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A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT.

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Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-Ju…

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today marked the official opening of a new airspace technology demonstration laboratory at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A test version of the booster for NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, will fire up for the second of two qualification ground tests at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28 at prime contractor Orbital ATK’s test facility in Promontory…

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Es’hail 2 is a geostationary satellite which will carry two amateur radio transponders. The launch of the Es’Hail-2 satellite into a geostationary orbit is planned for the 1st quarter of 2017. The coverage area of the Narrowband (NB) and Wideband (WB) … Continue reading

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Earth from Space is presented by Malì Cecere from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The one hundred ninetieth edition features a Sentinel-3A image of various countries in the Mediterranean Sea.

See also Earth from Space: Mediterranean Wonders to download the image.

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Various countries in the Mediterranean Sea were captured last 10 May by the Sentinel-3A satellite, in this false-colour image.

Parts of Greece, Turkey and Libya are featured, showing their distinct relief differences. In the middle of the image is the Greek island of Crete, dominated by harsh mountains rising out of the sea.

Home to hundreds of migratory bird species and some small wild animals, the landscape of Crete is characterised by mountain ranges reaching some 2400 m, along with natural harbours, coastal plains and the typical Mediterranean scrub.

Northwest of Crete is a large part of Greece’s mainland, showing dense vegetation and agricultural landscape, while under the clouds a small part of Italy’s ‘heel and tip’ are visible.

At top right, parts of southwestern Turkey are distinct, indicating a mixture of agricultural landscape and mountainous regions, where bare soil and rock formations prevail.

At the bottom of the image, Libya’s arid desert is evident, with the Saharan plateau comprising some nine-tenths of the country, making it truly a sea of sand.

Launched last 16 February, Sentinel-3A carries four instruments working together, making it the most complex of all the Sentinel missions. Its Ocean and Land Colour Instrument offers a new eye on Earth, monitoring ocean ecosystems, supporting crop management and agriculture, and providing estimates of atmospheric aerosol and clouds – all of which will bring significant benefits to society.

This image is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme.

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NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble s…

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The booster for the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agency’s astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

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New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. This full visible-light image shows that the dark feature resides near and below a patch of bright clouds in the p…

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