bestowing this color on the rings -- which are mostly water ice and would otherwise appear white -- is a matter of intense debate among ring scientists that will hopefully be settled by new in-situ observations before the end of Cassini's mission.

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Explore Saturn's rings like never before with the highest-resolution color images ever taken by our Cassini mission. This image shows a portion of the inner-central part of the planet's B Ring and is a mosaic of two images that show a region that lies between 61,300 and 65,600 miles (98,600 and 105,500 km) from Saturn's center. This image is a natural color composite, created using images taken with red, green and blue spectral filters. The pale tan color is generally not perceptible with the naked eye in telescope views, especially given that Saturn has a similar hue. The material responsible for bestowing this color on the rings -- which are mostly water ice and would otherwise appear white -- is a matter of intense debate among ring scientists that will hopefully be settled by new in-situ observations before the end of Cassini's mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute #nasa #space #saturn #cassini #mission #spacecraft #planet #solarsystem #rings #science #astronomy

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View nasa's Instagram We're using our unique vantage point in space to provide observations and data of Hurricane Irma. Satellite imagery from our Aqua satellite and the Suomi NPP satellite have provided different data on the still Category 5 Hurricane Irma as it headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. We continue to provide satellite imagery for Irma, tracking its trajectory, force and precipitation to inform forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

As the category 5 storm approaches the Bahamas and Florida in the coming days, it will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes. 
Learn more at www.nasa.gov/hurricane

For information on making preparations for Hurricanes, visit the FEMA website at: ready.gov/hurricanes 
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We're using our unique vantage point in space to provide observations and data of Hurricane Irma. Satellite imagery from our Aqua satellite and the Suomi NPP satellite have provided different data on the still Category 5 Hurricane Irma as it headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. We continue to provide satellite imagery for Irma, tracking its trajectory, force and precipitation to inform forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. As the category 5 storm approaches the Bahamas and Florida in the coming days, it will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes. Learn more at www.nasa.gov/hurricane For information on making preparations for Hurricanes, visit the FEMA website at: ready.gov/hurricanes Credit: NASA #nasa #space #earth #hurricane #hurricaneirma #irma #rain #wind #safety #satellite #storm #science

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View nasa's Instagram As part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), our scientists are flying over Alaska and Canada, measuring the elevation of rivers and lakes to study how thawing permafrost affects hydrology in the landscape. This view of one of the great Arctic rivers, the Yukon, meandering through Yukon Flats, Alaska, was taken from our DC-8 “flying laboratory” as part of the Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days and Seasons (ASCENDS) experiment.

Scientists on the Air Surface, Water and Ocean Topography (AirSWOT) mission have been flying over the same location, investigating how water levels in the Arctic landscape change as permafrost thaws. Under typical conditions, the frozen layer of soil keeps water from sinking into the ground and percolating away. As permafrost thaws, the water has new ways to move between rivers and lakes, which can raise or lower the elevation of the bodies of water. These changes in water levels will have effects on Arctic life— plants, animals, and humans—in the near future.

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As part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), our scientists are flying over Alaska and Canada, measuring the elevation of rivers and lakes to study how thawing permafrost affects hydrology in the landscape. This view of one of the great Arctic rivers, the Yukon, meandering through Yukon Flats, Alaska, was taken from our DC-8 “flying laboratory” as part of the Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days and Seasons (ASCENDS) experiment. Scientists on the Air Surface, Water and Ocean Topography (AirSWOT) mission have been flying over the same location, investigating how water levels in the Arctic landscape change as permafrost thaws. Under typical conditions, the frozen layer of soil keeps water from sinking into the ground and percolating away. As permafrost thaws, the water has new ways to move between rivers and lakes, which can raise or lower the elevation of the bodies of water. These changes in water levels will have effects on Arctic life— plants, animals, and humans—in the near future. Credit: NASA/Peter Griffith #nasa #earth #earthexpeditions #alaska #arctic #yukon #permafrost #river #aircraft #science #picofthedayphoto #picoftheday

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View nasa's Instagram Today we celebrate the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft and their 40 years in space. These two spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Launched two weeks apart in 1977, these two spacecraft took some of the very first up-close images we have of the planets in our solar system. 
Their primary mission was the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn. After making a string of discoveries there – such as active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io and intricacies of Saturn’s rings – the mission was extended. Voyager 2 went on to explore Uranus and Neptune, and is still the only spacecraft to have visited those outer planets. 
Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between the stars, in 2012. 
Carried on both spacecraft are an ambitious message, a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. 
Swipe to see more about Voyager and some iconic images from this mission! 
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Today we celebrate the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft and their 40 years in space. These two spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Launched two weeks apart in 1977, these two spacecraft took some of the very first up-close images we have of the planets in our solar system. Their primary mission was the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn. After making a string of discoveries there – such as active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io and intricacies of Saturn’s rings – the mission was extended. Voyager 2 went on to explore Uranus and Neptune, and is still the only spacecraft to have visited those outer planets. Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between the stars, in 2012. Carried on both spacecraft are an ambitious message, a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Swipe to see more about Voyager and some iconic images from this mission! Credit: NASA #nasa #space #voyager #voyager40 #exploration #interstellar #spacecraft #goldenrecord #mission #planets #solarsystem #discovery #science

