Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him and the International Space Station. Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will continue his stay into September.

Inside the Cupola, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, International Space Station Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him.

~~Coronal Loops Reveal Magnetic Dance | Magnetic Dance: Solar material traces out giant magnetic fields soaring through the sun to create what's called coronal loops | NASA Goddard Photo and Video~~

~~Coronal Loops Reveal Magnetic Dance Magnetic Dance: Solar material traces out giant magnetic fields soaring through the sun to create what's called coronal loops NASA Goddard Photo and Video~~

Landsat graphics Goddard Multimedia at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Landsat graphics Goddard Multimedia at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Spacewalking Astronaut John Grunsfeld by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

A close-up of Astronaut John Grunsfeld shows the reflection of Astronaut Andrew Feustel, perched on the robotic arm and taking the photo. The pair teamed together on three of the five spacewalks during Servicing Mission 4 in May Space by Nasa®

City Lights Illuminate the Nile    NASA image acquired October 13, 2012    The Nile River Valley and Delta comprise less than 5 percent of Egypt’s land area, but provide a home to roughly 97 percent of the country’s population. Nothing makes the location of human population clearer than the lights illuminating the valley and delta at night.

In this image from Oct. 2012 provided by NASA, the Nile River valley and delta is seen at night from a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The Nile River.

Black Marble - Americas  NASA image acquired April 18 - October 23, 2012  This image of North and South America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

NASA image of North and South America from space at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite,

Tour of the Moon [NASA] / #science!

Tour of the Moon [NASA] Although the moon has

Going Deeper - Tour of the Moon. If you teach about the moon don't miss this post! It's full of videos, activities and more!

The arctic - Ponds on the Ocean - photo from NASA, via Flickr.

The beauty of the wild. During the spring and summer melt the sea atop the Arctic Circle melts into ponds that turn into a mottled landscape of white, teal, slate gray, green, and navy.

High Resolution Image of Earth by NASA’s New Suomi NPP Satellite

High Resolution Image of Earth by NASA's New Suomi NPP Satellite

NASA has proclaimed this image the MOST amazing high definition image of Earth ever. This ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth was taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP.

NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years (roughly half of the Milky Way’s diameter) and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy. The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old.

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy.

A Cosmic Holiday Ornament, Hubble-Style by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

Hubble snaps NGC 5189 The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like a giant and brightly coloured ribbon in space.

Space Telescope or Transformer?The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date By NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Everything is bigger in Texas and a life-sized model of the world's largest space telescope, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will be on display at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival

Hemispheric View of Venus by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr  color coded to represent elevation (and to make it pretty;)

The hemispheric view of Venus, as revealed by more than a decade of radar investigations culminating in the Magellan mission, is centered at 270 degrees east longitude. Colors represent different elevations.

The nighttime view was made possible by the new satellite's day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.  Nighttime light is the most interesting data that I've had a chance to work with, says Chris Elvidge, who leads the Earth Observation Group at NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center. I'm always amazed at what city light images show us about human activity. Photo credit: NASA Observatory

Black Marble Images: Earth at Night

Night Images of Earth. This image of the continental United States at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC.

Black Marble - Asia and Australia by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

NASA heralds the premier of the 'Cosmos' reboot (feat. astrophysicist Neil Tyson) with an amazing gallery of space images from the archives.

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