Space Station View of the Full Moon : Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA took this photograph on June 21, 2016, from the International Space Station, writing, A spectacular rise of the full moon just before sunset while flying over western China.


The SOMBRERO GALAXY is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the Virgo constellation. It is located 28 million light years from Earth.

It has a very bright nucleus and an unusually large bulge. The nucleus of a galaxy is located in the center, and the bulge is the “halo” of material/stars that are found around the nucleus. The shape of the bulge and the nucleus give the appearance of a sombrero.

There is a supermassive black hole located in the nucleus of this galaxy. Looking at the measured nearby galaxies, the Sombrero Galaxy has the largest black hole at its center. It is said that the mass of the black hole is 1 billion times the mass of the Sun.

Got any questions/facts about the Sombrero Galaxy? Send me a message and we can talk about it! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s galaxy!


Please Support Mae Jemison & the Women of @NASA get their @LEGO_Group set!  LINK HERE

“Ladies rock outer space!

Women have played critical roles throughout the history of the U.S. space program, a.k.a. NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Yet in many cases, their contributions are unknown or under-appreciated — especially as women have historically struggled to gain acceptance in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This proposed set celebrates five notable NASA pioneers and provides an educational building experience to help young ones and adults alike learn about the history of women in STEM. The five Women of NASA are:

Margaret Hamilton, computer scientist: While working at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

Katherine Johnson, mathematician and space scientist: A longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.

Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist, and educator: A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer: One of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, and entrepreneur: Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.

In addition to a desktop frame that displays these five minifigures and their names, the set includes vignettes depicting: a famous photo of the reams of code that landed astronauts on the moon in 1969; instruments used to calculate and verify trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions; a microscale Hubble Space Telescope and display; and a mini space shuttle, complete with external tank and solid rocket boosters.

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L-46 days (July 25, 2016) - Osiris-Rex passes preflight launch review as fairing halves arrive at the Cape.

The four-meter Atlas V 400 series payload fairing for NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station earlier this week. 

The two halves of the payload fairing are now undergoing final inspection and processing in the Atlas V Spaceflight Operations Center, or ASOC, 3.75 miles south of SLC-41 and the Vertical Integration Facility. 

Osiris-Rex passed its Launch Readiness Review on July 27, indicating the launch campaign of the mission and its Atlas booster are progressing on schedule.

About two weeks after the July 28 launch of NROL-61, ULA will begin stacking the Osiris-Rex launch vehicle at the VIF. Rollout will occur around September 6, with launch occurring at 7:05pm September 8.

P/c: Dante Lauretta.


The second of two F-16XL airframes, ship #2 was fitted with a sleeve over the left wing. The sleeve was punctured with around 10 million near-microscopic holes that would vacuum-pull the air around it in, stabilizing the jet in turbulent air and improving fuel use. The test was considered a success after 45 flights between October 23, 1995 and November 26, 1996. Below is a photo of the perforation on the sleeve compared to a dime.


This huge swirling mass of stars, gas, and dust occurs near the center of a nearby spiral galaxy. Gorgeous spiral NGC 3521 is a mere 35 million light-years distant, toward the constellation Leo. Spanning some 50,000 light-years, its central region is shown in this dramatic image, constructed from data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The close-up view highlights this galaxy’s characteristic multiple, patchy, irregular spiral arms laced with dust and clusters of young, blue stars. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms. A relatively bright galaxy in planet Earth’s sky, NGC 3521 is easily visible in small telescopes, but often overlooked by amateur imagers in favor of other Leo spiral galaxies, like M65 and M66.

Object Names: NGC 3521

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, HST

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