pictures from space

The Atlas V rocket successfully launched Solar Orbiter from Space Launch Complex 41 last night at 11:03 p.m. EST (0403 GMT), and this timelapse photo shows its curved path into space. This view from the shuttle's cargo bay shows the iconic telescope glistening in the sun shortly after it was released. July 14, 2020: In this photo, taken last week and posted to Twitter July 13, 2020, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy works on a piece of equipment aboard the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Drew Morgan, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Saturday (July 20), on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and arrived at the orbiting laboratory about six hours later.

— Hanneke Weitering, Monday, April 1, 2019: Happy April Fools' Day from space! All our photos are of high quality, so go ahead and use them for your blog or article - for free — Hanneke Weitering, Tuesday, September 17, 2019: A wispy layer of mesospheric clouds illuminates Earth's atmosphere in this photo taken from the International Space Station. — Hanneke Weitering, Tuesday, January 29, 2019: Eerie blue sand dunes ripple across the Martian terrain in this image from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

— Hanneke Weitering, Friday, April 12, 2019: The two side boosters on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stick a simultaneous upright landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida following the launch of the Saudi Arabian communications satellite Arabsat-6A on Thursday (April 11). But Messier 110 is not the only strange blob in this image; near the center of the frame is a dark splotch, which is a cloud of interstellar dust and gas. Areas affected by the storm were located north and south of the Orange River, which forms part of the border between Namibia and South Africa, NASA officials said in a statement.

— Hanneke Weitering, Thursday, May 7, 2020: The nearly-full moon of May, known as the Flower Moon, gleams against the twilight sky in this photo taken by Kevin M. Gill of Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday night. The image was released Dec. 30. You can find an annotated version of this image that points out all the different bubbles here. The two interacting galaxies, NGC 5426 and NGC 5427, have formed a bridge of material where new stars are beginning to form. — Passant Rabie, Monday, August 26, 2019:  Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a dying star after it shed its outer layers, blasting them off into space. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. You can see more Starlink launch photos here! You can find more photos of the rare Mercury transit in this gallery.

— Hanneke Weitering, Tuesday, April 30, 2019: Wispy clouds sweep across the sky over the Canary Islands in this photo by astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.

Sept. 20, 2020: The Unit Telescope 4 of the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory in Chile fires its "laser guide stars" at the night sky as part of the telescope's adaptive optics system. — Hanneke Weitering, Tuesday, March 10, 2020: The first supermoon of the year peers through a blanket of clouds above the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this photo captured by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky on Monday (March 9). For this reason, the sky is never completely dark. — Hanneke Weitering. — Hanneke Weitering, Tuesday, October 15, 2019: A mysterious bird and its seemingly huge talons photobomb an all-sky camera's view of the cosmos in this lucky shot from the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 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 Blue Moon by the traditional or "seasonal" definition of the term. The image, made using data from NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) craft, is centered on the North Pole. This image won 10th place in the Hubble Hidden Treasures competition, which called on the public to help sift through Hubble's enormous collection of images to find the most beautiful ones that did not receive the fanfare they deserved. See AMAZING photos of the 2019 Blood Moon! NGC 2273 hosts one inner ring along with two outer "pseudorings." Over the course of the next 20 months, Solar Orbiter will perform a series of gravity-assist maneuvers, flying by Venus and Earth before venturing to the inner solar system, where it will study the sun up close, capturing unprecedented imagery of our star's poles. Wednesday, September 4, 2019: In this new view of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 3351, massive bubbles of hot gas are erupting from the galaxy's nucleus. — Tariq Malik, Thursday, March 14, 2019: Astronauts at the International Space Station celebrated what would have been Albert Einstein's 140th birthday today by sharing this photo of him floating weightlessly in the Cupola observatory.

283 Free images of Space Station. Aug. 19, 2020: This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2597 was spotted by NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory.

Astrophotographer Ron Brecher created this glittering view of the galaxy using data acquired from an observatory in New South Wales, Australia. — Hanneke Weitering, Wednesday, June 5, 2019: This brilliant and diffuse object glowing in deep space is the elliptical galaxy NGC 4621, also known as Messier 59. Seen here are: (Clockwise from top) NASA astronauts Anne McClain, Christina Koch, Nick Hague and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. — Hanneke Weitering, Monday, July 1, 2019: A photo of Earth taken from the International Space Station reveals the frigid mountain tops of the Andes in South America. Tomorrow (July 2), a total solar eclipse will pass over this mountain range. This goofy-looking face on Jupiter is no joke. "The mighty @csa_asc #Canadarm2 ready to grapple, as @AstroDrewMorgan & I practiced our maneuvers to capture #Cygnus that is headed our way, loaded with nearly 7,500 pounds of science, cargo, and @Space_Station supplies," Meir tweeted on Saturday (Feb. 15). — Tariq Malik, Monday, December 30, 2019: The skies above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile's Atacama Desert are ablaze with color in this dazzling photo by photographer Yuri Beletsky released by ESO Dec. 30.

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