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Greased Lightning
Engineers are working on plans to possibly make an aircraft like this one. It could hover like a helicopter or fly like an airplane. This model has a wingspan of 10 feet! Credit: NASA
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Caribbean Sea at Night
Astronaut Reid Wiseman took this picture of the Caribbean Sea from the space station. The bright lights toward the top are the city of Miami. Credit: NASA
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Finding NEEMO
The NEEMO 16 Aquanauts lived underwater in the Aquarius habitat for two weeks. They practiced doing tasks that astronauts might do on a future mission to an asteroid. Credit: NASA
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Rover Power
Someday a Scarab rover like this one may explore craters near the moon's north and south poles. Engineers are working on special batteries to fuel the rover. Credit: NASA
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Let's Play Catch
Cortex is a ball-tossing robot built by high school students for a contest. These kids met the robot at Take Your Children to Work Day at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Credit: NASA
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Quad Flier
This flier has four rotating wings. NASA is working on ways to make small fliers safer. Someday, people may go places in their own small aircraft, much like we use cars today. Credit: NASA
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Dusty Penny
This penny is on the side of the Curiosity rover. NASA sent the rover to Mars. This close-up picture shows Martian dust that built up during 14 months on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA
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Peek-a-Boo!
Astronaut Koichi Wakata peeks out of a window of the cupola on the International Space Station. The cupola has seven windows. The crew can see in all directions. Credit: NASA
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Wheel Check
NASA is testing this wheel. It is like the ones on the Curiosity rover exploring Mars. NASA wants to see how sharp rocks on Mars might damage the wheel and affect its work. Credit: NASA
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Celebrating With Science
To celebrate Maryland Day 2014, NASA workers did science experiments with students. They were on a field trip to the University of Maryland. Credit: NASA
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Supersonic Shhhhhh
NASA is testing a design for a new supersonic passenger airplane. Sonic booms made by these new planes would be quieter than the ones made by some earlier supersonic aircraft. Credit: NASA
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Trailing the Canary Islands
When wind blows across water, it makes ripples and waves. In this picture, the islands are blocking or slowing the winds. Areas of calm water are trailing away from the islands. Credit: NASA
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Say Cheese!
Astronaut Karen Nyberg lived and worked on the International Space Station from May to November 2013. Back on Earth, she's helping to inspire future astronauts! Credit: NASA
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Students Meet Robonaut2
Robonaut2 flexes its muscles for a crowd of students during the Robot Rocket Rally at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
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The Right Stuff
Connor, age 6, wants to be an astronaut. He wants to help NASA explore space. He visited Director Bob Cabana at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Cabana used to be an astronaut. Credit: NASA
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Flying Without a Pilot
Flying remote-controlled planes can be a safe way to test new ideas. Here, a small airplane is taking off. It is pulling a glider in the air behind it. Credit: NASA
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Cosmic Caterpillar
This knot of dust and gas in deep space looks like a caterpillar crawling to a feast. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture this image. Credit: NASA
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Out-of-This-World Selfie
On Christmas Eve 2013, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins took this picture of himself during a spacewalk. Some people said it was the best selfie of 2013. Credit: NASA
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Printing in 3-D
This battery case was made by using a 3-D printer. Instead of using ink, the printer adds plastic or other materials in special layers to build things. Credit: NASA
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"Spacey" Trip
During a day of summer fun at NASA's Ames Research Center, these kids took an imaginary journey to a distant world! Credit: NASA
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Bug Off!
When an airplane takes off and lands, bugs can stick to its wings. This can make it harder for the plane to fly. NASA is testing coatings to stop the bug build-up. Credit: NASA
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Icy Swirls
This satellite image shows icy swirls in the ocean near Greenland. The sea ice is moved around by ocean currents and winds near the surface. Credit: NASA
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Dinosaur in Space
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg made this stuffed dinosaur during her Expedition 37 stay on the space station. She sewed the toy from scraps of food-packaging liners and a T-shirt. Credit: NASA
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Legs for Robonaut 2
NASA is giving legs to Robonaut 2! These new climbing legs will allow Robonaut 2 to move around the space station more easily. Credit: NASA
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May I Go to Space Too?
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden talks to a future astronaut during an event at an elementary school in Virginia. Credit: NASA
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Winning LEGO Design
The Flying Extinguisher 4000 Fish Eagle model won NASA's Future Missions LEGO contest. William Nodvik, age 16, designed this long-range supertanker to put out wildfires. Credit: NASA
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Canyon of Fire?
