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Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Apr 24, 2018
This image of Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot and surrounding turbulent zones was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft.
Universe, Stars
Apr 24, 2018
This colorful image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 28th anniversary of viewing the heavens, giving us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary tapestry of stellar birth and destruction.
Leguna Nebula
Earth
Apr 20, 2018
This Earth Day, NASA invites you to create your own shareable views of our home planet, help combat mosquito-transmitted diseases, and watch our fleet of Earth-observing spacecraft as they circle the globe.
Image of satellite in orbit around earth
Universe, Stars
Apr 19, 2018
These NASA Hubble Space Telescope images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula. The images, one taken in visible and the other in infrared light, celebrate Hubble’s 28th anniversary in space.
dual image of nebula one colorful, one blue white - annotations
Universe, Exoplanets
Apr 17, 2018
Launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on Wednesday, April 18.
Universe, Exoplanets
Apr 16, 2018
The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” and they come in a wide variety of sizes, from gas giants larger than Jupiter to small, rocky planets about as big around as Earth or Mars. They can be hot enough to boil metal or locked in deep freeze. They can orbit their stars so tightly... Read More
Milky Way
Earth
Apr 13, 2018
West Nile Virus (WNV) is commonly spread to humans by the bites of Culex sp. mosquitoes. As South Dakota is the U.S. hotspot for WNV, local scientists and public health officials developed a way to use environmental data from NASA satellites to forecast disease risk. These data help inform... Read More
Photo of mosquito
Earth
Apr 12, 2018
Large accumulations of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are toxic and harmful to people and animals. NASA Aqua and Terra satellite data help detect, forecast, and target responses to Harmful Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes and Florida. This information can aid in risk assessment and decision making... Read More
Satellite image of algal blooms
Earth
Apr 11, 2018
River blindness (onchocerciasis) is an affliction caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted person-to-person by the bites of Simulium sp. black flies. The Carter Center targeted its river blindness eradication efforts in the Americas by using Landsat and Terra satellite data to find previously... Read More
Photo
Earth
Apr 11, 2018
Download our new poster to celebrate Earth Day 2018 on April 22. In Carl Sagan's words, "The Earth's surface is the shore of the cosmic ocean."
Earth Day 2018 poster
Earth
Apr 10, 2018
Ozone (O3) in the air we breathe can have detrimental effects on human health and the environment. The U.S. EPA utilized NASA Aura satellite data of North American background ozone levels to guide its updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards. These new standards will enhance public health for... Read More
image of hazy polluted sky with cityscape in background
Earth
Apr 9, 2018
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bites of Anopheles sp. mosquitoes. In the Peruvian Amazon, scientists are turning to satellite data from Landsat, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, Terra, and Aqua to develop a system that can forecast malaria... Read More
Photo of mosquito net covering bed
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 4, 2018
The Moon, Mars and Saturn form a pretty triangle in early April, The Lyrid Meteors are visible in late April, peaking high overhead on the 22nd.
What's Up April 2018
ISS
Apr 3, 2018
When NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren blasted off from Kazakhstan in July of 2015 for his first expedition aboard the International Space Station, he had some lofty expectations: “I was eager to see Earth from space,” he says. “And I couldn’t wait to float in microgravity,” he recalls. And … he... Read More
The Sweet Smell of Life Support Poster
Universe, Stars
Apr 3, 2018
More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally, it would be much too faint to view, even with the world’s largest telescopes. But through a quirk of nature that tremendously amplifies the star’s feeble glow,... Read More
image of stars and galaxies with two insets