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View nasa's Instagram Saturday, at 9:21 p.m. EDT, three humans landed safely home on Earth after months of living and working on the International Space Station (@iss). Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was returning from a 288 day stay in space, bringing her cumulative time in space to 665 days, maintaining the record for U.S. astronauts. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer (@astro2fish) and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were returning from 136 days in space. 
The International Space Station is a unique microgravity laboratory where important research is conducted that not will not only help us travel deeper into the solar system, but also benefits life here on Earth. 
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Saturday, at 9:21 p.m. EDT, three humans landed safely home on Earth after months of living and working on the International Space Station (@iss). Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was returning from a 288 day stay in space, bringing her cumulative time in space to 665 days, maintaining the record for U.S. astronauts. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer (@astro2fish) and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin were returning from 136 days in space. The International Space Station is a unique microgravity laboratory where important research is conducted that not will not only help us travel deeper into the solar system, but also benefits life here on Earth. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #crew #spacestation #landing #parachute #capsule #astronauts #record #microgravity

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View nasa's Instagram NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth Saturday at 9:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. 
While living and working aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory, Whitson and Fischer contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, welcomed several cargo spacecraft delivering tons of supplies and research experiments, and conducted a combined six spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades to the station.

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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who set multiple U.S. space records during her mission aboard the International Space Station, along with crewmates Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, safely landed on Earth Saturday at 9:21 p.m. EDT (7:21 a.m. Kazakhstan time, Sept. 3), southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. While living and working aboard the world’s only orbiting laboratory, Whitson and Fischer contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, welcomed several cargo spacecraft delivering tons of supplies and research experiments, and conducted a combined six spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades to the station. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #spacestation #astro2fish #landing #soyuz #internationalspacestation #astronomy #picoftheday

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View nasa's Instagram One of the two galaxies seen here by the Hubble Space Telescope (@nasahubble) is emitting the same microwaves as your kitchen appliance. Microwaves are actually produced by a multitude of astrophysical sources, including strong emitters known as masers (microwave lasers), even stronger emitters with the somewhat villainous name of megamasers and the centers of some galaxies.

The lower, blue-tinted galaxy is a special kind of megamaser. The galaxy’s active galaxtic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, which stimulates clouds of surrounding water. Water’s constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen are able to absorb some of this energy and re-emit it at specific wavelengths, one of which falls within the microwave regime.

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One of the two galaxies seen here by the Hubble Space Telescope (@nasahubble) is emitting the same microwaves as your kitchen appliance. Microwaves are actually produced by a multitude of astrophysical sources, including strong emitters known as masers (microwave lasers), even stronger emitters with the somewhat villainous name of megamasers and the centers of some galaxies. The lower, blue-tinted galaxy is a special kind of megamaser. The galaxy’s active galaxtic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, which stimulates clouds of surrounding water. Water’s constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen are able to absorb some of this energy and re-emit it at specific wavelengths, one of which falls within the microwave regime. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA #nasa #space #hubble #hubblespacetelescope #spacetelescope #telescope #galaxy #galactic #spothubble #universe #microwaves #radiowaves

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View nasa's Instagram Blue skies over Houston. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade) posted this image to his social accounts Aug. 30 saying, “Houston is reporting blue sky for the first time in many days! May this sunrise start the healing process.” Bresnik is living with @astro2fish on the International Space Station, who took the photo. 
There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is locasted 250 miles above Earth. While there, they conduct important research and science in the unique microgravity laboratory. 
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Blue skies over Houston. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade) posted this image to his social accounts Aug. 30 saying, “Houston is reporting blue sky for the first time in many days! May this sunrise start the healing process.” Bresnik is living with @astro2fish on the International Space Station, who took the photo. There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is locasted 250 miles above Earth. While there, they conduct important research and science in the unique microgravity laboratory. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #harvey #spacestation #sun #earth #sunrise #houston #bluesky

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View nasa's Instagram Top of the world! 
These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. Our Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn’s north pole on April 26 – the day it began its Grand Finale – as it approached the planet for its first daring dive through the gap between the planet and its rings. 
Although the pole is still bathed in sunlight at present, northern summer solstice on Saturn occurred on May 24, bringing the maximum solar illumination to the north polar region. Now the Sun begins its slow descent in the northern sky, which eventually will plunge the north pole into Earth-years of darkness. 
After almost 20 years at Saturn, our Cassini mission is expectedly coming to an end on Sept. 15. Hear from mission experts today, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. EDT on nasa.gov/live. 
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Top of the world! These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. Our Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn’s north pole on April 26 – the day it began its Grand Finale – as it approached the planet for its first daring dive through the gap between the planet and its rings. Although the pole is still bathed in sunlight at present, northern summer solstice on Saturn occurred on May 24, bringing the maximum solar illumination to the north polar region. Now the Sun begins its slow descent in the northern sky, which eventually will plunge the north pole into Earth-years of darkness. After almost 20 years at Saturn, our Cassini mission is expectedly coming to an end on Sept. 15. Hear from mission experts today, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. EDT on nasa.gov/live. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute #nasa #space #saturn #cassini #mission #spacecraft #planet #solarsystem #rings #clouds #pole #orbit #sunlight #world

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