This area of the sun looks like a burning canyon of fire. But the sun's surface is not really made of fire. It's made of super hot particles called plasma. Credit: NASA
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Say Cheese
Expedition 37 crew members Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yuchikhin and Luca Parmitano pose for a fun photo inside the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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X1 Robotic Exoskeleton
NASA is working on this suit that could help astronauts stay healthy in space. It also could help people who have trouble moving around on Earth. Credit: NASA
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Marshmallow Astronaut
Astronaut Leland Melvin helps a student build a lander and an astronaut out of marshmallows. They were at a NASCAR race. Melvin is in charge of education at NASA. Credit: NASA
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Speed Test
This model airplane is in a wind tunnel. Air inside the tunnel moves faster than the speed of sound. Scientists can test the airplane shape before building the real thing. Credit: NASA
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Dust in the Wind
Astronauts on the space station snapped this picture of a large dust cloud. Wind had picked up the dust and was moving it from Egypt, over the Red Sea toward Saudi Arabia. Credit: NASA
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New Astronauts
NASA has selected eight new astronaut candidates. These men and women will train for future missions to the space station, an asteroid and maybe even Mars! Credit: NASA
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PhoneSat
NASA is testing small satellites called PhoneSats. Each one weighs less than 4 pounds. A smartphone controls it. A large balloon carried this PhoneSat high above Earth. Credit: NASA
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Jump!
Four kids jump to launch their stomp rockets. The girls and boys are in summer camp at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center in Topeka, Kan. Credit: NASA
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New Fuel for Flight
NASA is testing a new fuel for airplanes. It is called biofuel. It is made from plants. The smaller jet is testing the exhaust trail from an airplane powered by biofuel. Credit: NASA
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Starry Neighbor
These stars form a dwarf galaxy. It is a neighbor of Earth's Milky Way galaxy. The dwarf galaxy is small and very bright. We can see it without a telescope. Credit: NASA
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Astronaut Eye Test
Astronaut Karen Nyberg takes an eye test on the space station. Scientists are studying how the eye changes in space, where there is not much gravity. Credit: NASA
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Burning Blue
NASA is testing a new rocket engine. Electricity made from solar energy will power the engine. A rocket might use an engine like this to go to an asteroid. Credit: NASA
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Touching the Future
A boy checks out the spot on a model of NASA’s new rocket where astronauts will ride. Credit: NASA
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Planes in a Plane
How can two retired T-38 jets be moved across the country? NASA loads them into the giant Super Guppy airplane and flies them to their new home! Credit: NASA
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Airplanes and Volcanoes
NASA scientists use remote-controlled airplanes to learn more about volcanoes. These airplanes flew into the plume of gases and ash coming from a volcano in Costa Rica. Credit: NASA
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NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid
A robotic spacecraft would catch the asteroid and take it into orbit around the moon. Astronauts could explore the asteroid. They could bring samples to Earth for testing. Credit: NASA
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High Flying
NASA is testing ideas for landers for future trips to Mars or the moon. One of NASA's partners built this Xombie rocket. It flew higher than the Empire State Building! Credit: NASA
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Practice Makes Perfect
This boy is inside NASA's Vertical Motion Simulator. Pilots use the simulator to practice flying. They feel like they are on an airplane even though the simulator does not fly. Credit: NASA
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Under Pressure
Pilots in the NASA ER-2 airplane wear suits a lot like the ones astronauts wear. The ER-2 can fly 70,000 feet high. That's almost twice as high as most airplanes. Credit: NASA
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Emerald Isle
This picture from space shows why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. Warm, moist ocean air brings lots of rain to Ireland. So, many green plants grow there.
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Splashdown
NASA is testing the Orion space crew module. To test how it will land in water, a model was dropped 25 feet into a large pool. Credit: NASA
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Sunspots
Sunspots are dark, cool areas on the sun's surface. They often form in groups, like the ones pictured here. Magnetic fields under the sun's surface make the sunspots. Credit: NASA
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Ready for Flight
A NASA pilot helps a boy put on a helmet and oxygen mask like the ones that jet pilots wear. Credit: NASA
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Giant Fans
Six huge fans move air through a NASA wind tunnel in California. It is the largest wind tunnel in the world! It tests how air moves around airplanes, helicopters and even trucks. Credit: NASA
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Blue Ice
NASA scientists took a photo of an ice shelf in Antarctica. The blue ice has been compressed. This forces the air out of the ice and makes it look blue. Credit: NASA
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Space Jam Session
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield plays the guitar. He is floating in the cupola on the International Space Station. Many astronauts like to sing and play music. Credit: NASA
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Self-Portrait on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover is on Mars. Curiosity took 55 pictures of itself. NASA joined them together to make this view. Curiosity will soon climb the mountain behind it! Credit: NASA
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Blast Off!
Astro Camp takes place each summer at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. More than 400 youths attend. A highlight of the week-long camp is launching model rockets. Credit: NASA
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Future Flight Shapes
This is a model of a Hybrid Wing Body aircraft that NASA is studying. An airplane shaped like this could use less fuel and make less noise than airplanes flying today. Credit: NASA
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Salty Skimmer
NASA scientists are using these floating wave gliders to study salt in the ocean. Changes in ocean saltiness help scientists learn about how Earth's climate is changing. Credit: NASA
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Astronaut Autograph
U.S. astronaut Joe Acaba autographs the side of the Russian Soyuz capsule that brought him safely back to Earth from the space station. Credit: NASA
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Saturn and Titan
Saturn's moon Titan is the largest moon in the solar system. Saturn's rings are seen edge-on as a thin line. Their shadows are the curved dark zones below Titan. Credit: NASA
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Amazing Answers!
Ohio students listen to astronaut Suni Williams answer questions as she lives and works on the International Space Station.
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Desert Flight
The X-48C Blended Wing Body model aircraft took its first flight in August 2012 in the Mojave Desert of California. This model is flown by remote-control.
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Simba Lake
Simba Lake is high in the Andes Mountains in Chile. The lake looks red because red algae live in it. The red color protects the algae from harmful rays of the sun. Credit: NASA
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Smokey Bear in Space
Smokey Bear flew to the space station with astronaut Joe Acaba in May 2012. NASA is helping Smokey prevent wildfires on Earth. Credit: NASA
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Curiosity on Mars
The Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August 2012. This view from the rover shows Mount Sharp on the left. Curiosity will travel there during its mission. Credit: NASA
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Robotics Teamwork
During a robotics camp in California, these students worked together to design and build their own robots from wheels, motors, gears, controllers and other parts. Credit: NASA
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Supersonic Scale Model
NASA tests scale models of airplanes inside wind tunnels. This model is helping engineers study sonic booms that airplanes make when they fly faster than the speed of sound. Credit: NASA
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Lava Flow
NASA geologists study lava flows like this one in Hawaii. A geologist is someone who studies a planet's layers of soil and rock. Credit: NASA
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Enterprise in New York City
A barge carried the space shuttle Enterprise past the Statue of Liberty. Enterprise was going to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Credit: NASA
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Curlicue Scours on Mars
The curved marks shown here are caused by removal of a thin layer of bright dust by swirling Martian "dust devils." Similar whirlwinds have cleaned off solar panels of the Mars rovers. Credit: NASA
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Comet Kids
These kids in Hawaii learned about comets. Comets are objects in space that are made of ice, dust and gas. The kids used snow and ice to make their own model of a comet. Credit: NASA
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Future of Flight
NASA is exploring designs for airplanes of the future. The wings on this design curve around and connect at the back near the engine. This shape helps the airplane use less fuel. Credit: NASA
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Erosion Goes Red in Madagascar
This is not a giant red octopus seen from the sky. The red-colored water shows erosion after trees were cut down. Rain washes the red soil from the hills into streams and rivers. Credit: NASA
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Discovery Over D.C.
Space shuttle Discovery is on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar Hazy Center outside Washington, D.C. The shuttle flew piggyback on a 747 to get to its new home. Credit: NASA
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Venus and the Sun
On June 5, 2012, the planet Venus passed directly between Earth and the sun. This is called a transit. The Hinode spacecraft took this picture just after the transit began. Credit: NASA
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Ping-Pong Balance
Can you balance a ping-pong ball on a stream of air blown through a drinking straw? These students give it a try at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Credit: NASA
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Double Bubble
A team of college students at MIT designed this aircraft model for NASA. This airplane would save fuel and fly more quietly than airplanes do today. Credit: NASA
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Chicago at Night
The bright lights of Chicago shine under low clouds or fog. During the winter, it is usually too windy in this area for fog. But the winter of 2011-12 was warmer than usual. Credit: NASA
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Hitting the Road
The Orion capsule will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. A test model of the capsule went on a tour of the United States. Credit: NASA
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Nursery for Stars
This nebula is named Barnard 3. The green ring is made of warm dust, like smog found on Earth. Clouds in space like this nebula are where baby stars are born. Credit: NASA
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High Five
Children learn about spacesuits at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Spacesuits protect astronauts during spacewalks. Credit: NASA
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Hangar 703
Hangar 703 is a large building at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. A hangar is a building. It is where airplanes are kept when they are not flying. Credit: NASA
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Sundogs
