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From 250 miles above planet Earth, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer peered outside his home on the International Space Station and caught this view. He posted the image to social media on Aug. 9 saying, “Tried new lens & snapped a lucky pic as sun ducked behind space station – that’s a cool starburst, & a pretty planet we have! #EarthShapes” Tomorrow, we’re launching science and cargo to the space station (@iss) aboard SpaceX’s #Dragon cargo vehicle. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT from our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Six people are currently living and working on this microgravity laboratory that orbits our planet at 17,500 miles per hour. They are conducting research that will not only help us venture farther into our solar system, but also has direct benefits to life here on Earth. Credit: NASA
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Rhea is a heavily-cratered, airless world, while Titan’s nitrogen-rich atmosphere is even thicker than Earth’s. This natural color image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 19, 2009, at a distance of approximately 713,300 miles (1,148,000 kilometers) from Rhea. After a nearly 20-year mission that overflowed with discoveries, the Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute