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Pluto still has our heart 💙⁣ ⁣ 90 years ago today, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto! Flip through to see some of its majestic features. ⁣ ⁣ 📷 2: Pluto’s mysterious icy heart which contains three kinds of ices – frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. ⁣ ⁣ 📷 3: The smooth expanse of the informally named icy plain Sputnik Planum (right) flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet high. ⁣ ⁣ 📷 4: Pluto in true color. Four images from our New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this global view of Pluto. ⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Pluto #Planets #Love #SolarSystem #OTD

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A postcard from the edge of space. These electric-blue clouds are only visible when the Sun is below the Earth's horizon and illuminates them. Pictured from 269 miles above the South Pacific on an orbiting International Space Station, noctilucent clouds, or night shining clouds, are the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA #NASA #Space #clouds #horizon #spacestation

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A Cygnus takes flight! 🦢 🚀 Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft launched today on a mission to deliver supplies to @iss. Lifting off from our Wallops Flight Facility (@nasawallops) in Virginia, the spacecraft is carrying over 7,500 pounds of cargo and scientific investigations, including a new miniature scanning electron microscope, a tissue and cell culturing facility and a study of the effects of microgravity on bacteriophages. On Tues., Feb. 18, it will arrive at the space station. Astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir will use the Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach out and grapple the spacecraft. Images Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani #launch #rocket #nasa #virginia #wallops #liftoff

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"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us." – Carl Sagan A newly processed version of the iconic ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image shows Earth 4 billion miles away from our Voyager 1 spacecraft, taken on #ValentinesDay 1990. The updated image uses modern image-processing software and techniques while respecting the intent of those who planned the image. Like the original, the new color view shows Planet Earth as a single, bright blue pixel in the vastness of space. Rays of sunlight scattered within the camera optics stretch across the scene, one of which happens to have intersected dramatically with Earth. Click the link in our bio to download a 'Pale Blue Dot' poster. #nasa #space #valentine #voyager #earth

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So fresh, so clean 😎⁣ ⁣ This sleek piece of hardware you’re looking at is the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD). On Jan. 22, the mission shipped from @NASAGoddard to @NorthropGrumman for integration into the @USAirforce Space Test Program Satellite 6.⁣ ⁣ #LCRD is our first optical relay and will demonstrate the extraordinary capabilities of optical, or laser, communications! For #Artemis missions to the Moon, missions to Mars and beyond, optical communications will play a key role in bringing more science and data back to Earth – as well as enable astronauts to phone home! ⁣ ⁣ 📸: NASA/Chris Gunn⁣ ⁣ #SpaceTech #Sleek #Fresh #NASA #Space #Moon #artemis

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“We saw to the edge of all there is—⁣⁣ So brutal and alive it seemed to comprehend us back.” -Tracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate ⁣⁣ ⁣ Some pictures are worth a thousand words and some a thousand thoughts. On Jan. 31, @astrochristina shared this emotional view and quote from the @ISS. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Now, we share it for you. What do you think of when staring at the cusp of our world? ⬇️ Drop your feelings in the comments!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image Credit: NASA ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #NASA #Earth #PaleBlueDot #wednesdaywisdom

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Need some space? We’ve got the job! 👨‍🚀👩‍🚀⁣ ⁣ We’re accepting applications March 2-31 for the next class of #Artemis Generation astronauts who will embark on missions to the Moon and Mars. Join our class of star sailors and find out if you have what it takes to #BeAnAstronaut → click link in bio. ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Astronaut #InternationalSpaceStation #BestJobs #Space

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This striking swirl of outstretched stars is considered a grand design spiral galaxy — a title earned by only one-tenth of its kind. While all spirals have a similar structure, there is quite a bit of variation among individual galaxies; some have patchy, oddly shaped arms, some have bars of stars cutting through their core, some are colossal and radiant, and others are dim and diminutive. Grand designs like this one are in many ways the archetype of a spiral galaxy. They are characterized by their prominent, well-defined arms, which circle outward from a clear core. Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ 📸 Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Ho #NASA #Galaxy #BlackHoles

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A HERO is home. 🌎⁣ ⁣ #CongratsChristina! After the longest single spaceflight of any woman, a monumental #AllWomanSpacewalk (3 times!) and hundreds of experiments aboard the @ISS@AstroChristina has secured her place in the record books. You are an inspiration to all! ✨⁣ ⁣ Koch, along with Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of @roscosmosofficial and Luca Parmitano of @europeanspaceagency, landed safely in Kazakhstan at 4:12 a.m. EST. Congratulations to the Expedition 61 crewmates on a successful mission, and thank you for your countless contributions to science, research and exploration!⁣ ⁣ ⁣Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #328Days #WomenMakingHistory #WhoRunTheWorld #NASA #ThisDayInHistory #Astronauts⁣

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Put an ice ring on it 💍⁣ ⁣ For several decades, scientists and astronauts observing Lake Baikal have noticed giant rings in the spring ice on one of the world’s oldest and deepest lakes. ⁣ ⁣ While the rings have attracted speculation and a few conspiracy theories, decades of satellite data and field-based studies have shed light on why they form. Warm eddies of water circulate in a clockwise direction under the ice cover. The ice melts near the eddy boundary, but not at the eddy center where the currents are weak. The research team is still investigating what causes the eddies, but data suggests that they typically get going in autumn, before ice has covered the lake.⁣ ⁣ Image Credit: Lauren Dauphin, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Earth #Ice

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What's happening in the night sky this month? ✨⁣ ⁣ • Mercury is on the rise ⁣ • Mars dons a lunar disguise ⁣ • Betelgeuse has a big surprise? ⁣ ⁣ Watch this video to discover when and where to look up! 🔭🌙🌠 ⁣ ⁣ #NASA #SkyWatcher #Mercury #Mars #LookUp

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The perfect place to raise some baby stars 👶 🌟⁣ ⁣ The galaxy depicted in this @NASAHubble image is a barred spiral in the constellation of Pisces.⁣ ⁣ A barred spiral is a galaxy with pinwheeling arms and a bright center that is intersected by a bar of gas and stars. This bar cuts directly through the galaxy’s central region and is thought to fuel star formation. As a result, spiral bars are theorized to be excellent stellar nurseries for new baby stars.⁣ ⁣ We think bars exist in up to two-thirds of all spiral galaxies, including our own home, the Milky Way.⁣ ⁣ Click the link in the bio for more info ⬆️⁣ ⁣ Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.⁣ ⁣ #NASA #Galaxy #BabyStars

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