Lora Koenig stands outdoors in Antarctica. The bright spots in the sky are sundogs. Ice crystals in the air bend the sun's light to make sundogs. They can appear in many places on Earth. Credit: NASA
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LEGO® Space Station
While living on the space station, astronaut Satoshi Furukawa built this model of the space station using LEGO® blocks. Credit: NASA
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Disk of Stars
This large spiral galaxy is named NGC 2841. It can be found in the Big Dipper constellation. Light from this galaxy takes 46 million years to reach Earth. Credit: NASA
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Happy Campers
These girls went to Astro Camp at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. They experimented with ice to learn about NASA's Stardust mission to study comets. Credit: NASA
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Joined Wing Aircraft Model
This model of a joined wing aircraft was tested in a wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. Credit: NASA
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Aurora From Space
Astronauts on the space station took this picture of the Southern Lights. The colors are caused when energy from the sun -- moving like a wind -- interacts with Earth's atmosphere. Credit: NASA
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Thumbs Up
NASA put Robonaut 2 on a set of wheels for training in the Arizona desert. NASA is doing tests for a possible trip to an asteroid. Credit: NASA
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Vesta Cliffs
Vesta is one of the largest asteroids in our solar system. The Dawn spacecraft took this picture of cliffs, valleys and craters on Vesta. Credit: NASA
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See and Touch
A Mars rover like this one is exploring the Red Planet. These kids visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. They got to touch the model of the rover. Credit: NASA
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Elmo Visits NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Elmo went to Florida to see the last space shuttle launch on July 8, 2011. He saw lots of neat stuff. Credit: Sesame Workshops and NASA
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Go for Launch!
Elmo visited the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. People at the control center made sure space shuttle Atlantis was ready to lift off. Credit: Sesame Workshops and NASA
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Inside a Space Shuttle
Elmo even went inside space shuttle Discovery. It already had flown its last trip into space. He saw where the commander and pilot sat during launch and landing. Credit: Sesame Workshops and NASA
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Learning About Living in Space
Leland Melvin taught Elmo about space food and staying clean in space. Here Melvin pours water to expand a space towel. He flew on the space shuttle two times. Credit: Sesame Workshops and NASA
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Weightless!
Elmo pretends to be in the microgravity of space! Credit: Sesame Workshops and NASA
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Space Shuttle Atlantis
Atlantis first flew on Oct. 3, 1985. Atlantis was the last shuttle to fly. It will be displayed at the visitor's center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the STS-135 mission. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Challenger
Challenger first launched on April 4, 1983. It flew nine missions. Challenger exploded just after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. Seven astronauts died in that accident. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Columbia
Columbia was the first shuttle to fly. It launched on April 12, 1981. It completed 27 missions. Columbia broke apart returning from a mission on Feb. 1, 2003. Seven astronauts died in that accident. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Discovery
Discovery first launched on Aug. 30, 1984. It made 39 trips into space. Discovery will be on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington, D.C. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Endeavour
Endeavour launched on its first mission on May 7, 1992. It completed 25 flights. Endeavour will be on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Credit: NASA
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Smaller Booms
When an airplane flies faster than the speed of sound, it makes a sonic boom. NASA is looking for ways to make sonic booms quieter. This engine design model may help. Credit: NASA
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Glacier in Antarctica
NASA scientists are studying the ice at Earth's North and South Poles. This picture of a glacier was taken during a flight over Antarctica. Credit: NASA
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Centaur
This rover is the Centaur robot. Robonaut 2 can be connected to the Centaur. R2 could ride on Centaur to explore other planets on future missions. Credit: NASA
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Time to Unpack
Astronauts have to pack for trips to space. Unpacking is different there because their clothes float out of the bag. Credit: NASA
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Venus
Venus is about the same size as Earth. Venus is closer to the sun. Thick clouds cover Venus. This traps heat. These things make Venus the hottest planet in the solar system. Credit: NASA
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Green Supersonic Machine
This picture shows an idea for an airplane that could be built in the future. A design like this could make flying faster and quieter. Credit: NASA
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Pilgrim Place
This picture of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was taken by astronauts on the space station. In November of 1620, the Pilgrims landed here after sailing from England. Credit: NASA
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Running Up
This is the Standalone Zero Gravity Locomotion Simulator. Running on this treadmill is like running on a treadmill on the space station. Credit: NASA
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International Space Station
An astronaut on the STS-132 shuttle mission took this picture of the space station. This is how the space station looked on May 23, 2010.
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Good as Gold
This mirror will be part of the James Webb Space Telescope. Eighteen of these mirrors will work together to help scientists look deep into space.
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Wind Tunnel Testing
Engineer Christine Pastor gets a model of an airplane ready for testing. This model is being tested in a wind tunnel. These tests help scientists study how the airplane would fly. Credit: NASA
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New Ways to Find Old Things
NASA Earth scientists use radar to search below the ground. The radar here looks like a lawn mower. These scientists are looking for tools and other things made by people long ago. Credit: NASA
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Helping Hand
Robonaut 2 launched to the space station in February 2011. NASA will see how R2 works in space. If R2 works well, he will do jobs that are too boring or dangerous for astronauts. Credit: NASA
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Discovery's Last Ride
Space shuttle Discovery rode on top of a crawler-transporter to get to the launch pad. The three-mile trip took more than six hours! Credit: NASA
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Wizard Nebula
The Wizard Nebula is a huge cloud of dust and gas. It is very far from Earth. Infrared light was used to make this picture. Infrared light can only be seen with special tools. Credit: NASA
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Flight Basics
NASA summer interns in California used large model airplanes to learn more about how airplanes fly. These airplanes are used for research and pilot training. Credit: NASA
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Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
Cumulonimbus clouds can bring heavy rains, lightning and even tornadoes. This cloud was seen high over Africa. Credit: NASA
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Icy Engine
The CECE rocket engine may be used to land on other worlds. Even though the engine makes very hot steam, the fuel is so cold it makes icicles on the edge of the engine! Credit: NASA
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Where's the Astronaut?
A spacewalker is almost invisible as he works outside the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Bright Layers on Mars
Wind, water, lava and ice have made this strange-looking area on Mars. Credit: NASA
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Rotor Testing
NASA tests helicopter rotors in a wind tunnel. Scientists study how the rotors' blades move the air around them. NASA will use what they learn to design quieter and faster helicopters. Credit: NASA
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Fields of Green
This satellite view of fields of wheat, soybean and corn in Minnesota looks like a quilt. Farmers can look at these satellite images to make sure their crops are healthy. Credit: NASA
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Tycho Crater
This is Tycho crater on the moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took this picture. The crater is 85 kilometers (52 miles) across. It would take almost an hour to drive across in a car! Credit: NASA
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Shuttle Silhouette
Space shuttle Endeavour flies over Earth's colorful horizon. Credit: NASA
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Mercury
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. Mercury takes 88 days to complete an orbit around the sun. Mercury is not too much larger than Earth's moon. Credit: NASA
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Quiet, Please
NASA is working to make airplanes less noisy. This picture shows an idea for a quieter airplane. Credit: NASA
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Floating Iceberg
Scientists took this picture from a NASA aircraft. The iceberg is floating in the Amundsen Sea near Antarctica. NASA studies icebergs and other forms of ice all over the world. Credit: NASA
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Under the Sea
Astronauts train in different places. Some visit an underwater lab near Florida. This helps them learn what it's like to live in remote places like the space station. Credit: NASA
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Peek-a-Boo
NASA astronaut George Zamka peeks through a window of the cupola of the International Space Station. The cupola has seven windows so astronauts can see more things in space. Credit: NASA
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Saturn and Rhea
The Cassini spacecraft took this picture. It shows Saturn's moon Rhea as it orbits just beyond Saturn's rings. Astronomers have found 62 moons orbiting Saturn. Credit: NASA
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Feel the Burn
Henry Hernandez inspects a GE F-404 jet engine at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. Credit: NASA
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Air Pollution Study
NASA scientist David Giles went to India to study air pollution. He used scientific instruments to measure the amount of soot and dust in the air.
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Robonaut2
Engineers and scientists from NASA and General Motors worked together to build a new humanlike robot. Robonaut2 (R2) can use tools like a human. Credit: NASA
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Astronaut Training
Astronauts take survival training classes in case there is an emergency and the crew lands in the wilderness. These astronauts learned to make a shelter from parachute material. Credit: NASA
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Uranus
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus has 13 rings and more than 27 moons. Seasons on Uranus last more than 20 years because the planet is tilted on its side. Credit: NASA
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Chopper Drop
NASA researchers dropped a helicopter. It had a special cushion on the bottom. The researchers wanted to see if the cushion would help keep people safe during a crash landing. Credit: NASA
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Ocean Study
A NASA scientist stands next to a set of scientific instruments. The instruments collected data about the ocean near where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NASA
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Dextre Gets to Work
Dextre is a robotic “hand.” It fastens to the end of the space station's robotic arm. Dextre’s fingers can hold power tools. Dextre was built by the Canadian Space Agency. Credit: NASA
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Shuttle Profile
The Expedition 21 crew on the International Space Station took this photograph of space shuttle Atlantis as it left the station on Nov. 25, 2009.
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Mirror, Mirror
These mirrors will be part of the James Webb Space Telescope. Before being launched into space, the mirrors will be tested in super cold temperatures like those found in space. Credit: NASA
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X-29 Airplane
The X-29 almost looks as if it is flying backward. The forward-swept wings are fastened to the back of the aircraft. This design helped the X-29 pilot to turn quicker and fly faster. Credit: NASA
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Atafu Atoll
An atoll is a circle of coral built up around an underwater island made by a volcano. Inside the circle is a body of water called a lagoon. Credit: NASA
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Desert Research and Technology Studies Field Test
Astronaut Rex Walheim and geologist Pascal Lee ride on the Lunar Electric Rover during Desert RATS tests at Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona.
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Water Bubble on the Space Shuttle
A water bubble at the end of a drinking straw shows an upside-down picture of astronaut Leland Melvin. Melvin was a crew member on shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission. Credit: NASA
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Spotlight on Penelope
A Cassini spacecraft camera took this picture of a large crater on Tethys, one of Saturn's moons. The name of the crater is Penelope. Credit: NASA
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Last Test in Langley Wind Tunnel
An X-48C aircraft model sits in the Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel. The tunnel is being torn down after 78 years of use. Credit: NASA
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Studying Ice in Antarctica
Engineer Nick Frearson is working with NASA to study the ice in Antarctica. Studying the ice there is important because it affects sea levels and climate all around Earth. Credit: NASA
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Robotic Lunar Lander
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is testing a new robotic lunar lander. It will help scientists learn how to build other landers for robotic space exploration. Credit: NASA
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Expedition 20 Lands
The Soyuz spacecraft lands with Expedition 20 cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and astronaut Michael Barratt on board. The men had lived on the International Space Station for six months. Credit: NASA
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Butterfly Appears From Dying Star
This image shows an example of a planetary nebula. This one looks like a delicate butterfly. But the wings are really huge amounts of very hot gases blown off the dying star. Credit: NASA
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Neil Armstrong and the X-15
Almost 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong made his first flight in the X-15 aircraft. He flew this rocket-powered aircraft faster than five times the speed of sound. Credit: NASA
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California Wildfires
High temperatures and dry weather fueled wildfires in southern California in late summer 2009. This image from a NASA satellite shows the smoke from fires burning near Los Angeles, Calif. Credit: NASA
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Bubble View
NASA tested the Lunar Electric Rover in the Arizona desert. The rover has a bubble-shaped window. This window gives explorers a better view of rocks near the rover. Credit: NASA
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Mission Patches
Each crew that visits the space station posts its mission patch in the Unity node. Astronaut Patrick Forrester poses with the collection of patches in August 2009. Credit: NASA
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100,000 Stars
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of 100,000 stars in Omega Centauri. Most of these are yellow-white like Earth's sun. The blue stars are the oldest. The red are next oldest. Credit: NASA
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Aircraft Icing
Scientists at NASA study how ice builds up on aircraft wings and engines. This ice can change the way a plane flies and even cause it to crash.
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Summertime in Antarctica
During the summer, sunlight always shines on Antarctica. In the winter, it is always dark. NASA's Aqua satellite took this picture in the summer.
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Max Launch Abort System
In July 2009, NASA tested the Max Launch Abort System for possible use in the future. In an emergency, MLAS would move the capsule safely away from the nose of the rocket. Credit: NASA
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Buzz Lightyear Returns
Disney's Buzz Lightyear stands on the tarmac in front of space shuttle Discovery. Credit: NASA
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A Dying Star
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes teamed up to take a picture of a dead star about the size of Earth in the constellation Aquarius. This dying star sends off hot gases that create an object called a "planetary nebula." Credit: NASA
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Ikhana
Ikhana is the name of this strange-looking, remote-controlled aircraft NASA is using to study the environment. The name means "intelligent."
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Earth Observing System
NASA has more than a dozen Earth science satellites in orbit. They help NASA study the oceans, land and atmosphere. Credit: NASA
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The ATHLETE Rover
The All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer is a robotic vehicle. ATHLETE can walk over bumpy and steep land. It could be used on other worlds someday. Credit: NASA
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Crossing the Sun
Space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope look like tiny sunspots as they move between Earth and the sun. This is called a solar transit. A special camera attached to a telescope took this picture. Credit: NASA
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A Busted Comet
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008. Twice in the last 100 years, the comet has exploded as it has gotten near the asteroid belt. Credit: NASA
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SMART Rotor
This new design for helicopter blades was tested in a NASA wind tunnel. The new design will make helicopters have a quieter and smoother ride.
