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NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 30, 2017

Today on , we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Seen here is a close-up view of the U.S. flag deployed on the moon at the Taurus-Littrow landing site by the crew of Apollo 17. The crescent Earth can be seen in the far distant background above the flag. Image Credit: NASA

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 28, 2017

We've discovered a new mode of ice loss in Greenland. A new NASA study finds that during Greenland's hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island's west coast didn't just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing. The wave persisted for four months, with ice from upstream continuing to move down to replace the missing mass for at least four more months. Seen here is the Rink Glacier in western Greenland, with a meltwater lake visible center. Credits: NASA bridge

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 28, 2017

A new mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station ( ) next month to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. Launching aboard SpaceX's CRS-11 commercial resupply mission, NICER will be installed aboard the orbiting laboratory as the first mission dedicated to studying neutron stars, a type of collapsed star that is so dense scientists are unsure how matter behaves deep inside it. In this photo, NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected under a black light for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space. The payload’s 56 mirror assemblies concentrate X-rays onto silicon detectors to gather data that will probe the interior makeup of neutron stars, including those that appear to flash regularly, called pulsars. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Keith Gendreau station s x

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 26, 2017

Our sun observing spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, witnessed a partial solar eclipse in space on May 25, 2017 when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted about an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the face of the sun. Credits: NASA/SDO gif

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 25, 2017

Swipe to see the swirling Jovian cloudscape, courtesy of our Juno spacecraft ( )! Captured on May 19, these images show waves of turbulent clouds that dominate Jupiter’s atmosphere. Details as small as 4 miles across can be identified here. See those small, bright, high clouds? They’re about 16 miles across and in some areas appear to form “sqall lines” – a narrow band of high winds and storms associated with a cold front. On Jupiter, clouds this high are almost certainly comprised of water and/or ammonia ice. The small bright clouds that dot Jupiter’s entire south tropical zone (3rd image) appear tiny, but actually tower roughly 30 miles wide and 30 miles high and cast shadows on the clouds below. It’s possible that these clouds may be sources of lightning. This is the first time so many cloud towers have been visible, possibly because the late-afternoon lighting is particularly good at this geometry. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS craft pic isart cam juno

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 24, 2017

Hellllooooo planet Earth! NASA astronaut Jack Fischer excitedly waves to the camera during Tuesday’s spacewalk on the International Space Station ( ). From 250 miles above our home planet, Fischer and astronaut Peggy Whitson performed a contingency spacewalk to replace a failed data relay box. During their 2 hour 46 minute spacewalk, they were also able to install a pair of antennas on station to enhance wireless communication for future spacewalks. Credit: NASA walk station, , suit pic

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 23, 2017

Dream. Innovate. Build. Discover: The State of NASA. This morning, Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot gave an address at NASA Headquarters to rollout the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget proposal. He touched on the fact that NASA missions inspire the next generation, inject innovation into the national economy, provide critical information needed to address challenges and support global engagement and international leadership. “As NASA approaches its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request will maintain NASA’s place as the global leader in space.” Detailed information on NASA’s budget proposal can be found at CREDIT: NASA y

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 21, 2017

Backdropped by the limb of the Earth, a trio of CubeSats are seen moments after being ejected from a small satellite deployer outside of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module on Wednesday, May 16, 2017. The tiny shoebox-sized satellites will orbit Earth observing the Earth’s upper atmosphere and interstellar radiation left over from the Big Bang. Over a dozen CubeSats were ejected into Earth orbit this week outside the Kibo module to study Earth and space phenomena for the next one to two years. Image Credit: NASA station nology s

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 20, 2017

The swirling brushstrokes of Jupiter’s mysterious cloud tops can be seen in this enhanced color view taken by the JunoCam instrument on our Juno spacecraft. In it, you can see a massive counterclockwise rotating storm that appears as a white oven in the gas giant’s southern hemisphere. Early in the morning on May 19, the Juno spacecraft made its fifth science flyby over these cloud tops, and got as close as about 2,100 miles. Juno is probing beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and studying auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. At the time of perijove (defined as the point in Juno’s orbit when it is closest to the plent’s center), the spacecraft had logged 63.5 million miles in Jupiter’s orbit. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Bjorn Jonsson cam craft pic

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 19, 2017

A "short sprint over the clouds with Solar Panels" wrote astronaut Thomas Pesquet ( ) of the European Space Agency ( ) from aboard the International Space Station ( ). This timelapse showcases the space station's solar panels and incredible views of the planet below. The space station serves as the world's leading laboratory for conducting cutting-edge microgravity research, and is the primary platform for technology development and testing in space to enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Credit: ESA/NASA station

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 18, 2017

Shrouded in clouds today in 1969, this image was taken by the crew of Apollo 10 as they began their lunar journey. From 36,000 nautical miles away, this full disk view of our home planet shows the crew’s vantage point from space. The crew members on Apollo 10 were astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, commander; John W. Young, command module pilot; and Eugene E. Cernan, lunar module pilot. Astronaut Young remained in lunar orbit, in the Command and Service Module (CSM) "Charlie Brown", while astronauts Stafford and Cernan descended to within nine miles of the lunar surface, in the Lunar Module (LM) "Snoopy". Credit: NASA planet 10 craft pic history history

NASA @nasa Instagram Photo / Video — May 17, 2017

Using a fleet of research aircraft, our Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice to better understand connections between polar regions and the global climate system. IceBridge studies annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. IceBridge bridges the gap between the IceSat missions. Seen here is a time-lapse view of a glacier-run from the cockpit of our P-3 Orion aircraft taken during a May 8, 2017 flight over Greenland's Southeast glaciers. Video credit: NASA/Gerrit Everson bridge s​