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Space is hard. You've probably heard this before.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ And it rings true today. Earlier this afternoon, weather scrubbed our @SpaceX launch to the @iss. @astro.doug and astronaut #BobBehnken were strapped into their Crew Dragon spacecraft when ground teams called off the 4:33pm ET launch due to inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Bertha off the southeastern U.S. coast. The Falcon 9 rocket is healthy, but we want to get it right. Safety is paramount.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Join us for our next launch attempt on Saturday, May 30, at 3:22pm ET (7:22pm UTC). Our live coverage starts at 11am ET (3pm UTC) on nasa.gov. As part of our Commercial Crew Program, the liftoff will mark the first time in nearly a decade that @nasaastronauts launch on a brand new spacecraft from U.S. soil. We're ready.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Let's light this candle. 🚀⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Joel Kowsky⁣⁣ ⁣ #launchamerica #letsdothis #spacex #nasa #rocket #space

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🌅 Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A new era of space exploration begins on May 27. Nine years after the final space shuttle mission, we’re once again launching astronauts from U.S. soil. On board the Crew Dragon spacecraft that sits atop the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket are veteran astronauts @astro.behnken and @astro.doug. But the crew alone won’t fill the crew cabin. Flying with them are the dreams of everybody who ever dared to explore. They are the dreams of the generations that saw 12 humans walk on the Moon. They are the dreams of young boys and girls who will watch a woman take that first step on the Moon in 2024 under our Artemis program. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ May 27 will be noted as yet another day in history when people can say, “I remember what I was doing that day.” How will you watch history tomorrow? Show us by tagging @nasa in your posts and using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica. You might just make it onto our broadcast.⁣⁣ Live NASA TV coverage starts at 12:15pm ET (4:15pm UTC) at nasa.gov/live. ⁣⁣ Remember: the future is bright because you're in it. ✨⁣⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #hope #spacex #nasa #rocket #sunset #photooftheday⁣

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✨ Today in galactic arts and crafts: deep space glitter! ✨ ⁣ ⁣ @NASAHubble spotted this irregular galaxy in a vast region of empty space that's at least 150 million light-years across. Galaxy KK 246 is the only one known for certain to reside in this enormous volume, along with 15 others that have been tentatively identified.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Shaya, L. Rizzi, B. Tully, et al.⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #galaxy #glitter #universe

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The @spacex Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are at the launchpad. Next week: a new era of human spaceflight begins. 🚀🇺🇸⁣ ⁣ Two @nasaastronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley (@astro.doug) will be the first to fly aboard the Crew Dragon. This mission, targeted for liftoff Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Our astronauts will once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station, for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls⁣ ⁣ #rocket #spacecraft #nasa #spacex #launchamerica

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They’re ready. Are you?⁣ ⁣ Today #LaunchAmerica astronauts Robert Behnken and @astro.doug arrived at @nasakennedy in Florida to start final preparations for liftoff. On May 27, they’ll make history in the first launch of American astronauts from American soil in nearly a decade. Click the link in bio to learn more.

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#OTD in 2009, after astronauts completed upgrades and repairs, @NASAHubble was released to resume observing the universe. ⁣ 🌌 ⁣ In this image, space shuttle Atlantis' remote manipulator system arm lifts the telescope from the shuttle's cargo bay moments before release. ⁣ ⁣ This was the fifth and final servicing mission for Hubble. Over five spacewalks, astronauts installed two brand-new science instruments: the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). They also prolonged Hubble's life by installing new batteries, new gyroscopes, a new science computer, a refurbished fine guidance sensor and new insulation on three electronics bays.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA⁣ ⁣ #hubble #nasa #telescope #upgrade

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Look into the constellation Libra through the eyes of @NASAHubble...⁣ ⁣ Our Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of spiral galaxy NGC 5861, located in the constellation, approximately 85 million light-years away from Earth.⁣ ⁣ NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy, with a shape in between that of a barred spiral galaxy (one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure) and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy (one without a central bar). Two supernovae, SN 1971D and SN 2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. ⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.⁣ ⁣ #galaxy #spacephotos #universe #hubble #nasa #spiralgalaxy

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Can you guess what planet is home to this multicolored terrain? This enhanced-color image shows rocky material thrown out of an impact crater when it was made. The impact broke up already diverse rock types and mixed them together to create this wild jumble of colors, each representing a different type of rock. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona #nasa #space #solarsystem #spaceexploration

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Black holes don’t always devour everything that gets too close. While some material around a black hole falls directly in, never to be seen again, nearby gas is sometimes flung outward, creating a shell that expands over thousands of years. This outflow of gas creates cosmic clouds, clumpy areas of greater density than their surroundings. These clouds start out small but can expand to be more than 3 light-years wide. This illustration by Nima Abkenar depicts this awesome and mystifying occurrence. Credits: Illustration by Nima Abkenar #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole #art #artwork #spaceart

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Think big. Now think bigger. Two galaxy clusters, containing hundreds of galaxies each, collided millions of years ago and became tied together by gravity. Now, a supermassive black hole is tearing the two apart on a galactic stage. The jet of particles driven away from the black hole is so powerful that it is bending the shape of the bridge that connects the clusters, which extends for over 3 million light years and has the mass of about 6 trillion Suns. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/V.Parekh, et al. & ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/GMRT #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #blackhole

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Feeling a little crabby? If so, we hope you know you're still as beautiful as this one! This stunning composite image of the Crab Nebula was made with data from the @nasachandraxray (blue and white), @NASAHubble (purple), and @nasaspitzer (pink). The star that exploded to create this galactic beauty was first seen from Earth in 1054 A.D. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA-JPL-Caltech #nasa #space #galaxy #solarsystem #spaceexploration #xray

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What lies beneath that beautiful bloom 🌹? Chaos! The crimson-colored buds make up Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, an iconic storm that has been swirling wildly over the planet’s skies for the past 150 years—maybe even much longer than that. Originally captured by our @NASAJuno spacecraft, the massive spot in Jupiter's southern hemisphere was transformed into a striking artist interpretation. As the largest planet orbiting the Sun, Jupiter has had a profound influence on the solar system. But its origin remains a profound mystery. In 2016 @NASAJuno launched on a quest to discover how the complex gas giant planet formed and how it has evolved. Image Credits: NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS⁣ Image Processing: Mary J. Murphy #CloudWatching #NASA #Jupiter #SolarSytem #Hazy

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