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Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of the largest airport in Texas. Credit: NASA
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LCROSS
NASA's LCROSS mission will send an impactor to crash into the moon. The crash will make a debris cloud in a crater. This will help scientists look for ice on the moon. Credit: NASA
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Snapshot
Astronauts living on the International Space Station take lots of pictures of Earth. Here, Greg Chamitoff snaps a photo out of the window in the Zvezda Service Module. Credit: NASA
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The Red Planet
The Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of Mars. The surface of Mars has craters, valleys, volcanoes and ice caps. Credit: NASA
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Fuel on the Go
During flight, a NASA F-15B aircraft gets a fuel fill-up from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker. Credit: NASA
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Colorado Ski Slopes
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of the Tenmile Range ski area near Breckenridge, Colo. The snow-covered ski runs stand out from the darker forest areas around them. Credit: NASA
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Turtle Rescue
Donna and Karen are NASA biologists. They found this sea turtle that was stuck in cold water. The turtle almost died. They are ready to put the turtle into warmer waters. Credit: NASA
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Time to Eat
Tortillas are a big part of astronauts' menus in space. Sandra Magnus experimented with different tortilla toppings. Her favorite is heated cheese spread and salsa to make a space cheese quesadilla. Credit: NASA
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The Galaxy Next Door
The Andromeda galaxy is our Milky Way galaxy's closest neighbor. It is 2.5 million light years away. This picture shows the galaxy in ultraviolet light that we can not see with our eyes. Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech
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Designing New Airplanes
Airplane designers use NASA wind tunnels to test new aircraft designs. Credit: NASA
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Viedma Glacier
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of the Viedma Glacier in Argentina. The ice in this glacier moves slowly toward the lake on the right. Sometimes large chunks of ice fall into the lake. Credit: NASA
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Ring of Fire
A ring of twisting gases is released from the sun on March 30, 2010. This type of eruption on the sun's surface is called a prominence. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Chores
Even astronauts have to do chores! Mission Specialist Eric Boe uses a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from an air filter on the space shuttle Endeavour.
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Neptune
Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun. It is a large gas planet that could hold about 60 Earths. Winds whip through the clouds on Neptune at more than 1,200 miles per hour (2,000 kilometers per hour). Credit: NASA
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S-3B Viking
This S-3B Viking airplane was used by the U.S. Navy to hunt for submarines. Now, NASA is using the airplane to study how ice builds up on airplane engines. Credit: NASA
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Palm Island
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of Palm Island. It is a man-made island resort being built in the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. When complete, it will have houses, hotels and shopping centers. Credit: NASA
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Bulldozer
This large bulldozer truck could be used on another world to smooth out an area to build an outpost. Credit: NASA
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Fun and Games
Expedition 17 astronaut Greg Chamitoff plays a game of chess in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope is about the size of a school bus. It orbits about 360 miles above Earth. It makes one trip around Earth every 97 minutes.
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Testing the 1903 Wright Flyer
Scientists tested a full-size model of the 1903 Wright Flyer in a wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. The tests helped them learn more about how the flyer worked. Credit: NASA
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Weather Balloon
Large weather balloons like this one are used to study Earth's ozone layer. Credit: NASA
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Rover Truck
This design for a rover was built at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. A rover like this one might be used on another world one day. The rover has six wheels. Each wheel can turn. This means the rover can drive forward, backward and even sideways! Credit: NASA
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Thunderbirds and Endeavour
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly past Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the pad, space shuttle Endeavour waits to launch on the STS-123 mission. Credit: USAF/TSgt. Justin D. Pyle
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Sunset on Mars
The Mars rover Spirit took this picture of a sunset on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL
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Global Hawk
The remotely operated Global Hawk aircraft is able to fly for long periods of time and cover long distances. This lets scientists look at places that are hard for people to study. Credit: NASA
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Farming in Libya
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of fields in the desert in northern Africa. Each circle is about one kilometer across. The fields are round because of the circular watering systems the farmers use. Credit: NASA
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A Touch for Luck
Apollo 10 Commander Thomas Stafford pats Snoopy's nose for good luck as the crew gets ready to launch. The Apollo 10 mission launched on May 18, 1969. Credit: NASA
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Tadpole Galaxy
The Hubble Space Telescope took this picture of the Tadpole Galaxy and its tail of large, bright blue star clusters. Credit: NASA
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Making Repairs
During the STS-120 space shuttle mission, astronaut Scott Parazynski repaired a damaged solar array during a space walk that lasted 7 hours and 19 minutes. Credit: NASA
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Bubble Bath Blizzard
NASA has made a way to protect airplanes in hangars. Buckets hanging from the ceiling can dump a white foamy mixture that puts out fires.
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A Bird's Nest at Kennedy Space Center
A male osprey returns to its nest with a piece of fish in its talons for its mate. The birds made their nest on a speaker at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
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Snoopy Flies to the Moon
Apollo 10 Command Module Pilot John Young shows a poster of Snoopy the crew took on its trip to the moon in May 1969. Color TV cameras were being used for the first time on this mission. Credit: NASA
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Lift Off!
