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More Than 1.1 Million Names Installed on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

On May 18, 2018, a memory card containing over a million names submitted by the public was installed onto NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft before its historic journey to the Sun.

Hubble Catches a Spiral Galaxy in Disguise

NGC 1032 cleaves the quiet darkness of space in two in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA’s New Planet Hunter Snaps Initial Test Image, Swings by Moon Toward Final Orbit

After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image.

Sweltering, Smoky Fires in Siberia

Intense fires have been raging in far eastern Russia, spreading aerosols as far as North America.

Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies

An international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.

Sagar (Indian Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone Sagar, formerly known as 01A, appeared more organized on satellite imagery and has strengthened since May 17.

Kilauea Continues to Erupt

Though the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been erupting continuously since 1983, the eruption took a dangerous turn on May 3, 2018, when several new fissures emerged in a residential neighborhood.

NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why.

April 2018 was Third Warmest April on Record

n spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 years of modern record-keeping.

Flower Power in the Netherlands

Every year, seven million flower bulbs are planted in Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands. The colorful floral spectrum can also be seen from space.

New Views of Sun: 2 Missions Will Go Closer to Our Star Than Ever Before

NASA's Parker Solar Probe and ESA's Solar Orbiter will take us closer to the Sun than we've ever been before. If Earth were scaled down to sit at one end of a gridiron football field, with the Sun at the other end, Parker Solar Probe would make it to the 4-yard line. Solar Orbiter would reach the 27, both beating a 1970s record held by Helios B.

Probing Kilauea’s Plume

Lava is just one part of a volcanic eruption. Volcanoes also emit plumes of gases and particles from active vents.

Tiny Satellite's First Global Map of Ice Clouds

A tiny satellite captures the first global picture of ice clouds, the tiny frozen particles inside mid altitude clouds.

Tropical Cyclone 04W (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone 4W developed in the Northwestern Pacific on May 12, 2018, and by May 14 the storm had dissipated.

When Land Ice Meets Sea Ice

IceBridge scientists photograph icebergs encased in broken sea ice.

A Seldom Seen South American Cyclone

An extremely rare cyclone formed in early May 2018 about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the coast of Chile—an area that almost never sees tropical cyclones.

Hubble Spies Glowing Galaxies in Massive Cluster

In the darkness of the distant universe, these galaxies resemble glowing fireflies, flickering candles, charred embers floating up from a bonfire, and light bulbs softly shining.

NASA Completes Survey Flights to Map Arctic Ice

Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year’s springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice on May 2.

Dramatic Flooding in Eastern Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Africa have been affected by heavy rains and devastating floods in April and May, especially near the Shebelle and Jubba rivers.

TD 1-E (Eastern Pacific)

The GOES west satellite captured a look at the Eastern Pacific Ocean's first tropical cyclone of the season.

NASA’s NICER Mission Finds an X-ray Pulsar in a Record-fast Orbit

Scientists analyzing the first data from NICER have found two stars that revolve around each other every 38 minutes, the shortest-known orbital period for a certain class of pulsar binary system.

Spring Flooding Along the St. John River

n springtime, the combination of melting snow and heavy rainfall can lead to dangerous inland flooding in New Brunswick, a maritime province on the east coast of Canada.

Ash from Kilauea Eruption Viewed by NASA's MISR

On May 3, 2018, a new eruption began at a fissure of the Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world, having erupted almost continuously since 1983.

NASA Eyes Highly Versatile Carbon-Nanotube Technology for Different Spaceflight Applications

A decade ago John Hagopian began advancing an ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible strands made of pure carbon. Now the technology is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

Cloudy with a Chance of Chemistry

The most important question at the daily briefing for NASA’s Atmospheric Tomography, or ATom, mission is: What are we flying through next?
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