Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him and the International Space Station. Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will continue his stay into September.

Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, International Space Station Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him.

~~Coronal Loops Reveal Magnetic Dance | Magnetic Dance: Solar material traces out giant magnetic fields soaring through the sun to create what's called coronal loops | NASA Goddard Photo and Video~~

SDO Telescope Collects Its 100 Millionth Image

~~Coronal Loops Reveal Magnetic Dance Magnetic Dance: Solar material traces out giant magnetic fields soaring through the sun to create what's called coronal loops NASA Goddard Photo and Video~~

Explore NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's 5,777 photos on Flickr!

Explore NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's 5,777 photos on Flickr!

Spacewalking Astronaut John Grunsfeld by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

A close-up of Astronaut John Grunsfeld shows the reflection of Astronaut Andrew Feustel, perched on the robotic arm and taking the photo. The pair teamed together on three of the five spacewalks during Servicing Mission 4 in May Space by Nasa®

Space Telescope or Transformer?The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date By NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Space Telescope or Transformer?The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date By NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Hemispheric View of Venus by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr  color coded to represent elevation (and to make it pretty;)

The hemispheric view of Venus, as revealed by more than a decade of radar investigations culminating in the Magellan mission, is centered at 270 degrees east longitude. Colors represent different elevations.

Called the Emerald Isle for a good reason, Ireland is draped in vibrant shades of green amidst the blue Atlantic Ocean and Celtic (south) and Irish (east) Seas. Faint ribbons of blue-green phytoplankton drift in the waters of the Celtic Sea, just south of Dublin.

Called the Emerald Isle for a good reason, Ireland is draped in vibrant shades of green amidst the blue Atlantic Ocean and Celtic (south) and Irish (east) Seas.

High Resolution Image of Earth by NASA’s New Suomi NPP Satellite

High Resolution Image of Earth by NASA's New Suomi NPP Satellite

NASA has proclaimed this image the MOST amazing high definition image of Earth ever. This ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth was taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP.

City Lights Illuminate the Nile    NASA image acquired October 13, 2012    The Nile River Valley and Delta comprise less than 5 percent of Egypt’s land area, but provide a home to roughly 97 percent of the country’s population. Nothing makes the location of human population clearer than the lights illuminating the valley and delta at night.

City Lights Illuminate the Nile NASA image acquired October 2012 The Nile River Valley and Delta comprise less than 5 percent of Egypt’s land area, but provide a home to roughly 97 percent of the country’s population. Nothing makes the location o

The nighttime view was made possible by the new satellite's day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.  Nighttime light is the most interesting data that I've had a chance to work with, says Chris Elvidge, who leads the Earth Observation Group at NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center. I'm always amazed at what city light images show us about human activity. Photo credit: NASA Observatory

Black Marble Images: Earth at Night

Night Images of Earth. This image of the continental United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC.

NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years (roughly half of the Milky Way’s diameter) and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy. The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old.

NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans light-years (roughly half of the Milky Way’s diameter) and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black.

NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image

cosmicvastness: “ NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image In this composite image we see Earth appear to rise over the lunar horizon from the viewpoint of the spacecraft, with the center.

Melt ponds, which are exactly what the name implies – ponds of melted water formed on ice – have been observed in recent years on the Antarctic Peninsula, the most northern part of Antarctica. Previously this area had been too cold for melting to occur but, due to a 2.5 degrees Centigrade warming trend on the Peninsula over the last 50 years (several times the global average), this has begun to change.

Ponds on ice- What I do and why (I think!) it matters

Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies for some mid-mission fixes dropped by parachute from a in the Arctic Ocean in this July

A Cosmic Holiday Ornament, Hubble-Style by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Hubble snaps NGC 5189 The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like a giant and brightly coloured ribbon in space.

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