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NASA - Image of the Day

The latest NASA "Image of the Day" image.

Ellen Ochoa at Work on the Shuttle

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the achievements of astronaut Ellen Ochoa and other Hispanic astronauts and professionals at NASA. Floating upside down and reading a checklist may not be how most of us perform the day's work, but it was for Ochoa on Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-96 mission.

Southern California as Seen From Apollo 7

This view of southern California was taken by the Apollo 7 crew during their 18th revolution of the Earth on Oct. 12, 1968.

Expedition 57 Crew Returns to Baikonur

Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, left, and astronaut Nick Hague of NASA, right. embrace their families after landing at the Krayniy Airport.

The Space Station Transits Our Sun

This composite image shows the International Space Station, with a crew of three onboard, in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

Soyuz Rolls to the Pad for Next Launch to the Space Station

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, for the Expedition 57 launch.

Astronaut Joe Acaba Farms in Space

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this image, astronaut Joe Acaba installs botany gear for the International Space Station's Veggie facility, to demonstrate plant growth in space.

Home Again! Space Station Crew Lands

The landing jets fire as the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft lands with Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev, members of the Expedition 55 and 56 crews onboard the International Space Station.

The Creativity of Mother Nature

International Space Station Commander Alexander Gerst has a better view of our home planet than most.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold Works With a Student-Designed Experiment

International Space Station astronaut and former teacher Ricky Arnold works with a student-designed experiment using NanoRacks commercial science hardware.

Aeronautics: NASA's First 'A'

Aeronautics, the first A of the NASA acronym, has always been a part of the agency.

Apollo 7 Crew Trains to Test Technology for Missions to the Moon

This Aug. 5 1968 image was taken aboard the MV Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Apollo 7 crew, Walter Schirra, Walter Cunningham and Donn Eisele practiced water egress procedures in preparation for the October 1968 mission.

Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria Works on Constructing the International Space Station

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this Feb. 2007 photo, astronaut Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Expedition 14 commander, participates in a 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk as construction continues on the International Space Station.

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

Our Sun: Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory views our Sun in ten different wavelengths because each wavelength reveals different solar features.

John Young Makes Last Minute Inspection of Gemini III

John W. Young (1930-2018), born on Sept. 24, was NASA's longest-serving astronaut and the only astronaut to fly missions in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs.

Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts

In the northern constellation of Coma Berenices lies the impressive Coma Cluster — a structure of over a thousand galaxies bound together by gravity.

Small Satellite Demonstrates Possible Solution for 'Space Junk'

The International Space Station deployed this small satellite for the NanoRacks-Remove Debris investigation, designed to demonstrate an approach to reduce the risks presented by orbital debris or "space junk."

First Light Data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Just over a month into its mission, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. These early observations show that each of the instruments is working well.

Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor Examines Her Eyes

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic women and men of NASA. In this photo from Expedition 56, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor examines her eye with a Funduscope.

ICESat-2 Lifts Off to Study Earth's Changing Ice

A Delta II rocket launches with NASA's ICESat-2 onboard, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Juno Captures Elusive 'Brown Barge'

A long, brown oval known as a "brown barge" in Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt is captured in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Juno spacecraft.

Success! Final Orion Parachute Tests Completed

NASA completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to deep space.

Staring Down Hurricane Florence

Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space.

Hurricane Florence Viewed from the Space Station

Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.

Bright Spots On Ceres

Bright surface features on the dwarf planet Ceres known as faculae were first discovered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2015.

'Snow Swamp' on Canada's Lowell Glacier

Over a mere four days this summer, snow from the previous winter melted into a pond of slush a glaciologist called a “snow swamp.”

Along the Way to Launch Pad 39B

A truck sprays water to reduce the dust as NASA's crawler-transporter 2 with the mobile launcher atop moves slowly along, on its trek to Launch Pad 39B.

Summer Ship Tracks in the Pacific

Long, narrow clouds, known as ship tracks, stood out against the backdrop of marine clouds blanketing much of the North Pacific Ocean.

Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud

The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it.

Celebrating Guy Bluford's Historic First Flight

Guy Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, launched into space on shuttle Challenger's STS-8 mission thirty-five years ago, on August 30, 1983.

Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions

An expedition that will help NASA search for life in deep space launched today – not with a rocket’s roar, but with a gentle splash into the deep Pacific Ocean. The project will use underwater robots to explore the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii that has similar conditions to what may exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Lights of Java

Astronauts get to observe the Earth in all her beauty from aboard the International Space Station. A member of the Expedition 56 crew currently onboard the station took this nighttime image of Java, Indonesia's largest island.

Time-lapse Sequence of Jupiter’s North

Striking atmospheric features in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere are captured in this series of color-enhanced images from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.

Just Another Day on Aerosol Earth

Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particles and liquid droplets. These ubiquitous specks of matter are known as aerosols, and they can be found in the air over oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, ice and every ecosystem in between.

A World On Fire

The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview.

Space Station Flight Over Hurricane Lane

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold photographed a massive storm in the Pacific Ocean during a flyover from the International Space Station. Arnold shared images on social media on Aug. 22, 2018, and wrote, "#HurricaneLane in the early morning hours near #Hawaii. The crew of the @Space_Station sends much aloha to everyone there."

Looking Back at Eclipse 2017

One year ago on August 21, 2017, the continental United States experienced the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Planet of Clouds

Our cloud-covered planet is seen from aboard the International Space Station.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kranz!

Wishing legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz the happiest of birthdays!

Sun's Magnetic Field Portrayed

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018. The bright active region right at the central area of the Sun clearly shows a concentration of field lines, as well as the small active region at the Sun's right edge.

Auroras: 'Mind-blowing Every Time'

Ever wondered what auroras look like from space?

Mendocino Complex Fire Shrouds California in Smoke

The largest fire in California's history, the Mendocino Complex, is still spewing clouds of smoke across the state.

Parker Solar Probe Launches to 'Touch the Sun'

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe on a mission to touch the Sun, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Parker Solar Probe Ready for Launch on Mission to the Sun

Inside the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Parker Solar is slated to launch at 3:33 a.m. EDT, Saturday, August 11.

Mary Ross: A Hidden Figure

Who was Mary Ross? Another 'hidden figure,' a mathematician and engineer.

40 Years Ago, Pioneer Venus Multiprobe Launched to Study the Cloud-Shrouded Planet Venus

On August 8, 1978, the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe spacecraft launched to study Venus, a planet that has an atmosphere 100 times denser than Earth’s atmosphere and is hotter than the melting point of zinc and lead.

World of Change: Columbia Glacier, Alaska

The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 10,000 feet and into a narrow inlet that leads into Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska.

California Fires as Seen From the Space Station

The Earth, in all its majesty and its tragedy, is the subject of images taken aboard the International Space Station. This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires was captured from the station on August 3, 2018, by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.

A New Era in Spaceflight

The first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made commercial spacecraft, to and from the International Space Station, wave after being announced, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

The Future of Space Exploration

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tours the inside of the Orion test crew capsule, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Satellite Views Fires Raging in California

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property

Soaring Into an Orbital Sunrise

The International Space Station soars into a sunrise every 90 minutes, each and every day.

From Interns to Astronauts

July 26 is National Intern Day. See how far these two former interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have come!

Hubble Takes Portrait of Opulent Ring World

Saturn is the solar system’s most photogenic planet, especially in this latest Hubble snapshot with the ring system near its maximum tilt.

Flown Orion Spacecraft Visits Washington, DC, for Made in America Showcase

NASA's Orion spacecraft that flew Exploration Flight Test-1 on Dec. 5, 2014, is seen after being uncovered in preparation for being moved onto the White House complex, Saturday, July 21, 2018, in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 companies across the country manufactured or contributed elements to the spacecraft.

Candid Apollo

On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

Iceberg Towers Over Greenland Village

In July 2018, an iceberg weighing 11 million tons parked just offshore of Innaarsuit, a small island village in northwestern Greenland.

At Tranquility Base

Forty-nine years ago on July 20, 1969, humanity stepped foot on another celestial body and into history.

Prepping to Launch for the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has cleared the final procedures in the clean room before its move to the launch pad.

Testing Satellite Servicing Technologies

NASA's satellite servicing technologies are opening up a new world where space robots diagnose, maintain and extend a spacecraft’s life.