The space shuttle Atlantis launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
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Active Sun
The large arching feature moving out from the sun is called a prominence. Credit: NASA
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First Flight of the X-48B
On July 20, 2007, the X-48B completed its first flight. Credit: NASA
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Hurricane Dean
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-118 took this image of the eye of Hurricane Dean. Credit: NASA
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Snoopy Helps STS-99 Launch
Snoopy has had a long history with NASA's astronauts and the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center. He visited the Shuttle Flight Control Room during the STS-99 space shuttle mission. Credit: NASA
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Space Station Spacewalk
Astronaut Jeff Williams works outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk. Credit: NASA
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Happy Face Crater
This crater on Mars, which many people think looks like a happy face, is about 215 kilometers (134 miles) across. Credit: NASA
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Weightless Wonder
NASA's Weightless Wonder follows an up-and-down path, as if it is riding an invisible roller coaster. As the plane crosses over its highest point and flies down, the riders feel weightless for about 40 seconds. Credit: NASA
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Bloom Off of South Africa
Millions of tiny plants called phytoplankton grow near the surface of the ocean. From space, the plants look like an aqua blue swirl. Credit: NASA
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Silver Snoopy Award
The Silver Snoopy Award is a pin shaped like Snoopy dressed in a spacesuit helmet. The pin is a special NASA honor. An astronaut gives the pin to a NASA worker who has done an excellent job. Credit: NASA
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Special Delivery
A Progress spacecraft from Russia brings food, water, fuel, oxygen, spare parts and other supplies to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Boulders on Mars
The Mars rover Spirit took this picture of rocks on the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL
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Super Guppy in Flight
NASA's Super Guppy airplane takes off from Edwards Air Force Base in California to return to the Johnson Space Center in Texas. Credit: NASA
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The Blue Marble
From space, Earth looks like a big blue, white and green marble. Credit: NASA
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Parachutes Deployed
Parachutes will help astronauts on future missions land safely on Earth. Credit: NASA
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Dressing for Space
Astronaut Bill McArthur (left) and cosmonaut Valery I. Tokarev (right) pose with both a U.S. space suit (left) and a Russian space suit (right).
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Venus Transit
The black circle in this picture is the planet Venus as it moves in front of the sun. Credit: NASA
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Piggyback Shuttle
The Space Shuttle Endeavour rides piggyback on the top of a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Credit: NASA
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Alaska Volcano Eruption
Cleveland volcano in Alaska sends ash into the air. Credit: NASA
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Snoopy Safety Poster
Snoopy became the symbol for NASA safety during the Apollo missions. He is still used as a safety mascot today. Credit: NASA
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Good Enough to Eat
Commander Steven Lindsey holds a tortilla as he gets ready to eat a meal on the space shuttle. Credit: NASA
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot
The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a huge storm, like the hurricanes that are found on Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL
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World's Fastest Airplane
The NASA SR-71, also called the Blackbird, is the world's fastest and highest-flying airplane flown by a pilot. Credit: NASA
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Mississippi River From Space
An astronaut on the space station took this picture of the Mississippi River winding through Greenville, Arkansas. Credit: NASA
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Plants in Space
These plants were grown by astronauts on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Shuttle Docking
The Space Shuttle Discovery moves toward the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Comet and Nebula
A fast-moving comet passes in front of the Ring Nebula. Credit: NASA
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NASA F-15 ACTIVE
NASA's F-15 ACTIVE jet can fly up to two times the speed of sound. Credit: NASA
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Typhoon Chanchu
A satellite image shows a tropical storm that formed in the western Pacific Ocean on May 8, 2006. Credit: NASA
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Exercise in Space
Astronauts exercise while in space to slow bone and muscle loss. This will be very important on trips to Mars. Credit: NASA
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Water Bubble
Astronaut Leroy Chiao watches a ball of water float on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
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Cat's Eye Nebula
A dying star sends out dust in circles to form a nebula that looks like a cat's eye. Credit: NASA
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Blended Wing Body Aircraft
This model of a blended wing body aircraft is being prepared for a wind tunnel test. Credit: NASA
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Nukuoro Atoll
About 900 people live on Nukuoro Atoll, a ring-shaped island located just north of the equator in the western Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA
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Orbiting the Moon
On June 18, 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched on a mission to study the moon. Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery poses for inspection photos before docking with the space station. Credit: NASA
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Saturn
A total of 126 images taken by the Cassini spacecraft were combined to create this close-up image of Saturn and its rings. Credit: NASA/JPL
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